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Apr
30
Tue
Polymer Chemistry Seminar (Wei Zhang, University of Colorado, Boulder) @ Sapp Center Lecture Hall
Apr 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

“Dynamic Covalent Chemistry in Materials Development: From Nanostructures to Polymers and Beyond”
Prof. Wei Zhang, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.
Sapp Center Lecture Hall

Abstract

Dynamic covalent chemistry (DCvC) has attracted tremendous research interest due to its unique reversible and adaptable nature, which enables constitutional change of molecular components and system responsiveness to environmental stimuli. This talk will focus on Zhang group recent progress in design and synthesis of well-defined molecular architectures and functional materials through dynamic covalent chemistry and their various applications. Under thermodynamically-controlled conditions, discrete complex functional molecules, such as molecular cages, can be efficiently constructed from simple building blocks. Crystalline polymers with long range structural order as well as responsive, malleable, and re-healable polymers can be obtained through dynamic covalent synthesis. These materials have shown a variety of important applications, such as light harvesting, controlled ultrafine nanoparticle synthesis, catalysis, and energy storage. Our results illustrate how the thermodynamically controlled DCvC can be utilized to construct target-specific organic functional materials with structural control on molecular level and enable their practical applications.

Background

Dr. Wei Zhang received his B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University in 2000, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) (with Prof. Jeffrey Moore) in 2005. After a postdoc stint at MIT (with Prof. Timothy Swager), he started his independent career at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Colorado, Boulder in 2008, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014. Since 2018, he has been a Full Processor and Associate Chair in the Department of Chemistry. His research is focused on utilizing dynamic covalent chemistry to develop novel organic or hybrid functional materials targeting a broad range of environmental, energy and biological applications, such as carbon capture, molecular separation, nanocomposite fabrication, energy storage, and self-healing materials. The awards and honors he has received include 2015 Guest Professorship at ETH Zürich, 2014 Tang Ao-Qing Guest Professorship at Jilin University, 2013 Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award, 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2013 CAPA Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, 2012 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2011 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and 2011 University New Inventor of the Year.

May
2
Thu
Deadline to submit abstract for 2019 Poster Symposium
May 2 @ 12:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Stanford Polymer Collective will be hosting its 7th Annual Poster Symposium @ Packard Atrium (a.k.a. Bytes cafe) on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 from 11-1 PM.

If you’d like to be present a poster, submit an abstract here. Abstracts are due on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 @ 5 PM.

Last year, graduate students from seven departments presented their research on a broad range of topics, from batteries, catalysis, biomimetics, energy, wearable electronics, development of novel smart materials, and fundamental studies of particle interactions in polymeric fluids to immunomodulation, drug delivery, drug formulation, tissue mechanics, protein interactions, DNA synthesisu, and modeling dynamic properties of the cell nucleus.

As usual, we will host judges from academia and industry, and awards will be given to 1st and 2nd place winners and the people’s choice. Come and support your friends!

Hope to see you there!

May
9
Thu
2019 Poster Symposium @ Packard Atrium
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Stanford Polymer Collective will be hosting its 7th Annual Poster Symposium @ Packard Atrium (a.k.a. Bytes cafe) on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 from 11-1 PM.

If you’d like to be present a poster, submit an abstract here. Abstracts are due on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 @ 5 PM.

Last year, graduate students from seven departments presented their research on a broad range of topics, from batteries, catalysis, biomimetics, energy, wearable electronics, development of novel smart materials, and fundamental studies of particle interactions in polymeric fluids to immunomodulation, drug delivery, drug formulation, tissue mechanics, protein interactions, DNA synthesisu, and modeling dynamic properties of the cell nucleus.

As usual, we will host judges from academia and industry, and awards will be given to 1st and 2nd place winners and the people’s choice. Come and support your friends!

Hope to see you there!