Polymers: From Biomedical Applications to Energy
The continued application of synthetic chemistry to the development of new polymer-based materials has given polymer chemistry a critical role in the development of new materials across a broad range of applications that impact our lives, most recently in biomedical and energy-related areas. Synthetic methodologies that allow the shaping of polymeric materials to function as biomaterials in applications including tissue engineering, imaging, and the targeted delivery of drugs and biological materials will be presented.
We will showcase creative designs and synthetic strategies for these multifunctional polymeric systems and composite materials. The multifaceted properties of polymers allow for the increasing advancement of polymers in energy-related applications. The optimization of polymer-based organic photovoltaic and hybrid materials for harvesting and storing solar energy, as well as the development of new semiconducting polymers will be topics of particular interest.
The unique site and forum will give the attendees many opportunities to exchange ideas, discuss research challenges and forge new collaborations. The total number of attendees will be kept to a maximum of 100 to facilitate such interactions.
The themes in 2012 will include:
- Synthesis of Biomaterials
- Applications of Nanomaterials in Medicine
- Self assembly
- Polymer Surfaces
- Polymers for Imaging and Devices
- Polymers and Energy