Frontiers in Green Materials, London

12 December, 2016 | 08:30 - 17:00

Journal cover and cross-sectional TEM image of 20 BL polyethylenimine and montmorillonite clay. The top of the image is epoxy, the bottom is PET and the middle is the PEI/MMT nanobrick wall structure.
Journal cover and cross-sectional TEM image of 20 BL polyethylenimine and montmorillonite clay. The top of the image is epoxy, the bottom is PET and the middle is the PEI/MMT nanobrick wall structure.

About this event

*** Now included in Web of Science back to issue 1, Volume 1. First Impact Factor June 2017***

The Editorial Board of ICE Science journal Green Materials warmly invites you to attend to the second annual Green Materials Research Symposium, Monday 12 December 2016 at the ICE, Westminster, London, UK. This one-day event will provide a forum to discuss and inspire inter-disciplinary, innovative research based on reducing the use of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical and material products. Chemists, engineers and materials scientists from both research and industry are invited to register. The event will be sponsored by Macro Group UK.

Plenary speakers

  • Professor Richard Gross, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Dr Frederik Wurm, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
  • Professor Michael Meier, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Professor Christophe Weder, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Freiburg

​Call for oral and poster presentations

Both experts and early career scientists (graduate students/post-doctoral researchers) are invited to contribute a presentation on their current research. Speakers may cover (but are not limited to) current findings and applications of:


  • Properties and applications of functional green materials
  • Environmentally benign processing and manufacturing of materials
  • Sustainable materials engineering


  • Synthesis, development, rheology and application of renewable and / or biodegradable polymers
  • Environmentally benign methods for polymer synthesis
  • Nanocomposites.

We particularly welcome contributions from graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in this field. Up to five £50 bursaries are available to graduate students presenting posters or talks at this event.

To be considered, submit a 500-word abstract to, stating your preference of an oral or poster presentation. Please include title, corresponding author, email and abstract by 15 October 2016.


Early registration is advised as places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please follow the booking links to register.

The registration fee for Academic/Industry is £100 (£150 on day) and for Student/Post-doctoral Researcher is £50 (£75 on day).


8.30 Registration and Refreshments
9.00 Introduction from Chair
9.05 Biocatalysis Enables New Options in Polymer Science - Richard Gross (P)

Session 1:
9.50 Polyesters and -amides based on phosphoric acid: Adhesives, flame-retardants, and stealth polymers - Frederik Wurm (I)
10.20 Rigid Polyesters and Polycarbonates from Renewable Ketal Monomers - Andrea Hufendiek​
10.40 Polyester-Based Biodegradable Optical Fiber Building Blocks: Versatile Tools for Biomedical Applications - Maxime Vagenende
11.00 Coffee break + Poster set up
11.20 Polymer Composites with Cellulose Nanocrystals Sustainable approaches to monomers and polymers from renewable resources - Christoph Weder (I)​
11.50 Heterodinuclear Approaches to Sustainable Polymer Synthesis - Jennifer Garden
12.10 Polymerisation of a terpene-derived lactone: a bio-based alternative to ԑ-caprolactone - Helena Quilter               
12.30 Polymer Metrology of Sustainable Materials: Stewarding the legacy while anticipating future needs - Kathryn Beers (I)          
13.00 Lunch + Poster session

Session 2:
14.00 Sustainable approaches to monomers and polymers from renewable resources - Audrey Llevot (I)​
14.30 Thiolactones: Sustainable building blocks in advanced polymer design - Daniël Frank
14.50 Preparation and Characterisation of Thermoplastic Elastomers Containing Biodegradable Hard and Soft Segments - Zoe Roberts
15.10 Towards fully bio-based coating materials: a comparative study of poly (cyclohexadiene carbonate) and poly (limonene carbonate)  - Tim Stoesser
15.30 Coffee Break + Poster session
15.45 Amphiphilic Silicones to Control Biological Adhesion - Melissa Grunlan
16.15 High performance PEDOT/lignin biopolymer composites for electrochemical supercapacitors - Nerea Casado
16.35 A New Methodology to Degradable Polyesters From Sustainable Feedstocks - Michael Shaver​
16.55 Concluding comments from Chair
17.00 Close

Poster Presentations

  • Mohammed Alkattan, University of Edinburgh, Functionalisable Cyclopolyethers via Ring Closing Metathesis: Accessing Novel PEGose Materials
  • James Beament, University of Bath, Novel Lanthanide Complexes for the Polymerisation of Cyclic monomers
  • Georgina Gregory, University of Bath, Cyclic Carbonates from Sugars and CO2: Synthesis, Polymerisation and Biomedical Applications
  • Jaime Grunlan, Texas A&M University, Super Gas Barrier and Fire Suppression from Hybrid Materials Prepared Using Naturally Occurring Polyelectrolytes and Clay
  • Jason Hallett, Imperial College London, Synthesis and Characterization of Vanillin Derived bio-PILs with an Application in Carbon Capture
  • Andrea Hufendiek, Ghent University, Rigid Polyesters and Polycarbonates from Renewable Ketal Monomers
  • Michael Joyes, University of Bath, Group 4 Catalysts for Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) synthesis
  • Laura Macdougall, Warwick University, Green Thiol-yne Click Chemistry for the Synthesis of Strong Hydrogel Materials with Tuneable Properties
  • Vishal Makwana, University of Edinburgh, Exploring a Novel Framework of Polymers Driven by their Constituent Monomer Designs
  • Laetitia Vlaminck, Ghent University, TAD Chemistry and ADMET Polymers: A Sustainable Alliance
  • Ni Yi, University of Oxford, CO2-derived Polycarbonates and Block Copolymers for Biomedical Applications
  • Yunqing Zhu, University of Oxford, Shape Memory Behaviour of an Amorphous Multi-block Polyester Elastomer from Sustainable Sources


ICE in association with The Corporate Team has arranged discounted hotel rates at hotels close to One Great George Street should you require overnight accommodation.

If you wish to contact The Corporate Team by phone or email please quote ID Number: 10198

t: +44 (0) 20 7592 3050
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