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Bethesda, USA, June 3 - 6, 2018
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel
ISPAC 2018 
31st International Symposium on Polymer Analysis
and Characterization
Bethesda, USA
June 3 - 6, 2018
ISPAC 2018 Venue: Bethesda, Maryland
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Download the detailed program of ISPAC 2017 here.

Sunday, June 3, 2018


ISPAC Short Course: Emerging Trends in Polymer Characterization


7:45 AM

Breakfast – Linden Oak


Registration, All Day – Brookside Foyer


Neutron and X-ray Techniques

Brookside A


Advances in Polymer Characterization

Brookside B



Elastic Scattering Methods for Characterizing Structure

Michael Hore, Case Western Reserve University

Introduction to interaction-based separations: IC, LCCC and 2D-LC

Taihyun Chang, Pohang University





Inelastic scattering methods for characterizing mobility

Yun Liu, NIST

Introduction to size-based separations: SEC, HDC, FFF, and detection methods

Andre Striegel, NIST

12:15 PM

Lunch (Linden Oak)



Imaging Soft Materials with X-rays and Neutrons

Daniel Hussey, NIST

Emerging Trends in Rheology

Anthony Kotula, NIST





Rheology and Small Angle Scattering

Kathleen Weigandt, NIST

Polymer Science and Advanced Solid State NMR

Ryan Nieuwendaal, NIST


Reception – Forest Glen




Monday, June 4, 2018


7:00 AM

Registration, All Day – Grand Foyer

Vendor Exhibition, All Day – Grand Foyer

7:00 AM

Breakfast – Salon H

8:00 AM

Opening Remarks – Dr. Ronald Jones and Prof. Wayne Reed ( Salon F/G)

8:15 AM

Materials Science at NIST – Dr. Eric Lin, Director, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST ( Salon F/G)

Advances in Polymer and Soft Materials Rheology

Plenary Lectures – Salon F/G

8:30 AM

M.01 - DowDuPont Lecture

Polyethylene topology and rheology control for recycling applications

Jaap den Doelder, DowDuPont

9:00 AM

M.02 - Predicting the Linear and Non-Linear Rheology of Polydisperse Linear Polymers

Daniel Read, University of Leeds

9:30 AM

M.03 - Toward in situ morphology characterization of polymeric fluids under arbitrary processing flows

Matthew Helgeson, University of California Santa Barbara

10:00 AM

Rheology Discussion Panel


10:30 AM



Deformation of Soft Materials

Salon F

Characterization with Chromatography

Salon G


11:00 AM

M.11 – Rheo-Raman microscopy for polymer crystallization characterization – A. Kotula

M.15 – Comparison of fast SEC and UHP SEC for the second dimension in two-dimensional liquid chromatography of polymers
E. Uliyanchenko


11:20 AM

M.12 – Effects of Orientation and Deformation Mode in Dynamic Mechanical Analysis of Engineered Materials – S. Cotts

M.16 – Understanding Polymer Structure by Interaction Polymer Chromatography - C.J.Rasmussen

11:40 AM

M.13 – Selective Cell Adhesion on Peptide-Polymer Nano-Fiber Mats - G. Kaur

M.17 – Light Scattering without Refractive Index Increment: A New Approach to Calibrate SEC-Light Scattering Setups – D. Lohmann

12:00 PM

M.14 – Viscoelastic behavior of polyelectrolyte complexes across coacervate-precipitate transition regime – S. Ali

M.18 – Fast Separations of Synthetic Polymers Using Advanced Polymer Chromatography (APC) - Janco, M.

12:20 PM

Buffet Lunch - Salon H

12:30 PM

V.1 – Waters (sponsored presentation)

Salon G

12:50 PM

V.2 – Tosoh Bioscience (sponsored presentation)

Salon G

1:10 PM

Poster Setup


Advancing Materials Science with Big Data

Plenary Lectures - Salon F/G

2:00 PM

M.04 – Scoping the Polymer Genome: A Roadmap for Rational Polymer Dielectrics Design and Beyond

Rampi Ramprasad, Georgia Institute of Technology

2:30 PM

M.05 – Towards Polymer Informatics: Databases, Infrastructure and Beyond

Debra Audus, NIST

3:00 PM

M.06 – Materials-Specific Considerations for Machine Learning

Bryce Meredig, Citrine Informatics

3:30 PM

Big Data Discussion Panel

4:00 PM





Computation and Characterization

Salon F

Molecular Control and Characterization

Salon G


M.21 – From Data Science to Data Stories: Automating advanced analytics for R&D and manufacturing – G. Smits

M.24 – Perfect Polystyrene Sulfonate: Synthesis, Characterization and Self Diffusion in Ternary Solutions P. Balding

4:50 PM

M.22 – typyPRISM: A Computational Tool for Liquid-State Theory Calculations of Macromolecular Materials – T. Martin

M.25 – Conformational control of tethered functionalized mPEO on anatase nanocrystals surface R. Simonutti

5:10 PM

M.23 – TBA - F. Vargas Lara

M.26 – Preparation and Characterization of Polyurethanes from Carbohydrates H. N. Cheng

Poster Exhibition

White Oak A

Heavy hors d’ouevres and Open Bar

6:30 – 9:00



Tuesday, June 5, 2018


7:00 AM

Registration, All Day – Grand Foyer

Vendor Exhibition, All Day – Grand Foyer

7:00 AM

Breakfast – Salon H



Advances in Chromatography and Spectroscopy

Plenary Lectures - Salon F/G


8:00 AM

T.01 – Correlated polymer characterization via SEC-IR Detection with a new QCL Laser Spectrometer and SEC-NMR with a new 60 MHz MR-NMR Spectrometer

Jennifer Kubel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

8:30 AM

T.02 – Characterization of Complex Synthetic Polymers by Advanced Separations and Detection Techniques

David Meunier, DowDuPont

9:00 AM

T.03 – HPLC Characterization of Block Copolymers

Taihyun Chang, Pohang University of Science and Technology

9:30 AM

Chromatography and Spectroscopy Discussion Panel

10:00 AM



Condensed Phases

Salon F

Macromolecular Architectures

Salon G

10:30 AM

T.11 – Two-Dimensional Terahertz (2D THz) Raman Correlation Spectroscopy Study of the Crystallization of Bioplastics – I. Noda

T.15 – Synthesis and Characterization of Polyolefins with Precise Control of Branch Frequency and Branch Length – S. V. Orski

10:50 AM

T.12 – Imaging Orientation Angles and Order Parameters of Semicrystalline Polymers by Polarization IR and Raman – Y. Lee

T.16 – Functional electrospun membranes featuring grafted polymer brushes: The characterization challenge – Y. Liu


11:10 AM

T.13 – Multiple Order-to-Order Transitions within Ultrathin Films of Sugar-Polyolefin Amphiphilic Conjugates – S. R. Nowak

T.17 – Characterization of the chemical composition distribution of 1-octene based POP/POE by HPLC – J. H. Arndt

11:30 PM

T.14 – Liquid-solid transitions of a repulsive system with also a short-range attractive potential – G. Yuan

T.18 – Striving for Perfection: “Defect”-Free Polymer Networks for Improved Metrology

– J. Sarapas

11:50 PM

Buffet Lunch – Salon H

ISPAC Leaders of R&D Panel Discussion

“The Next Generation of Characterization Needs in Polymer Science”

Salon F/G

1:15 PM

Pat Brant (ExxonMobil), Naryan Ramesh (DowDuPont), Raj Krishnaswamy (Braskem North America), Peter Maziarz (Pfizer Consumer Health)

Discussion Leader: Kate Beers, NIST

Macromolecular Architectures

Plenary Lectures - Salon F/G

2:30 PM

T.04 – ExxonMobil Lecture

Molecular Engineering with Anionic Polymerization

Lian Hutchings, Durham University

3:00 PM

T.05 – New Opportunities for Precision Polyolefins: Design, Characterization and Dynamic Behavior of Nanostructured Polyolefin Block Copolymers

Lawrence Sita, University of Maryland

3:30 PM

T.06 - Polyhomologation: A Powerful Tool Towards Well-Defined Polyethylene-Based Polymeric Materials

Nikos Hadjichristidis, KAUST

4:00 PM

Architectures Discussion Panel

4:30 PM





Condensed Phase Spectroscopy

Salon F


Advances in Chromatography

Salon G


5:00 PM

T.21 – Bulk heterojunction interfacial structure from REDOR NMR – R. Nieuwendaal

T.25 – Characterization of branched polycarbonate by comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography with multi-detector setup and correlation with Monte-Carlo simulations – N. Appel

5:20 PM

T.22 – Characterization of modified silicas with industrial interest – A. M. Netto

T.26 – Valorisation of multi-dimensional analytical approaches to unlock complex products characterization. The particular case of apolar commercial synthetic polymers – J. Desport

5:40 PM

T.23 – Relating Post Yield Mechanical Behavior in Polyethylenes to Spatially-varying Molecular Deformation Using Infrared Spectroscopic Imaging: Homopolymers – P. Mukherjee

T.27 – Size Exclusion Chromatography Characterization of Poly(Ester Urethane) Degradation Products – D. Yang

6:00 PM

T.24 - Influencing liquid crystalline gel formation in cellulose ionic liquid solutions by adding water and nanoparticles – A. Rajeev

T.28 – Polymer separation beyond SEC – expanding the range from molecules to particles – R. Reed

6:30 PM

ISPAC Social Hour

Grand Ballroom Veranda

Hors d’Ouevres and Open Bar

7:30 PM

2018 ISPAC Banquet

Ballroom E


Wednesday, June 6, 2018


7:00 AM

Registration, All Day

7:00 AM


Emerging Methods in Scattering

Plenary Lectures - Salon F/G

8:00 AM

W.01 - Wyatt Technology Lecture

Structure and Dynamics in Polymer Grafted Nanoparticle Systems

Michael Hore, Case Western Reserve University

8:30 AM

W.02 – Recent Advances in X-ray Scattering Methods for Soft Materials

Kevin Yager, Brookhaven National Laboratory

9:00 AM

W.03 – Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Lecture

Soft matter structure measurement by Polarized Resonant Soft X-ray Scattering

Dean DeLongchamp, NIST

9:30 AM

Scattering Discussion Panel

10:00 AM

Refreshment Pause/Lunch Pickup

Tour of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Participants must register for tour through ISPAC website to meet security requirements.

10:30 AM

Bus pickup at Marriot Main Lobby

11:15 AM

NIST Integrating Sphere Laboratory

12:00 PM

Lunch at NIST Cafeteria (not included in registration)

Walk thru NIST Museum

1:15 PM

Trace Contraband Detection Laboratory

2:00 PM

NIST Center for Neutron Research

3:00 PM

Arrive at Marriot

End of 2018 ISPAC meeting, see you in Japan!!