Invited Speakers



Dr. Per A. Löthman

Dr. Per A. Löthman

Foviatech GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Speech Title:


Dr. Marcin Runowski

Dr. Marcin Runowski

Associate Professor
Department of Rare Earths
Faculty of Chemistry
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
Poland
Speech Title: Development of multifunctional, inorganic lanthanide-based (nano)materials exhibiting luminescence phenomena, and their application as contactless optical sensors


Dr. Giuseppe Pellicane

Dr. Giuseppe Pellicane

Department of Biomedical Sciences (BIOMORF)
Universita' degli studi di Messina
Messina, Italy

(Honorary) Associate Professor
School of Chemistry and Physics
University of Kwazulu-Natal
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Speech Title: Nano-structuring of polymer blends at the interface driven by topology

Abstract: Confining polymers in thin films causes significant deviations of their structural and dynamical properties from their bulk phase behaviour. In our presentation, we show the different effect of the substrate on binary polymer blends with linear and cyclic architecture, as well as miktoarm star polymers in the presence of explicit solvent, by means of extensive molecular dynamics simulations. In the first case, we discuss the role of enthalpic and entropic factors of the interfacial free energy of the system in determining which species in the blend preferentially adsorbs at the substrate [1,2]. In the case of miktoarm polymers, we vary the solvent-block interaction to monitor the effect on the morphology and self-assembly of the polymer film [3].

Reference:
[1] G. Pellicane, M. M. Tchoukouegno, G. T. Mola and M. Tsige, 2016. Surface enrichment driven by polymer topology, Physical Review E Rapid Communications, 93, 050501.
[2] F. M. Gaitho and G. Pellicane, 2019. Adsorption of binary polymer mixtures with different topology on a wall, Results in Physics,12, 975.
[3] Z. Workineh, G. Pellicane and M. Tsige, 2020. Tuning solvent quality induces morphological phase transitions in miktoarm star polymer films, Macromolecules, 53(15), 6151.




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