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PolyDays 2019

Invited Speakers

Dietmar W. Auhl


Position
Professor and Chair for Polymer Materials and Technologies

Affiliation
Technical University Berlin

Subsequent to graduation with a Chemical Engineering Diploma from TU Clausthal in 2001 and Materials Science Doctorate from Univ. Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2006 Dietmar Auhl worked as research fellow at the Universities of Leeds, Louvain, and Aachen/Maastricht until the appointment at TU Berlin in 2017. Further activities and memberships are within several organisations, e.g. the IUPAC Polymer Division Subcommittee “Structure and Properties of Commercial Polymers” since 2007.

The department closely collaborates with many local as well as international partners and contributes to the International Master Program “Polymer Science”. Major fields or work and current research interests of the group are, for example, advances in materials analysis and modelling software, combined rheo-optical testing techniques, structure-processing-property interrelations as well as functional, sustainable, and biogenic soft matter composites.

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Michael J. Bojdys


Position
Privatdozent and group leader of the Functional Nanomaterials group

Affiliation
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Chemistry & IRIS Adlershof

Michael J. Bojdys joined the Humboldt-University zu Berlin in 2018 as PI of the ERC-funded "Functional Nanomaterials Group". Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at Charles University in Prague and Junior Group Leader at the Czech Academy of Sciences. His research goal is to achieve noble-metal free, organic semiconductors for logical gates, energy storage and sensing. Michael is a member of the “Young Leaders in Science” at the World Economic Forum 2018 and 2019.
Previously, Michael held a fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the TU Berlin (Germany) (2014). He worked as a PostDoc at the University of Liverpool (UK) (2010 to 2013), as a PhD student (2006 to 2009) at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam (Germany). He graduated as Master of Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge (UK) (2006).


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Filip Du Prez


Position
Full professor

Affiliation
Ghent University

Filip Du Prez is heading since 1999 the Polymer Chemistry Research group in the Center of Macromolecular Chemistry (CMaC) of Ghent University (Belgium), which is focusing on three research topics: 1) From polymer functionalization to absolute control; 2) Dynamic and self-healing polymeric materials; 3) Giving renewable polymers function(ality). A couple of actual topics are sequence defined polymers, vitrimers, novel click chemistries in macromolecular science, functional polymers from renewable resources and self-healing concepts. This research resulted in around 300 publications (> 8000 citations), more than 10 book chapters, 12 patent applications and numerous awards. Since October 2018, he is associate editor of the RSC journal Polymer Chemistry. Also, since 2017, he is the Belgian representative in the board of the European Polymer Federation (EPF).

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Mike Meier


Position
Full professor

Affiliation
Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Michael Meier received his diploma degree (M.Sc.) in Chemistry in 2002 from the University of Regensburg (Germany) and his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Ulrich S. Schubert from the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) in 2006. After stays as junior group leader in Emden and as Juniorprofessor at the University of Potsdam, Germany, he was appointed full professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2010. His research interests include the sustainable use and derivatization of renewable resources for polymer chemistry as well as the design of novel highly defined macromolecular architectures.

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Jos M. J. Paulusse


Position
Assistant Professor

Affiliation
University of Twente, Department of Biomolecular Nanotechnology

Dr. Jos Paulusse obtained his PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2006. He then joined UC Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral fellow and was appointed assistant professor at Wageningen University in 2009. In 2012, he accepted a position as assistant professor in the department of Biomolecular Nanotechnology at University of Twente and holds a part-time position in the department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. He is founder of the startup company SpectriS-dot, chairs the biennial European Symposium on Controlled Drug Delivery and is founding board member of the local Benelux-France chapter of the Controlled Release Society. His research interests include the development and biomedical application of degradable vinyl polymers and nanogels, as well as the development of new hybrid imaging modalities based on silicon nanoparticles.


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Mahmut Selman Sakar


Position
Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Affiliation
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Mechanical Engineering

Mahmut Selman Sakar has been an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the head of the MicroBioRobotic Systems (MICROBS) Laboratory at EPFL since 2016. MICROBS is committed to develop the science and techniques of microrobotics, where materials science and microelectromechanical systems technology meet robotics creating the next generation intelligent micromachines operating in complex environments. We believe achieving this vision will enable us to make contributions in basic and applied life sciences. He obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He was part of the team who developed the first optogenetic skeletal muscle-powered biological robots at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Working as a research scientist at ETH Zurich, he introduced one of the most advanced 3D-printed magnetic microrobots and developed adaptive bioinspired microswimmers from magnetic hydrogels. He has recently awarded an ERC Starting Grant for building a microrobotic toolkit to decipher cell sociology.

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Stoyan K. Smoukov


Position
Reader in Chemical Engineering, Head of Active and Intelligent Materials Lab

Affiliation
Queen Mary University of London

Stoyan Smoukov is a Reader at Queen Mary University of London and led the Active & Intelligent Materials lab 2012-2017 at the University of Cambridge. He has published more than 78 journal papers, cited over 2500 times, with H-index of 27, co-founded a startup company for producing nanofibers, and is leading the work on a number of European projects and industrial collaborations. His current research interests are focused on the fundamentals of confinement, multi-responsive materials, as well as geometry and processing technologies for achieving responsiveness. The longer term goal is to create autonomous material robotics, where the materials themselves are the robots.

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Jens-Uwe Sommer


Position
Director of institute “Theory of Polymers” at the Leibniz-Insitut für Polymerforschung (IPF)
Professor of Physics, TU Dresden

Affiliation
Leibniz-Insitut für Polymerforschung (IPF) and TU Dresden

Jens-Uwe Sommer is professor of Physics at the Technische Universität Dresden and head of institute “Theory of Polymers” at the Leibniz IPF Dresden. He received his diploma in theoretical physics and his PhD in physics in Merseburg in 1991. After several postdocs stages he habilitated in Freiburg in 1998. He was staff scientist at the CNRS before he moved to Dresden in 2006. His field of research is the physics of soft matter. Together with his group he develops analytical and simulation concepts for a variety of polymer and bio-polymer systems. Current fields of interest are polymer crystallization, branched and dendritic polymers, polymer brushes, networks and gels, and cosolvent phenomena, with the particular focus on phase transitions in soft and biological matter.

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