How to 'Star' in Functional Self-assembled Polymeric Materials


How to “Star” in Functional Self-assembled Polymeric Materials

Joseph Sly
IBM Almaden Research Center

Please note - LOCATION.   The meeting will not be held at Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park this month, but at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. See below for more information.


Nanogel Star Polymers (uni-molecular, globular nanoparticles with a high number of polymer “arms” emanating from a nano-scale cross-linked polymer core) are an increasingly attractive class of polymer architecture for mediating/expressing structure-function relationships in materials science. They are also among the most synthetically demanding of polymeric nanostructures to develop having long suffered from difficulties in characterization, reproducibility and control of key structural features such as particle size, arm number (polyvalency) and uniformity, all of which have provided a historical impediment to their general application. This talk will center on IBM’s recent program in developing convenient, scalable synthetic routes to highly uniform, size and chemically controlled nanogel star polymer architectures which are capable of tunable polyvalent functionality and programmable tandem-modal macromolecular self-assembly with other functional molecules and/or functional surfaces. This approach enables the formation of “dual-mode” composite nanoparticles with a range of functional “cargoes” which can be spontaneously formulated in a “plug and play” approach. Application areas for such materials, including image guided drug delivery vehicles (e.g. NIR photodynamic therapy delivery agents, dual mode cellular imaging agents, inorganic nanoshell templates for NIR photo-thermal ablation therapies) and functional surfaces (e.g. antibiotic surface coatings), will be highlighted.


Speaker Background

Joseph Sly is a research scientist at IBM’s Almaden Research Center and for the past 6 years he has orchestrated a research unit, populated by IBM personnel and junior researchers borrowed from worldwide academia, working on “macromolecular” chemistry specializing in functional materials by self-assembly and light-activated functional composite polymeric nanoparticle architectures. Prior to joining IBM he was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and a Marie Currie European Training Network Fellow at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Dr Sly obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Sydney (Australia) working on dendritic porphyrinoid light harvesting systems for organic photovoltaic applications.




Tuesday December 6


Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA  94306
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6 PM social hour
7 PM dinner
8 PM lecture





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