[Lectures] Topics on Polymer-Brush


Venue: Room 214, Building No.16, Wushan Campus
Time: December 19, Thursday, 9:00-12:00

Lecture 1: Polymer-Brush-Decorated hybrid particles: synthesis and applications
Speaker: Prof. Kohji Ohno,Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University

This presentation will introduce the surface-initiated radical polymerization (ATRP and RAFT) for the graft of well-defined polymer chains on particles with various shapes including spheres, rods, and plates. The applications of polymer brush grafted hybrid particles for the formation of colloidal crystals or liquid crystals will be illustrated, followed by the introduction of their reversible self-assembly into the ordered array under the external fields. Finally, I will present some biomedical applications of polymer-brush-decorated hybrid particles, especially the key factors to affect their circulation times, accumulation in tumor tissues as well as their in vivo pharmacokinetics.

Lecture 2: Polymer brush afforded hybrid colloids for self-assemblies and their application as the lubricant
Speaker: Prof. Huang Yun,The University of Queensland

Living radical polymerisation, a technique which has excellent control over molecular weight and distribution of polymers has been well utilised in material and engineering fields for decades.   Surface-initiated living radical polymerisation as a specific technique for the surface modification on various inorganic material has brought a new era for surface and colloid chemistry, nanotechnology and biomedicine. The same advantages as living radical polymerisation, surface-initiated living radical polymerisation, especially surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerisation is pioneering surface and colloid chemistry field with generating novel hybrid nanoparticles with high dispersibility and designed functions. This talk, I will be introducing the techniques about how to manipulate our technology for developing semi-soft colloidal crystals, generating new mineral liquid crystal and a transparent film using these hybrid particles decorated with polymer brushes. Furthermore, I will also highlight one of the applications of these hybrid particles for tribological research.

Announced by the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering