Speaker, Institution Seminar Title Date
Alfredo Alexander-Katz
 “Blood Clotting-Inspired Polymer Physics” (abstract)
November 30, 2016
Kathryn Uhrich
University of California, Riverside
 “Polymeric Bioactives: Polymers from Bioactives and as Bioactives” (abstract)
October 26, 2016
Wenbin Lin
University of Chicago
 “Metal-organic Frameworks for Sustainable Catalysis and Cancer Therapy” (abstract) September 7, 2016
Dr. Travis Baughman
DSM Engineering Plastics
“Materials Based on Designer Polyolefins:  From Olefin Metathesis Copolymers to UHMEPE Materials” (abstract) May 11, 2016
Prof. Kenneth B. Wagener
University of Flordia
“Raising High Density Polethylene’s Melting Point by 40˚C(abstract) May 4, 2016
 Prof. Xiaoyu (Rayne) Zheng
Virginia Tech
 “Polymer Engineering with Proteins:  New Chemistry and Processing Techniques” (abstract) April 20, 2016 
 Prof.  Jon Pokorski
Case Western Reserve University
 “Polymer Engineering with Proteins:  New Chemistry and Processing Techniques”  (abstract)  April 13, 2016
 Prof. Zhibin Guan
Univ. of California
 “Bio-inspired Design of Dynamic and Self-Healing Polymer Materials” (abstract)  April 6, 2016
 Dr. Aswini Pradhan
Norfolk State University

“Nanotechnology for Preventative Health Care and Energy” (abstract)

 March 9, 2016
Prof. Emillie (Mia) Siochi

“Nanotechnology:  From Science Fiction to Reality” (abstract)

March 2, 2016 
Prof. Gillian Goward
McMaster University

“Characterizing Locl Synamics in PolyFluoroSulfonic Acids and Li-Ion Battery Electrolytes Using In situ Magnetic Resonance” (abstract)

February 24, 2016 
Prof. Scott Phillips
Penn State University

“Chemical Amplification in Polymeric Materials” (abstract)

February 17, 2016
Prof. Katerina E. Aifantis
The University of Arizona

“Effects of Matrix Stiffness on Cell Adhesion and Migration” (abstract)

February 3, 2016
Dr. Bert Meijer
Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands
MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture
 Lecture 3:  “Supramolecular Materials and Systems – Folded Single-Chain Polymer Nanoparticles; Towards Enzyme Mimics”  (abstract)  November 20, 2015
 Lecture 2:  “Supramolecular Materials and Systems – Pathway Complexity in the Self-Assembly of Conjugated Materials; Chirality as a Muse”  (abstract)  November 18, 2015
 Lecture 1:  “Supramolecular Materials and Systems – From Supramolecular Polymers to Functional Materials”  (abstract) November 17, 2015
Dr. Jeff Linhardt
Google X

“Utilizing 50 year of Research to Develop Smart Contact Lenses” (abstract)

November 11, 2015
 Prof. Jean Duhamel
University of Waterloo

“What can Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer do that Purene Excimer Fluorescence Can’t?” (abstract)

 November 4, 2015
 Prof. Jonathan Boreyko
Virginia Tech

“Phase-Change Systems with Dynamic Interfaces:  From Jumping Droplets to Ice Bridges” (abstract)

  September 30, 2015
 Dr. Gregory Kamyskowski
TA Instruments

“Practical Applications of Rheology” (abstract)

 September 23, 2015
 Prof. Shengfeng Cheng
Virginia Tech

“Molecular Dynamics Modeling of Polymers” (abstract)

September 9, 2015
Dr. Wei Sun
Drexel University
MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture

Lecture 3: ” Effect of Bio-ink Viscosity and Printing Process on Cells” (abstract)

September 3, 2015

Lecture 2:  “3D Cell Printing for In vitro Biological Models”  (abstract)

September 1, 2015

Lecture 1:  “Bio-3D Printing:  Challenges and Opportunities”  (abstract)

August 31, 2015
Prof. Tim Showalter
Univ. of Virginia

“Improving Precision and Comfort for Image-guide Brachytherapy: Better Delivery with Polymer Science” (abstract)

 July 7, 2015
 Dr.  Charles Black
Brookhaven Nat’l Lab

“Engineering Material Properties Using Block Copolymers Self Assembly” (abstract)

May 13, 2015
 Dr. David Williams
Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine

“Biocompatibility Pathways” (abstract)

April 29, 2015
Dr. Ankit Vora
IBM Almaden Research Center
“Directed Self-assembly of Topcoat-free Polycarbonate Containing High-χ Block Copolymers”  
April 27, 2015
Prof. Joe Wheeler
Virginia Tech

“The Virginia Tech FutureHAUS, A proposal for an Industrialized Architecture”

 April 21, 2015
Dr. David M. Stepp
U.S. Army Research Office
“Materials Design: Where Do We Go from Here?”
April 20, 2015
Dr. Jed W. Pitera
IBM Reserach – Almaden
“Polymer Modeling at IBM Research – Almaden”  
April 3, 2015
Prof. O. Thompson Mefford
Clemson University
 “Integrated Approach  for the Fabrication of Multi-functional Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles:Particles, Polymers, and Potential”  
 April 1, 2015
Prof. Lloyd Robeson
Lehigh University
Dr. Lloyd Robeson will present 6 hours of lectures on Transport Properties of Polymers. The topics will include fundamentals, structure-property relationships, gas separations, water purification, and new directions. Dr. Robeson is one of the world’s leaders in this field. MII is sponsoring the event and it is also a requirement for the MACR 5016 class.

March 26 & 27 , 2015
Assoc. Professor Makoto Yoshida, Asst. Professor Ryota Kose, and Asst. Professor Nakaba Satoshi
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
“Eco-Materials Research in Japan – Applications for Nanocellulose, New Fungal Enzymes, and Physiological Control”

January 12, 2015

Prof. Ronit Bitton
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,
“Hierarchical Structure of Multicomponent Polysaccharide-Based ECM Mimetics”

December 17, 2014

Prof. Andres Boydston
University of Washington
“Development of Polymer Mechanochemistry for the Release of Small Molecules”  
October 29, 2014
Prof.Tim St. Pierre
The University of Western
“Magnetic Materials in Medicine:  Applications in Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment of Disease”  

October 15, 2014

Dr. Darin Dotson
Milliken Co.
“Recent Developments in Polyethylene Nucleation”  

September 10, 2014

Dr. Ludwik Leibler
ESPCI ParisTech
MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture
 Lecture 3:  “Adhesion and Organ Repair by Nanoparticle Solutions”  (abstract)  May 22, 2014
 Lecture 2:  “Vitrimers:  A New Class of Materials”  (abstract)  May 20, 2014
 Lecture 1:  “Self-healing Rubbers, Super-Processable Plastics and Universally Dispersible Colloids from Supramolecular Assemblies” (abstract)  May 19, 2014
Dr. Nathan Ravi
Washington University School of
“Biomimetic Engineering in Ophthalmology”  

May 2, 2014

Dr. Sri Iyer
Braskem Americas
“North America Energy Transformation and its Impact on Petrochemicals”  

April 23, 2014

Dr. Ad Overbeek
DSM Coating Resins
“DSM as a Life Science and Material Science Company”  

April 14, 2014

Prof. Joe DeSimone
University of North Carolina
“Co-opting Moore’s Law Design of Shape-specific Particulate-based Vaccines and Therapeutics”
April 4, 2014
Prof. Matthew Green
University of Delaware
“Tuning Solution Assemblies of Novel Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Through Manipulation of Interfacial Interactions”  
October 4, 2013
Dr. Adam Weber
“Understanding Transport in and Properties of Nafion Across Length Scales” 
September 18, 2013
Prof. Megan Robertson
University of Houston
“Sustainable and Biodegradable Structured Polymers” 
September 4, 2013
Prof. Hunaid Nulwala
Carnegie Mellon University / National Energy Technology Laboratory
“Nano Phase Separated Block Copolymers for Gas Separation Membranes” 
August 6, 2013
Dr. Ashish Kulkarni
“I Got my PhD in……. Now What?” – Perspective on the Road Ahead” 
April 26, 2013
Dr. Paul Foreman
“Adhesive Polymers for Transdermal and Transmucosal Drug Delivery” 
April 24, 2013
Dr. Yuichiro Otsuka
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
“Production of 2-pyrone-4, 6-dicarboxylic Acid as a Novel Polymer-Based Material from Low Molecular Weight lignin by Metabolic Engineering of Microbial Functions” 
April 22, 2013
Dr. Werner K. Nielsen
Statkraft AS
“Recent Development and Future Opportunities in Osmotic Power” 
March 1, 2013
Prof. David A. Tirrell
California Institute of Technology
MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture
Lecture 3:  “Reinterpreting the Genetic Code:  From Polymers to Proteomics – Non‐Canonical Amino Acids in the Interrogation of Cellular Protein Synthesis” (abstract)
November 15, 2012
Lecture 2:  “Reinterpreting the Genetic Code:  From Polymers to Proteomics – Proteins that Nature Never Made” (abstract)
November 13, 2012
Lecture 1: “Reinterpreting the Genetic Code:  From Polymers to Proteomics – Proteins that Nature Never Made” (abstract)
November 12, 2012
Prof. Susie H. Pun
University of Washington
“Peptide-based Polymers for Nucleic Acid Delivery” 
April 11, 2012
Prof. Coray M. Colina
The Pennsylvania State University
“In-Silico: Expressway to Materials Design” 
February 15, 2012
Prof. Amrinder S. Nain
Virginia Tech
“STEP Polymeric Fiber Manufacturing Platform for Advanced Materials and Tissue Engineering” 
November 30, 2011
Prof. Claus-Michael Lehr
Saarland University, Germany
MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture
Lecture 3: “Drug Delivery Across Biological Barriers: Intestines, Skin and Lungs – The Barrier of the Lungs”  (abstract)
October 20, 2011
Lecture 2: “Drug Delivery Across Biological Barriers: Intestines, Skin and Lungs – The Skin Barrier”  (abstract)
October 19, 2011
Lecture 1: “Drug Delivery Across Biological Barriers: Intestines, Skin and Lungs – The Gastrointestinal Barrier”  (abstract)
October 18, 2011
Prof. Pedro Miguel Reis
“The Wonders of Thin Objects: Coiling Spaghetti and Pressing on Eggshells” 
August 24, 2011
Prof. Sergey V. Kotomin
State Technical University, Moscow, Russia
“History and Development of Molecular Composites in the World and Russia” 
April 6, 2011
Prof. Sungsool Wi
Virginia Tech
“Solid-State NMR Characterization of Highly Chlorine-resistant Di-sulfonated Poly(Arylene ether Sulfone) Random Copolymers for Research Osmosis Applications” 
October 18, 2010
Dr. Larry Wendling
“Innovation at 3M” (MII Technical Conference)
October 12, 2010
Prof. Brent Sumerlin
“New Stimuli-responsive Macromolecules: Polymer-Protein Bioconjugates and “Sweet Tooth” Micelles” 
October 6, 2010
Prof. Li Jia
University of Akron
“Cobolt-Catalyzed Carbonylative Polymerization” 
September 15, 2010
Prof. Wei Chen
Mount Holyoke College
“New Polymers for Nonfouling Applications”
April 28, 2010
Dr. Frank Svec
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
“The Hydrogen Fuel Alternative: Is It Real?” 
April 7, 2010
Dr. Emmett Crawford
Eastman Chemical Co.
“Development of Tritan Copolyesters” 
March 31, 2010
Prof. Richard Partch
Clarkson University
“Nanoparticles for Cancel and Chemical Overdose Therapies” 
March 4, 2010
Dr. Jamie Messman
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
“Reactive and Functional Polymers from Vinyl Dimethyl Aziactone (VDMA)” 
September 30, 2009
Dr. Nicole Moore
“The Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of a Novel Polyethylene Glycol Based Gene Delivery System” 
September 22, 2009
Dr. Al Robertson
Cytec Canada Inc.
“Phosphonium-based Ionic Liquids”
June 12, 2009
Dr. Marc T. Cicerone
“Broadband CARS Microscopy – Overview and Applications” 
June 2, 2009
Dr. Joannie Chin
“Characterization of Ambient Temperature Cure Epoxy Used in Boston’s Central Artery Tunnel (“Big Dig”) Ceiling Collapse” 
November 5, 2008
Dr. Matthew Becker
“Non-Traditional Methods for Characterizing Biomaterial Substrates” 
October 24, 2008
Prof. David Hercules
Vanderbilt University
“Polymer Characterization by Maldi: Some Challenges and Some Successes” and Prof. Tony Gies, Vanderbilt University
October 1, 2008
Prof. Lian R. Hutchings
University of Durham
“Functional Materials Synthesised by Controlled Polymer Chemistry”
August 27, 2008
Prof. Paul Gatenholm
Virginia Tech (Materials Science and Engineering)
“Assembly of Polysaccharides into Innovative Biomaterials”
May 7, 2008
Prof. Justin Barone
Virginia Tech (Biological Systems Engineering)
“Building Biopolymer Structures from Protein Building Blocks”
March 26, 2008
Dr. Anthony P. Gies
Vanderbilt University
“Obtaining MALDI Mass Spectra of Insoluble Polymers” 
December 6, 2007
Dr. Don Schulz
“Polyolefins Their Role in Sustainable Development” 
October 23, 2007
Dr. Russ Gaudiana
Konarka Technologies, Inc.
“Prospects for Solar Energy – Organic Photovoltaics” 
October 22, 2007
Mr. Mitchell A. Katz and Dr. Chris Curfman
Needle & Rosenberg, P.C.
“Paradigms in Chemical Patent Law” 
April 25, 2007
Prof. Dan Knauss
Colorado School of Mines
“Polymer Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines: Branched Polymers, Polymeric Particles, Polylactides, and Iolymers by Nucleophilic A Romatic Substitution” 
April 11, 2007
Prof. Ralph H. Colby
Pennsylvania State University
“Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Poly(ethylene oxide)-based Ionomers as Single Ion Conductors” 
September 22, 2006
Prof. Tim Lodge
University of Minnesota
“Self-Assembly of Multicompartment Micelles from ABC Star Copolymers” 
October 20, 2006