Educational Workshop in Polymer Sciences 2016

This interactive educational workshop on polymer synthesis is suited for postgraduates or researchers from all countries to up-date their knowledge by interactive oral lectures. All the 4 lectures shall touch on the understanding of the basic science, terms and concepts that are critical to chain-growth polymerization with a particular emphasis on radical polymerization and hence resulted in thought-provoking impulses on the experimental design coupled with the results and discussion of research. It will provide a secure ladder for the young reseachers or practioners to progress from a primary level to an advanced level without much difficulty. Before the workshop, the lecturers may share their powerpoint slides on the website of the IUPAC sub-committee on Polymer Education accessible to the general public.

Who should attend
Postgraduates, higher level undergraduates and other researchers in polymer chemistry.

The educational workshop is a set of lectures by experts in the field describing different aspects of interest to the participants of MACRO2016. The following topics will be presented.

12.30 pmRegistration
1.00 pm – 1.45 pmRadical polymerizations I – chain growth basicsProf. Dr. Devon A. Shipp
1.45 pm – 2.30 pmRadical polymerizations II – special casesProf. Dr. Devon A. Shipp
2.30 pm – 3.00 pmTea break
3.00 pm – 3.45 pmRadical Addition-Fragmentation and RAFT polymerization IDr. Graeme Moad
3.45 pm – 4.30 pmRadical Addition-Fragmentation and RAFT polymerization IIDr. Graeme Moad
4.30 pmGrand opening and plenary lectures of MACRO2016

Prof. Dr. Devon A. Shipp
Both fundamental and novel aspects of radical polymerizations will be discussed in these presentations. Beginning with basic radical chain-growth polymerization, we will explore the various reaction mechanisms involved and their rates, and polymer molecular weights and distributions. The effect of reaction conditions, such as temperature, solvent, concentrations, comonomers, etc, on polymerizationoutcomes will be discussed. The second part will focus on recent developments in radical polymerizations, including a brief description of reversible deactivation radical polymerizations such as atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and nitroxide-mediated polymerization (NMP). Step-growth radical polymerizations, such as thiol-ene polymerizations, will also be discussed and compared to tradition chain-growth radical polymerizations.

Dr. Graeme Moad
RAFT (radical addition fragmentation chain transfer) Polymerization is currently one of the most versatile and most used methods for implementing reversible deactivation radical polymerization (RDRP) otherwise known as controlled or living radical polymerization.  This paper will briefly trace the historical development of RAFT with reference to the kinetics and mechanism of the process.   It will also highlight the most recent developments at in our laboratories CSIRO specifically covering such areas as kinetics and mechanism, RAFT agent development, end group transformation, RAFT crosslinking polymerization, monomer sequence control, multi-block copolymer synthesis and high throughput RAFT polymerization.
Moad, G. In Controlled Radical Polymerization: Mechanisms; Matyjaszewski, K., Sumerlin, B. S., Tsarevsky, N. V., Chiefari, J., Eds.; American Chemical Society: 2015; Vol. 1187, p 211.