PLENARY SPEAKERS

Prof. Mitsuo Sawamoto
Kyoto University, Japan

Professor Mitsuo Sawamoto received a B.S. (1974), an M.S. (1976), and Ph.D. degrees (1979) in polymer chemistry from Kyoto University. After a postdoctoral research at the Institute of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, OH (1980–81), he joined the faculty of Department of Polymer Chemistry, Kyoto University in 1981 as a research instructor and is currently Professor of Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University since 1994.
He is currently an executive member of the Science Council of Japan, a titular member of IUPAC Polymer Division, and one of the Editors of the Journal of Polymer Science, Part A, Polymer Chemistry. He served as the President of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan from 2008 to 2010.
Prof. Sawamoto has published over 350 original papers, over 40 reviews and 45 patents. His publications have received more than 17,000 citations. His first paper on living radical polymerization has been cited over 2110 times and is ranked #2 among the most cited papers published in Macromolecules; a comprehensive review on this discovery published in Chemical Reviews has now been cited over 2250 times and has been selected as one of the ACS 2007 Highly Cited Papers (within top 1%) in the ten years from 1998 to 2007. Prof. Sawamoto and he was ranked #1 in Japan and #3 in the world among the most cited scientists in organic and polymer chemistry for the period of 1997–2001.
He is the recipient of many awards such as the Medal of Honour with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese Emperor Hiroshito and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in 2015, NIMS award on strong future of soft materials in 2014 and the SPSJ award for outstanding achievement in polymer science and technology in 2013.
His research interest includes development of novel precision polymerizations and catalysis [living cationic polymerization with Lewis-acid catalysts (1984) and living radical polymerization with transition metal complex catalysts scince 1995], the synthesis of designed functional polymers, the nature of polymerization intermediates, and most recently the sequence regulation in chain-growth polymerization for single-chain functional macromolecules of carbon-based backbones.



Prof. Millicent A. Firestone
Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Millicent A. Firestone is SBCN Thrust Leader of Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She was a Leader for Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials, such as nanostructured polymers, ionic liquids, hydrogels, biomimietic architectures at Argonne National Laboratory. She worked as a Chemist and Biomolecular Materials Program Leader, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory - between 2002 and 2009; Assistant Chemist, Argonne National Laboratory - 1999-2002; Chemist, Department of Defense, Walter Reed Army Institute of Medicine - 1998-1999; Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory - 1996-1997; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana - 1994-1996. She gained her PhD in Chemistry, Northwestern University - 1993. She holds numerouse awards including: Appointed - advisory committe for NSFCenter on Optical Sciences, Deleware State University - 2006-present; Recognized as a life sciences innovator by the Illinois Biotechnology Industry organization and Midwest University consortium - 2006; Elected Member Advance Photon Source Users Organization - 2005-2007; ANL Pacesetter Award - March 2004 and IBM Graduate Fellowship (Polymer Science & Technology) - 1991-1992.
Millicent A. Firestone professional activities include: invited MRSEC review panel, NSF, Arlinton, VA - November 14-15, 2007; Co-editor of Biosurfaces and Biointerfaces of Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 950 - 2006; Invited participant at the National Nanotechnology Initiative on X-rays and Neutrons: Essential Tools for Nanoscience Research", Washington D.C. - June 16-18, 2005; Invited participant at the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop on Nanoscience Energy Needs. Arlington, VA - March 16-18, 2004.
Millicent A. Firestone main research interest are in Soft and condensed matter (liquid crystals, complex fluids, hydrogels, polymers); X-ray andneutron scattering; Biomimetic and composite materials and Ionic liquids and poly (ionic liquids)



Prof. Thomas Russell
University of Massachusetts, USA

Professor Thomas Russell is currently a Silvio O. Conte Distinguished Professor at the Polymer Science and Engineering Department. He is director of Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) and an Associate Director at MassNanoTech. Professor Thomas Russell is also Associate Editor, Macromolecules. He is a member of National Academy of Engineering.
Professor Thomas Russell' research intersts include surface and interfacial properties of polymers, phase transitions in polymers, directed self-assembly processes, the use of polymers as scaffolds and templates for the generation of nanoscopic structures, the interfacial assembly of nanoparticles, hierarchical ordering of synthetic and biologically-based systems, wrinkling and crumpling of thin polymer films, polymers in ionic liquids, and the structure and morphology of polymer-based photovoltaic materials.



Prof. Kurt Kremer
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany

Professor Kurt Kremer studied physics from 1974 to 1980 at the University of Cologne, where he also did his PhD in 1983 under supervision of Prof. Dr. Kurt Binder. From 1982 to 1984, he was part of the scientific staff at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Following this work he worked as a postdoc at Exxon Research and Engineering Co., Annandale NJ and returned to Jülich after his Habilitation at the University of Mainz in 1988. After several research visits (e.g. at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and UC Santa Barbara) he left the research center when he became director and scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz in 1995 (1998-2000 and 2008-2010 he was managing director).
His main research targets are theoretical physics and physical chemistry of especially biological and synthetic macromolecular materials, the development and application of (multiscale) computer simulation methods, as well as structure process property relations, morphology and dynamics of polymers, polyelectrolytes, gels, membranes, liquid crystals and peptides in bulk and under geometrical constraints and polymers for electronic applications. As of June 2015 he authored more than 260 scientific publications (ResearcherID: G-5652-2011).
Prof. Kremer is an elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (2012), a fellow of the American Physical Society (2006) and Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota (1991). He received the Walter-Schottky-Price of the German Physical Society (1992), the American Physical Society Polymer Physics Prize (2011) and an ERC-Advanced Grant (2014).



Laureate Prof. Emeritus Andrew B Holmes
Australian Academy of Science, Australia

Andrew B Holmes, University of Melbourne School of Chemistry, Bio21 Institute (Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry) and Emeritus CSIRO Fellow; Imperial College Department of Chemistry (Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Research Fellow). Andrew Holmes spent thirty-two years in Cambridge ultimately as Professor of Organic and Polymer Chemistry and Director of the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis. From 2004 he was awarded an ARC Federation Fellowship and Inaugural VESKI Fellowship at the School of Chemistry in the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is now a University of Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne, a Distinguished Research Fellow at Imperial College and an Emeritus CSIRO Fellow. His research interests involve applications of synthesis to materials science and biology. He has made extensive contributions in the area of organic light emitting and photovoltaic devices. He is President of the Australian Academy of Science.



Dr. Ian Dagley
CRC for Polymers, Australia

Dr. Ian Dagley is the Chief Executive Officer of the CRC for Polymers, a position held since December 1995. Dr Dagley has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from RMIT. His research career has also included periods at Oxford University, time with Pacific Dunlop, and ten years in research positions with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.



Prof. Martina Stenzel
University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Martina Stenzel studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, before completing her PhD in 1999 at the Institute of Applied Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany. With a DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) in her pocket, she started working as a postdoctoral Fellow at the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. In 2002, she took on a position as a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and worked in The Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD). She now an full Professor. In 2013, she was appointed Co-director of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) and Adjunct-Professor in Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. Her research interest is focused on the synthesis of functional polymers with complex architectures such as glycopolymers and other polymers for biomedical applications, especially polymers with in-build metal complexes for the delivery of metal-based anti-cancer drugs. Martina Stenzel published more than 200 peer reviewed papers mainly on RAFT polymerization and 8 book chapters. She is currently on the ARC College of Experts. She is a scientific editor of Materials Horizons and also serves on several editorial advisory boards. She received a range of awards including the 2011 Le Fèvre Memorial Prize from the Australian Academy of Science.



Prof. Gordon Wallace
University of Wollongong, Australia

Professor Gordon Wallace is currently the Executive Research Director at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute. He is Director of the ANFF Materials node. He previously held an ARC Federation Fellowship and currently holds an ARC Laureate Fellowship.
Professor Wallace’s research interests include organic conductors, nanomaterials and electrochemical probe methods of analysis, and the use of these in the development of Intelligent Polymer Systems. A current focus involves the use of these tools and materials in developing bio-communications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance via medical Bionics and the use of 3D printing to achieve this.
With more than 800 refereed publications, Professor Wallace has attracted some 27,000 citations and has a h-index of 69. He recently published an ebook 3D Bioprinting: Printing Parts for Bodies www.bioprintingebook.com
He has supervised 94 PhD students to completion at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and currently co-supervisors 30 PhD students.
Professor Wallace is an elected Fellow at the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Physics (UK) and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.



Prof. Dave Winkler
CSIRO, Australia

David A. Winkler is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO and an Adjunct Professor at Monash, Latrobe and Flinders Universities. His research interests have mainly involved computational molecular design and complex systems. He employs computational methods developed for small molecule research and applies them to regenerative medicine, materials, and nanoparticle research. Dave was awarded traveling fellowships to Kyoto and Oxford, and CSIRO Business Excellence Medal, Newton Turner Fellowship, Adrien Albert Award for Medicinal Chemistry from the RACI, and Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Professorship Imperial College London. He is a past Board Chairman of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, past President of Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry, Board member of Science & Technology Australia (STA), and member of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Chemistry. He has published over 200 scientific papers and book chapters, and is an inventor in over 20 patents. Dave is on the Editorial Board of the journals ChemMedChem, Perspectives in Drug Discovery, and BMC Biophysics.



Prof. Greg Qiao
University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Greg Qiao received his B.Eng. in Polymer Engineering at Donghua University in 1982 and his Ph.D. at the University of Queensland in 1996 in synthetic organic chemistry. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne, when he re-entered the field of synthetic polymer chemistry and engineering. He became a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering in 2002, then promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2004, Associate Professor and Reader in 2007, and full Professor in 2009. He has also been the Assistant Dean (Research) in the Melbourne School of Engineering since 2008 and the Acting Associate Dean (research) for 2014. From 2012-2015, he also was an Australian Research Council’s professorial Future Fellow. Prof. Qiao was elected as a Fellow of Australia Chemical Institute (FRACI) in 2006. Prof Qiao currently is the Chair of Polymer Division of the Royal Australia Chemical Institute (RACI). Prof Qiao leads a research group with about 20 researchers and has published more than 160 papers (including 20 cover articles) in high-impact international journals. Prof. Qiao has secured over AU$20M in research funds, including 24 ARC grants and projects in 2 CRC programs, 2 NHMRC program and 2 ARC ITRP programs. His key research interests are in the synthesis of novel macromolecular architectures by controlled polymerizations, polymeric membranes for gas separations, poly-peptide based nanoparticles for drug delivery and antimicrobial agents, bio-macromolecular scaffolds for soft tissue engineering and functional polymers for specific applications in mineral, paint, packaging, water and composite industry.



A/Prof. Dean Lusher
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

A/Prof. Dean Lusher is a social network analyst with expertise in the application of statistical models for social networks (specifically, in exponential random graph models; ERGM). His work focuses primarily on the application of network models to innovation. His current work investigates networked innovation and issues of the commercialisations of innovation projects using controlled radical polymerisation.”



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mr Chris Such
Dulux, Australia

Chris Such completed his Master of Science from University of Melbourne in 1976 and joined the research department of Dulux Australia. A Graduate Diploma in Applied Polymer Science from the then Caulfield Institute was undertaken part time in recognition that this was a core enabling technology used by the paint industry. His 30 plus years of experience in the coatings industry has included over 20 years in exploratory research and research management roles and the remainder in techno/commercial roles associated with the delivery of new technology to large industrial customers in mass production automotive and industrial coated coil applications. Very often, commercial success is dependent on your ability to relate to a practical problem and identify what technology changes are required to solve it. Following the separation of Dulux from ICI in 1998, he has had the responsibility of establishing a new strategic research portfolio with Australian research groups including universities and CSIRO. A career within a larger industrial company allows for a transition between technical, commercial roles and possibly back again. .

Prof. Elsa Reichmanis
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Elsa Reichmanis is Brook Byers Professor of Sustainability and Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she was Bell Labs Fellow and Director of the Materials Research Department, Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. She received her Ph.D. and BS degrees in chemistry from Syracuse University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received several awards for her work. She has also been active in professional societies; she served as 2003 President of the ACS, and has participated in many National Research Council activities. Her research, at the interface of chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, optics, and electronics, spans from fundamental concept to technology development and implementation. Her interests include the chemistry, properties and application of materials technologies for photonic and electronic applications, with particular focus on polymeric and nanostructured materials for advanced technologies. Currently, efforts aim to identify fundamental parameters that will enable sub-nanometer scale dimensional control of organic, polymer and/or hybrid active materials.



Prof. Edward Kosior
Nextek Ltd, United Kingdom

Edward Kosior received a Bachelor of Applied Chemistry and Diploma of Education from Melbourne University and Masters of Engineering Science in Polymer Engineering from Monash University Australia.
Edward is a Honorary Professor at Brunel University London, at the Wolfson Materials Processing Centre; also Fellow of The Society of Plastics Engineers; Fellow of Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce ;
Edward Kosior has been active as an innovator in polymer technology for the past 40 years both within universities, recycling enterprises and as Founder and Managing Director of Nextek Ltd, which has offices in UK, Australia and India.
He holds several patents for the recycling plastics and been instrumental in the introduction of recycled plastics into food packaging in Europe and Australia (PET, HDPE and PP).
His goals are to help preserve and improve the natural environment through novel technologies that reduce waste generation and increase the closed loop economy that promotes high efficiencies in the use of limited resources and truly sustainable materials.
He is also working on mitigating plastics in oceans and encouraging adoption of science and best practices in avoiding the environmental problems facing developing countries.

His employment history is as follows:
Nextek Ltd London, England, 2005 to present
Managing Director
Overall management of business and responsibility for Nextek’s research and development activities. Recent activities have included strategic advice and consulting to Fortune 500 organisations on end of life options for packaging wastes as well as complex materials. Projects delivered have included:
-UK - Development of a food grade PP recycling process and large scale
-Switzerland – Strategic advice and options for using recycled materials in branded products
-Australia and New Zealand– Design and commissioning a large new plastic recycling facilities
-USA- Re-design of large scale PET recycling facility to increase output and quality targets
-UK – Design of recycling plant for the recovery of post consumer films plastics shopping bags
-Canada – Best practice in collection and reprocessing of post-consumer plastic films
-UK – Development of detectable black colourants for automatic sorting of plastics packaging
-UK – Development of fluorescent markers for the high speed sorting of post consumer plastics packaging
Visy Industries, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia 1997 to 2004, Senior Research & Development Manager; Visy Recycling (Australia’s biggest recycling Co) Responsible for the plant design and business development of markets for recycled plastics.
RMIT University Melbourne, Australia 1975 to 1997
Associate Professor, Dept of Chemical Engineering; Teaching Bachelor of Polymer Engineering and supervising PhD and MEng students
Director, RMIT Polymer Technology Centre; Conducting Industry focused research.



Prof. Qui Tran-Cong-Miyata
Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan

Qui Tran-Cong-Miyata was born in Saigon, South Viet-Nam. He is currently a Full Professor at the Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan. Arriving Japan in 1971, he received the whole university education in Kyoto starting from Bachelor (1976), Master (1978) and Doctor of Engineering (1982) degree in Polymer Dynamics by Fluorescence Depolarization under the guidance of Professor Yasunori Nishijima at the Department of Polymer Chemistry, Kyoto University. After two and a half years working as a Visiting Scientist at Polymers Division, National Bureau of Standards (currently National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, USA), he became an assistant professor in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan and is currently a Full Professor at the same department. He has published more than 100 research papers in peer-reviewed Journals and has edited 4 monographs on structure-properties of multiphase polymers and non-linear dynamics of polymers from Marcel Dekker, American Chemical Society and Wiley-VCH. He has been holding visiting professorship at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CRPP), Bordeaux, University of Southern Mississippi, USA, Ha-Noi University of Science and Technology and Ho-Chi-Minh City University of Technology. Professor Tran-Cong-Miyata had served as an associated editor of Polymer Journal (The Society of Polymer Science, Japan) and on the advisory board of Advances in Natural Science: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Published by IOP). His current interest is critical phenomena of polymer mixtures driven by chemical reactions and their applications to morphology control of multicomponent polymer materials.



Prof. Pei Li
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Prof. Pei Li received her Bachelor Degree from Jinan University in China in 1984 and PhD. from University of Ottawa in Canada in 1990. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the McMaster University in Canada prior to joining the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in September 1991. Her current research centers on design and development of synthetic strategies to prepare novel types of polymer colloids and composite particles. She also apply these functional particles in diverse applications including controlled drug release, gene therapy, bio-imaging, enzyme immobilization, biomolecular and chemical separations, functional coatings, and wastewater treatment et al. The core-shell particle technologies have been licensed to environmental, biomedical and anticounterfeit companies for commercial development. Prof. Li has over 100 publications in internationally refereed journals, book chapters, monograph and patents. She has been invited to give numerous keynotes and invited presentations at international conferences and is currently a member of editorial board of the Journal of Colloid and Polymer Science (Springer). Prof. Li has received many awards for her research achievement and technology transfer. Examples are Gold Medal award & Best Invention from International Jury in the 35th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products, Geneva, Switzerland, (2007); The President’s Award for Research and Scholarly Activities (2008); the Distinguished Knowledge Transfer Excellence Awards (2012) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Outstanding Achievement awarded by the Asia Pacific Society for Materials Research (2013 and 2015), Her recently invented technology, namely “NANO ANTI-ERASING (ATE) INK SYSTEM”, used for anticounterfeit marking on a various plastic-based package materials has won the 2014 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Technological Achievement Awards and Gold Metal and Special Award for the Invention in The 1st World Invention Innovation Contest (WiC) (2015).



Prof. Richard A. Evans
CSIRO, Australia

Professor Evans received his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1992. He subsequently joined CSIRO in Melbourne and is currently a Senior Principal Research Scientist and senior project leader. His research interest is in the development of highly functional materials using living radical polymerization methods with stimuli responsiveness being a recurring theme. He has published or patented in the areas of click chemistry, non-linear dyes, dyes and hole transport compounds for organic solar cells, low shrinkage ring-opening polymerization and functional ATRP and RAFT agents. Under the umbrella of the CRC-Polymers, he lead the development a portfolio of photochromic dye technology using polymers to control the dyes’ switching speed. The technology was sold to a dual listed multi-national company. He collaborates with Prof Min Gu (RMIT) in petabyte, ultra high capacity, optical data storage that is building upon their work on 3D nanophotolithography and optical data storage. Currently, he is leading projects with major Australian manufacturers to solve environmental challenges with polymer science. A new research area that he is examining is the application of prebiotic chemistry to materials sciences to create a new surface coating methodology. Dr Evans has held Adjunct Professorships at UNSW and Swinburne University of Technology and is on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Nature Publishing Group’s journal Asia Materials.



Prof. Wenlong Cheng
Monash University, Australia

Wenlong Cheng is a full professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, Australia. He earned his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005 and his BS from Jilin University, China in 1999. He held positions in the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering of Cornell University before joining the Monash University in 2010. His research interest lies at the Nano-Bio Interface, particularly addressing plasmonic nanomaterials, DNA nanotechnology, nanoparticle anticancer theranostics and electronic skins. He has published >70 papers including 3 in Nature Nanotech, 1 in Nature Mater and 1 in Nature Comm.



A/Prof. Atsushi Goto
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Atsushi Goto is an Associate Professor in Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He received his B. Eng. (1996), M. Eng. (1998), and Ph.D (D. Eng) (2001) in Department of Polymer Chemistry, School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan. He was appointed to an instructor (2001), an assistant professor (2002-2010), and an associate professor (2010-2015) in Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan. He moved to NTU in 2015. His research interests include polymer chemistry and polymer materials, particularly controlled syntheses of polymers via organocatalysis. He is an author of 78 peer-reviewed papers in international journals (h-index = 36), 3 book chapters in international books, 21 papers in Japanese journals, and 36 patent applications.



A/Prof. John Forsythe
Monash University, Australia

A/Prof. Forsythe received his PhD in polymer chemistry at the University of Queensland in 1998. He took up a post-doctoral position within the Department of Materials Engineering at Monash University and later became a teaching/research academic in the same department. He has been project leader/manager in projects associated with the CRC for Polymers and now supervises a team of PhD and Post Doctoral fellows in the field of functional biomaterials and tissue engineering.A/Prof Forsythe's interdisciplinary research is summarised in the figure below. His research focus is in the development of new functional biomaterials, which draws upon his experience as a polymer chemist and engineer. A/Prof Forsythe's research is interdisciplinary, and he has successfully interfaced his biomaterials research into the fields of neuroscience, physiology, microbiology and stem cell science. He has looked at ways of rewiring the brain using biomaterial implants. In 2011-2013 he worked in the Monash Vision Group (MVG) investigating biocompatible coatings for neural prosthetics. His research in biomaterials has focussed on cell replacement therapies for Parkinson's disease and brain trauma as well as methods of harnessing the innate regenerative capacity of the brain. His research in the CRC for Polymers, largely undertaken prior to 2011, involved the development of 3D microenvironments for the expansion of stem cells. His collaborative research with the Medical Faculty at Monash, has resulted in projects investigating surface-bound peptides for anti-bacterial biomedical devices. A/Prof Forsythe's research into light-responsive hydrogels for neural repair is finding other applications such as cell sheet engineering for highly vascularised tissue eg. cardiac tissue, and has found commercial interest (ARC Linkage Project with the Medicine Faculty) as a light responsive matrix for cartilage repair.



Dr. James Wiltshire
Dow Chemical, Australia

James completed his PhD in polymer science at the University of Melbourne in 2007 where he then spent 3 years working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on the development of synthetic polymer processing aids. In 2010 James joined Dow as a chemist working in the Geelong Technical Centre in Australia, where he now is the Technical Manager for Dow Coating Materials, Australia & New Zealand. In January 2016 James assumed additional responsibility as R&D Technology Leader for Dow in Australia & New Zealand. In this new role James acts as a representative of Dow R&D, driving collaborations with customers and external research agencies across all Dow’s different market segments.



Dr. Camelia Miron
Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany

Dr. Camelia Miron is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, INP Greifswald, Germany where she researches on new polymers, which are highly hydrophobic. She received her BEng. degree in 2003 from the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania. In 2006 she received the MEng. degree from Saga University, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Japan. She worked as Assistant Researcher at Department of Materials, Physics and Energy Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan, from where she also received her PhD degree in engineering in 2011. She continued her work as Experienced Researcher at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry “Petru Poni” of Iasi, Romania. Her research interests are in structural modification and synthesis of new materials by plasmas formed in liquids.



Dr. Xian Jun Loh
National University of Singapore; A*STAR; Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore

Dr. Xian Jun Loh is a polymer chemist working in the inter-disciplinary field of biomaterials. He is currently the Programme Manager of the A*STAR Personal Care Programme. He is concurrently the Programme Manager of the Consumer Care Programme at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) and an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also an adjunct scientist at the Singapore Eye Research Institute. His main research interests are in the design of supramolecular and stimuli-responsive polymers and hydrogels for biomedical and personal care applications. Currently, he is the author and co-author of 94 journal papers, 12 patents, 10 book chapters and 3 books, publishing mainly in the area of biomaterials.



Dr. Kei Saito
Monash University, Australia

Dr. Kei Saito is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Monash University, Australia. He received his BEng. (2000), MEng. (2002) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. From 2004-2005, he was a Research Associate at the 21COE Centre for Practical Nano-Chemistry, Department of Applied Chemistry, Waseda University, Japan. From 2005-2007, he was a Postdoctoral fellow, at the Centre for Green Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. His research interests are in developing new synthesis and production methods for novel sustainable/environment benign polymeric materials.



Dr. Christian H. Hornung
CSIRO, Australia

Dr. Christian H. Hornung is a Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Melbourne, Australia, which he joined in 2010. He received a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany in 2004 and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, UK in 2008, where he worked in the groups of Prof. Malcolm R. Mackley and Prof. Steven V. Ley. Christian has several years of experience working in the flow chemistry and reactor technology area on the interface between chemistry and engineering. He has recently been appointed the managing director of the Australian Centre for Industrial Flow Chemistry, which is a $ 10M facility that will be established at CSIRO’s Clayton site. The centre will provide access to CSIRO’s cutting-edge research into industrial processing for Australian and international chemical manufacturers, with the aim to intensify chemical processes by using state-of-the-art continuous flow technology. Christian’s recent publications include work on microreactor engineering, organic synthesis, heterogeneous catalysis and polymer chemistry (see for example: Org. Process Res. Dev. 2007, 11, 399; Chem. Eng. Sci. 2009, 64, 3889; Adv. Synth. Catal. 2010, 352, 1736; Org. Process Res. Dev. 2011, 15, 593; Macromolecules 2014, 47, 8203; Molecules 2015, 20, 17860).



INVITED SPEAKERS

Prof. Ying-Ling Liu
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Professor Ying-Ling Liu received his BS in Chemical Engineering at National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) in 1991 and his Ph.D. at the same University (1996) in Polymer Science. In 2000 he joined the faculty of Department of Chemical Engineering in Chung Yuan Christian University (Taiwan). He moved to Department of Chemical Engineering of National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) in 2011, and currently is a Professor at the same Department. In 2016, He is admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He is currently one of the Associate Editors of the journal of RSC Advances and Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers. Professor Liu’s research interests include polymer chemistry of synthesis, high performance thermosetting polymers, and polymeric membranes for separation and energy. He has authored/coauthored more than 160 peer-reviewed articles. The publication has received more than 5,300 citations with an ISI-based h-index of 43.



Prof. Peter Halley
University of Queensland, Australia

Peter is a Professor and Head of the School of Chemical Engineering, a Group Leader in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology(AIBN), the Director of the Centre for High Performance Polymers (CHPP), a chief investigator in Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) centre and the Director of Research in the School of Chemical Engineering.

Peter works at the translational research interface between universities and industry. He has worked in industry (SRI international, Sola Optical, Moldflow), has worked in three cooperative research centres (CRCs), has acquired and managed continuous government and industry research projects since 1994, was heavily involved in the spinoff of Plantic Technologies from the CRC food packaging in 2002, and was involved in the research that led to the TenasiTech (TPU nanocomposite) spinoff from UQ in 2007.

Peter leads the CHPP - a virtual cluster of over 80 academics, researchers and students across UQ. In the CHPP he leads a processing research group (CHPP-processing) of 40 academics, researchers and industry partners focusing on the rheology, processing and product design of biopolymers, nanostructured polymers and high value engineering polymers.

Peter is a fellow of the institute of chemical engineers (IChemE) and a fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). He is also an active member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the Polymer Processing Society (PPS) and the Society of Rheology (SOR). Peter is on the editorial board of the plastics, Rubbers and Composites, Starch and Journal of Renewable Materials.



Prof. Amanda Ellis
Flinders University, Australia

Prof. Amanda Ellis graduated with a Ph.D (Applied Chemistry) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2003. She then undertook two postdocs in the USA, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New Mexico State University. After these she returned to New Zealand as a prestigious Foundation of Research Science and Technology Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Industrial Research Ltd (now Callaghan Innovations). In 2006 Amanda commenced at Flinders University as a teaching/research academic. Since then she has secured over $20M in funding from the ARC and non-ARC sources on projects involving novel polymer coatings, functionalised carbon nanotubes and graphene, microfluidics, genotyping and DNA nanotechnology. Currently, she is a Board member of both the Royal Australia Chemical Institute (RACI) and Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA).



Prof. Swaminatha Iyer
University of Western Australia, Australia

Prof. Swaminatha Iyer obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Polymer Science and Technology at the University of Mysore in India (1999). He then obtained a Masters in Polymer Science, at Clemson University in South Carolina in the USA (2002), where he also completed his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (2004). Prof Iyer then undertook a year of post doctoral research in Biophysics at Clarkson University in New York before taking up an ARC Research Fellowship at UWA in 2006 where he leads an internationally recognized research program in the field of bionanotechnology, in The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Western Australia. His research focuses on the use fundamental concepts in chemistry to engineer innovative polymer nanoformulations which are designed for the treatment of untreatable medical emergencies like traumatic brain injuries, cardiovascular diseases, placental related disorders in pregnancy and cancers (breast, cervical, colorectal).



Prof. Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Jadranka Travas-Sejdic is a Professor at the School of Chemical Sciences, and Director of the Polymer Electronics Research Centre at the University of Auckland, and a principal investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Her research interests are in the fields of advanced polymeric materials for biosensing and bioelectronics, electrically and environmentally responsive polymers and surfaces, actuators, materials for tissue engineering and nanostructured conducting polymers. Her research is highly multidisciplinary and collaborative. She has authored over 220 publications, including 9 book and chapters.



Prof. Darren Martin
University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Darren Martin is a Group Leader in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at UQ. He is recognised as a global leader in translational materials science and engineering and has published over 100 book chapters and peer reviewed papers, plus 7 patents, and attracted over $14M in research funding since 1999. From 1993-1999 his research contributed to the spinoff Aortech Biomaterials, commercialising new polyurethane pacemaker insulation from the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Cardiac Technology. In January 2015 1 million pacemakers had been implanted by St Jude Medical using these biostable polyurethane materials. Since 2006, he has also been the founder and Chief Scientific Officer for start-up company TenasiTech Pty Ltd, which is commercialising a polymer nanocomposites platform as applied to large polyurethane, acrylic and polamide markets and applications. TenasiTech is the first Queensland start-up to receive Commercialisation Australia funding; has won the prestigious iLab Prize in the national Enterprize Competition; and received the 2010 UQ EAIT Faculty Commercialisation award. Professor Martin’s research operates at the nexus of three key themes; (1) Strong fundamental materials science with global performance benchmarking; (2) Safe biomaterials and nanomaterials; (3) Scalable advanced manufacturing. His efforts in these areas during the past two decades have contributed to two successful start-ups, numerous prototypes and products, and a strong platform for globally competitive nanocomposites innovation. More recently his team have discovered and patented high aspect ratio cellulose nanofibrils derived from abundant Australian arid grasses, or “spinifex”, and have begun scaling this technology up and commencing the validation process for several commercial opportunities, including super-thin latex condoms.



Prof. Erica Wanless
University of Newcastle, Australia

Prof. Erica Wanles is an interfaces scientist working within the Discipline of Chemistry which sits within the School of Environmental & Life Sciences. She joined the University of Newcastle as a lecturer in Chemistry in December 1996 after a two year postdoc at the University of Otago in New Zealand. While employed at the University of Newcastle she enjoyed the privilege of overseas sabbatical periods at the Universities of Sussex (UK), Bordeaux (France), Sheffield (UK), Durham (UK) and the Technical University of Berlin (Germany) together with a JSPS fellowship at the Osaka Institute of Technology (Japan). In 2013 she was promoted to Full Professor. She holds a PhD (Surface Sciences) and a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)(Honours) from Australian National. University.
Prof. Erica Wanles is an active researcher in both fundamental and applied colloid and surface chemistry. She have built an international reputation for her contributions to the nanometre-scale understanding of the solid-liquid interface in the presence of surfactant or polymer molecules. She was one of the first researchers to use soft-contact atomic force microscopy (AFM) to reveal detail of the lateral structure of adsorbed surfactant layers on the molecular scale. Through this she has developed highly specialised skills in soft-contact AFM imaging in water. By combining measurements of adsorption kinetics and adsorbed amounts, in 2003 her group published the most thorough understanding of surfactant adsorption kinetics to date. In the last decade she has performed extensive fundamental research on the behaviour of stimulus responsive polymer molecules adsorbed to, or grafted from solid interfaces, and reported how these smart coatings behave in a variety of aqueous environments (project funded by the Australian Research Council). In that project her group investigated pH-, salt- and thermo-responsive polymer coatings. In a second major project she has conducted investigations into how polymeric colloids and mineral particles can stabilise fluid interfaces as underpin particle-stabilised foams (as occur in mineral flotation cells, personal care and food products) or emulsions (as occur in food, cosmetic and personal care products). This project was also funded by the Australian Research Council. Additionally, Prof. Erica Wanles has applied her fundamental knowledge & skills to a variety of industrial research problems including projects concerned with mining emulsion explosives, water-based paints, powder coatings, plastic solar cells, mineral flotation, emulsions & foams.
In 2015 Prof. Erica Wanles was appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal Advances in Colloid and Interface Science. In 2012 she served on the national ERA Research Evaluation Committee for Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences. She was the Assistant Dean Research Training in the Faculty of Science & Information Technology 2009-2010. She has an outstanding track record of leadership and national service to the Australian Colloid and Surface Science community including membership of 5 conference organising committees since 2003 & national secretary from 1999-2009. She was Chair of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Colloid and Surface Science Division from 2011-2012. Prof. Erica Wanles undertake a range of research assessment roles including reviewer for the top international journals in colloid and interface science, regular PhD thesis examiner and ARC Discovery grant assessor (IntReader).



Prof. Tong Lin
Deakin University, Australia

Professor Tong Lin received his PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1998. He is an ARC Future Fellow and Personal Chair, mainly working in the fields of fibrous materials and functional polymers. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, 24 books/book chapters, and 60 other papers. He is also an excellent chemist who has been awarded a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, UK).



A/Prof. Brian Hawkett
University of Sydney, Australia

A/Prof. Brian S Hawkett is Director of the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids (KCPC) at the University of Sydney. KCPC was established in 1999 and is maintained as group of academics interested in colloid and surface chemistry and polymer science.
Brian obtained a PhD in emulsion polymerisation kinetics from The University of Sydney in 1980 and spent 19 years as an industry R&D manager before returning to academia to join the newly formed KCPC. During his industrial career he was Research Manager for Berger and British Paints, Development Manager for ICI Kemrez and Technical Service Manager for ICI Valchem. In 1992 he joined Daratech, a company doing contract and collaborative research for the world wide agrochemical industry, where he became Technical Director. During this time he managed research on behalf of most of the world’s agrochemical companies. He joined KCPC as Development Manager soon after it was formed in 1999 and became Director in 2014. Overall, Brian has almost 25 years of experience doing contract research for industry.
Brian is an inventor on 13 patent families and is an author on 54 peer reviewed publications that have received approximately 2000 citations.
The Hawkett group within KCPC has particular expertise in disperse phase polymerisation, and colloid stabilization. The group has pioneered the use of Reversible Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) in disperse phase systems and the use of RAFT to prepare short chain block copolymers for stabilizing disperse phase particulates. We have worldwide patents covering platform technologies in the areas of the encapsulation of particulate materials within polymer matrices and the preparation and use of sterically stabilized nanoparticles for biomedical applications, including biomedical imaging and the enhancement of the treatment of cancer. We also have a world leading position in the preparation of high-quality ionic liquid ferrofluids based on hydrophobic ionic liquids.
The group is currently working on paint-related projects with DuluxGroup Australia, biomedical applications of sterically-stabilised magnetic nanoparticles with Sirtex Medical Ltd., explosive emulsions with Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific, pesticide delivery systems with Syngenta Agrochemical, and high-quality low-volatility ferrofluids with AFOSR/AOARD.



A/Prof. Madhu Bhaskaran
RMIT University, Australia

Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran co-leads the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University. Her research interests include functional oxide thin films and flexible electronics. She was awarded her PhD in electronic materials in 2009 and has published over 85 journal articles. She has won several awards and fellowships for her research including competitive Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2014) and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2016-2018). She has also won a Victoria Fellowship and has been named as one of Top 10 Innovators under 35 for Asia (MIT Technology Review 2016).



A/Prof. Cyrille Boyer
University of New South Wales, Australia

A/Prof. Cyrille Boyer received his PhD from the University of Montpellier II (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Montpellier, France; awarded in 2006). His PhD was performed in collaboration with Solvay-Solexis for the preparation of new adhesives, which was tested in industrial scale. At the end of his PhD, he undertook an engineer position with Dupont Performance Elastomers, dealing with the synthesis of original fluorinated elastomers. Later, he joined the University of New South Wales in the School of Chemical Engineering, where, in 2009, he was awarded an Australian Research Council Fellowship (ARC-APD). In 2011, he joined the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine as a project leader to develop new polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery and gene therapy. In 2012, Cyrille has been promoted Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemical Engineering and he has been awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. In 2013, Cyrille has been promoted as Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and deputy Director of Australian Centre for NanoMedicine. Cyrille’s research interests mainly cover the preparation of functional macromolecules, where he developed new polymerization techniques using photocatalysts. These macromolecules find applications in various areas, including in nanomedicine for the delivery of therapeutic molecules and imaging agents as well as in energy storage. Cyrille has published over 150 research articles, which have gathered over 7000 citations, and has 7 international patents, patented by several companies, including Dupont Performance Elastomers, Toso Company, etc. His research has been recognized by several research awards: in 2016, ACS Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Researcher Awards, in 2015 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Science (one of the six Prime Minister Prize), Le Fevre Memorial Prize for Chemistry; in 2014 UNSW Research Excellence Award and Finalist of NSW innovation Award; in 2013 Scopus Research Award.



Dr. Julien Rosselgong Saint-Amans
LCPO, CNRS, France

Dr. Julien Rosselgong Saint-Amans is currently a post doctoral fellow at the ‘Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques’ (LCPO), ‘Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique’ (CNRS) in Bordeaux, France which he joined in 2015.
Julien received a Masters degree in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Bordeaux 1, France in 2006 (placement at the LCPO) and his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, UK in 2009, where he worked in the group of Prof. Steven P. Armes. The fellowship of this PhD was fully funded by the Lubrizol Corporation to work on branched copolymers made by RAFT chemistry. In 2010 Julien went to the group of Prof. D. M. Haddleton, the University of Warwick, UK, to work on an industrial project founded by British Petroleum. In 2011 Julien went back to Prof. Steven P. Armes group to work on polymerization induced self assembly (PISA) using RAFT chemistry on an EPSRC grant. Then he joined in 2012 the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Melbourne, Australia, to do an OCE postdoctoral fellowship until 2015 working on polymers made by RAFT for gene delivery under the supervision of Prof. San H. Thang.
Back in France and at the LCPO Julien is now working on polymers made from bio-sources and renewable feedstock to elaborate amphiphiles that can self assemble.
Julien’s recent publications include work on branched copolymers, PISA and polymers for gene delivery (see for example: Macromolecules 2010, 43, 2145; Macromolecules 2012, 45, 2731; Macro letters 2012, 1, 1041; Macromol. Rapid Com. 2014, 35, 840).



Dr. Markus Müllner
University of Sydney, Australia

Markus Müllner studied polymer and colloid chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. After research visits to the University of Lund, Sweden and The University of Melbourne, Australia, he received his PhD in polymer chemistry under the supervision of Prof Axel H.E. Müller in 2012. He subsequently re-joined The University of Melbourne as a postdoctoral researcher, mentored by Prof Frank Caruso. In 2013, he was awarded a 3-year McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship by The University of Melbourne and continued to work at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering within the Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science group. In 2015, Markus became a lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney and joined the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids. Since 2016, Markus is part of the newly-established Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST).

His research emphasises on the design of complex macromolecules with a focus on elaborate polymeric architectures, such as cylindrical polymer brushes (CPBs), which can be subsequently used in template chemistry and biomedical applications.



Dr. Stuart Thickett
University of Tasmania, Australia

Stuart Thickett is a Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry in the School of Physical Sciences at The University of Tasmania, Australia. He received his BSc in 2004 and PhD in 2008 from the University of Sydney under the supervision of Professor Robert Gilbert. He has held post-doctoral positions at The University of Queensland, The University of Toronto and the University of Sydney before being awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship to join the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (UNSW) in 2012. In 2015 he was appointed as lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Tasmania. His research interests focus on the physical chemistry of soft matter and nanoparticles, including heterogeneous polymerization methods, polymers at surfaces and interfaces and the preparation of novel emulsion-based systems. He has published 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is currently the convenor of the Australasian Polymer Summer School, one of the most significant education and networking events for students of polymer science and technology in Australia.



Dr. Katherine Locock
CSIRO, Australia

Dr Katherine Locock is a Research Scientist in the Manufacturing Business Unit of the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on the development of biologically active polymers, based on CSIRO’s patented RAFT technology. Katherine completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2010, where she focussed on the development of conformationally restricted GABA analogues as potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorders. Following this, she held a position as an associate lecturer in the Pharmacology Department at the University. In 2012, Katherine took up a position as an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow in the Material Sciences and Engineering Division of the CSIRO in Melbourne. She was awarded the CSIRO Staff Association Women in Science Scholarship in 2013 and a Julius Career Development Award in 2016. Her current project involves mimicking antimicrobial peptides using RAFT polymers. These polymers are able to safely and effectively kill pathogenic bacteria and fungus and hence are new leads for the development of a generation of biomaterials to tackle antibiotic resistance.



Dr. John Quinn
Monash University, Australia

Dr John Quinn received his PhD from UNSW in 2003 under the joint supervision of Professor Tom Davis and Dr Ezio Rizzardo (CSIRO). After postdoctoral work at the University of Melbourne with Professor Frank Caruso (2003-2007), he spent a number of years away from academic research working in intellectual property law and student welfare. Dr Quinn returned to scientific research in 2014 and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His research explores the application of advanced polymeric materials in drug delivery applications.