Complex Macromolecular and Nanoscale Structures
by Combinations of Living Radical and Ring Opening

Live Webinar: November 8, 2010
4:10pm EST • 3:10pm CST • 1:10pm PST

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Overview: Controlled polymerization methods developed over the last decade have changed the way we think about polymer materials. Researchers are no longer limitedto making simple polymers heterogeneous in terms of their molecular weight and conformation. It is now possible to prepare polymers with precise nanometer-scalearchitectures designed to confer useful properties for applications ranging from advanced coatings to molecular electronics. In this webinar, Professor Karen Wooley will give an overview of the three most powerful and facile controlled radical polymerization (CRP) methods – RAFT, ATRP, and NMP – which can be used to prepare designer polymer materials using commercially available reagents and simple laboratory techniques. Professor Wooley will also illustrate the applications of these technologies with an example using RAFT and ROMP to prepare complex nanoarchitectures for drug delivery and other applications.

Areas covered in the webinar:
  • An overview of CRP techniques:
    • RAFT – Reversible Addition/Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization
    • ATRP – Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization
    • NMP – Nitroxide-Mediated Polymerization
  • The use of CRP to make polymers with complex architectures designed for
  • Examples of the selection and usage of available CRP reagents to prepare nanostructured polymer materials
  • Q&A session with Professor Wooley

Who should attend?
Researchers and engineers interested in applying modern polymerization techniques for:
  • Nanoscale Self-Assembly
  • Surface Engineering
  • Thin Film and Coating Technologies
  • Encapsulation
  • Drug Delivery
  • Bioconjugation
  • Synthesis of functional polymers

Main Speaker:
Professor Karen L. Wooley
W. T. Doherty-Welch Chair
Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University

Maureen Rouhi
Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Professor Anne J. McNeil
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
and Macromolecular Science and
Engineering, University of Michigan

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