12th International Symposium on Polyelectrolytes

27 August 2018 19:00 - 31 August 2018 13:30, Wageningen, Netherlands



The meeting is the 12th in the ISP series of conferences started in 1995, on the physics and physical chemistry of polyelectrolytes, with a focus on understanding how electrostatic interactions determine and influence the behaviour of synthetic and biological charged macromolecules in solution, in complexes and at interfaces. We aim at continuing the success of the 11th edition in Moscow (2016) by providing a stimulating forum with prominent keynote and invited speakers, ample opportunities for contributed talks and poster presentations, and plenty of opportunities to discuss and interact with colleagues. Wageningen is conveniently located, just one hour by public transport from Schiphol Amsterdam airport. 

Plenary Sessions

Polyelectrolyte Theory/Modeling
Michael Rubinstein (Duke, NC, USA) - Keynote
Katia Zhulina (Institute of Macromolecular Componds,
St Petersburg, Russia)
Charles Singh (Univ. Illinois, IL, USA)
Fabien Léonforte (LÓreal, Paris, France)

Biological and biohybrid polyelectrolytes
Tanja Weil (MPI, Mainz)
Mauri Konstiainen(Univ. Aalto, Finland)

Polyelectrolyte Complex Coacervation
Sarah Perry (UMass Amherst, MA, USA)
Paul Dubin (UMass, MA, USA)

Polyelectrolyte complexes at interfaces 
Russel Stewart – (Univ of Utah, UT, USA) - Keynote
Henrik Brirkendal (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Philipp Erni (Firmenich, Switserland)‚Äč

Polyelectrolytes and Coacervation in Cell Biology
Christine Keating (UPenn, PA, USA) – Keynote
Tim Nott (Univ Oxford, UK)
Roy Beck (Tel Aviv Univ, Israel)

Conjugated Polyelectrolytes & Poly(ionic liquids)
Christophe Detrembleur (University of Liege, Belgium)
Joris Sprakel (Wageningen University, the Netherlands)
Polyelectrolyte membranes
Ivo Vankelecom (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Joris de Grooth (NX Filtration, Enschede)

Pre-conference PhD-school

Ahead of the conference, on August 26 and 27, a PhD course on polyelectrolytes will be organized that will be free of charge for PhD students attending the conference, featuring extended tutorial lectures by a selection of the organizers and plenary speakers of the conference.

International organizing committee

Paul Dubin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Ray Farinato, Solvay, USA
Alexei Khokhlov, Moscow State University, Russia
Serge Stoll, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Ulrich Scheler, Leibniz Institute Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany

Local organizing committee

Renko de Vries (chair), Wageningen University & Research
Frans Leermakers (co-chair), Wageningen University & Research
Eva Oudshoorn (secretariat), Wageningen University & Research, Graduate School VLAG
Evan Spruijt, Radboud University Nijmegen, Ilja Voets, Eindhoven University of Technology
Jasper van der Gucht, Marleen Kamperman, Louis de Smet, Wageningen University & Research
Andreas Herrmann, University of Groningen, Simeon Stoyanov, Unilever
Wiebe de Vos, Saskia Lindhoud, University of Twente

Publication/Special issue

Participants are invited to publish their contributions to the conference in a special issue “Polyelectrolytes and Polyelectrolyte Complexes” of the MPDI Journal “Polymers”. Research papers should contain original work not published previously elsewhere. Review papers related to the topic will also be considered. Submission deadline is Dec 1, 2018. Decisions on acceptance will be made by guest editors Renko de Vries and Frans Leermakers. For more details on the SI, see the website.  

Registration & fees

To register please complete the electronic reply form available at www.vlaggraduateschool.nl/isp2018. Registration will be accepted in the order in which payment is received. Participation is restricted to 300 persons.
Industry/For-Profit € 750
Non-profit organizations/University staff/Postdocs   € 400    
PhD students  € 400
Accompanying persons    €   75
The conference fee includes conference materials, admission to all conference sessions, welcome reception, coffee/tea during breaks, lunches and the conference dinner.

Conference secretariat for registration:

The Graduate School VLAG, Wageningen University
Attn. Mrs. Eva.Oudshoorn (eva.oudshoorn@wur.nl)
P.O. box 17, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 317 485310

Wageningen International Conference Center (WICC)

Wageningen International Conference Center (WICC), Lawickse Allee 9, Wageningen, 6701 AN, Netherlands

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