2011 Polymer Physics Seminars

September 5 Professor Kenji Miyatake
Clean Energy Research Center, University of Yamanshi, Japan
Title : Ion Conductive Aromatic Polymer for Fuel Cell Applications
 
September 6 - Huai Suen Shiau
Chemical Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Ralph H. Colby & Michael Janik
Title : Computationally aided design of ionic polymer electrolytes for facile ion transport
 
September 13 - Professor Bryan Vogt
Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325
Title : Insights into the thickness dependent properties of organic glass films
 
September 27 - Professor Alberto Striolo
School of Chemical Biological and Materials Engineering, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Title : Aqueous Systems at Interfaces: Water and Ions Properties, Surfactant Aggregates, and Hydrodynamics
 
October 4 He Xie
Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Michael Hickner
Title : Layer-by-Layer Coatings for Low-Fouling Reverse Osmosis Membranes
 
October 18 Melanie Lisa Disabb-Miller
Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Michael Hickner
Title : Ion-Containing Block Copolymers for Fuel Cell Membranes
 
November 15 Helen Jing-Han Wang
Chemical Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Ralph H. Colby
Title : Structure-Dynamics Relationship of Poly(ethylene oxide)-Based Single-Ion Conductors
 
November 22 Kan-Ju Lin
Department of Chemical Engineering, Penn State University 
Advisor: Professor Janna Maranas
Title : A Molecular Look at PEO-Based Ionomers for Battery Application
 
November 29 - Professor Henry Bock
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University
Title : The Science of Dispersing Carbon Nanotubes with Surfactants
 
December 13 - Professor Alejandro L. Briseno
Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003
 
December 20 Alfonso Mendoza
Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Michael Hickner
 
December 21 Dr. Tao Wei
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center & Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
Title: Modeling of Protein Adsorptions
 
June 7 - Dr. Jack F. Douglas
Polymers Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
Title: Influence of Nanoparticles on Fragility and Collective Particle Motion in Polymer Glass-Formation
 
June 14 - Shih-Wa Wang
Chemical Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Ralph H. Colby
Title: Synthesis and characterization of polyurethane ionomers
 
June 21 - Professor Zoubeida Ounaies
Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University
Title: Design of Electrical Functionality in Polymer-Based Nanocomposites
 
June 23 - Professor Martin Lisal
Czech Academy of Science
Title: Air-Liquid Interface of Imidazolium-Based [Tf2N-] Ionic Liquids: Insight from Molecular Dynamics Simulations
 
July 12 - Laura Mely Ramirez
Chemical Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Darrell Velegol and Professor Ralph H. Colby
Title: Self-assembly of Doublets made from Flattened Spherical Polymer Colloids
 
July 26 - Felipe Salcedo Galan
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Evangelos Manias
Title: Polyethylene/Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate Copolymer/Organoclay nanocomposites for flexible-film packaging applications; rheological and thermomechanical properties
 
August 2 - Professor Francisco R. Hung
Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Title: Structure and dynamics of ionic liquids confined in nanoporous carbons
 
August 9 - Dr. Y. Thomas Hu
Structured Materials and Processing Science Unilever Trumbull Research
Title: Shear banding in structured fluids
 
August 16  - Professor Karen I. Winey
Department of Materials Science and Engineering & Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Morphologies in Precise Acid- and Ion-Containing Polymers
 
August 23 - Lauren Jeanine Abbott
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Coray Colina
Title: Characterizing the Structure and Porosity of Organic Molecules of Intrinsic Microporosity by Molecular Simulations and X-ray Scattering
 
August 30 - Jiezhu Jin
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor :Professor Qing Wang
Title: Multiferroic Polymer Composites
 
January 18 - Professor Lynn M. Walker
Department of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
Title: Structure and Shear Alignment of Nanoparticle-Block Copolymer Hydrogels
 
January 25 - Professor Kevin Cavicchi
Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Title: Shape Memory Block Copolymers
 
February 1 - Professor Chris Collison
Department of Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 
Title: Strategies for improved efficiency and sustainability of bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic devices
 
February 8 - Dr. Robert L. Sammler
Material Science and Engineering, Dow Chemical, Midland, MI
Ttle: The role of interchain entanglements in the thermal gelation of aqueous methyl cellulose
 
February 15 -  Dr. Casey Check
Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Advisor: Professor Morton Litt
Title: Design, synthesis and characterization of two-dimensional polyelectrolytes
 
February 22 - Professor Eric M. Furst
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 
Title: Field-directed assembly of structured nanomaterials
 
March 1 - Dr. Jeff Meth
DuPont Experimental Station, Wilmington, DE 
Title: The Development of Filler Structure in Colloidal Silica --Polymer Nanocomposites
 
March 8 - Alicia Castagna
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor James P. Runt
Title: Structure and Dynamics of Microphase Separated Polymers Containing Strong Associations
 
March 15 - Professor Christopher K. Ober
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 
Title: The convergence of top down and bottom up patterning applied to microelectronics and the life sciences
 
March 29 - Hanqing Zhao
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Paul Painter & Professor James P. Runt
Title: Study of Vibrational Relaxation and Dynamic Transitions in Polymer Systems by Infrared Spectroscopy
 
April 5 - Dr. Jian Qin
Department of Chemical Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Scott T. Milner
Title: Entanglements in Ring Polymers: Visualization and Topological Analysis
 
April 12 - Professor Rober A. Weiss
Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Title: Properties of Ion-containing Polymers
 
April 26 - Gregory Tudryn
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
Advisor: Professor Ralph H. Colby
Title: Molecular mobility and cation conduction in sulfonated polyester copolymer ionomers
 
May 10 Professor Federico Bordi
Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma 'La Sapienza' and Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia (INFM CRS_SOFT), Unita di Romal, Italy
Title: A phenomenological model for the polyelectrolyte induced aggregation of charged colloids. A system with a potential for biotechnological applications