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Professor Dr. Marina Saphiannikova


Professor Dr. Marina Saphiannikova is the head of the Material Theory and Modeling at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research (IPF) in Dresden, Germany.


The group “Material Theory and Modeling” is engaged in application-oriented research of functional polymer materials, which exhibit a strong sensitivity to magnetic, electromagnetic and mechanical fields. Azobenzene polymers and organic semi-conductors are of paramount interest as both enable transformation of light energy into mechanical or electric energy. The group studies the relationship between the microstructure and macroscopic properties of these materials by analytical and computer simulation techniques. Other research direction is devoted to the modeling of mechanical behavior of polymer melts and networks filled with rigid particles, whereby magnetizable particles render additional sensitivity to the magnetic field. By the magneto-sensitive materials the emphasis is put on analytical and numerical studies of field-induced changes in a shape of the sample and its mechanical moduli.


The title of Professor Saphiannikova’s lecture is «Field-controllable polymer materials for mechanical applications».


Material Theory and Modeling at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research (IPF) in Dresden website

Marina Saphiannikova personal webpage


Professor Dr. Ekaterina Skorb


Ekaterina Skorb is the professor of ChemBio Cluster of School of Biotechnology and Cryogenic Systems, ITMO University, Russia. She is in a team of Solution Chemistry of Advanced Materials and Technologies laboratory, which is specializing in the creation of hybrid biomedical, optical materials and advanced industrial materials by soft solution chemical methods in nanomaterial science. Her current research interests are nonlinearity solids’ engineering; spatiotemporal control of ion concentration gradients in dissipative systems for soft matter actuation and dynamic control of cell behavior.


The title of Professor Skorb’s lecture is «Polyelectrolyte Layer-by-Layer Assembly: Spatiotemporal Control of Ion Concentration Gradient in Dissipative System».


Solution Chemistry of Advanced Materials and Technologies website

Professor Ekaterina Skorb personal webpage


Professor Dr. Mengbo Luo


Professor Dr. Mengbo Luo is the head of the Soft Matter Physics group in Department of Physics in Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.


Professor Luo is a well-known expert in the computer simulation of complex polymer systems. His research interests are focused on studying static and dynamic properties of polymer adsorption, polymer translocation through nanopores, polymer in confined geometries, diblock and multiblock copolymers, etc.


The title of Professor Luo’s lecture is «Translocation of polymer chain through nanopores».


Professor Dr. Mengbo Luo personal homepage


Professor Dr. Felix Plamper


Professor Dr. Felix Plamper is the head of Physical Chemistry II department at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany. Research interests of Professor Plamper’s group include polymers with complex architectures, complexation phenomena in polymeric systems, (micellar) nonequilibrium structures, electrodeposition of polyelectrolytes and electroactive microgels. He was awarded several scholarships and prizes (like the Young Scientist Prize of the German Chemical Society – GDCh-Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie).


The title of Professor Plamper’s lecture is «Non-Equilibrium Polymer Systems».


Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg webpage

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Professor Dr. Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy


Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy is the Professor of Formulation Science in School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, UK. He is one of the leading researchers in pharmaceutical and biomedical application of polymers. Khutoryanskiy group research interests include transmucosal drug delivery (ocular, nasal, oral and intravesical), mucoadhesive materials, mucosa-penetration, hydrogels, nanoparticles, pharmaceutical polymers, stimuli-responsive polymers, encapsulation technologies.


The title of Professor Khutoryanskiy’s lecture is «Designing novel polymeric systems for transmucosal drug delivery».


Twitter page of Khutoryanskiy group

Professor Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy personal webpage


Professor Dr. Ulrich Schubert


Professor Dr. Ulrich Schubert is the Full Professor of Institute of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He is one of the leading researchers in chemistry and materials science. His field of interests includes tailored functional macromolecules and nanoparticles, pharmaceutical polymers and drug delivery, responsive materials and metallo-supramolecular polymers, high-throughput experimentation, characterization, printable polymer batteries and polymer redox flow batteries, nanolithography and nanochemistry.


The title of Professor Schubert’s lecture is «Polymer-based batteries: Synthesis and characterization of charged redox-active polymers».


Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry website

Professor Dr. Ulrich Schubert personal webpage