Track Categories

The track category is the heading under which your abstract will be reviewed and later published in the conference printed matters if accepted. During the submission process, you will be asked to select one track category for your abstract.

Polymer synthesis is a complex procedure and can take place in a variety of ways. Addition polymerization describes the method where monomers are added one by one to an active site on the growing chain. Polymers are huge macromolecules composed of repeating structural units. While polymer in popular usage suggests plastic, the term actually refers to a large class of natural and synthetic materials. The study of polymer science begins with understanding the methods in which these materials are synthesized. Polymer synthesis is a complex procedure and can take place in a variety of ways.

  • Track 1-1Polyamides and Common Polyesters
  • Track 1-2Synthesis of polyurethane foams
  • Track 1-3Polyaramids and Polyimides
  • Track 1-4Interfacial Polymerizations
  • Track 1-5Polypeptide Synthesis
  • Track 1-6New "one-pot" Approaches to Hyperbranced Species
  • Track 1-7Polysiloxanes and Lactams
  • Track 1-8Nonlinear Polymerizations

In Polymer Chemistry, polymerization is a process of reacting monomer molecules together in a chemical reaction to form polymer chains or three-dimensional networks.There are many forms of polymerization and different systems exist to categorize them. In chemical compounds, polymerization occurs via a variety of reaction mechanisms that vary in complexity due to functional groups present in reacting compounds and their inherent steric effects. In more straightforward polymerization, alkenes, which are relatively stable due to sigma bonding between carbon atoms, form polymers through relatively simple radical reactions; in contrast, more complex reactions such as those that involve substitution at the carbonyl group require more complex synthesis due to the way in which reacting molecules polymerize. Alkanes can also be polymerized, but only with the help of strong acids.

  • Track 2-1Polymer analogues reactions,
  • Track 2-2 Polymerizations/Condensation Polymerizations
  • Track 2-3Bulk Polymerization
  • Track 2-4Types of Monomers
  • Track 2-5Kinetics and Equilibrium
  • Track 2-6Interchange Reactions
  • Track 2-7Segmented and Block Copolymers

Polymer Physics is the field of physics that studies polymers, their fluctuations, mechanical properties, as well as the kinetics of reactions involving degradation and polymerisation of polymers and monomers respectively. While it focuses on the perspective of condensed matter physics, polymer physics is originally a branch of statistical physics. Polymer physics and polymer chemistry are also related with the field of polymer science, where this is considered the applicative part of polymers. Polymer Characterization includes determining molecular weight distribution, the molecular structure, the morphology of the polymer, Thermal Properties, mechanical properties, and any additives. Molecular Characterization also includes the development and refinement of analytical methods with statistical models which help to understand phase separation and phase transistion of polymers. The results achieved hereof can be eventually applied to optimize the experimental conditions during analyses. We have multiple approaches for Polymer Characterization.

  • Track 3-1Computational Science
  • Track 3-2 Viscometry
  • Track 3-3Diffusion of polymers
  • Track 3-4Colligative property measurements
  • Track 3-5Static light scattering techniques
  • Track 3-6Semiflexible Polymers
  • Track 3-7Polymer Networks and Polymer blends
  • Track 3-8Degradation and thermal behaviour of polymers
  • Track 3-9Adsorption and wetting behaviour of polymers
  • Track 3-10Polydispersity
  • Track 3-11Size exclusion chromatography

When a polymer has stereochemical isomerism within the chain, its properties often depend on the stereochemical structure. Thus the analysis of the Stereo-Chemistry of polymers is important and NMR spectroscopy has been the most valuable tool for this purpose. It is a general rule that for a polymer to crystallize, it must have highly regular polymer chains. Highly irregular polymers are almost inevitably amorphous. Polymer chains can have isomeric forms that decrease the regularity of the chains.

There are three important forms of isomerism in polymers.

·Structural Isomerism

·Sequence Isomerism (Head-to-Tail or Head-to-Head)

·Stereoisomerism (Tacticity)

Stereochemical formulae for polymer chains are shown as Fischer projections rotated through 90o i.e. displayed horizontally rather than vertically, or as hypothetical extended zigzag chains the latter occasionally give a clearer indication of the three-dimensional arrangement.

  • Track 4-1Stereoregular Polymerizations
  • Track 4-2Investigating surface properties of functional polymers
  • Track 4-3Isomerism of Polymers
  • Track 4-4Radical Copolymerization
  • Track 4-5Electro-active Polymers
  • Track 4-6Polymer conductives
  • Track 4-7Polypyrrole chains and Optical interactions

The terminology used in the bioplastics sector is sometimes misleading. Most in the industry use the term bioplastic to mean a plastic produced from a biological source. All (bio- and petroleum-based) plastics are technically biodegradable, meaning they can be degraded by microbes under suitable conditions. However, many degrade so slowly that they are considered non-biodegradable. Some petrochemical-based plastics are considered biodegradable, and may be used as an additive to improve the performance of commercial bioplastics. Non-biodegradable bioplastics are referred to as durable. The biodegradability of bioplastics depends on temperature, polymer stability, and available oxygen content. The European standard EN 13432, published by the International Organization for Standardization, defines how quickly and to what extent a plastic must be degraded under the tightly controlled and aggressive conditions (at or above 140 °F (60 °C)) of an industrial composting unit for it to be considered biodegradable. This standard is recognized in many countries, including all of Europe, Japan and the US. However, it applies only to industrial composting units and does not set out a standard for home composting. Most bioplastics (e.g. PH) only biodegrade quickly in industrial composting units. These materials do not biodegrade quickly in ordinary compost piles or in the soil/water. Starch-based bioplastics are an exception, and will biodegrade in normal composting conditions.

  • Track 5-1Biomass Products
  • Track 5-2Biotechnology
  • Track 5-3Graphene Nanocomposites
  • Track 5-4Biocomposites
  • Track 5-5Petrochemical Products
  • Track 5-6Advanced Biodegradable Polymers
  • Track 5-7Biodegradable Polymers for Industrial Applications
  • Track 5-8Biodegradable Polymer Applications

Advanced polymeric Biomaterials continue to serve as a cornerstone of new medical technologies and therapies. The vast majority of these materials, both natural and synthetic, interact with biological matter without direct electronic communication. However, biological systems have evolved to synthesize and employ naturally-derived materials for the generation and modulation of electrical potentials, voltage gradients, and ion flows. Bioelectric phenomena can be interpreted as potent signalling cues for intra- and inter-cellular communication. These cues can serve as a gateway to link synthetic devices with biological systems. This progress report will provide an update on advances in the application of electronically active Biomaterials for use in organic electronics and bio-interfaces. Specific focus will be granted to the use of natural and synthetic biological materials as integral components in technologies such as thin film electronics, in vitro cell culture models, and implantable medical devices. Future perspectives and emerging challenges will also be highlighted.

  • Track 6-1Electrospun materials
  • Track 6-2Polynucleotides
  • Track 6-3Polypeptides
  • Track 6-4Polysaccharides
  • Track 6-5Biomaterials Systems
  • Track 6-6Liquid Crystal (LC) Polymers
  • Track 6-7Biomimetic materials

Polymer Engineering is generally an engineering field that designs, analyses, and/or modifies polymer materials. Polymer engineering covers aspects of the petrochemical industry, polymerization, structure and characterization of polymers, properties of polymers, compounding and processing of polymers and description of major polymers, structure property relations and applications.

  • Track 7-1Polymer Processing
  • Track 7-2Supramolecular Polymers
  • Track 7-3Conjugated polymers
  • Track 7-4Structure and mechanical properties of polymers
  • Track 7-5Naturally Occurring Zein

The early developments in Polymer Technology occurred without any real knowledge of the molecular theory of polymers. The idea that the Structure of Molecules in Nature might give an understanding of plastics was put forward by Emil Fischer, who in 1901 discovered that natural polymers were built up of linked chains of molecules. It was not until 1922 that the chemist Herman Staudinger proposed that not only were these chains far longer than first thought, but they were composed of giant molecules containing more than a thousand atoms. He christened them ‘macromolecules’, but his theory was not proved until 1935 when the first plastic was created with a predictable form. This was the first synthetic fibre, nylon.

  • Track 8-1Emulsion Polymerization Processes
  • Track 8-2Suspension (Bead) Polymerization Processes
  • Track 8-3Polyvinyl Chloride Via Precipitation Polymerization

Polymer Catalysis  has  become  an  independent  and  thriving  branch  of  chemistry. Extensive development of this field is attributed to success achieved in synthesis and investigation of so-called functional polymers as well as to success attained in homogeneous, metal complex catalysis. The fruitful cooperation of  these  two directions,  namely the  fixation  of homogeneous  catalysts  or  transition metal compounds on organic polymers, has led to the novel idea of heterogenization of homogeneous metal complex catalysts. Catalysis  by  polymers  is  the  new  intensively  developing  field  of  science.

  • Track 9-1Ziegler-Natta Catalysis
  • Track 9-2Catalysis on specific polymer surfaces and in molecular imprints
  • Track 9-3Acid-Base Bifunctional Catalysts on Polymer Supports
  • Track 9-4Oxophilic Organometallics
  • Track 9-5Catalysis and Polymers group

Biopolymers are available as coatings for paper rather than the more common petrochemical coatings. Bioplastics are used for disposable items, such as packaging, crockery, cutlery, pots, bowls, and straws. They are also often used for bags, trays, fruit and vegetable containers and blister foils, egg cartons, meat packaging, vegetables, and bottling for soft drinks and dairy products.These plastics are also used in non-disposable applications including mobile phone casings, carpet fibers, insulation car interiors, fuel lines, and plastic piping. New electroactive bioplastics are being developed that can be used to carry electric current. In these areas, the goal is not biodegradability, but to create items from sustainable resources. Medical implants made of PLA (polylactic acid), which dissolve in the body, can save patients a second operation. Compostable mulch films can also be produced from starch polymers and used in agriculture. These films do not have to be collected after use on farm fields.

  • Track 10-1Coatings
  • Track 10-2Fibers
  • Track 10-3Plastics
  • Track 10-4Cosmetics
  • Track 10-5Oil Industry

Bioplastics are plastics derived from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, or microbiota. Bioplastic can be made from agricultural by-products and also from used plastic bottles and other containers using microorganisms. Common plastics, such as fossil-fuel plastics (also called petrobased polymers), are derived from petroleum or natural gas. Production of such plastics tends to require more fossil fuels and to produce more greenhouse gases than the production of biobased polymers (bioplastics). Some, but not all, bioplastics are designed to biodegrade. Biodegradable bioplastics can break down in either anaerobic or aerobic environments, depending on how they are manufactured. Bioplastics can be composed of starches, cellulose, biopolymers, and a variety of other materials.

  • Track 11-1Bio-Based Plastics
  • Track 11-2Synthetic Biology
  • Track 11-3Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Track 11-4Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB)
  • Track 11-5Environmental impact
  • Track 11-6Benefits of bioplastics
  • Track 11-7Innovations in Food Packaging
  • Track 11-8Biodegradable Plastics

Polymeric Nanoparticles are predominantly prepared by wet synthetic routes. Several industrial processes will be described. Emphasis will be placed on the type of polymers and morphology structures that can be synthesized using each process. Controlled radical polymerization will be explored for their ability to provide structural control of polymer chains. The extraordinarily large surface area on the nanoparticles presents diverse opportunities to place functional groups on the surface. Particles can be created that can expand/contract with changes in pH, or interact with anti-bodies in special ways to provide rapid ex-vivo medical diagnostic tests. Important extensions have been made in combining inorganic materials with polymers and in combining different classes of polymers together in nanoparticle form.

  • Track 12-1Nanomedicine and Nanotoxicity
  • Track 12-2Engineered Nanomaterials and their applications
  • Track 12-3Polymer films
  • Track 12-4Block Copolymer Nanocomposites
  • Track 12-5Nano electronics & photonics
  • Track 12-6Tissue engineering
  • Track 12-7Polymer nanocomposites matrices
  • Track 12-8Advance technology of Nanotechnology in Polymer Chemistry

The marketing mix is an important part of the marketing of polymers and consists of the marketing 'tools' you are going to use. But marketing strategy is more than the marketing of mixed polymers and plastics. The marketing strategy sets your marketing goals, defines your target markets and describes how you will go about positioning the business to achieve advantage over your competitors. The marketing mix, which follows from your marketing strategy, is how you achieve that 'unique selling proposition' and deliver benefits to your customers. When you have developed your marketing strategy, it is usually written down in a marketing plan. The plan usually goes further than the strategy, including detail such as budgets. You need to have a marketing strategy before you can write a marketing plan. Your marketing strategy may serve you well for a number of years but the details, such as budgets for marketing activities, of the marketing plan may need to be updated every year.

  • Track 13-1Ceramics and Applications
  • Track 13-2Biopolymers in Drug Delivery
  • Track 13-3Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Track 13-4Global Bio-based Market Growth of Biopolymers

The foremost challenges in the upcoming decades will be the increase in population, the concentration of people in expansive urban centers, and globalization, and the expected change of climate. Hence, the main concerns for humans in the future will be energy & resources, food, health, mobility & infrastructure and communication. There is no doubt that polymers will play a key role in finding successful ways in handling these challenges. Polymers will be the material of the new millennium and the production of polymeric parts i.e. green, sustainable, energy-efficient, high quality, low-priced, etc. will assure the accessibility of the finest solutions round the globe... Synthetic polymers have since a long time played a relatively important role in present-day medicinal practice. Many devices in medicine and even some artificial organs are constructed with success from synthetic polymers. It is possible that synthetic polymers may play an important role in future pharmacy, too. Polymer science can be applied to save energy and improve renewable energy technologies.