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IAS DISTINGUISHED LECTURE
Functional Polymer Materials Designed for Advanced Applications and Sustainability
Prof Karen L Wooley, WT Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry and University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
Date : 1 Aug 2018 (Wednesday)
Time : 10:00 - 11:00 am
Venue : Mr and Mrs Lee Siu Lun Lecture Theater (LT-K), HKUST
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Abstract

With advances in the translation of nanoscience to nanotechnology comes a need to consider sustainable sourcing of the building blocks used to create the nanotechnological devices at the same time that the functional performance application is defined. In this lecture, the speaker will highlight contributions that polymer chemistry can make toward nanotechnology that is capable of impacting global needs, such as water-food-energy-health, and the grand challenges that must be solved in the coming decade. The focus will include an integration of current approaches to construct nanoscopic systems from natural products with the design of hybrid nanoscopic systems that are capable of pollutant sequestration and magnetic recovery toward environmental remediation, or for drug delivery with selective therapeutic outcomes, among other applications.

 

About the speaker

Prof Karen L Wooley received her PhD in Polymer/Organic Chemistry from Cornell University in 1993. She joined the Washington University in St Louis afterwards as an Assistant Professor and became the James S McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences in 2006. In 2009, she moved to the Texas A&M University and is currently the WT Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry and University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering.

Prof Wooley’s research interests include the synthesis and characterization of degradable polymers derived from natural products, unique macromolecular architectures and complex polymer assemblies, and the design and development of well-defined nanostructured materials.

Prof Wooley received numerous awards including the Oesper Award (2015), the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry (2014) and the Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2014). She was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014), and an Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society (2014).

 

For attendees’ attention

 

  The lecture is free and open to all. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

 

 

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