We are excited to present the following speakers scheduled to deliver plenary seminars at the symposium. The speakers were selected to provide a diverse range of topics in polymer science to reflect the broad research fields represented at this conference. 

Plenary Lecturers

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Group Leader, Polymers and Complex Fluids Group
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Polymer Synthesis in a Metrology Lab: From polyolefins to densely grafted polymers
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Pritzker Director, Professor and Dean of the Faculty
University of Chicago
"Polyelectrolytes in multivalent ionic media: New physics and new materials"
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W. T. Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry, University Distinguished Professor, Presidential Impact Fellow
Texas A&M University
"Expanding the Scopes of Synthetic Organic and Polymer Chemistries: Utilization of the Inherent Stereochemical and Functional Diversities of Natural Products to Produce Unique Biomedical Materials"
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Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, & Chemistry Department, Duke University, Marsico Lung Institute, University Of North Carolina
"10 Hard Puzzles of the Soft Airway Surface Layer"

Keynote Speaker

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Division Scientist
Corporate Research Process Laboratory, 3M Company
"Whatever Happened to Hal?"