Workshop Details
Telluride Workshop on Polymer Physics
06/20/2011 - 06/24/2011
Meeting Description:

The purpose of Telluride Workshop on Polymer Physics (formerly called Polymers: Theory vs. Experiment) is to provide a forum for intensive discussions of rapidly developing areas of polymer science that have high technological and theoretical interest. The meeting is designed to have a balanced representation of active theoretical and experimental polymer scientists and includes both senior researchers and young researchers who are just beginning their careers but have interesting new results to present. Some effort is made to obtain representation from abroad, although no special funds are made available for financing foreign travel. Participation in the meeting is limited by the requirement that each attendee presents an invited talk. The selection of about 20 to 30 attendees is made through joint agreement of a conference committee composed of members with a range of interests.

The small scale of the meeting fosters strong interactions during the lectures and extensive discussions about the presented research and the planning of future research during the hikes and other activities in the afternoon break between the morning and evening lectures. Many participants form groups in town after the evening lectures to socialize and to further discuss research / disagreements in a friendly environment. This informal organization has led to a collegial and productive set of meetings.


Telluride Workshop on Polymer Physics June 20 – 24, 2011

List of Invited Participants and their Talks

Marcus Cicerone: On the relationship between fast beta and slow relaxation modes in glass forming materials

Juan de Pablo: Collective phenomena in liquid crystals and their interfaces.

Jack Douglas: Influence of Nanoparticle and Molecular Additives on Structural Relaxation and Collective Particle Motion in a Simulated Glass-Forming Polymer Liquid.

Jacek Dudowicz: Self-assembly phenomena.

John Dutcher: Surface-active proteins on different surfaces: the effect of hydrophobicity and surface curvature on the conformation and oligomerization of adsorbed beta-lactoglobulin molecules.

Mark Ediger: Direct measurement of molecular motion in freestanding films of polystyrene and other polymers.

Karl Freed: The descent into glass formation in polymers

Venkat Ganesan: Mechanistic origins of transport properties of polymer nanocomposites and block copolymer electrolytes

Jan Genzer: Insight into the structure of macromolecular grafts formed by surface-initiated polymerization

Ferenc Horkay: Ion-polymer interactions in biopolymer solutions and gels

Sanat Kumar: Polymer Nanocomposites: Tailoring their Properties through Particle Size and Surface Functionalization.

Tim Lodge: Gels from ABA and ABC Triblock Copolymers: Structure and Dynamics.

Erik Luijten: Controlled Condensation of Plasmid DNA with Block Copolymers.

Jim Martin: Field structured polymer composites for heat transfer and chemical sensing.

M. Muthukumar: Dilute polyelectrolyte solutions.

Monica Olvera de la Cruz: Heterogeneous Elastic Membranes

Ken Schweizer Adventures in Polymer Dynamics: Entangled Liquids, Glasses and Nanocomposites.

Francis Starr: DNA-linked Nanoparticle Assemblies.

Svetlana Sukhishvili: Polyelectrolyte Assemblies: Dynamics, Structure and Response.

Igal Szleifer: Modeling polymers in cell nucleus: chromatin compaction and nuclear pore complexes.

Richard Vaia: Single Component Polymer-Inorganic Nanocomposites: Interfacial Dynamics and Structure.

Shi-Qing Wang: How entangled polymeric liquids transform from the elastic state to flow: instabilities from shear to extension and beyond.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 W Colorado Ave Telluride CO 81435

Telluride Workshop on Polymer Physics Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Cicerone, Marcus NIST
de Pablo, Juan University of Wisconsin
Douglas, Jack Polymers Division, NIST
Dudowicz, Jacek University of Chicago
Dutcher, John University of Guelph
Ediger, Mark Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
Freed, Karl U Chicago
Ganesan, Venkat University of Texas at Austin
Horkay, Ferenc National Institutes of Health
Kumar, Sanat Columbia University
Luijten, Erik Northwestern University
Martin, James Sandia National Labs
Muthukumar, Murugappan University of Massachusetts
Schweizer, Ken University of Illinois
Starr, Francis Wesleyan University
Torkelson, John Northwestern University
Vaia, Richard AFRL/RXBN
Wang, Shi-Qing University of Akron

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