April Dinner Lecture "Functional Polymeric Materials"


"Well-Defined Functional Polymeric Materials via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization"
      Nicolay Tsarevsky

      Visiting Assistant Prof., Dept. of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon

      Wednesday, April 12  

Reservations requested by 5pm Monday, April 10.


In the past decade, Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) has emerged as one of the most powerful synthetic techniques in polymer science that allows the synthesis of polymeric materials with predetermined molecular weight, composition, and molecular architecture derived from substituted styrenes, (meth)acrylates, acrylonitrile, or acrylamides.  The polymers prepared by ATRP are highly chain end-functionalized and can therefore participate in various post-polymerization modifications.  A variety of previously inaccessible functional polymeric materials have been prepared by ATRP by the direct polymerization of functional monomers, the use of functional initiators, or by post-polymerization modification of either the polymer end groups of monomer units. This talk will describe several such materials, their properties, and potential application.  They include polymer-
functionalized carbon nanotubes, polymeric tetrazoles (energy-storage materials) and triazoles (useful in ion-binding),
macromolecular star-like molecules and (bio)degradable linear and hyperbranched polymers, and gels with a potential application in controlled drug delivery.

Speaker Background:

Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky was born and grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. After finishing the National High School of Mathematics and Science, he was on the team representing Bulgaria at the 26th International Chemistry Olympiad.  He earned his B.S./M.S. degree from the University of Sofia in Theoretical Chemistry and Chemical Physics, after which for his Ph.D. he joined the group of Prof. Kris Matyjaszewski at Carnegie Mellon University where he was involved in several projects (including development of novel catalysts for ATRP, especially for the controlled polymerization in protic/aqueous media, carbon nanostructured materials, and functional polymeric materials with biomedical application).  He is currently visiting assistant Professor at Kris Matyjaszewski’s group at Carnegie Mellon, and serves as the Chair of the Polymer Group of the Pittsburgh Section of ACS.  He has
authored and coauthored 53 publications, 5 book chapters, 1 textbook, and 5 patents or patent applications. He has been the recipient of several national awards, including the Kenneth Hancock memorial award in Green Chemistry (ACS, 2003) and the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award (ACS, 2004).


DATE:         Wednesday, April 12

Location:      Michael's at Shoreline, Mountain View
                     (see directions below)

Timing:    6 PM  social hour
                 7 PM  dinner
                 8 PM  lecture

Cost:    $30 with advance registration
             Half price for students, retired, and unemployed.
             Free if you attend just the lecture at 8PM.
                     (but please let us know for headcount)
             $35 after registration deadline, if possible.  

PLEASE NOTE:  we accept cash or checks, but are unable to accept payment by credit card at this time.

Deadline for registration:    5 PM Monday April 10 
on the registration below
OR, contact Clayton Henderson

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Note that we must request that you be liable for your
registration fee if you register and do not attend;
cancellation is allowed up to the registration deadline.


Click for Michael's direction  

From 101 in Mountain View, take the Shoreline Boulevard. Exit toward the Bay. Drive past the Shoreline Amphitheater
and go straight ahead, entering into Shoreline Park.  After a mile or so inside the park, a sign for Michael's will
direct you to turn left into the parking lot for Michael's Restaurant.

Address: 2960 N Shoreline Blvd.
Restaurant phone: 650-962-1014  (do not call restaurant for reservations)

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