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Plenary Speakers

Craig Hawker (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.)

Accelerated Polymer Synthesis and Discovery

Sebastien Lecommandoux (Univ. of Bordeaux, France)

Biomimetic polymer vesicles: from nanomedicines to artificial cells

Stuart J. Rowan (Univ. of Chicago, U.S.)

Exploring Dynamic Covalent Polymers as Adaptive Materials


Invited Speakers

Topic 1: Polymer Synthesis and Reactions

Sadahito Aoshima (Osaka University, Japan)
  Precision synthesis of various functional polymers via controlled/living cationic polymerization

Todd Shannon Emrick (University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.)
  Functional Polymer Synthesis Inspired by Nature

Brett Fors (Cornell University, U.S.)
  Controlled Radical Polymerization from C-H Bonds

Yasuhiro Kohsaka (Shinshu University, Japan)
  Molecular Design for Degradable Vinyl Polymers and Chemical Recycling

Frank Leibfarth (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.)
  Stereoselective Cationic Polymerization of Vinyl Monomers

Hideharu Mori (Yamagata University, Japan)
  Controlled synthesis of ionic polymers and deep eutectic polyelectrolytes with specific interactions

Toshifumi Satoh (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  One-step synthesis of sequence-controlled multiblock polymers from monomer mixture

Daisuke Takeuchi (Hirosaki University, Japan)
  Synthesis of Polyolefins with Regulated Structure by Transition Metal-Catalyzed Polymerization

Patrick Theato (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
  Functional Polymers: from new synthetic routes to applications in energy storage

Mineto Uchiyama (Nagoya University, Japan)
  Precision Polymer Synthesis by Living Cationic and Anionic Polymerizations Based on Reversible Chain-Transfer Mechanism

Yan Xia (Stanford University, U.S.)
  Building and Breaking Macromolecular Ladders to Develop Functional Materials

Zhengbiao Zhang (Soochow University, China)
  The precision synthesis of discrete polymers

Topic 2: Supramolecular Polymers

Banglin Chen (The University of Texas at San Antonio, U.S.)
  Hydrogen Bonded Organic Frameworks: Chemistry and Functions

Subi Jacob George (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India)
  Non-Covalent synthesis of Branched Supramolecular Polymers

Stephen Michael Goldup (University of Southampton, UK)
  Topology and stereochemistry in oligomeric interlocked molecules

Satoshi Horike (Kyoto University, Japan)
  Melting and vitrification of coordination polymers / metal-organic frameworks

Fumitaka Ishiwari (Osaka University, Japan)
  Remarkable Properties of the Polymers Containing Molecular Units with 2D Self-Assembling Ability

Myongsoo Lee (Fudan University, China)
  Dynamic Switching of Self-Assembled Chiral Space

Ramakrishnan Subramaniam (Indian Institute of Science, India)
  Architectural Design for Spatial Control of Functionality in Polymers

Shiki Yagai (Chiba University, Japan)
  Nanoengineering of Curved Supramolecular Polymers

Eiji Yashima (Nagoya University, Japan)
  Supramolecular Helical Systems for the Development of Unique Chiral Materials

Topic 3: Structure and Physical Properties of Polymers

Hsin-Lung Chen (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
  Quasicrystal and Frank-Kasper phase of sugar-based block copolymer

Bumjoon Kim (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea)
  Shape and Structure Control of Block-Copolymer Based Particles

Koichi Mayumi (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  Tough and highly recoverable polymer gels

Yongfeng Men (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  Structural development and mechanical properties of polybutene-1

Yohei Miwa (Gifu University, Japan)
  Self-healing polymers with dynamic networks

Takashi Miyata (Kansai University, Japan)
  Tough hydrogels designed using entanglements of polymer chains

Ken Nakajima (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  AFM Nanomechanics on Polymeric Materials

Frank Scheffold (University of Fribourg, Germany)
  Super-resolution microscopy reveals nanoscale mechanisms in microgels and microgel-based materials

An-Chang Shi (McMaster University, Canada)
  Self-assembly of block copolymer blends

Topic 4: Polymer Surface and Interface

Atsushi Hozumi (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
  Neo-functional coatings showing paradoxical surface wetting properties

Reika Katsumata (University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.)
  Wetting translucency of ultrathin polymer films

Masaya Mitsuishi (Tohoku University, Japan)
  Interfacial Nanostructuring of Siloxane Building Blocks

Christopher Kemper Ober (Cornell University, U.S.)
  Making polymers vanish with nm-scale precision: Extreme UV Patterning for Fast Electronics

Toshiaki Ougizawa (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  Adhesion mechanism from the viewpoint of meniscus formation and sedimentation behavior in fine particles on the rubber surface

Stephan Volkher Roth (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Germany)
  Biopolymer and diblock copolymer functional materials

Sono Sasaki (Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan)
  In-situ Investigation of Nano-Scale Structure Change of Marine-Degradable Polymer Thin Films in Seawater

Eriko Sato (Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan)
  Dismantlable adhesives based on nondegradable polymers

Mona Semsarilar (European Institute of Membrane, France)
  Functional polymer surfaces for environmental remediation

Yoshinori Takashima (Osaka University, Japan)
  Design and functions of polymeric materials formed by reversible and movable cross-linkers

Keiji Tanaka (Kyushu University, Japan)
  Adsorption of Polymer Chains onto a Solid Surface

Nicolas Vogel (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
  Polymer particles at liquid interfaces, their interfacial shape, self-assembly and phase behavior

Topic 5: Polymer Simulation and Informatics

Yuichi Masubuchi (Nagoya University, Japan)
  Change of monomeric friction of polymers under fast flows


Marcus Müller (Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany)
  Controlling the orientation of copolymer mesophases by processing: Insights from computer simulation


Masanobu Naito (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  Data-driven polymer ecosystem toward circular economy

Doros Nicolas Theodorou (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
  Mesoscopic Simulation Strategies for Long-Chain Polymers and Their Nanocomposites

Topic 6: Polymer Hybrid and Composite Materials

Masayuki Gon (Kyoto University, Japan)
  Synthesis and Optical Properties of π-Conjugated Polymers Containing Hypervalent Compounds

Hajime Kishi (University of Hyogo, Japan)
  Conductive networked polymer blend / filler composites controlling the phase structures.

Guojun Liu (Queen's University, Canada)
  Transparent Omniphobic Coating with Glasslike Hardness and Polymerlike Bendability for Smartphone Touchscreen Protection and Ice Shedding

Hideyuki Mitomo (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  Active control of plasmonic nanoparticles using polymers

Kevin J. T. Noonan (Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.)
  Helical Polymers and Macrocycles Prepared From Alkyl Furan-3-carboxylate Building Blocks

Ikuyoshi Tomita (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  Functional Polymer Materials with Versatile Element-blocks in the Main Chain

Michel Wong-Chi-Man (Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, France)
  Silsesquioxane-based hybrid materials

Per B. Zetterlund (University of New South Wales, Australia)
  Synthesis of polymer/graphene oxide nanocomposites via aqueous emulsion based approaches

Topic 7: Polymer Processing

Yongjin Li (Hangzhou Normal University, China)
  Interfacial Designing of Immiscible Polymer Blends by Reactive Processing

Shih-Jung Liu (Chang Gung University, Taiwan)
  3D-printed/electrospun degradable drug-eluting scaffolds for treatment of alveolar bone defects

Masahiro Ohshima (Kyoto University, Japan)
  Front-line polymer foams processing – state of the art

Luyi Sun (University of Connecticut, U.S.)
  Multifunctional Biomimetic Nanocoatings

Topic 8: Polymers for Optics, Electronics and Energy

Xugang Guo (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)
  High-Performance n-Type Polymer Semiconductors for Organic Electronics

Hirotsugu Kikuchi (Kyushu University, Japan)
  Longitudinal Ferroelectricity in Liquid Crystals

Yasuhiro Koike (Keio University, Japan)
  Plastic Optical Fiber and Novel Photonics Polymers for Beyond 5G Society

Christine K Luscombe (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
  C-H activation for the synthesis of semiconducting polymers

Iain McCulloch (University of Oxford, UK)
  New Applications for Organic Semiconducting Polymers

Hideo Ohkita (Kyoto University, Japan)
  New horizons in polymer solar cells

Kenichi Oyaizu (Waseda University, Japan)
  Organic battery using polymers for energy storage

Shun Watanabe (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  Metallic polymers mediated by molecules, ions, and their interstices

Timothy J. White (University of Colorado Boulder, U.S.)
  Molecular Engineering of Liquid Crystalline Elastomers to Enhance Functional Utility

Topic 9: Sustainable Polymers

Eugene Y.-X. Chen (Colorado State University, U.S.)
  Design principles and chemocatalytic methods for circular polymers and biodegradable plastics

Suwabun Chirachanchai (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  Transforming Chitosan Directly to Microfiber through Water-based Pre-organized Nanowhisker in Liquid Crystalline Phase

Sophie M. Guillaume (CNRS -University of Rennes, France)
  Functional stereoregular PHAs advancing sustainability

Minna Hakkarainen (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
  Biobased materials designed for circularity

Atsuhiko Isobe (Kyushu University, Japan)
  Ocean plastic pollution, its current status and future view

Ken-ichi Kasuya (Gunma University, Japan)
  Marine biodegradable plastics

Takako Kikuchi (Chemicals Evaluation and Research Institute, Japan, Japan)
  Evaluation of biodegradability in marine

Takashi Masaki (Kureha Corporation, Japan)
  Development of biopolymer for fishing gear

Kyoko Nozaki (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  Catalyst for Polymer Synthesis and Polymer Degradation

Tsuguyuki Saito (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  Structuring of cellulose nanofibers for producing functional materials

Shunsuke Sato (Kaneka Corporation, Japan)
  Challenge to create a new polymer industry through bio-manufacturing

Shukichi Tanaka (NEC Corporation, Japan)
  Practical Development of Polysaccharide-based Biomass Plastics and Recycling Technology

Shigeru Yao (Fukuoka University, Japan)
  Advanced Plastic Mechanical process based on the Physical degradation and Physical regeneration theory

Topic 10: Bio-functional and Biomedical Polymers

Akira Kakugo (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  Cooperative task achievement by a swarm of molecular machines

Kazushi Kinbara (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  Amphiphilic multiblock oligomers functioning in lipid bilayer membranes

Motoichi Kurisawa (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
  Green Tea Catechin-Based Nanomedicine for Biomedical Application

Kazunori Matsuura (Tottori University, Japan)
  Virus replicas constructed from designed peptides

Michiya Matusaki (Osaka University, Japan)
  Nano-Design of Cell Surfaces for Biomedical Applications

Shin-ichiro Nishimura (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  The dynamic epitope theory

Bradley Lether Pentelute (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.)
  Flow based chemical synthesis of proteins

Heungsoo Shin (Hanyang University, Korea)
  Biomaterials-based delivery of signaling molecules and cells for tissue engineering

Shuichi Takayama (Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.)
  Aqueous Two Phase System Biosensors

Yi Yan Yang (Institute of Bioengineering and Bioimaging, Singapore)
  Novel macromolecules for mRNA delivery and antimicrobial applications