Macromolecular Symposia Vol. 351, May 2015
Symposium Editor: Anthony Guiseppi-Elie
These proceedings are intended for scientists, engineers, and other technical personnel who seek a current assessment of the state of the science and technological opportunities presented by the rapidly growing field of macromolecular complexes.
The book is the result of technical contributions to the 15th International Symposium on MacroMolecular Complexes (MMC-15) endorsed by IUPAC.
Under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie and organized by faculty and students of the Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips at Clemson University’s Advanced Materials Research Center, MMC-15 was held on 13-16 August 2013 in Greenville, South Carolina and on the campus of Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, USA.
The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Cato T. Laurencin (University of Connecticut, USA), while seven plenary addresses were delivered by Prof. Gero Decher (Strasbourg, France), Prof. Joseph M. DeSimone (University of North Carolina, USA), Prof. Sabine Flitsch (The University of Manchester, UK), Prof. Kazuhiko Ishihara (Tokyo University, Japan), Dr. Mkhulu Mathe (CSIR, South Africa), Prof. Hiroyuki Nishide (Waseda University, Japan), and Prof. Eduardo Pereira (University of Concepcion, Chile).
Thematically, the book is organized according to the topical conferences of the symposium. The themes for MMC- 15 were Energy Harvesting and Energy Industry, Sustainability and Green Chemistry, Biotechnology and Biomedicine, and Global Health. These are pressingly important areas where macromolecules play a vital role in transforming technology for the betterment of human kind. Among the topics addressed were: in the area of energy—superior polyelectrolyte membranes for fuel cells and polymers for low-cost high emissive light emitting diodes (OLEDs); in the area of sustainability and green chemistry—polymers for biodegradable packaging and monomers and polymers from biomass sources; in the area of biotechnology and biomedicine—bioactive hydrogels and supramolecular polymer assemblies for targeted drug delivery; and in the area of global health—polymer fibers for controlled flow in low-cost lateral-flow diagnostic devices and polymer membranes for desalination. Conference sponsors were BIODOT, Milliken, ACS Poly, ACS PMSE, Wiley, ABTECH Scientific, Inc., Clemson Bioengineering, Milliken, Western Carolina Section of the ACS, Michelin USA, and Clemson Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
MMC-16 will be held at Wrocław University of Technology (WUT), Poland, 10-14 August 2015, under the chairmanship of Prof. Andrzej W. Trochimczuk.
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