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Mon. 14
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Tue. 15
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Training course on Advanced Polymer Characterization Techniques
Break Lunch
Training course on Advanced Polymer Characterization Techniques
Wed. 16
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Thu. 17
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Break Lunch
Award ceremony

Guided tour to Tunnel Borbonico in Naples

Social dinner



Carnegie Mellon University

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Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski is a world-leading polymer chemist based at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. Prof. Matyjaszewski had a promising scientific career from the start, graduating in 1972 with a B.S. and M.S. degree from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas—whose alumni include several notable mathematicians, as well as Vladimir Sorokin, one of the most popular postmodern writers in contemporary Russian literature—before pursuing a Ph.D. at the Center for Molecular and Macromolecular Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Lodz.

His most celebrated breakthrough came in 1994 when he and his group developed Cu-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), propelling him onto the international stage of polymer chemistry. Following this now well-used method for controlling polymerization reactions, Krzysztof continues to work at the forefront of polymer chemistry, hoping, he says, to “develop various hybrid materials by covalently linking ‘smart’ polymers with natural products and inorganics to get the best of two worlds.” Furthermore, what excites him most in his field is “precisely controlled polymers with minimal [challenges to the] environment.”


Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Ph.D., graduated from Chemical Physics in the University of Science and Technology of China in 1982. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 1987 and then remaining as a postdoctoral under the supervision of Professor Benjamin Chu in the SUNY at Stony Brook, he moved to BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) in 1989: first as an AvH Fellow and then as a permanent employee to supervise light-scattering laboratory. In 1992, he resigned from BASF and joined CUHK as a Lecturer (British System); underwent a double promotion to Reader in 1996; became a Professor of Chemistry in 1999 and an Honorary Professor of Physics in 2003; and further appointed as a Wei Lun Professor of Chemistry in 2010. For his significant contributions in prefund understanding of conformation, dynamics and phase transition of polymer chains in solution, he Wu was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999 and 2003, respectively. His research mainly combines synthetic chemistry, polymer physics and molecular biology to design and execute decisive experiments to address certain important problems in biology, macromolecules and polymer colloids. His current research interest moves to food science and processing, especially an advanced processing of soy proteins. For details:


University of Perugia

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Jose M. Kenny is Full Professor of Materials Science and Technology and Director of the Materials Science and Technology Centre of the University of Perugia in Italy. He is also the Director of the European Centre for Nanostructured Polymers with headquarters in Florence (Italy) and operative locations in Italy (Terni, Alessandria), France (Lyon) and Spain (Madrid). He has also been Research Professor and Vice Director at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology of CSIC in Madrid (Spain) where he continues to direct a research group on nanostructures polymers and nanocomposites. He has been visiting professor at several European and American Universities, has been President of SAMPE EUROPE in 2001-2002 and is currently Past President, Trustee and Fellow of the European Society for Advanced Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE). In 2011 he received the SAMPE Fellow Award, in 2012 he received the RAICES Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation of Argentina, and in 2014 he has been awarded the Mega-Grant of the Russian Federation for the Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Thermoplastic Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites.


Materias S.r.l.

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Luigi Nicolais is Emeritus Professor at School of Polytechnic of the University of Naples “Federico II”. He was Full Professor of Polymer technology, head of the Department of Industrial Process and Materials Engineering and head of the Materials Engineering course and the PhD course on biomaterials. For about twenty years, he was visiting professor at Washington University of Seattle and associate professor at the Institute of Materials Science of the University of Connecticut (USA). He is author of more than 600 scientific papers in international journals, reviewer for different scientific journals, author of more than 30 International patents. From 2000 to 2005 he was Minister of the Regional Council of Campania, for the Scientific Research and Technological Innovation. He was Minister of Italian Republic for public Administration Reforms and Innovation from 2006 to the end of legislature and President of National Research Council (CNR) of Italy (2012-2016). He is President of COTEC (since 2012) and President of Materias srl and in 2018 he was named President of Campania Digital Innovation Hub.


    Polymers, biopolymers and advanced nanocomposites for additive manufacturing - National Autonomous University of Mexico
    Viscoelastic behavior of polymers - University of North Texas, USA
    Electric property of polymer-filler composites - Dalian University of Technology - China
    Application of polymeric materials in energetic sector - Lithuanian Energy Institute
    Macromolecular orientation in polymers - Poznan University of Technology – Poland
    Liquid chromatography of synthetic polymers - Slovak Academy of Sciences
    Bioplastics: opportunities and challenges - National Research Council of Italy
    Recent advances in vibrational spectroscopy and their applications to polymer science – National Research Council of Italy




We are organizing two post-conference tours:

On Thursday, October 17, in the evening, it is foreseen a guided tour to Tunnel Borbonico in Naples. The participation to the tour is free for regular and young delegates and accompanying persons.

On Friday, October 18, in the morning, a guided tour to Pompei archaeological site will be organized. Costs for this excursion will be defined later.