Symposium Announcement:


Dear Colleagues,


It is our great pleasure to have you attend and present at our one-day polymer symposium on "Polymer nanostructures for emerging science and technology", hosted at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.  The symposium will consist of talks by leaders in the field, posters given by graduate students and postdocs, and ample time for social engagement. Talks will begin early afternoon on Thursday March 15th and will end at lunch on Friday March 16th to facilitate your arrival and departure.


We know polymers are penetrating and strongly impacting a variety of research fields nowadays.  The symposium serves the general spectrum of polymer science, from fundamental controlled chemical synthesis to materials science and engineering, covering both synthetic and biopolymers.  The symposium targets primarily polymer researchers in upstate NY and the neighboring Canadian universities, aiming to strengthen connections and collaborations among polymer groups nearby in this area.  We have the wish to use this symposium to assemble local polymer researchers to share science openly, build up networks, discuss joint projects and future funding opportunities to promote the further growth of local polymer science and education.


The symposium has 13 confirmed speakers from a broad range of US and Canadian universities.


Tentative Symposium Program


Afternoon Session, March 15

                                    Oral session 1 - Nanomaterials

                                    1:00 – 1:10 pm            Symposium opening (Devon Shipp & Jiayin Yuan)

                                    1:10 – 1:40 pm            Lennart Bergstrom, Stockholm University “Sustainable routes to green materials: nanocellulose-based hybrid materials”

                                    1:40 – 2:10 pm            Erik Berda, University of New Hampshire “Single-chain Nanoparticles”

                                    2:10 – 2:40 pm            Silvana Andreescu, Clarkson University “Functional Polymers for Nanobiosensing: Research Needs, Opportunities and Challenges”

                                    2:40 - 3:30 pm                        Poster session / Coffee break


                                    Oral session 2 - Functional polymers

                                    3:30 – 4:00 pm            Dwight Seferos, University of Toronto “Advances in polymer semiconductors and energy storage devices”

                                    4:00 – 4:30 pm            Jiayin Yuan, Stockholm University “Porous polycarbene-bearing membrane actuator for trace weak acid detection and real time chemical reaction monitoring”

                                    4:30 – 5:00 pm            Brian Amsden, Queen’s University, Kingston, “Biodegradable aliphatic polycarbonates for biomedical applications”


                                    5:00 – 5:30 pm            Panel discussion (polymer research/education and future symposiums)

                                    6:30 pm                       Dinner


Morning Session on March 16

                                    Oral session 3 - Responsive materials

                                    8:15 – 8:45 am            Devon Shipp, Clarkson University “Shape memory and reconfigurable polyanhydrides: surface-eroding materials for drug delivery”

                                    8:45 – 9:15 am            Xiaoxia Zhu, University of Montreal “Biodegradable shape memory polymeric materials”

                                    9:15 – 9:45 am            Artem Melman, Clarkson University, “Fabrication of new material based on responsive iron(III) cross-linked alginate hydrogels”

                                    9:45 – 10:15 am          Jaana Vapaavuori, University of Montreal, “Taming macromolecules with light – supramolecular photoresponsive materials at three different length scales”

                                    10:15 – 10:45 am        Poster session / coffee break


                                    Oral session 4 - Polymer structure-property relationship

                                    10:45 – 11:15 am        Haifeng Gao, University of Notre Dame “Combining simplicity and controllability of highly branched polymers”

                                    11:15 – 11:45 am        Benoit H. Lessard, University of Ottawa “Nitroxide mediated polymerization for use in organic thin film transistors and sensors”

                                    11:45 – 12:15 pm        Sitaraman Krishnan, Clarkson University “Filler effects on viscoelastic and fracture properties of polymer nanocomposites


                                    12:15 – 12:20 pm        Wrap-up


Poster submissions is now open for all polymer-related topics. Please contact Ms. Elizabeth McCarran by email ( for registration (no cost!).


Please do not hesiate to contact us in case of further questions or suggestions. 


Check for updates.


Best Regards,


The Organization Team:


Dr. Sitaraman Krishnan
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Clarkson University
229, Center for Advanced Materials Processing

8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699-5705
315-268-6661 (phone)


Ms. Elizabeth McCarran

Administrative Assistant in Chemistry & Biomolecular Science

Clarkson University
8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699-5810

Phone: 315/268-6658

Office: 127 Science Center



Dr. Devon A. Shipp
Professor and Dept. Chair
Dept. of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science
Clarkson University
8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699-5810 
Direct phone: 


Dr. Jiayin Yuan

Associate Professor

Department of Material and Environmental Chemistry (MMK)

Stockholm University

Svante Arrhenius väg 16 C

106 91 Stockholm

Research ID:



We are grateful to our sponsors:

PolyEd (ACS), David A. Walsh Mini-Conference Grant (Clarkson University), the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP, Clarkson University) and the Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science (Clarkson University).

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