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Nanomaterials Webinar - March 2, 2016
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Join us for a webinar to learn about one of the cutting-edge applications of nanoscientific research:

Knotty Polymers and
Supramolecular Chemistry

 Join us for a series of lectures featuring materials sciences expert Professor Rigoberto Advincula of Case Western Reserve University! With considerable expertise in the design, synthesis and characterization of new polymers and nanoscale materials, Prof. Advincula has designed a series of lectures in order to share the latest developments in nanomaterials research in a variety of applications and fields.

Knots, chains, art—these intersect where there is high interest in observing complexity and paradox in design. Appreciation of Celtic art, Gothic art, and other forms of knotted designs and architectures is widespread. Mathematical theories on topology as applied to the design of polymer materials are not very common.

This webinar will focus on the use of supramolecular chemistry to define a new class of polymer materials accessible with designed templates. The possible advantages of these materials in controlling phase behavior, crystallinity, and thermomechanical properties of polymers rest on an effective synthesis method to produce them in high yield. This webinar will focus on the synthesis and characterization of catenated and knotted polymers using a supramolecular approach. Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) is an important method to directly characterize and visualize these polymers.

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Presented by Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
Macromolecular Science & Engineering, 
Case Western Reserve University

About Prof. Rigoberto Advincula

Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Director of the Petro Case Consortium, is recognized industry-wide as an expert regarding polymer and materials challenges of the oil-gas industry. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and is the recipient of numerous awards including Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Herman Mark Scholar Award of the Polymer Division, and Humboldt Fellow.

Register by clicking session below:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


  • PST (UTC-7): 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • EST (UTC -4):  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
  • BST (UTC +1): 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Webinar Details

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016


9:00 am – 10:00 am (PST)
San Francisco, Los Angeles

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (EST)
Cleveland, New York

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (BST)


Register Now!



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Knot theory is used in supramolecular chemistry to study how the geometric and topological characteristics of polymer structure affect their various properties and functions.
Credit: J.-P. Sauvage et al., Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

System Requirements


PC-based attendees
Windows® 7, Vista, XP 2003 Server 

Mac-based attendees
Mac OS® X 10.5
or newer


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