Light- and Air-Induced Reversible Self-Repairing Polymer Networks (M. W. Urban, Clemson)


“Light- and Air-Induced Reversible Self-Repairing Polymer Networks”

Prof. Marek W. Urban
Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Center for Optical
Materials Science & Engineering

Clemson University

Over the last decade, significant advances in stimuli-responsive materials in general, and self-healing polymers in particular, have shown how reversible and irreversible reactions can be utilized to repair mechanically damaged polymer networks. Wide ranges of monomers and synthetic approaches have been used to construct re-mendable polymers. These localized events resulting in nano-, micro- and macrometer scale repairs are driven by the formation of either covalent or non-covalent bonds, including hydrogen bonding, metal/ligand coordination and ionic interactions. Perhaps one of the most attractive features is self-healing by light exposure with reversible color changes in damaged area. This lecture will focus on the design, synthesis, and analysis of stimuli-responsive polymers that exhibit self-repairing properties that can be induced by UV and visible radiation as well as carbon dioxide and water.

Speaker Background

Marek W. Urban received his MS from Marquette University, PhD from Michigan Technological University, and postdoced at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining Clemson University in 2013 he was on the faculty of North Dakota State University and the University of Southern Mississippi, where he directed the Materials Research Science and Engineering (MRSEC) as well as Industry/University Cooperative Research (I/U CRC) Centers funded by the National Science Foundation. He also served as department chair in these institutions. He is an invited speaker of numerous national and international conferences, has over 400 publications, is the author three books and several patents, and has edited eight American Chemical Society Advances in Chemistry Series books as well as Wiley Handbook on Stimuli-Responsive Materials. He chaired the Gordon Research Conferences and is the recipient of numerous awards. His research on antimicrobial and self-repairing materials has been featured by numerous media, including New York Times, Forbes Magazine, BBC, NBC, Discovery Channel, USA Today, Yahoo, many TV and radio stations around the World. Current research interests include understanding physico-chemical processes governing responsiveness in materials, development of novel polymeric nanomaterials with living-like functions, and design of self-repairing synthetic materials for a variety of applications.


Tuesday, August 12


Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park
2960 N. Shoreline Park
Mountain View, CA 94043




6 PM social hour
7 PM dinner
8 PM lecture


Employed/postdoc Student/unemployed/retired
Early Registration  $30 $15
Registration $35 $20
Walk-in (not guaranteed) $40 $25

Lecture-only is free.



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David Olmeijer



Deadline for registration:

11:59PM, Monday, August 4 for early registration discount.
5PM, Monday, August 11 for regular registration.

Dinner Selection:

Seafood - Broiled salmon with lemon beurre blanc
Chicken - Chicken portobello
Vegetarian - Vegetable brochette

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