HPRG 59th Meeting: Polymers for Sustainability and Energy

Sunday 28th April - Thursday 2nd May 2019
Shrigley Hall Hotel, Pott Shrigley, Cheshire

Programme Organisers: Professors Charlotte Williams and Ken Lewtas

↓ Download PDF version of the programme - includes lecture times (PDF, 217kB).

Monday, April 29th

Professor Tony Ryan (University of Sheffield)
"Welcome to the 59th Meeting of the High Polymer Research Group"

Session 1: Sustainable Polymers
Chair: Professor Charlotte Williams (University of Oxford)

Marc Hillmyer (University of Minnesota)
"Degradable block polyesters from renewable resources"

Karen Wooley (Texas A & M University)
"Natural Product Based Polymers that Address Food-Energy-Water Challenges"

Session 2: Functional Polyethylenes
Chair: Professor Eva Malmström Jonsson

Stefan Mecking (University of Konstanz)
"Monomers and Main Chain Functional Polyethylenes from Catalytic Upgrading of Seed and Microalgae"

Session 3: Polyethylenes
Chair: Dr Gareth Crapper (GDC consulting Ltd)

Edmund Carnahan (Dow)
"Tuning Polymer Properties for More Sustainable Solutions: The Development of Olefin Block Copolymers"

Peter Scott (University of Warwick)
"New Polyolefin-Polar Block Copolymers. From Concept to Business"

Tuesday, April 30th

Session 4: Recycling Polymers and Polymer Electronics
Chair: Professor Darrin Pochan (University of Delaware)

James Hedrick (IBM)
"Upcycling of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) and Polycarbonate Refuse to Advanced Therapeutics"

Natalie Stingelin (Georgia Tech)
"Phase Diagrams of Complex Materials: From the Katana, Swiss Chocolates to Organic Energy-Harvesting Device Materials"

Session 5: Sustainable Polyesters
Chair: Dr Jerry Winter (Unilever Research)

Michael Shaver (University of Edinburgh)
"Monomer Design for Functional and Sustainable Degradable Polyesters"

Session 6: Surfaces
Chair: Professor Joe Keddie (University of Surrey)

Kathryn Beers (NIST)
"Polymer Characterization of Plastic Debris in the Central Pacific or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Smelly Trash"

Cor Koning (DSM)
"Sustainable Coating Systems Based on Polycarbonates Made From CO2 and epoxides"

Wednesday, May 1st

Session 7: Energy
Chair: Professor Rachel O’Reilly (University of Birmingham)

Nitash Balsara (University of California, Berkeley)
"Ohm's Law for Polymer Electrolytes"

Hugo Bronstein (University of Cambridge)
"Precise Control of Excited States in Conjugated Polymers"

Session 8: Biomaterials
Chair: Dr Janette Jones (Unilever)

Andrew Dove (University of Birmingham)
"Chemical Design of 'Smart' Degradable Biomaterials"

Session 9: Polymers in the Desert!
Chair: Professor Charlotte Williams (University of Oxford)

Tony Ryan (University of Sheffield)
"Polyurethanes as Synthetic Soils: Hydroponics and Aquaponics in the Desert"


The High Polymer Research Group is grateful to the following companies and organisations for their support of our 2019 conference Polymers for Sustainability and Energy, our 59th annual conference:

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