Graduate Research Seminar 2023

About the Graduate Research Seminar (GRS)

The GRS occurs the weekend prior to the IPCG main conference. The GRS starts on the evening of June 16th, offering a chance to get to know the other graduate student prior to the start of the technical program on June 17th and 18th.

It is an opportunity for graduate students to come together and share their work with each other.

Graduate students will have an opportunity to share their work through oral and/or poster presentations.

Distinguished speakers in the field of polymer colloids will provide Master Classes, with a focus on the fundamental aspects of their respective fields (see below). The GRS is a great opportunity to meet your fellow graduate students in the field of polymer colloids.

Registration and Abstract Submission Guidelines

Registration is now closed. All registrants must submit an abstract of the work they wish to present. Due to limited time, not everyone will be accepted for an oral presentation, but everyone (including those giving an oral presentation) will be given the opportunity to present a poster during the GRS and IPCG poster session.

  • Abstracts will be a maximum of 500 words
    • PDF (preferred) or Word document file formats are acceptable
  • Abstract deadline is April 14th, 2023
  • Email abstracts to the GRS Committee Chair, Connor Sanders at
    • Please use the subject line “2023 GRS Abstract Submission”

Oral and Poster Presentation Information

Please noteall students are expected to present a poster at the GRS and IPCG Poster Sessions.

Oral Presentations at the GRS (as explained above) will be limited to less than the number of registered students and abstracts must be submitted for acceptance.

Poster Dimensions

A standard size poster is 36″ x 48″ (3ft x 4ft or 91 cm x 122 cm). Posters must be printed in portrait. Landscape posters will not be accepted.

Master Classes

GRS 2023 Schedule

GRS Program

Friday 16th of June

15:00 – 16:00          Registration and settling in – Brant House

16:00 – 18:00          Ice breaking activities (Round 1) – Field outside Brant House

18:30 – 20:00          Dinner – Ban Righ Dining Hall

20:00 – 22:00          Ice breaking activities (Round 2) – Grad Club 2nd Floor

Saturday 17th of June

*Lectures/Seminars/Posters in Ellis Hall Room 226*

8:00 – 9:00               Breakfast –Ban Righ Dining Hall

9:00 – 10:00            Master Class by John Tsavalas: “Particle Morphology Control in Emulsion Polymerization: The Critical Variables”

10:00 – 11:00          Student Talks (20 min each)

Sara Beldarrain (POLYMAT-UPV/EHU – Spain): Functionalized Latexes as Dispersants and Spacers for Inorganic Particles in Waterborne Coating Formulations.

Yinan Li (Chinese University – Hong Kong): Measuring Nanoparticle-Nanoparticle Interaction by Total Internal Reflection Microscopy.

 Zhengao Shi (Chinese University – Hong Kong):  Pickering PU silica. Porous Film Fabrication for Synthetic Leather Through Templating Water-borne Polyurethane and Hydrophobic Silica Particles Co-Stabilized Pickering Foam.

 11:00 – 11:30          Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30          Student Talks (20 min each)

Ainara Agirre (POLYMAT-UPV/EHU – Spain). Synthesis and Characterization of ABS Polymers using Polymerizable Surfactants.

Sandra Smeltzer (Queen’s University – Canada). Structure-Property Relationship of Amphiphilic Block-Random Copolymers.

Thibaut Fevrier (C2PM Lyon CNRS – France). Surfactant-Free Emulsion Polymerization of Vinylidene Fluoride Mediated by Various Reactive Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Chains.

 12:30 – 14:00          Lunch–Ban Righ Dining Hall

14:00 – 15:30         Master Class by Mohamed El-Aasser: “My 50-Years Journey with Miniemulsions”

15:30 – 16:30          Student Talks (20 min each)

Magalie Shoumacker (C2PM Lyon CNRS – France). Toward IR-induced Radical (Mini)Emulsion Photopolymerization with Organo-Soluble and Water-Soluble Photoinitiators.

Yung-Chun Lin (University of New Hampshire – USA). Investigation of Radical Diffusion Within Latex Particles During Emulsion Polymerization Through Dynamic Modelling.

Zachary Hollins (University of New Hampshire – USA). Mechanistic Study of Allyl Methacrylate as a Crosslinking Agent in Emulsion Polymerizations.

16:30 – 18:00          Poster Session 1

18:30 – 20:00         Dinner–Ban Righ Dining Hall

 20:00 – 23:00         Social activities – Juniper Café

Sunday 18th of June

8:00 – 9:00               Breakfast–Ban Righ Dining Hall

9:00 – 10:00            Master Class by Takaya Terashima: “Precision Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Polymers: From Design to Nanostructure Control and Functions”

10:00 – 11:00          Student Talks (20 min each)

Huanhuan Ma (C2PM Lyon CNRS – France). Synthesis of Poly(Methacrylic Acid)-Stabilized SiO2/Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) Nanocomposite Colloids by Nitroxide-Mediated Surface-Initiated Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly.

Steven Thompson (University of New South Wales – Australia). Utilizing Customizability of Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (PISA) for Preparation of Sequenced-Defined Multiblock Copolymers.

Suren Wang (C2PM Lyon CNRS – France). From Surfactant-Free Latexes to Vitrimer Films: The Key Role of the Hydrophilic Macromolecular Stabilizer.

11:00 – 11:30          Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30          Student Talks (20 min each)

Alvaro del Castillo (POLYMAT-UPV/EHU – Spain). Epoxy/Styrene-Acrylic Blends for Anticorrosive Steel Coatings.

Laura Sinniger (C2PM Lyon CNRS – France). Synthesis of Block Copolymers Based on Ethylene and Methyl Methacrylate by Combining Catalytic Chain Transfer Polymerization (CCTP) and Radical Emulsion Polymerization in Water

Mehdi Naderi (POLYMAT-UPV/EHU – Spain). Synthesis and Characterization of the Redispersible Latexes.

12:30 – 14:00          Lunch–Ban Righ Dining Hall

14:00 – 15:00         Master Class by Samane Mehravar: “Sustainability for Chemical Industries: Tools and Challenges”

15:00 – 15:40          Student Talks (20 min each)

Ana Trajcheva (POLYMAT-UPV/EHU – Spain). Novel Strategies to Reduce End of Reaction VOCs in Acrylic Waterborne Systems.

Emily M. Brogden (University of Warwick – UK). Hard-Soft Polymer Colloid Mixtures for Waterborne Linerless Pressure Sensitive Adhesives.

15:40 – 17:10          Poster Session 2

18:00 – 19:30         Dinner at University Club (IPCG Conference Begins)

IPCG Conference Schedule