Workshop on Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN)From Grand Challenges to the Research Priorities of Functional Systems ChemistryJune 14th, 15th and 16th, 2010Arlington, VA
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Dr. Vicki L. Colvin, Rice UniversityDr. Colin Nuckolls, Columbia UniversityDr. Heather Maynard, University of California, Los Angeles
The Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) Program focuses on basic research that addresses chemistry at length scales in between molecules and bulk. Research of interest to this program includes the following:
(1) Novel synthesis relevant to the program topics; innovative surface functionalization methodologies, surface monolayer chemistry, and bilayer membrane chemistry; template-directed synthesis; and the formation of clusters, aggregates, nanoparticles, polymers and large (macro)molecular architectures.
(2) The study of chemical interactions that give rise to molecular, macromolecular or nanoparticulate self-assembly; understanding unique chemical and physicochemical properties and reactivities that result from the organized or nanoscopic structures; the study of forces and dynamics that are responsible for spatial organization in organic, inorganic or hybrid systems; and chemically dynamic systems like molecular machines.
(3) Investigations that utilize experimental and/or computational methods to predict and/or understand the chemical structure, properties and reactivities of unique macromolecular, supramolecular and nanostructures.
The goals of this workshop are to define the emerging area of MSN chemistry, articulate its grand challenges as a science, and direct attention towards its enormous promise for game changing technologies. The intellectual merit of the discussions and presentations of the workshop participants will be substantial. Through a tutorial and keynotes, the latest innovations in nanochemistry, polymer chemistry and supramolecular chemistry will be presented and captured for the workshop report. The natural connections and common challenges from the advancement of these areas will be identified through the small group discussions. Such a process is essential for the future of chemistry as it places MSN chemistry in the context the broader chemical sciences. Additionally, participants will look even beyond chemistry in their deliberations and consider how MSN chemistry can enable future technologies.
Agenda (updated 6/11/10):
Monday, June 14, 2010
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Workshop Introductions and Working Dinner
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
NSF Welcome and Opening RemarksJanice Hicks, CHE Deputy Division Director (on detail in DMR)
Tim Patten, CHE Program DirectorSuk-Wah Tam-Chang, CHE Program Director
Brainstorming Session 1
Charge to breakout groups, session 2
Facilitator: Professor Heather Maynard, UCLA
Brainstorming Session 2
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Charge to breakout groups, session 3
Facilitator: Professor Colin Nuckolls, Columbia University
Brainstorming Session 3
Final discussions and recommendations
Facilitator: Professor Vicki Colvin, Rice University
Concluding remarks - Professors Vicki Colvin, Rice University;
Heather Maynard, UCLA; Colin Nuckolls, Columbia University
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