As a celebration of our 100-year history of the polymer hypothesis, we propose a symposium on functional polymeric materials. This symposium will include featured speakers from Germany, especially Freiburg, where Prof. Staudinger elaborated his seminal idea of polymers as covalently linked chain molecules and where the tradition of excellence in polymer research have continued. Along the past century, based on the most fundamental macromolecule chains, many new macromolecule structures have been designed, developed, and synthesized, which have led to functional polymers in various forms, such as thin films, coatings, etc. The symposium will explore recent developments in functional polymers, including but not limiting to active materials and responsive materials for various applications.
Thomas P. Seery, University of Connecticut
Luyi Sun, University of Connecticut
William Brittain, Texas State University
Michael Buchmeiser, University of Stuttgart
Sabine Ludwigs, University of Stuttgart
Oswald Prucker, University of Freiburg
Jürgen Rühe, University of Freiburg