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Symposium CC
Hydrogels and Water-Soluble Polymers

Chair

  • Jun LI, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Co-Chairs

  • Yoshihito OSADA, Advanced Science Institute, RIKEN, Japan
  • Justin COOPER-WHITE, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Dan LUO, Cornell University, United States
  • Zhongxing ZHANG, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore

Correspondence

  • Prof Jun Li, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Email: bielj@nus.edu.sg
    Tel: (65) 6516 7273
    Fax: (65) 6872 3069
    Mailing Address:
    9 Engineering Drive 1
    Singapore 117576

Scope of Symposium

Polymeric hydrogels are important functional soft materials made up of a large variety of neutral or charged water-soluble macromolecules crosslinked physically or chemically from both natural and synthetic origins. Hydrogels are abundantly present in nature and have long been studied as natural functional materials. Synthetic hydrogels and water-soluble polymers have received growing attention during the last decades because of their promising applications in the fields of biomedical engineering, pharmaceutics, cosmetics and food industries. Meanwhile, water-soluble polymers have a huge market in many traditional areas such as water treatment, oil production, paper making, mineral processing, textiles, and building materials. Recently, intelligent gels responding to various stimuli have been developed through controlling the gel molecular structures and properties. Hydrogels based on supramolecular self-assembly of natural and synthetic water-soluble polymers and their applications have also become a multidisciplinary research area. The objective of this symposium is to bring together scientists active in different fields of polymer hydrogels and water-soluble polymers to exchange ideas and promote cross-discipline collaboration.

Different aspects of synthetic and biopolymer hydrogels and water-soluble polymers will be treated. The topics will include:

• Syntheses, structures and properties of hydrogels and water-soluble polymers
• Polyelectrolyte polymers and hydrogels
• Intelligent hydrogels and polymers
• Self-assembly of biopolymers and water-soluble polymers
• Supramolecular hydrogels and polymers
• Simulation and modeling of hydrogels
• Biomedical and pharmaceutical applications of hydrogels and water-soluble polymers
• Food, cosmetics, and personal care applications of hydrogels and water-soluble polymers

Proceedings

Symposium Proceedings will be published in Polymer International (Impact Factor 1.902) as a special issue for selected full papers.

Invited Speakers

  • Ester SEGAL, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel ( Abstract )
  • Guoping CHEN, Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) National Institute for Materials Science, Japan ( Abstract )
  • Xuesi CHEN, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China ( Abstract )
  • Yong Mei CHEN, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China ( Abstract )
  • Namita Roy CHOUDHURY, University of South Australia, Australia ( Abstract )
  • Justin J. COOPER-WHITE, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland, Australia ( Abstract )
  • Jiandong DING, Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, China ( Abstract )
  • Akira HARADA, Osaka University, Japan ( Abstract )
  • Xiao HU, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ( Abstract )
  • Yoshihiro ITO, Advanced Science Institute, RIKEN, Japan ( Abstract )
  • Byeongmoon JEONG, Ewha Womans University, Korea ( Abstract )
  • Kristi KIICK, University of Delaware, United States ( Abstract )
  • Lin LI, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ( Abstract )
  • Dan LUO, Dept. of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, United States ( Abstract )
  • Yoshihito OSADA, Advanced Science Institute, RIKEN, Japan ( Abstract )
  • Costas S. PATRICKIOS, University of Cyprus, Cyprus ( Abstract )
  • Laura POOLE-WARREN, The University of New South Wales, Australia ( Abstract )
  • Yury SHCHIPUNOV, Institute of Chemistry, Far East Department, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia ( Abstract )
  • Atsushi SUZUKI, Yokohama National University, Japan ( Abstract )
  • Yen WEI, Tsinghua University, China ( Abstract )
  • Nobuhiko YUI, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan ( Abstract )
  • Zhongxing ZHANG, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore ( Abstract )
  • Miklos ZRINYI, Semmelweis University, Hungary ( Abstract )

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