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Petar Dvornic

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Linda Hoesli

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Phone: 620-235-4748
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Chemistry Department
101 Heckert-Wells
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Department of Chemistry
Distinguished Polymer Lecturer Series

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

November 10, 2017 - 3:00 PM, Yates 102
Professor Timothy Long, Department of Chemistry, and Macromolecules Innovation Institute, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, revolutionizes the fabrication of unique and complex architectures in a layer-by-layer approach. In concert with engineering innovation, design and synthesis of novel polymers is crucial for the development of these technologies beyond their current limitations. A unique synthetic strategy involving simultaneous photo-polymerization and crosslinking of acrylate systems during vat photo-polymerization printing overcomes traditional material challenges associated with the technique. This novel approach combines processing advantages of low molecular weight systems with tunable (thermo) mechanical performance similar to high molecular weight polymer networks. continue reading>>

January 26, 2018 - 3:00 PM, Yates 102
Professor Michael A. Brook, Scott E. Laengert, Ben Macphail, Robert Bui, Sijia Zheng, Alyssa F. Schneider, Mengchen Liao, Yang Chen and Jianfeng Zhang, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
"The Greening Of Silicones: Exploiting Natural Materials"
Silicones are widely used in developed economies, in applications from sealants in your bathroom to breast implants. They have many attractive features. However, they are completely synthetic – there are no compelling reports of organic silicon-carbon bonds being produced in nature. The high energetic (upstream) process required for silane preparation prevents silicones from being considered green materials. continue reading>>

March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM, Yates 102
Professor Karen L. Wooley, Department of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
With advances in the translation of nanoscience to nanotechnology comes a need to consider sustainable sourcing of the building blocks used to create the nanotechnological devices at the same time that the functional performance application is defined. This presentation will highlight contributions that polymer chemistry can make toward nanotechnology that is capable of impacting global needs, such as water-food-energy-health, and the grand challenges that must be solved in the coming decade. The focus will include an integration of current approaches to construct nanoscopic systems from natural products with the design of hybrid nanoscopic systems that are capable of pollutant sequestration and magnetic recovery toward environmental remediation, or for drug delivery with selective therapeutic outcomes, among other applications. continue reading>>