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PolyDays 2019

Plenary Speakers

Amanda Barnard


A. Barnard

CSIRO, Australia

Position:
Chief Research Scientist

Affiliation:
Data61, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia


Dr Amanda Barnard received her Ph.D. in Physics in 2003, followed by a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at ANL, and a senior Violette & Samuel Glasstone Fellow at the University of Oxford. She joined CSIRO as an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow in 2009, and then as an OCE Science Leader, where she lead research developing structure/property relationships using compuational modeling, machine learning and AI. Dr Barnard is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Nanoscale, the Senior Editorial Board for the Journal of Physics: Materials, the International Executive Board of Nano Futures, the Board of Directors for New Zealand eScience Infrastructure, and the Chair of the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme for Australia. For her work she has won 12 national and international awards, including the 2009 Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics from IUPAP, the 2009 Australian Physical Scientist of the Year, the 2010 Frederick White Prize from the Australian Academy of Sciences, the 2014 ACS Nano Lectureship (Asia/Pacific) from the Americal Chemical Society, and the 2014 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (Theory) from the Foresight Institute, being the first woman to do so in the history of the award.

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Andrew I. Cooper


A. I. Cooper

University of Liverpool, UK

Position:
Directors, Materials Innovation Factory and Leverhulme Centre for Functional Materials Design

Affiliation:
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom



Andy is a Nottingham graduate (1991), also obtaining his Ph.D there in 1994. After his Ph.D, he held a 1851 Fellowship and a Royal Society NATO Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and then a Ramsay Memorial Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. In 1999, he was appointed as a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in Liverpool. In 2007, he was the founding Director of the Centre for Materials Discovery—the forerunner of the MIF—which cemented a long-term strategic collaboration between Unilever and the University of Liverpool. He was Head of Chemistry and then the first Head of the School of Physical Sciences in the period 2007-2012, during which time he served on the University Council. In 2017, he co-founded a spin-out company, Porous Liquid Technologies, with collaborators at Queens University Belfast, based on an entirely new class of material, porous liquids.
Andy led the bid to establish the Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) via the UK Research Partnerships Infrastructure Fund and he is its first Academic Director. He is also the Director of the £10 M Leverhulme Centre for Functional Materials Design.

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Jean-François Lutz


Jean-François Lutz

Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France

Position:
CNRS Research Director

Affiliation:
Institut Charles Sadron, UPR22-CNRS,
Strasbourg, France



Dr. Jean-François Lutz is CNRS research director and deputy director of the Institut Charles Sadron located in Strasbourg, France. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Montpellier II in 2000 and his habilitation degree from the University of Potsdam in 2009. Before joining the CNRS, he was post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University (2001-2003) and afterwards leader of the research group Nanotechnology for Life Science at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (2003-2010). His current research interests include the synthesis of sequence-controlled polymers, the design of digital polymers and the hybridization of sequence-defined macromolecules. He is author of over 200 publications including 10 patents and is listed since 2015 as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics) in the category Chemistry. Among several other awards, he has received in 2018 the Silver Medal of the French CNRS.

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E.W. "Bert" Meijer


E.W. "Bert" Meijer

E.W. "Bert" Meijer

Position:
Distinguished University Professor of the

Affiliation:
Institute for Complex Molecular Systems
Eindhoven University of technology
The Netherlands

E.W. “Bert” Meijer is Distinguished University Professor in the Molecular Sciences, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology and co-director of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems. After receiving his PhD degree at the University of Groningen with Hans Wynberg, he worked for 10 years in industry (Philips and DSM). In 1991 he was appointed in Eindhoven, while in the meantime he has held part-time positions in Nijmegen and Santa Barbara, CA. Bert Meijer is a member of many editorial advisory boards, including Advanced Materials and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Bert Meijer has received a number of awards, including the Spinoza Award in 2001, the ACS Award for Polymer Chemistry in 2006, the AkzoNobel Science Award 2010, the International Award of the Society of Polymer Science Japan in 2011, the Cope Scholar Award of the ACS in 2012, the Prelog Medal in 2014, the Nagoya Gold Medal in 2017 and the Chirality Medal in 2018. He is a member of a number of academies and societies, including the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science, where he is appointed to Academy Professor in 2014.

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Roeland J. M. Nolte


Roeland J. M. Nolte

R. Nolte

Position:
Professor of Molecular Nanotechnology

Affiliation:
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands




Roeland J.M. Nolte is Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and former Director of the Institute for Molecules and Materials of this university. He is a member of several learned societies, including the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, and the Academia Europaea. He currently holds a special University Chair in Molecular Nanotechnology at Radboud University. His research interests span a broad range of topics at the interfaces of Supramolecular Chemistry, Macromolecular Chemistry, and Biomimetic Chemistry, in which he focuses on the design of catalysts and (macro) molecular materials.
His contributions to science have been recognized with numerous award lectureships and several national and international prizes including the Izatt-Christensen Award for Excellence in Macrocyclic Chemistry, the Linstead Career Award in Phthalocyanine Chemistry, the first Royal Netherlands Academy of Science Chair in Chemistry, an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, and a knighthood in 2003. He has served on the editorial boards of many scientific journals, including the journal Science (Washington) and the RSC journal Chemical Communications (as Chairman).

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H. Jerry Qi


H. Jerry Qi

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

Position:
Professor and the Woodruff Faculty Fellow

Affiliation:
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering,
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA



Dr. H. Jerry Qi is a professor and the Woodruff Faculty Fellow in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degrees (1994) and graduate degrees (1999) from Tsinghua University and a ScD degree from MIT (2003). After one-year postdoc at MIT, he joined University of Colorado Boulder as an assistant professor in 2004. He moved to Georgia Tech in 2014 and was promoted to a full professor in 2016. Prof. Qi’s research is in the broad field of nonlinear mechanics of polymeric materials and focuses on developing fundamental understanding of multi-field properties of soft active materials through experimentation and constitutive modeling then applying these understandings to application designs. He and his collaborators have been working on a range of soft active materials, including shape memory polymers, shape memory elastomeric composites, light activated polymers, covalent adaptable network polymers. In recent years, he has been working on investigating integrating active materials with 3D printing and developing new hybrid 3D printing methods for new active and functional applications. He and his collaborators pioneered the 4D printing concept. Prof. Qi is a recipient of NSF CAREER award (2007) and was elected to an ASME Fellow (2015).

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