Prof. Kristi S. Anseth, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Talk title: Hydrogels with Dynamic Phototunable Properties and their Application in Regenerative Biology

Kristi S. Anseth is presently a Distinguished Professor and Tisone Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the USA. Her research interests lie at the interface between biology and engineering, where she designs new biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (2009), the National Academy of Medicine (2009), the National Academy of Sciences (2013), and the National Academy of Inventors (2015). Dr. Anseth is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Materials Research Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the International Union for Biomaterial Science and Engineering. She currently serves as an associate editor for Biomacromolecules, Progress in Materials Science, and Biotechnology & Bioengineering.

Prof. Katharina Landfester, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany

Talk title: Polymeric nanocapsules: from encapsulation to selective release

Katharina Landfester joined the Max Planck Society in 2008 as one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. She studied chemistry at the technical university of Darmstadt. Her diploma thesis was undertaken at the Ecole d’Application des Hautes Polymères in Strasbourg (Prof. M. Lambla). In 1995 she received her doctoral degree in physical chemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz after working with Prof. H. W. Spiess at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research on the synthesis and characterization of core-shell latexes by transmission electron microscopy and solid state NMR. After spending another year as a group leader at the institute, she moved to the Lehigh University (Prof. M. El-Aasser) as a post-doctoral scientist, where she first came in contact with the miniemulsion technique. She returned to Germany in 1998 joining the group of Prof. M. Antonietti at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Golm. There, she led the miniemulsion group working on new possibilities in the synthesis of complex nanoparticles. In 2002, she was awarded her Habilitation degree in physical chemistry at the university of Potsdam. In 2003, she accepted the chair (C4) of macromolecular chemistry at the University of Ulm. Here, she started her activities in the field of biomedical applications in cooperation with several medical groups working on the interaction of nanoparticles with different cell compartments, the labeling of cells and the delivery of substances to specific sites. In 1992 and 1994 she obtained DAAD stipends for her research activities in Strasbourg. For the research in the US in 1996 she got a DFG stipend. In 1998, she received the Liebig stipend of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI). In 2001 she was awarded the Reimund Stadler prize of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GdCh) as well as the prize of the Dr. Hermann Schnell Stiftung. From 2002 to 2007, she was a member of the Young Academy (Junge Akademie) of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und Deutschen Naturforscher Leopoldina; in 2003/2004 she was the spokesperson for the Young Academy.

Prof. Bin Liu , National University of Singapore, Singapore

Talk title: Organic nanoparticles for sensing, imaging and therapy

Bin Liu received BS degree from Nanjing University and Ph.D. degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) before her postdoctoral training at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department of NUS in late 2005. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and was named as Dean’s Chair Professor in 2014. Her current research focuses on organic nanomaterials for biomedical and energy applications. Dr. Liu is a recipient of many prestigious awards, including Singapore National Science and Technology Young Scientist Award (2008), L’Oreal-Singapore Women in Science National Fellowship (2011), Invited lecturer of Asia Excellence, Japanese Polymer Society (2013), Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC)-BASF Materials Award (2014), Materials in Society Lectureship (Elsevier) 2015, and Singapore President’s Technology Award 2016. Dr. Liu was named as The World’s Most Influential Minds and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters in 2014-2016. Dr. Liu is the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and serves as the Associate Editor for Polymer Chemistry.


Prof. Christopher N. Bowman, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Talk title: The Thiol-Thioester Exchange in Network and Linear Polymers

Professor Christopher N. Bowman is currently the Patten Endowed Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Colorado. Professor Bowman has served for the last fifteen years as the Co-Director of the NSF Industry/ University Cooperative Research Center for Fundamentals and Applications of Photopolymerizations and has also held various administrative positions at the University of Colorado. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. After receiving his Ph.D., he began his academic career at the University of Colorado in January of 1992 as an Assistant Professor. Since that time Professor Bowman has built a program focused on the fundamentals and applications of crosslinked polymers formed via photopolymerization reactions. In the broad areas of the fundamentals of polymerization reaction engineering, polymer chemistry, crosslinked polymers, photopolymerizations and biomaterials, Professor Bowman has published over 300 refereed papers and been recognized with numerous awards from the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the Society for Biomaterials. His research involves the synthesis of novel monomers and the implementation of various photopolymerization reac-tions in a range of applications including adhesives, coatings, dental materials, photolithography, nanotechnology and biomaterials.

Dr. Keith McLean, CSIRO, Australia

Talk title: Polymers to Products: Collaborating with Industry the CSIRO experience

Keith McLean has a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. from Aberdeen University, UK. Following work in industry and research in Scotland and New Zealand he joined CSIRO in 1989. In 1996 he joined the Biomaterials group working on a VisionCRC Project developing materials for ophthalmic applications. This team developed a polymer, surface and surgical methods for an implantable contact lens and won the 2004 Royal Societies of Australia Eureka Award for Interdisciplinary Research and the 2009 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement. He was Research Director for Biomedical Materials from 2006 to 2014 leading a multi-disciplinary team of scientists working with industry to develop materials for tissue engineering, stem cell propagation and implantable devices. He became Director of Manufacturing in 2014 leading >400 scientists working in chemical, biomedical and advanced manufacturing. He is a Past President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and was appointed Secretary of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering in 2012 and a Fellow in 2016. He is a Board Member of CRC for Polymers, HySSIL Pty Ltd, Biomedical Research Victoria and VESKI and is a member of Prime Minister’s Taskforce for Industry 4.0 and sits on the Leadership Group of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council. McLean is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.

Prof. Natalie Stingelin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Talk title: Desigining polymer systems for the environment and sustainability

Natalie Stingelin (Stutzmann) FRSC is a Full Professor of Organic Functional Materials at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with prior positions at Imperial College London; the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge; the Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven; and ETH Zürich. She was an External Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and is Associate Editor of the RSC journal ‘Journal of Materials Chemistry C’ and Nature’s ‘npj Flexible Electronics’ . She was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining's Rosenhain Medal and Prize (2014) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) Award for Visiting Scientists (2015); she was the Chair of the 2016 Gordon Conference on 'Electronic Processes in Organic Materials' as well as the Zing conference on ‘Organic Semiconductors’. She has published >160 papers and 6 issued patents. Her research interests encompass organic electronics & photonics, bioelectronics, physical chemistry of organic functional materials, and smart inorganic/organic hybrid systems.

Prof. Min Gu, RMIT University, Australia

Talk title: Functional polymer composites for nanoscale information optics

Professor Gu is Distinguished Professor and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor at RMIT University and was a Laureate Fellow of the Australian Research Council. He is a sole author of two standard reference books and has over 450 publications in nano/biophotonics. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science as well as the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is also an elected fellow of the AIP, the OSA, the SPIE, the InstP, and the IEEE. He was President of the International Society of Optics within Life Sciences, Vice President of the Bureau of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) (Chair of the ICO Prize Committee) and a Director of the Board of the Optical Society of America (Chair of the International Council). He was awarded the Einstein Professorship (Chinese Academy of Science, 2010), the W. H. (Beattie) Steel Medal of the Australian Optical Society (2011), the Ian Wark Medal and Lecture of the Australian Academy of Science (2014), the Boas Medal of the AIP (2015) and the Victoria Prize of the Victorian Government (2016).

Prof. Michelle Gee, RMIT University, Australia

Talk title: University Industry Partnerships – Arranged Marriage or Perfect Match

Michelle is the Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre and Professor of Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University. Prior to joining RMIT, she was the digital manufacturing lead and the manager of external research collaborations for Boeing Research and Technology where she scouts for commercial opportunities which leverage innovative technologies. She is passionate about growing strong strategic research partnerships to help grow sustainable aerospace industry in Australia. Michelle transitioned into this exciting greenfields role in 2015 after more than 20 years in academia as a successful and highly-cited research scientist. Prior to joining the team at Boeing, Michelle was head of Head of the Soft Condensed Matter labs at the University of Melbourne where she led a cross disciplinary team that included chemists, chemical engineers, biophysicists and microbiologists. She has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, numerous conference proceedings and book chapters and, to date, has received 3500 citations for her work. She received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in Physical Chemistry and Applied Mathematics and subsequently held research fellowships at the University of California Santa Barbara and Princeton University in Chemical and Materials Engineering and Physics. Michelle has also held other appointments that include visiting chairs in the Departments of Physics and Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and at CNRS. She has served on a number of editorial boards of international journals, advisory boards to government, industry and the arts, and management committees, and was elected to the council of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists.

Prof. Mary Chan-Park, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Talk title: Combating Multi-Drug Resistance Bacteria with Polymer Solutions, Coatings and Hydrogels

Mary Chan-Park received her B. Eng (Chem) and PhD from National University of Singapore and MIT (USA) respectively. She then worked in various technical management positions in USA and Singapore for ten years before joining NTU in 2001. In her last industrial job, she was the senior technical manager responsible for roll-to-roll embossing for flexible display. She is now a professor in the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. Dr Chan-Park has interest and expertise in nanoimprint, micro- and nano-patterning, biomaterials, tissue engineering and carbon nanotubes.

Prof. Neil Cameron, Monash University, Australia

Talk title: Polymer Scaffolds for 3D Cell Culture, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Prof. Neil Cameron undertook his degree (1987-1991) and PhD (1991-1994) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Following two post-doctoral periods, first in Eindhoven then at Heriot Watt University, he was appointed as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Chemistry at Durham University in 1997. In 2005 he was promoted to Reader (Associate Professor) and in October 2008 he took up the position of Professor of Bioactive Chemistry in the same department. In September 2014 he moved to Melbourne to become the Monash Warwick Alliance Professor of Polymer Materials, based at Monash University. His research is focused on the preparation of novel polymeric biomaterials, with particular emphasis on scaffolds for 3D in vitro cell culture and tissue engineering, self-assembling polypeptides, peptide-synthetic polymer hybrids and sugar-containing polymers (glycopolymers). His research to date has led to the publication of >140 papers and he has given >140 invited lectures at conferences and colloquiua. He was awarded a DTI SMART Award (2001), the Macro Group UK Young Researcher’s Medal (2003), an ICI Strategic Fund Award (2004), a Durham University Christopherson/Knott Fellowship (2008) and he was a member of the team that won the RSC’s Rita and John Cornforth award (2011). He serves/has served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Centre of Excellence in Polymeric Materials (PoliMat, Slovenia; 2009-2013) and Reinnervate Ltd (2007-2012), the Editorial Board of the journal Polymer Chemistry (2009-2013) and the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Polymer (2011-). He was Chairman of the Macro Group UK from 2013-2016.

Prof. Christopher W. Bielawski, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Talk title: Remote Control Polymerization Catalysts

Christopher W. Bielawski is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). He received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). After a postdoctoral stint (also at Caltech), he launched an independent career at the University of Texas at Austin, where he explored the ​synthesis and study of a broad range of synthetic macromolecules. After about 10 years in Texas, he moved his research program to Ulsan to launch a new initiative aimed at the development of novel polymeric materials.

Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Talk title: Macromolecular Precision Engineering with Light

Christopher Barner-Kowollik is currently Professor of Materials Science and Head of the Soft Matter Materials Laboratory at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He received a PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1999 (Göttingen University). After postdoctoral research with Prof. Tom Davis and academic positions at the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, he was appointed Full Professor of Polymer Chemistry in 2006 at the same institution. From 2008 to 2017 he held the chair for Macromolecular Chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he continues to head a research team. Prof. Barner-Kowollik has published over 520 peer-reviewed studies and won several awards for his research, most recently the coveted Erwin-Schrödinger Award of the Helmholtz association (2016) and an ARC Laureate Fellowship (2017). His main research interests are situated at the interface of organic, polymer and biochemistry and focus on a wide range of polymer-related research fields, such as the (photochemical) synthesis of complex macromolecular architectures with highly-defined functionality and composition, advanced synthesis via polymer ligation techniques and macromolecular transformations at ambient temperature in solution and on surfaces, with a strong focus on light-induced methodologies, advanced photolithographic processes, fundamental investigations into polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, as well as high resolution imaging and characterization of macromolecular chain structures via mass spectrometric methods in solution and on surfaces.

Prof. Naoko Yoshie , University of Tokyo, Japan

Talk title: Enhanced Mechanical Performance Induced by Dynamic Crosslinks

Naoko Yoshie is a full professor of Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. She is also a member of Science Council of Japan and a Vice President of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan. After she received her PhD in Polymer Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology, she began an academic career as a research associate at Department of Biomolecular Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, where she had been studied the material properties and design of biodegradable and/or biobased polyesters. In 2001, she joined Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo as an associate professor and expanded her research area to sustainable design of polymers with dynamic bond s, including recycling, self-healing, self-recovering and so on. Her current research focus also includes regulation of crystallization and phase separation processes of polymer blends to create nano- and micro-patterns.

Mrs. Helen Millicer, Vinyl Council of Australia, Australia

Talk title: Churchill Fellowship 2018 - Project Summary

Helen Millicer is committed to creating a sustainable future. She holds several positions, including non-exec Director roles as national President of ATA, Alternative Technology Association, which advocates for sustainable living and represents over 6500 households, and Director for the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group (covering ¼ of Victoria). She is also Expert Panel member for the Victorian Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund, and the National Recycling Strategy Manager for the Vinyl Council of Australia. Helen also manages her own consulting practice, One Planet Consulting, having recently completed projects for the ACT and Victorian Governments, Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and Australian Industry Group among others on sustainability strategies, market research and program design. She engages via her regular column ‘Future Focus’ in Business Environment News, presents at conferences and seminars, and for the UN Global Cities Program to visiting Chinese government delegations on sustainable futures. Prior to this, Helen was Manager of Sustainability Programs (energy, water and materials) for PACIA, now Chemistry Australia advising major companies, including Dow, BASF and Nufarm. Helen has successfully led and been engaged in industry innovation, strategy planning and execution, change management and communications. Helen holds qualifications in business management from Monash University, carbon accounting from Swinburne University and is a member of the Institute of Company Directors. A number of Helen’s programs have won state and national awards, and she has just been awarded a 2017 Churchill Fellowship to travel around the world to bring improvements back to Australia for a more circular economy, with a particular focus on plastics.

Prof.Vicki Chen, University of New South Wales, Australia

Talk title: Engineering Nanocomposite Membranes for Critical Environmental Challenges

Vicki Chen is currently a professor and the Head of School of the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. Chemical Engineering and the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. Chemical Engineering. She was the Director for the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology from 2006 to 2014. Her current areas of research interests are: colloidal and macromolecular fouling in membrane systems, vibrating membrane systems, hollow fiber membrane module design, bioseparations, nanocomposite membranes, biocatalytic membrane processes, membrane distillation and crystallization, antifouling functionalization, and membrane separation for removal of greenhouse gases. In addition to numerous projects supported by the Australian Research Council, she has led projects with the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Polymers, CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, National Centre of Excellence for Desalination (NCEDA), and Australia Low Emission Coal R&D. She has served as a board member of the NCEDA and editorial board for Desalination Journal. She was also a founding board member for the Membrane Society of Australasia and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Membrane Science.

Prof. Sébastien Perrier, The University of Warwick, UK

Talk title: Molecular Engineering for the Design of Nanostructured Materials

Professor Sébastien Perrier graduated from the Ecole National Supèrieure de Chimie de Montpellier, France, in 1998. He undertook his PhD at the University of Warwick, England, in polymer chemistry, and spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Advances Macromolecular Design (University of New South Wales), Australia. He started his academic career at Leeds in 2002 as a lecturer, then moved to the University of Sydney in 2007, as director of the Key Centre for Polymers & Colloids. In October 2013, Sébastien was appointed as the Monash-Warwick Alliance Chair in Polymer Chemistry, a joint appointment between the Chemistry Department and the Medical School at the University of Warwick, UK, and the Faculty of Pharmacy at Monash University, Australia. Sébastien’s team focuses on the use of macromolecular engineering to design functional nanostructured materials, with applications ranging from material science to nanotechnology and nanomedicine. He has published nine book chapters and ca. 150 articles, which have received over 10,000 citations (h-index 50), and supervised to date 25 PhD students. He has made strong contributions to his discipline, as Chair of the RACI Polymer Division (2011), member of the IUPAC Polymer group and he was appointed from 2011 to 2013 as panel member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Soft Matter, Macromolecules, European Polymer Journal, Polymers, Polymer Chemistry, Click Chemistry, ACS Macro Letters, ChemComm and ChemSocRev. His recent awards include the Macro Group UK Young Researcher Award (2006), the Rennie Memorial Medal (2009), the RACI Applied Research Award (2012), a Future Fellowship (2012), the Australian Academy of Science Le Fèvre Memorial Prize (2013), the Wolfson Merit Award (Royal Society, 2014), the Biomacromolecules / Macromolecules Young Investigator Award (ACS, 2014) and the IUPAC / Samsung Young Polymer Scientist Award (IUPAC, 2014).

Prof. Andrew Whittaker, University of Queensland, Australia

Talk title: Directing Surface Segregation in Thin Polymeric Films for Lithographic Applications

Professor Andrew Whittaker is Deputy Director International and Group Leader in AIBN. He directs research funded through more than $53 million in competitive grants since 2002. Professor Whittaker’s work in synthesis and characterisation of polymeric materials has underpinned major development programs in several key areas. In the field of materials for photolithography this has been supported by funding from leading semiconductor companies Intel, Sematech and the Dow Chemical Company. Outcomes include novel high-index resists for 193 nm immersion lithography, new concepts for design of non-chemically amplified resists for EUV lithography, and more recently novel approaches to healing roughness in IC features. In the field of biomaterials science, Professor Whittaker is most active in developing novel imaging agents for MRI, and introduced a new class of 19F polymeric agents. He is an expert in the fundamentals of diffusion process in complex solids. He has an international reputation in the field of NMR and MRI of polymeric systems.Professor Whittaker is a member of numerous international committees of governing bodies in polymer science and technology,and is involved in organising major international conferences. He is past-president of the Pacific Polymer Federation. He has active collaborations with scientists at Nagoya Institute of Technology (NIT), Japan; Hubei University, NCNST and Shanghai University, China; the University of Nottingham, UK; IMEC, Belgium; Dow Electronic Materials, US; and the Intel Corporation, US. He has held visiting professor positions at INSA Lyon and NIT and was DICE Chair at University of Nottingham, and is currently visiting professor at Hubei University.

A/Prof. Yan Ji, Tsinghua University, China

Talk title: Shape memory vitrimers

Yan Ji is an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, China. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Tianjin University (China) in 1998 and 2001 respectively. In 2006, she obtained her Ph.D degree from Peking University (China). After 5 years in Cambridge University (UK) as a Research Associate, she joined Tsinghua University in the end of 2011. Her main research interests are polymers containing dynamic covalent bonds, stimuli-responsive polymers and polymeric nanocomposites.


Prof. Greg Dicinoski, Reserve Bank of Australia, Australia

Talk title: Polymer Banknotes in Australia – the Past, Present and Future

Prof Dicinoski graduated with a PhD in 1995 from the Central Queensland University. He spent 2.5 years as a Senior Research Scientist with the Council for Mineral Technology in South Africa and 2 years at the University of South Africa. Prof Dicinoski returned to the University of Tasmania in 1999 and was appointed Head of the School of Chemistry from 2009-2013 and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science from 2006-2013. His research is funded by the ARC and Federal Government and has resulted in 50+ peer-review publications and 120+ conference presentations. Prof Dicinoski has supervised to completion 26 honours, masters and doctorate students. Prof Dicinoski has been awarded national teaching citations and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc (RACI) and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). In 2013, he left the University of Tasmania to accept a position as the Head Scientist for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). Prof Dicinoski currently holds an Adjunct Professorial position with the University of Tasmania. In this role he leads a group of 25 technical staff responsible for the scientific research and development program of the RBA, along with quality assurance, counterfeit assessment and damaged banknote evaluation.

Prof. Sally McArthur, Swinburne University of Technology & CSIRO, Australia

Talk title: 3D Cell Culture Systems for Materials Testing and Evaluation

Sally McArthur is an OCE Science Leader at CSIRO Manufacturing, the Director of the Swinburne Innovation Precinct and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. Professor McArthur’s personal research couples materials, surface engineering, physical science, analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Using these tools, she creates novel interfaces capable of eliciting specific physical and biological responses. Her CSIRO OCE Science Leader role focuses on the development of 3D tissue model systems as new in vitro test platforms for the biomaterials, pharmaceutical and medical/bio technologies sectors. Professor McArthur leads the Australian National Fabrication Facility Victoria (ANFF-Vic) Biointerface Engineering Hub, an open access facility for academic and industry researchers to gain expert support to connect biology with technology. As an engineering researcher Sally has obtained approximately $20 million in funding from research councils, industry and government in the UK and Australia, including the $1.8 million ARC Industrial Transformational Training Centre in Biodevices launched at Swinburne in 2015. The Swinburne Innovation Precinct is a whole of university initiative focused on research-led innovation to transform industry and support our communities through collaboration between students, staff, mentors, industry, strategic partners.
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Prof. Ravin Narain, University of Alberta, Canada

Talk title: New Strategies in the development of polymer-based nanoformulations for therapeutics delivery

Ravin Narain, PhD, P.Eng, is a Full Professor and an established researcher in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has made original and innovative contributions to the design, fabrication, characterization of novel polymers and nanomaterials for a wide range of applications. Dr. Narain’s research examines biomaterials, nanomedicine and regenerative medicine, with an emphasis on developing new biomaterials for drug and gene delivery applications. In particular, he has made significant contributions in the area of glycopolymers and glyco-nanomaterials for a range of applications primarily for biomedical uses. His laboratory mainly focuses on the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer process for the synthesis of well-defined polymers. He has published over 140 articles in peer-reviewed and high impact journals and is the editor of 4 books namely Engineered Carbohydrate-Based Materials for Biomedical Applications (Wiley), Chemistry of Bioconjugates (Wiley), Glycopolymers: Synthesis and Applications (Smithers & Rapra), and Polymers and Nanomaterials for Gene Therapy (Woodhead Publishing & Elsevier Inc.). He is currently on the Advisory Board for Polymer Chemistry (RSC) and is the Editor for two special issues for Polymers (MDPI): Polymers and Nanogels for Gene Therapy; Responsive Polymers for Drug Delivery, Imaging and Theranostic Functions. He currently holds the Distinguished Visiting Scientist Award from CSIRO (Manufacturing), Melbourne, Australia (2017-2018).

Prof. Bronwyn Fox, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Talk title: Manufacturing Futures Research Institute – New manufacturing processes for next generation polymer materials

Professor Bronwyn Fox is Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, which is strategically positioned at the intersection of design, business, engineering and science. Professor Fox is a recognised industry leader with over two decades’ experience in composites and advanced manufacturing. Professor Fox is translating this industrial research expertise into the development of a new Industry 4.0 manufacturing capability, focusing on the challenging automation processes associated with the construction and curing of composite structures. She has delivered major research projects in collaboration with industry both nationally and internationally. Professor Fox comes to Swinburne from Deakin University, where she was a co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility – a $100 million research precinct development in Geelong focused on advanced materials and manufacturing. Professor Fox was the inaugural Research Director at Deakin’s Carbon Nexus facility, working with international teams to develop new approaches for carbon fibre production.

Prof. Volker Abetz, University of Hamburg, Germany

Talk title: Stimuli-responsive Polymers in Membranes and Solutions

Prof. Abetz is Managing Director of the Institute for Polymer Research in Geesthacht, Germany. Focus of the research at his Institute is membranes and multifunctional polymeric materials for applications in separation and coating. Due to the interdisciplinary integration of natural sciences and engineering, research of Prof. Abetz’s group covers the full spectrum from basic research to industrial application. The latest equipment and methods for the synthesis, characterization and processing of polymers, as well as for membrane preparation, module development and design, and modeling of separation processes substantiate the Institute’s competence in the field of polymer science. In addition, Prof. Abetz also lectures at the University of Hamburg in the field of Physical Chemistry. His group there studies the self-assembly of block copolymers. The block copolymers are synthesized via controlled polymerization techniques. Structure and dynamics of these systems are characterized by microscopy, scattering techniques, and spectroscopy. The control of the physical-chemical properties of these materials is essential for their use in various application fields of nanotechnology.

Prof. Taishi Takenobu, Nagoya University, Japan

Talk title: Extremely High Current Density in Organic Polymer Light-Emitting Devices

Taishi Takenobu received his Ph.D. (materials science) from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) in 2001. Since April 2001, he has worked in SONY corporation. From December 2001, he was assistant and associate professor of Tohoku University. From 2010, he was associate professor and professor of Waseda University, and, from March 2016, he is currently a professor of Nagoya University. His current research interests include (1) realization of electrical driven organic laser devise, (2) flexible, stretchable and printable electronics based on organic and nano materials, and (3) solid state physics and functional devices of organic polymers.

Prof. David Lewis, Flinders University, Australia

Talk title: A Dual Cure Approach to Overcoming Material Property Issues in Polymer 3D Printing

Prof Lewis joined Flinders University in 2009 in a joint appointment with the CSIRO Future Manufacturing Flagship, as Flagship Fellow. Over his career, David has delivered over 20 Plenary and Invited Lectures at International meetings, editied two conference proceedings, authored over 60 papers and is an inventor on over 50 granted patent families.
Daivd received his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1986 and did a postdoc at Virginia Tech in the USA and subsequently joined the IBM T.J.Watson Research Centre in NY in 1988. In 1998, David returned to Australia in a research management role with SOLA Optical (now Carl Zeiss Vision), based in Adelaide, which led to senior R&D Management roles, including managing the Discovery and Innovation function.

Prof. Helmut Thissen, CSIRO, Australia

Talk title: Advanced polymers for new and improved medical devices

Helmut Thissen obtained his PhD in Chemistry from RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany, where he also started to translate biomedical research into the clinic while working at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research. He moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1998 to join the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), where he is now serving as a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader in the Manufacturing Business Unit. In addition he serves as a Program Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Polymers. His main interests are the interdisciplinary topics of Biomaterials, Regenerative Medicine and Biosensors, with a focus on the surface modification of biomedical materials and the interactions of material surfaces with biomolecules, cells and tissues. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters and more than 300 conference abstracts. His strong translational focus is reflected by 8 patent families, more than 120 substantial reports to commercial clients and the translation of research results into successful biomedical products. Apart from frequently serving as an expert evaluator for multiple national and international institutions, ranging from the NHMRC to the European Commission, he is also an Adjunct Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia as well as National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. Prestigious awards for his interdisciplinary research include the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement and the Newton Turner Award. He also plays a particularly active role in maintaining the profile of Australian biomedical research nationally and internationally, for example as President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE) and a frequent conference organiser and chair.

Prof. Russell Varley, Deakin University, Australia

Talk title: Creating a Carbon Fibre Industry for Australia

Prof. Varley earned his B.Sc (Hons) in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry from The University of Adelaide, South Australia in 1987. After graduation, he worked for 1.5 years at Yorkshire Chemicals in Melbourne, Victoria, a manufacturer of chemicals for the textile industry, before gaining a position as an experimental scientist at CSIRO in 1989. In 1998 he received his PhD in Materials Engineering from Monash University and worked for CSIRO until 2016 where he left as the leader of the Industrial Composites team to join the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University. His primary research interests include the materials chemistry of network polymers, carbon fibre synthesis, self-healing materials and processable thermoplastic composites.

Prof. Per Zetterlund, University of New Soth Wales, Australia

Talk title: Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) based on conventional (non-living) radical polymerization

Prof. Per Zetterlund was born in Karlskoga, Sweden, in 1968. He graduated from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden) in 1994 with an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, and obtained his Ph.D. in the School of Chemistry at Leeds University (UK) in 1998 with Prof. A. F. Johnson in radical crosslinking polymerizations. He carried out postdoctoral research at Griffith University (Brisbane) with A/Prof. W. K. Busfield and Prof. I. D. Jenkins in nitroxide-mediated polymerization (NMP) and the use of nitroxides as radical traps. In 1999, he became Assistant Professor at Osaka City University (Japan) in the group of Prof. B. Yamada, and worked on kinetics/mechanism of high conversion radical polymerization, synthesis/polymerization of macromonomers, and NMP. In 2003, he moved to Kobe University (Japan) and joined the team of Prof. M. Okubo, where he was promoted to Associate Prof in 2005. Since 2009, he is working as Associate Prof at The Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) at The University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). Current research focuses on controlled/living radical polymerization (CLRP) in aqueous and carbon dioxide based dispersed systems for synthesis of well-defined polymer and nanoparticles. Particular attention is given to how CLRP is influenced by compartmentalization (nanoreactors), and how this can be exploited to improve control/livingness. He has published 116 peer-reviewed papers and 2 book chapters, and is a member of the IUPAC Macromolecular Division (IV) Subcommittee on Modeling of Polymerization Kinetics and Processes, The International Polymer and Colloid Group, The American Chemical Society, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan, as well as RACI.

Prof. Paul Dastoor, University of Newcastle, Australia

Talk title: Organic Solar Cells and Solar Paint: From Benchtop to Rooftop and Beyond

Professor Paul Dastoor is Professor of Physics at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He received his B.A. degree in Natural Sciences and his PhD in Surface Physics from the University of Cambridge. He has been Visiting Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK, at the Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire, UK and at Nanyang Technological University. He is Director of the Centre for Organic Electronics, which he established in 2007. His research interests encompass the growth and properties of thin films, surface coatings and organic electronic devices based on semi-conducting polymers. These exciting materials offer the tantalising prospect of paints that generate electricity directly from sunlight and sensors that can be printed as flexible arrays.

Dr. Predrag Micic, Qenos, Australia

Talk title: The Power of Collaboration - Commercialisation of the World First Polymer Technology

Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering, Master in Polymer Science and PhD in Polymer Processing coupled with close to 30 years work of experience in Industry, . He first joined Petrochemical Industry in 1986 and since held variety of roles in Polyethylene Manufacturing, Technology and Product Development and Technical Services. Main area of expertise is Development and Technical Services of Polyethylene grades for use in pressure pipes. Worked on development and commercialisation of several generations of PE100 type grades. Sitting on Australian/NZ Standard Committees and serves as member of different ISO working groups dealing with developing specifications for polyethylene grades to be used in production of pipes, integrity of pipe networks and related issues. Member of Polyolefines Industry Pipes Association (PIPA Technical committee. Responsible for implementation of licensing technology at Qenos as well as Qenos' licensed technology to clients. Holder of several patents and published numerous scientific papers as well as frequent presenter at International conferences on subject of Polyethylene applications.

A/Prof. Matthew Hill, CSIRO, Australia

Talk title: Development of Separation Technologies with Advanced Coordination Polymers

Dr Matthew Hill graduated with a PhD in chemistry from UNSW in 2006. Since then, at CSIRO, he has developed a platform technology position in a group of materials known as Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs). Matthew is an ARC Future Fellow, Eureka Prize winner, Victorian Young Tall Poppy of the Year and the winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science - Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

A/Prof. Takashi Uemura, Kyoto University, Japan

Talk title: Polymer Chemistry in Coordination Nanochannels

Takashi Uemura received his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Yoshiki Chujo at Department of Polymer Chemistry, Kyoto University in 2002. He then began his academic career at Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry in Kyoto University as an Assistant Professor, and has been an Associate Professor since 2010. He was also a researcher of PRESTO program (2006–2010) and has been a research director for a CREST program (2013-current) of Japan Science and Technology Agency. In 2017, he was appointed as an Associate Editor of Chem. Lett, the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ). During the last five years, he has delivered >90 invited lectures at conferences and symposia. He has been awarded several prizes, including Young Scholar Lecture Series, CSJ (2008), CSJ Award for Young Chemists (2010), Young Scientists’ Prize, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Japan (2013), Kao Research Initiative Award (2014), and JSPS Prize (2016). His research interest focuses on the preparation of synergistic nanohybrids between coordination compounds and polymeric materials, in particular, polymer chemistry in confined nanospaces.

A/Prof. Chin Han Chan, University Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Talk title: Ion Percolation Behavior of Poly(Ethylene Oxide)/Polyacrylate-Based Composite Polymer Electrolytes

Chin Han CHAN is an associate professor at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of University Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. She has been a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Subcommittees on Polymer Education and Polymer Terminology since 2016 and initiated an annual IUPAC project, “Educational Workshop in Polymer Sciences”. Her main research interests are in the physical properties of macromolecules and polymer blends, specifically thermoplastic elastomers, solid polymer electrolytes, and fingerprinting of polymeric products. She was appointed as Visiting Scientist at China University of Petroleum, Beijing, (2011 – 2012) and as Chair Professor at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India (2014). She has published more than 80 papers in international and national refereed journals and more than 35 invited lectures for international conferences. She has been one of the editors of Malaysian Journal of Chemistry, Co-Chief Editor of Materials Mind of Institute of Materials, Malaysia and has edited a number of books published by Royal Society of Chemistry (2013) entitled “Natural Rubber Materials” (2 Volumes), and Apple Academic Press (2014 & 2016) (distributed by CRC Press) entitled “Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules – Macro to Nanoscales” and “Functional Polymeric Composites”, respectively. She was appointed an Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A: Pure and Applied Chemistry in 2017.

Mr. Jun-Hyoung Park, Hyosung Corporation and Galaxia Photonic Corporation, Korea

Talk title: HYOSUNG Polyketone: Its Technologies and Characteristics

Jun-Hyoung holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering 1970-1974. He is president of Polyketone Business Division in Chemicals Performance Group of Hyosung Corporation. He is also president and CEO of Galaxia Photonic Corporation. Between 2004-2008 he was the president and CEO of Daelim Corporation. Between 2000-2004 ge was Vice President & CEO of Petrochemical Division of Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. Sinmce 2009 he is The President of Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers (KlChE).

A/Prof. Tomoya Higashihara, Yamagata University, Japan

Talk title: Semi-conducting architectural polymers for the application to stretchable organic electronics

Tomoya Higashihara was born in Kagawa, Japan, and received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2000, 2002, and 2005, respectively, under the supervision of Prof. Akira Hirao. He won the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship DC2 and PD in 2004 and 2005, respectively. During 2005– 2008, he joined the postdoctoral research program at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Lowell, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Rudolf Faust. He then returned to the Tokyo Institute of Technology promoted to assistant professor in Prof. Mitsuru Ueda’s laboratory in 2008. During 2010–2013, he joined the Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO) program “Photoenergy Conversion Systems and Materials for the Next-Generation Solar Cells” supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). In 2013, he was promoted to associate professor of the Innovative Flex Course for Frontier Organic Material Systems (iFront) at Yamagata University. In 2015, he obtained the permanent position of associate professor at the Department of Organic Device Engineering at Yamagata University. He has published 180 papers/review articles, 10 books, and 24 patents. His research interests include living/controlled polymerization, polythiophene-based materials, p-conjugated polymers, and polymer solar cells.

A/Prof. Takeo Suga, Waseda University, Japan

Talk title: Controlled Radical Polymerization in Photo-curing toward Unique Graded Nanostructures

Takeo Suga received his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Hiroyuki Nishide at Department of Applied Chemistry, Waseda University in 2007. After postdoctoral research associate at Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech (Prof. Timothy E. Long), he returned to Waseda University as a research associate, and was promoted as a research assistant professor. After the tenure-track period (2012-16) at Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, he was promoted as a tenured assistant professor at Department of Applied Chemistry, Waseda University in 2016. His research interests include functional polymers, organic electronic devices, and block copolymer self-assembly.

A/Prof. Kris Thurecht, University of Queensland, Australia

Talk title: Utilising Molecular Imaging to Understand Polymer Behaviour In Vivo

Associate Professor Kris Thurecht is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow with appointments at AIBN and UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging. Associate Professor Thurecht has been recognised for scientific excellence with a 2012 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award and a 2010 UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award for his work in developing polymer ‘theranostics’. Since obtaining his PhD in 2005, he has been the recipient of four competitive national and international fellowships including an Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2008; and simultaneous awarding of a British Ramsay Centenary Fellowship and an 1851 Research Fellow in the UK in 2007. He has contributed scientific and review articles to various leading journals in his field, including invited articles in the Emerging Young Investigator issue of Chemical Communications and a Young Talent article in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. Associate Professor Thurecht has been chief investigator on grants from various funding bodies, including ARC Discovery grants; ARC Linkage Grants, with international pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly; a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant; and funding from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. He is co-inventor on two patents.

A/Prof. Tuan Ngo, University of Melbourne, Australia

Talk title: Designing Composite Materials for Extreme Loads and Resilient Infrastructure

A/Prof Tuan Ngo is the Director of the Advanced Protective Technologies for Engineering Structures (APTES) Group at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Research Director of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing and Leader of the CRC-P for Innovative Prefabricated Building Systems. The APTES Group led by Dr Ngo is recognised as one of the leading centres in advanced materials & structural systems, and physical infrastructure protection in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Dr Ngo's group has been working closely with industry and government organisations to carry out research and consulting work in these areas. Dr Ngo has made a significant contribution to research in vulnerability modelling of critical infrastructure, particularly in the area of assessment of the effects of natural and technical hazards on buildings and infrastructure. He is recognised as an expert in protective technologies for protecting critical infrastructure by many government organisations and industry. Dr Ngo has been involved in many projects to provide security assessment, risk modelling and protection solutions. These projects include design and strengthening of high-rise structures, government buildings, embassies, airports, bridges, tunnels, power stations and critical industrial facilities in Australia and overseas. Dr Ngo has played a key role in the PrefabAUS, a peak industry body, involving more than 180 companies in the prefabricated manufacturing of modular buildings. He has carried out significant research collaborations with industry and government agencies to perform large-scale experiments of prefabricated modular components of building structures (facades, wall panels and floor slab systems). He is leading the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing funded by ARC and industry. The national and international research interactions have given Dr Ngo widespread recognition amongst the scientific community and industry as an expert in design and manufacturing of building components and systems using high performance materials. Dr Ngo is leading a team of researchers in Protective Armoured Systems of the Defence Material Technology Centre (DMTC). His team has developed novel material testing and characterisation techniques and a multi-scale simulation framework for modelling ultra-high strength armour materials and vehicle structural components subjected to extreme mine blasts and ballistic attacks. As a result of tis research Dr Ngo and his research team received the national Capability Improvement Award at the DMTC conference in 2014. The research team led by Dr Ngo has been working closely with the Thales Group to develop a unique structural optimisation algorithm to reduce weight and increase mobility for the military vehicles. Dr Ngo has also developed new innovative hybrid composite structures which can significantly enhance the protection of vehicles, structures and human against shocks and impacts. Dr Ngo is the winner of the 2013 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. He also received the Safeguarding Australia Award for Best Contribution to National Security Technology Research in 2011.

A/Prof. Prashant Sonar, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Talk title: Advanced Functional Polymeric Semiconductor Based Thin Film Transistor Devices for Wide Range of Applications

Prashant Sonar is currently an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. He performed doctoral work at Max- Planck Institute of Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany and was awarded his PhD in 2004. Dr. Sonar did his first postdoctoral study at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland from 2004 till 2006. From August 2006 till 2014, he was working as a Research Scientist at Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. He received Future Fellowship (2013) from the Australian Research Council and was appointed as Associate Professor in July 2014 at QUT. At QUT, he established Organic and Printed Electronic Research group and Organic Electronic Device lab for synthesizing conjugated organic conducting and semiconducting materials and making various devices thereof. Currently, he is serving as an Associate Editor of the journal Flexible and Printed Electronics (Institute of Physics, London) and recently became a Fellow of Royal Chemical Society (FRSC). He has published more than 100 publications with H-index of 31 (Google Scholar) and received more than 4000 citations. A/Prof. Sonar is interested in design and synthesis of novel π-functional semiconducting and conducing polymers for printed electronics, (OFETs, OLEDs, OPVs, OLETs, OPDs, and Sensors) bioelectronics and supramoleculecular electronic applications.

A/Prof. Richard Yang, Western Sydney University, Australia

Talk title: Fabrication and Characterisation of Thermoplastic Materials: 3D Printing versus Injection Moulding

Richard Yang joined the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics in January 2012 as A/Prof in Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures. Prior to this, Richard was Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, at the School of Engineering, Deakin University (Deakin). Prior to his almost six-year working in Deakin University, he also has worked for a couple of years each in the University of Sydney (USyd) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) as post-doc research fellow after his PhD study in the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2002. In research, he has been mainly working in computational mechanics more than15 years with focusing on characterisation of material properties and mechanical behaviours via numerical modelling and simulations, especially on multi-scale modelling of advanced engineering materials and structures, i.e. polymeric nanocomposites, structural health monitoring (SHM) and smart structures, metal forming and manufacturing, metal surface treatment, etc. He has published more than 150 scientific publications in his research fields.

Dr.Filippa Shub, Starpharma, Australia

Talk title: Starpharma Dendrimers: commercial application

Filippa Shub serves as Director of IP at Starpharma, a listed Australia Biotech company with pharmaceutical nanotechnology assets in various stages of development from preclinical to on market. Filippa is responsible for maximising firm value by collaboratively developing and implementing IP, commercial and research strategy. She is an experienced IP and licensing executive with more than 25 years’ experience in Research, IP and Commercialisation in the biotech industry. Before joining Starpharma Filippa worked with both legal firms and biotechnology companies in Australia and USA, including Davies Collison Cave, Allens Arthur Robinson, Norwood Abbey and CSL. She has also run small companies and co-founded a Silicon Valley CRO focused on supporting start ups with their early phase clinical studies. She started her career in Immunology research in Australia and USA. Filippa is a registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney and has qualifications in Immunology and IP law from Melbourne University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Dr. Youssef Habibi, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg

Talk title: Nanocelluloses: from wood to advanced materials

Youssef Habibi received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Joseph Fourier University (Grenoble, France) prepared jointly with CERMAV (Centre de Recherche sur les Macromolecules Végétales). He recently joined the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) as Lead Scientist. Before joining LIST, he worked at 'Service des Matériaux Polymers et Composites' at University of Mons (Belgium) after spending few years as Research Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU, Raleigh, USA) and as Research and Teaching Assistant at the French Engineering School of Paper, Printing and Biomaterials (PAGORA, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France). Dr Habibi works across many branches of the sustainable production of materials from renewable resources. His research interests include the design of new bio-derived polymers, development of high performance nanocomposites from lignocellulosic materials including natural nano-sized fillers, biomass conversion technologies, and the application of novel analytical tools to biomass. He published over 100 research articles or invited reviews in high standard peer review journals, (co)edited and/or (co)authored several books and book chapters. He is also involved in several organizations such ACS, TAPPI (Standard Nomenclature of Nanocellulose) and also serve as active reviewer or member of the editorial broad of several scientific journals.

Dr. Michael R Whittaker, Monash University, Australia

Talk title: Smart Soft Matter Enabled Nanomedicines

Dr Michael Whittaker is a Senior Researcher at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) and Project Leader within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology (CBNS). Previously he was senior researcher within the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) and Australian Centre of Nanomedicine (ACN). His current work examines the translation of biological-like control of macromolecular synthesis to wholly synthetic polymer systems and the use of stimuli-responsive “smart” soft matter for nanomedicine. Applications include novel antibacterial materials, soft matter nanoparticles that communicate with cells to give improved therapeutic outcomes, nanomaterials for improved theranostics and “smart” nanomaterials for sub-cellular targeting. Google Scholar.

Dr. Denise Hardesty, CSIRO, Australia

Talk title: Plastics, biodiversity impacts and industry – the value of partnerships

Dr. Hardesty has been leading a portfolio of projects focused on understanding plastic pollution in the oceans for the last several years, resulting in global recognition of her impact in this area. Denise is regularly approached by inter-governmental and national agencies, non-government organizations, and industry bodies to provide expert opinion on marine debris related matters. She has a strong commitment to engagement within the academic community, with policy makers and environmental advocates, with industry and with the public at large. Recently she ran a major national project on plastic pollution impacts on marine species in Australia, engaging with more than 7,000 school kids, teachers, business leaders, and members of the public over 3 years. In the past few years Denise has served as a scientific expert for numerous working groups and panels including the International Whaling Commission (IWC), The Australian Federal Government, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Protection (GESAMP), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), for the US National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and numerous state and regional panels within Australia.

Dr. George Vamvounis, James Cook University, Australia

Talk title: Macromolecular Materials for Sensing

George obtained his PhD from Simon Fraser University where he held a prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada industrial postgraduate scholarship with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada to develop Polymer and Organic Light Emitting Diodes. Following his PhD, George worked at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden as a KAMI Postdoctoral Research Fellow investigating dendritic macromolecules. He then joined The University of Queensland’s Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) as a senior researcher and followed-up with an ARC Australian Research Fellowship to investigate electroactive dendrimers. George is a Senior Lecturer within JCU’s College of Science and Engineering. His research interests are in the design, preparation and characterisation of novel organic and polymer semiconductors for optical, microelectronic and biological applications.

Dr Shadi Houshyar, RMIT University, Australia

Talk title: Innovative Textile Materials

Shadi graduated in 2005 from RMIT University. She was awarded an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) to develop recyclable self-reinforced composite. Shadi finished her postdoctoral at CSIRO and PolyNovo Pty Ltd, focusing on biomaterials for human application. She joined the Centre for Materials Innovation and Future Fashion (CMIFF) at RMIT University as a material scientist in 2012, since then she has conducted number of research projects on advanced materials for protection and smart textiles. Her research interests include biomaterials, polymer and fibre composites, nanocomposite, protective clothing, medical and smart textile.

Dr Timothy Hughes, CSIRO, Australia

Talk title: Photocurable gelatin hydrogels for cell encapsulation

Dr Timothy Hughes is a research team leader (Biomedical Polymers) at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia. His research interests include the design and synthesis of polymers for biomedical applications, particularly in the areas of biocompatible materials, drug delivery systems, ophthalmic devices and resins for 3D printing. He has worked with a variety of companies developing solutions such as ocular devices, drug delivery systems, photocurable sealants and resins for 3D printing. Dr Hughes has published more than 45 papers in peer reviewed journals and is an inventor on 17 patent families. In addition, he has been co-awarded CSIRO Research Achievement Awards in 2009 and 2012 as well as the 2004 Royal Society Award for Interdisciplinary Research (Eureka Award).

Dr. Nghia Truong, University of Queensland, Australia

Talk title: Engineering polymer sequence and nanoparticle shape via emulsion polymerization

Dr. Nghia Truong completed his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry in 2013 from the University of Queensland, Australia. He was an assistant lecturer and a lecturer at Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City for four years before working as a research fellow alongside Prof. Thomas Davis at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology, Monash University. In his early career, Dr. Truong has published 28 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals including Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications and Journal of the American Chemical Society and has received several awards for his teaching and research. His current research interests include engineering sequence-defined polymers and shape-controlled nanomaterials for applications in nanomedicine (drug and gene delivery, diagnostics, and antibacterial materials) by using a variety of synthetic techniques including radical polymerization (RAFT, ATRP, SET-LRP, and CCTP), emulsion polymerization, self-assembly, polymerization-induced self-assembly, temperature-induced morphological transformation, and click chemistry. He is a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute as well as the Vietnam Young Academy and serving as a guest editor for Nanomaterials.

Dr. Kristine Barlow, Deakin University and CSIRO, Australia

Talk title: Comercial development of polymerised ionic liquid block copolymers as solid polymer electrolytes

Dr. Kristine Barlow is an Associate Research Fellow at Deakin University and a Visiting Scientist at CSIRO Manufacturing. Kristine obtained her PhD (2010) at the University of Melbourne under A/Prof. Uta Wille, investigating the reactions of sulfur-centred free radicals. She started her research in polymer chemistry as a postdoctoral research associate in Prof. David Bergbreiter's group at Texas A&M University (2010-2012), where she explored the responsive solubility, wettability and potential catalytic activity of “smart” polymers. She returned to Melbourne as an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO (2012-2016) with Dr. Graeme Moad as her primary supervisor. Her postdoctoral research involved the development of RAFT-polymeric monoliths as reaction supports in flow processes. During this time, she undertook a brief secondment to Chemistry Australia as an Innovation and Research Manager to foster collaborations between industry and research organisations. Kristine currently works on a joint project between Deakin University and CSIRO (BatTRI-Hub), developing polymers for safer batteries, specifically as solid polymer electrolytes. Her research interests lie in polymers for specified applications, such as battery components and flow processes. She is the recipient of a Deakin Central Research Grant (2017) and a Payne-Scott Award (CSIRO, 2015).

Dr Almar Postma, CSIRO, Australia

Talk title: Antiviral macromolecular prodrug carriers

Almar Postma obtained his BSc (Hons, 1996) in chemistry at the University of Surrey, England and PhD (2005) from the University of New South Wales in polymer chemistry, under Prof. Davis, Drs Moad & O’Shea. Between 2006 and 2008, he undertook postdoctoral research at Melbourne University under Prof. Caruso in the field of drug delivery. During that period he was also involved in a startup pharmaceutical company (iCeutica). He first joined CSIRO back in 1995 as an exchange student and finally returning to CSIRO in 2008 where he is currently a CSIRO senior research scientist. Dr Postma is co-author of over 60 publications, 5 reviews, 2 book chapters and an inventor on 7 patent families. His research interests lie in the interface of polymer synthesis, design, mechanisms and their applications in the biomedical field, electroactive space and industrial areas. He also shares an interest in the biomimetic material polydopamine and applications thereof. In recognition of contribution towards developing RAFT polymerisation Dr Postma shared a CSIRO medal and the CSIRO Divisional Innovation SAP Award in 2003.

Dr Yixia Zhang, University of New South Wales, Australia

Talk title: An advanced epoxy-based nanocomposite as an adhesive material

Dr. Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in School of Engineering and Information Technology in the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra, Australia since 2009. Before she moved to UNSW Canberra, she worked as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor in other campus of UNSW. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in UNSW, the University of Queensland of Australia, Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea after completing her PhD in the University of Hong Kong in 2001. She obtained her Bachelor degree and Master degree in Engineering Mechanics from Tianjin University, China in 1992 and 1995. She was awarded the Postgraduate certificate for Higher Education by the University of New South Wales in 2007. Dr. Zhang has a strong expertise in Computational Mechanics and advanced numerical methods and modelling techniques. Her research areas includes the characterization of material and structural behaviour using advanced numerical modelling and experimental technique. Her research interest in recent year is on composite materials and structures. Since 1998, she has published over 185 peer-reviewed scholarly research papers including more than 70 research papers published in top leading International journals in her research areas. She was awarded the Spitfire Defence Memorial Fellowship in 2011 and was received by the Australian Governor in General for her research on impact-resistance construction material. She is a Chief investigator of the ARC research hub for Nanoscience-based Construction Material Manufacturing which was awarded an ARC funding of $5 million. She has supervised 7 PhD students and 1 Master student to completion as a primary supervisor since 2012. She has served as local organisation committee and international technical committee member or advisory board member for over 10 international conferences. She has been a frequent reviewer for up to 20 leading International journals.

Dr. Kate Fox, RMIT University, Australia

Talk title: Polymer-diamond composites for medical implants

Kate is a senior lecturer at RMIT in the School of Engineering. A biomedical engineer, she has been involved in two of the biggest medical bionics projects in Australia, the Bionic Eye and the Stentrode device, a device capable of directly interfacing with the brain. At present she is working in using additive manufacturing for implant applications. Prior to joining academia she worked as a patent attorney.