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Monday 24 July

Room Plenary Hall 2-3
08:30 8.30am: Opening Ceremony
Dr Alan Finkel
Chief Scientist, Australia
09:15 9.15am: Plenary
Professor Andrew B. Holmes
Australian Academy of Science, Australia
5 mins travel time
Room Room 204
  Chair: Martina Stenzel
10:20 Molecular Engineering Of Drug Therapies and Diagnostic Platforms
Patrick Stayton
11:05 Morning tea (25 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
  Chair: Michael Whittaker Chair: Tara Schiller
11:30 Development of Polymer Theranostics to Probe Biological Interactions with Nanomaterials
Kristoffer Thurecht
Bionic Artificial Muscles
Geoff Spinks
12:00 Tuning Cellular Behaviour Using pH Responsive Nanoparticles
Georgina Such
Fiber-shaped Supercapacitors with Ultra-high Energy Density for Wearable Electronics
Jianli Cheng
12:15 Thermomechanical Properties of Bulk Herterojunction Blends in Polymer Solar Cells
David Lewis
12:30 IR825-Conjugated Polymeric Micelles for Fluorescence Imaging-Guided Photothermal Cancer Therapy
Guang-Yu Pan
Materials development for polymer solar cells with efficiencies surpassing 10%
Weihua Tang
12:45 DNA based nanocarriers for drug delivery and gene silencing
Mustafa Culha
Semi-crystalline Conjugated Polymers for Fullerene and Nonfullerene-based Organic Solar Cells
HanYoung Woo
13:00 Lunch (60 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
  Chair: Georgina Such Chair: Geoff Spinks
14:00 Soft Matter Enabled Nanomedicines
Michael Whittaker
Photopolymerisable controlled networks – towards 3D printing
Tara Schiller
14:30 Killing Gram-Negative Superbugs with Star-Shaped Peptide Polymers, Not Antibiotics
Greg Qiao
Polythiophene Phenylene Derivatives With Added Functionalities
David Barker
14:45 Conjugated Polymers for OPV and OTFT Applications 
Chain-Shu Hsu
15:00 Novel dendritic polymers as enhanced non-viral gene delivery vehicles
Tristan Clemons
Semi-crystalline Conjugated Polymers for Fullerene and Nonfullerene-based Organic Solar Cells
Han Young Woo
15:15 Designing New Bio-Smart Materials Through Protein-Polymer Conjugates
Kristofer Cupic
15:30 Coffee break (25 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
15:55 Glyco-coated Micelles and Liposomes to Treat Intracellular Infections
Tamim Mosaib
16:10 Antimicrobial Ternary Copolymers That Combat Planktonic and Biofilm Bacteria
Edgar Wong
16:25 An aptamer-targeted hyperbranched polymer for detection of triple-negative breast cancer
Nicholas Fletcher
5 mins travel time
Room Plenary Hall 2-3
17:00 5pm: Plenary 
Professor Molly Stevens 
Imperial College of London, UK

Tuesday 25 July

Room Plenary Hall 2-3
08:30 8.30am: Plenary
Professor Frances Arnold
Californian Institute of Technology, USA
5 mins travel time
Room Room 204 Room 205
Chair: Greg Qiao Chair: Luke Connal
09:35 Hollow Spheres, Pancakes, Bamboo-Sticks – The World of Self-Assembled Polymers
Martina Stenzel
Fluid Interfaces Stabilised by Polymer Colloids
Erica Wanless
10:20 Morning tea (25 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
Chair: Patrick Stayton Chair: Alison Tasker
11:00 Antifreeze-Protein Mimetic Polymers for Cell Storage and Regenerative Medicine
Matthew Gibson
Enzyme inspired catalysts
Luke Connal
11:30 Targeted Drug Delivery:
Understanding cellular interactions at the nanoscale

Angus Johnson
Engineering Nanocellulose Gels for Biomedical Applications
Llyza Mendoza
11:45 New Materials from the Oxime Reaction: Degradable Polymers to Hormone-Gels
Joseph Collins
12:00 Lunch (75 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
Chair: Angus Johnson Chair: Erica Wanless
13:15 Intravenous Therapeutic Genome Engineering Using Dendronised Polymers
Swaminatha Iyer
Metal Microcapsules For Actively Triggered Localised Drug Delivery
Alison Tasker
13:45 RAFT: a platform technology – antibody-polymer-drug conjugates for biomedical applications
Charlotte Williams
Polymer Brushes: Synthesis, Self-assembly and Applications
Xiaoyu Huang
14:00 Oral delivery of folate targeted colorectal cancer therapeutics
Dewan Akhter
Oxidative Polymerization of Catecholamines: Structural Access by High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry
Hendrik Woehlk
14:15 Photo-responsive polymeric nanomaterials for molecular imaging and therapeutic function
Nicholas Westra van Holthe
Independent Control Of Elastomer Properties Through Stereocontrolled Synthesis
Craig Bell
14:30 Self-Assembled Lipid Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Nanoparticles as Potential Nanomedicines 
Jiali (Maggie) Zhai
Driving Polymer and Surface Modification Using Visible Light
James Blinco
14:45 Biodegradable Polymers for Controlled Nitroxide Release
Christiane Lang
15:00 Coffee break (25 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
Chair: Matthew Gibson Chair: Craig Bell
15:25 pH Responsive Nanoparticles for Probing Cellular Behaviour
Nayeleh Deirram
Tuning Porosity and Mechanical Properties with Chemistry: Hypercrosslinking Polyhipes
Peter Krajnc
15:40 Utilizing Long Wavelength Visible Light for Bioorthogonal Polymer Crosslinking
Vinh Truong
15:55 Sequential Synthesis of Raft Block-Copolymers in a Loop
Ivan Martinez-Botella
Preparation of Polymer Monoliths using Crosslinked Colloidal Gels
Christopher Desire
16:10 Microfluidic fabrication of calcium-based biomaterials to promote patient specific osteogenesis
David Harvey
PEO-based brush-type amphiphilic macro-RAFT agents and their assembled monolithic structures
Aminreza Khodabandeh
16:25 Responsive polymeric receptors for bacterial toxins
Clare Mahon
Graphene-Oxide Stabilized Polymer Nanoparticles: A Route to Hybrid Materials
Stuart Thickett
5 mins travel time
Room Plenary Hall 2-3
17:00 5pm: Plenary 
Dr Laura Kiessling 
University of Wisconsin, USA

Wednesday 26 July

Room Plenary Hall 2-3
08:30 8.30am: Plenary
Professor Ada E. Yonath
Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure, Israel
Room Room 204 Room 205
Chair: Sally McArthur Chair: Mitsuo Sawamoto
09:35 Tuning polymeric networks to elicit control over stem cell fate
Justin Cooper-White
Carbohydrate as a Key Component in The Development of Novel Biomaterials
Ravin Narain
10:20 Morning tea (25 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
Chair: Justin Cooper-White Chair: Nasim Amiralian
11:00 Maximising antimicrobial polymer therapeutic window through controlling length, polarity and sequence
Katherine Locock
Renewable Terpene based Chemicals: (1) Bio-Aromatics to produce known monomers –utilising pyrolysis and (2)Functional monomers for Improved Polymer Performance
Mike O'Shea
11:30 Poly(acryloylhydrazide) as a versatile scaffold to synthesise polymers for biomedicine
Francisco Fernandez-Trillo
New polymer from lignin degradation fragments
Lionel Longe
11:45 Ecofriendly Keratin Extraction and Characterisation from Waste Chicken Feathers
Firoozeh Pourjavaheri
12:00 Lunch (75 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
Chair: Katherine Locock Chair: Mike O'Shea
13:15 Nucleotide Functionalised Synthetic Polymers
Michael Wilson
Fundamental Understanding And Applications Of Spinifex Nanocellulose
Nasim Amiralian
13:30 Mechanisms for Combating Fungal Biofilm Formation on Biomaterial Surfaces
Javad Naderi
13:45 Structure And Cytotoxicity Of The Green Seaweed Originated Ulvan
Thi Thu Thuy Thanh
Oxidative β-O-4 Bonds Cleavage using Ionic Liquids and Microwave
Jinhuo Dai
14:00 PLGA Microsphere/P(NIPAAm-co-AAm) Hydrogel Combination systems for drug Delivery
Ju Yang
Stereoregulation in the radical polymerization of methacrylate salts
Benjamin Noble
14:15 A novel of anti-adhesion polypropylene mesh in abdominal wall repair
Wanjun Hu
Printed Large Area Organic Electronic Devices: Materials, Fabrication and Characterisation
Matthew Griffith
14:30 Supramolecular Hydrogels Based on Poly(Methyl Vinyl Ether -alt-Maleic Acid)
Tianzhu Zhang
14:45 Oxygen Tolerant Polymerisations for the Combinatorial Design of Biomaterials
Robert Chapman
15:00 Coffee break (25 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
15:25 Controlled Synthesis of Functional Macrocyclic Poly(α-chloro-ε-caprolactone-co-ε-caprolactone) by Intramolecular Cycloaddition
Haiying Li
15:40 Protein-mediated controlled radical polymerization
Amin Reyhani
15:55 Synthesis of UHMW ABBA Triblock Copolymers using RAFT Polymerisation
Vu Dao
16:10 Preparation of novel film-forming polymer latexes using colloidal nanoparticles
Hana Shiraz

Thursday 27 July

Room Plenary Hall 2-3
08:30 8.30am: Plenary
Professor Oliver Einsle
Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine Freiburg, Germany
Room Room 204 Room 205
09:35 Surface Engineering for MedTech and BioTech Applications
Sally McArthur
Precision Functional Polymers by Precision Radical Polymerization: Perspective
Mitsuo Sawamoto
10:20 Morning tea (25 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
Chair: F. Fernandez-Trillo Chair: Cyrille Boyer
11:00 High Throughput Screening of Biointerfacial Interactions
Nico Voelcker
Molecular Technology for Precision Polymerization: Sequence-Controlled Polymers and Cyclic Polymers
Makoto Ouchi
11:30 Advanced Polymer Coatings for The Effective Control of Biointerfacial Interactions
Helmut Thissen
PET-RAFT Technique for Sequence Control in Polymer Synthesis
Jiangtao Xu
11:45 Saving Vision with Light: Photo-modulated Ocular Drug Delivery
Johan Basuki
12:00 Lunch (75 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
Chair: Helmut Thissen Chair: George Vamvounis
13:15 Combined fluorinated polymer and dendrimer for 19F MRI contrast agents
Benoit Couturaud
Self-Assembly Based Techniques Towards Non-Spherical Polymer Particles
Per Zetterlund
13:45 Assemblies of glyco-engineered macromolecules: from nanobiotics to minimal artificial cells
Neil Cameron
Miktoarm Star Polymers for Drug Delivery by Raft Polymerisation
Sri Vanarasi
14:00 Nitroxide releasing polymers to protect against bacterial biofilms
Nathan Boase
RAFT Polymerisation of Acrylamide by Photolysis of Chain Transfer Agents
Reece Lewis
14:15 Influence of Triblock Copolymer on Processing Electroactive Polymeric Fibers
Genefine Sapateh
Anthraquinone Derivatives as Efficient Photoinitiators for Fast 3D-Printing
Pu Xiao
14:30 Amyloid Fibril Architecture: From Atomistic to Micron Scale
Nicholas Reynolds
Photocatalysts for visible light polymerization
Cyrille Boyer
14:45 Bioactive nano- and microstructures from self-assembling amphiphilic glycopolymers
Neil Cameron
15:00 Coffee break (25 mins)
Room Room 204 Room 205
Chair: Swaminatha Iyer Chair: Per Zetterlund
15:25 DNA Origami barrels: molecular pegboards assembled from DNA
Shelley Wickam
Macromolecular Materials for Optoelectronics
George Vamvounis
15:40 Nanoscale clustering of integrin binding ligand
Fatemeh Karimi
15:55 Re-inventing Immunodiffusion Assays for ASSURED Diagnostics
Imanda Jayawardena
Spatial Control of Self-assembly in Photo-sensitive Block Copolymers
Lewis Chambers
16:10 Hybrid hydrogels for medical applications
Luisa De Cola
Self-Healing Polymers Using Photo-Reversible Bonds
Timothy Nicholls
16:25 Light-Activated Hydrogel via Thiolene Click Chemistry For 3D Cell Cultures
Duyen Nguyen
Synthesis of photo-responsive dynamic polymers using topochemical polymerisations inside nano-spaces
Kei Saito
5 mins travel time
Room Plenary Hall 2-3
17:00 5pm: Plenary 
Dr Alexander Makarov 
Thermo Fisher Scientific Bremen, Germany