Polymer Networks from Design to Applications

Time Topic Speakers
8:40 – 8:45am Welcome from the Director of Duke Materials Initiative Stefan Zauscher
8:45 – 8:50am Welcome from the Dean of  Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Valerie Ashby
8:50 – 8:55am Welcome from the Interim Dean of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering Jeffrey Glass

Session 1: Molecular Design Principles, Chair: Michael Rubinstein

8:55 – 9:00am Introduction of the MONET Center Stephen Craig
9:00 – 9:40am Unique Functions of Anisotropic Hydrogels Intercalated by lamellar Bilayer Membranes Jian Ping Gong, Hokkaido University
9:40 – 10:20am The Effect of Topological Defects on Fracture in Polymer Networks Bradley Olsen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:20 – 11:00 Mechanical Metamaterials: Structure, Properties and Data Catherine Brinson, Duke University
11:00 – 11:30 Open Discussion with Speakers

Session 2: Non-Equilibrium Soft Matter in Biology, Chair: Christoph Schmidt

1:25 – 1:30pm Introduction Christoph Schmidt
1:30 – 2:10pm Mechanical Response of Tissues and Biopolymer Networks with Cell-Sized Inclusions Paul Janmey, University of Pennsylvania
2:10 – 2:50pm Patterning, Waves and Synchronization in Active Carpets Guillermina Ramirez-San Juan, Brandeis University
2:50 – 3:30pm Mechanics and Mechanosensing in Bacterial Flagella Jasmine Nirody, Rockefeller University and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
3:30 – 4:00pm Open Discussion with Speakers



Session 3: Biomaterials for Health, Chair: Stefan Zauscher

9:55 – 10:00am Introduction Stefan Zauscher
10:00 – 10:40am Designing Hydrogels with Multiscale Properties as Instructive Synthetic Extracellular Matrices April Kloxin, University of Delaware
10:40 – 11:20am Programming and Probing of Intracellular Biomolecular Condensates Felipe Garcia Quiroz, Georgia Institute of Technology
11:20 – 12:00 Partners in Slime: How Mucus Regulates Microbial Virulence Katharina Ribbeck, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
12:00 – 12:30 Open Discussion with Speakers

Session 4: The Local Polymer Network: Soft Matter at Duke, Chairs: Christian Aponte Rivera, Jiaul Hoque, Yixin Hu, Kengo Nishi

1:55 – 2:00pm Introduction Kengo Nishi
2:00 – 2:10pm “Reactivity You Can Feel: Substituent Effects and Network Fracture” Craig Group

Speaker: Shu Wang

2:10 – 2:20pm “Communicating DNA Nanodevices” Arya Group

Speaker: Sebastian Sensale

2:20 – 2:30pm “Listening to the Scale Beat: Signaling Waves in Zebrafish Regeneration” Di Talia Group

Speaker: Alessandro De Simone

2:30 – 2:40pm “Growth Kinetics of Single Polymer Particles in Solution via Active-Feedback 3D Tracking” Welsher Group

Speaker: Donggeng Yu

2:40 – 2:50pm “Nucleic Acid Delivery from Granular Hydrogels” Segura Group

Speaker: Evan Kurt

2:50 – 3:00pm “Self-healing Hyaluronic Acid to Ameliorate Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis” Varghese Group

Speaker: Anna Gilpin

3:00 – 3:10pm “Translational Regulation of the Target mRNA Through Formation of Engineered Ribonucleoprotein Granules” Chilkoti Group

Speaker: Ali Eghtesadi

3:10 – 3:20pm “Lysosomal Motion as a Function of Intracellular Region Quantified by Change Point Analysis” Payne Group

Speaker: Nathan Rayens

3:20 – 3:30pm “Non-Equilibrium Fluctuations in Cells Report on Driving Forces and Organelle Mechanics” Schmidt Group

Speaker: Kengo Nishi

3:30 – 3:40pm “Towards ‘All Nucleotide’ Chemotherapeutic Delivery Platforms” Zauscher Group

Speaker: Yunqi (Lily) Yang

3:40 – 3:50pm “Phase-Separation, Gelation and Dynamics of Associative Polymers” Rubinstein Group

Speaker: Scott Danielsen

3:50 – 4:00pm “Concomitant Control of Network Properties in Fully Degradable Hydrogels using Stereocomplexation” Becker Group

Speaker: Gianna Tutoni

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. “Towards Hydrogel-Capped Titanium Implants for Cartilage Repair” Wiley Group

Speaker: Jiacheng Zhao

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Poster Session A   Zoom Link
Breakout Room 1 “PDMS Networks with Tunable Wettability via Dynamic Metal-ligand Coordination” Xinyue Zhang, Cornell University
Breakout Room 2 “Mesoscale Modeling of Controlled Degradation and Erosion of Polymer Networks” Vaibhav Palkar, Clemson University
Breakout Room 3 “Dynamic Control of Pattern Formation in Hydrogel Membranes via Mechanical Forcing” Yao Xiong, Clemson University
Breakout Room 4 “ChemProps: A RESTful API Enabled Database for Composite Polymer Name Standardization” Bingyin Hu, Duke University
Breakout Room 5 “Coarse Grained Molecular Modelling of Milk Proteins for Structure Prediction and Machine Learning Applications” Rishabh Guha, North Carolina State University
Breakout Room 6 “Design and Characterization of Microfluidic Balloon Actuators for Soft Robotics” Vardhman Kumar, Duke University
Breakout Room 7 “Molecular Insights on the Conformation of the Cellulose Acetate in the Mixture Solvents: Small Angle Neutron Scattering and Molecular Dynamics Simulation Studies” Farzin Rahmani, North Carolina State University
Breakout Room 8 “Microscopic Origins of Non-exponential Stress Relaxations in Arrested Associative Networks” Jake Song, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Breakout Room 9 “Modeling Cells as Pressurized Elastic Shells” Behzad Golshaei, Duke University
Breakout Room 10 “Experimental Method to Measure Turgor Pressure in Vivo Applied to E. Coli Cells” Renata Garces, Duke University
5:15 – 6:00pm Poster Session B Zoom Link
Breakout Room 1 “A Muscle Cell Seen as Active Matter: Heterogeneities and Dynamic Instabilities in Sarcomere Contraction of Cardiomyocytes” Daniel Haertter,  Duke University
Breakout Room 2 “Ultra-soft and Stretchable Thermoplastic Elastomer Gel Nonwoven” Milad Shamsi, North Carolina State University
Breakout Room 3 “Transport of Probe Particles in a Polymer Network: Effects of Probe Size, Network Rigidity and Probe–Polymer Interaction” Praveen Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Breakout Room 4 “Interfacial Assembly of Nanoparticles into Unique Clusters, Strings, Networks, Monolayers and Bilayers” Yilong Zhou, Duke University
Breakout Room 5 “Effects of Crosslinking in Photopolymerized Methyl Methacrylate to Develop a Kinetic Model for Polymer Phase Separation Behavior” Sabrina Curley, Michigan State University
Breakout Room 6 “Glutathione Sensitive Vesicles and Hydrogels prepared from Supramolecular Amphiphiles” Matthew Yim, California Polytechnical State University
Breakout Room 7 “Reconstituting an Active Cytoskeleton in a Droplet” Jianguo Zhao, Duke University
Breakout Room 8 “Myosin Motors Regulate Drosophila Stretch Receptors” Chonglin Guan, Duke University
Breakout Room 9 “C. Elegans Nematodes Deform like Elastic Rods” Octavio Albarran, Duke University