Polymer Interfaces: Design, Structure, Physical Properties and Applications (#194)

Chemical and physical properties of polymers at interfaces should be closely related to the manifestation of their functions. For example, the performance of polymer-based organic solar cells strongly depends on the structure and dynamics of the conjugated polymers at various interfaces. Biocompatibility of polymers is also correlated with the polymer behavior at the interface with a body fluid. The importance of studying polymer interfaces can be seen in not only the examples above but also in many other polymer applications. So far, researchers in various fields have reported that structure and physical properties of polymers at interfaces are not the same as those in the corresponding bulk phase. However, a clear understanding of why that must be is still lacking. Thus, as a benchmark effort, it has been strongly desired to clarify controlling factors in such polymer behaviors at interfaces. To realize this, studies geared towards the relation of fundamental sciences of polymers at interfaces with the performance of polymer thin devices are needed. In this symposium, we would solicit researchers from different scientific disciplines to present theoretical, experimental, and computational studies in the following topics: synthesis, structure, physical properties and function of polymers at interfaces.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015