Spring 2015

Location: IMS, room 159 at 1 p.m.

February 4, 2015 Zhenhua Cui “White Graphene”: Boron Nitride Nanosheet and Its Applications in Polymeric Composites UConn Polymer Program
February 18, 2015 Rui Ma Rational Design of Polymer Dielectrics for Capacitor Applications UConn Polymer Program
March 11, 2015 Steven Woltornist Graphene/Polymer Nanocomposites UConn Chemistry Department
March 18, 2015 Michael Otley High-Throughput Screening of Electrochromic Polymers Towards Neutral Colors UConn Chemistry Department
April 1, 2015 Dr. James Loomis,
Dr. Yanfei Xu
Highly Aligned Polyethylene Films for Thermal Management Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
April 8, 2015 Joonsung Kim Towards Controlled Radical Polymerization of VDF UConn Polymer Program
April 15, 2015 Aleksandr Zhukhovitskiy Advancing Coordination Chemistry in the Functionalization of Surfaces and Gelation Department of Chemistry, MIT
April 22, 2015 Dr. Teng Zhang, Shaoting Lin, Hyunwoo Yuk Multi-scale Multi-mechanism Design of Tough Hydrogels: Experiment, Theory and Application. Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT


Fall 2014

September 24: Yujie Liu & Daniel King – UMass Amherst
“Directly Measuring Tensile Stress-Strain Responses of Ultrathin Polymer Films”
“Creating Gecko-like Adhesives for “Real World” Surfaces”

October 15: Dr. Matthew Burdzy – Henkel Corporation
“Innovation at Henkel”

November 5 : Sedef Piril Ertem & Wenxu Zhang– UMass Amherst
“Synthetic Anion Conducting Membranes”

November 19: Gilad Kaufman& Young Woo – Yale University
“Single-step microfluidic fabrication of soft microcapsules by interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation”
“Magnetic Field Induced Alignment of Liquid Crystalline Block Copolymers: Alignment Dynamics and Its Application for Aligned Nanopores”

November 21: Dr. Gerald Ling – Saint-Gobain
“My Saint-Gobain: A Millennial in Corporate R&D”

Spring 2014

February 12: Xiaokai Li – Yale University
“Carbon/Silicon Hybrid Energy Conversion and Storage Devices”

February 19: Baishali Kanjilal – Polymer Program, Uconn
“Polymeric Membranes for Enrichment of 1,3 Propanediol from Aqueous Binary Solutions and Simulated Fermentation Broths”

March 5: Dr. Michael A. Invernale – Alphachromics, Inc.
“Electrochromic Polymers: Eyewear, Fabric, and Sensors”

March 12: Andre Martinez – Polymer Program, Uconn
“Surface Grafted Polymerization”

March 26: Dr. Vinit Sharma – Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Uconn
“Rational Design of All-Organic Polymer Dielectrics”

 April 9:  Hongwei Xia – Polymer Program, Uconn
“Supramolecular Polymerization of Comb-like Polypeptide and Polypeptide Grafted Nanoparticles”

April 16: Dr. Zilu Wang – Polymer Program, Uconn
“Net Motion of a Charged Macromolecule in Ratchet Slit”

April 23: Jianyu Li and Widusha Illeperuma – Harvard University
“Extremely Stretchable and Tough Hydrogels”

May 7: Xiaoguang Dai – Stevens Institute of Technology,
“Microgel-tethering for nucleic acid-based diagnostics”


Fall 2013

February 6th: Donna Mamangun
“DNA as a Dielectric Material and Dye Matrix”

February 13th: Prashant Deskmukh
“Molecular engineering of side chain liquid crystalline polymer for photonics and well aligned nano porous membrane”

February 20th: Amir Azidi and Isaac Bruss – UMass Amherst
“Parallels between geometry and frustration in curved crystals and twisted bundles”

February 27th: Dr. Adrian Pegoraro and Ming Guo – Harvard University
“Understanding cells as a form of soft matter”

March 13th: Zhe Li
“Something about Glucose Biosensors”

April 3rd: Chetan Hire
“Ceramic condensation using Block-copolymer mimic of silicatein-alpha”