Plenary speakers

  • Sylvain Caillol (Charles Gerhardt Institute of Montpellier, France):
    New chemical platform of biobased aromatic building blocks for polymers
  • Martin Clemesha (Braskem S. A., Brazil): Bio PE and the circular economy
  • Richard Hoogenboom (Ghent University, Belgium):
    Poly(2-oxazoline)s for biomedical applications
  • Claudio Migliaresi (BIOtech Research Center, Italy):
    Natural polymers for tissue engineering applications
  • Alexander Steinbüchel (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany):
    Biotechnological production of non-biodegradable, persistent plastic
  • G. Julius Vancso (University of Twente, The Netherlands):  
    Microfabricated polymeric scaffolds support cells and tissues: Frankenstein slowly resurrects
  • Tanja Zimmermann (Applied Wood Materials Laboratory, EMPA, Switzerland):
    Nanocellulose based functional materials

Keynote speakers

  • Kimio Sumaru (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan): Photo-responsive polymer materials for biological applications
  • Istvan Toth (University of Queensland, Australia): Nanotechnology based mucosal vaccine design to control fertility and fighting against group A streptococcus (GAS) infection


CaillolSylvain Caillol

Sylvain Caillol was born in 1974 in Sète, France. He received his M. Sc. Degree in Chemistry from the Engineering School of Chemistry of Montpellier in 1998. Then he did his thesis at the Chemistry Laboratory of Organic Polymers in Bordeaux on the synthesis of biodegradable polymers for drug delivery for Flamel Technology Company. He received his PhD degree in 2001 from the University of Bordeaux, France. Subsequently he joined Rhodia Group. Later, promoted Department Manager, he headed the Rhodia Polymer Research Department in the Research Center of Aubervilliers. In 2007 he joined the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He started a new research topic dedicated to biobased polymers in the polymer team of the Charles Gerhardt Institute of Montpellier. His research interests include the use of renewable resources, especially natural phenols and vegetable oils, for the synthesis of biobased building blocks and polymers for materials and composites. He is Deputy Director of Carnot Institute “Chimie Balard”. Co-author of several articles, patents and books, he won in 2010 the Innovative Techniques for Environment award.

ClemeshaMartin Clemesha

Martin Clemesha graduated as a materials science engineer in the Polytechnic School of São Paulo University in 2001 and has a post-graduation degree in Packaging Engineering. He has a 12 year experience in Customer technical support within the polymer industry. During these years he has served several segments including injection molding, blow molding, film extrusion, sheets and nonwovens producers in Brazil, South America and Europe. As market development engineer worked on projects involving the replacement of traditional materials in the paint packaging and medical packaging industries. He was employed at Polibrasil Resinas / Suzano Petroquímica (2000 – 2008), Quattor Petrochemical Co.(2008 – 2010) and  Braskem S.A. (2011 – 2014). Currently he is working at Braskem Europe GmbH as the technical sales manager.

HoogenboomRichard Hoogenboom

Richard Hoogenboom was born in 1978 in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and studied chemical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands). In 2005, he obtained his Ph.D. under the supervision of Ulrich S. Schubert and continued working as a project leader for the Dutch Polymer Institute. After postdoctoral training at the RWTH Aachen with Prof. Martin Moeller and at the Radboud University Nijmegen with Prof. Roeland Nolte, he was appointed as associate professor at Ghent University in 2010 and in October 2014 he was promoted to full professor. His research interests include stimuli-responsive polymers, supramolecular polymers, and poly(2-oxazoline)s. He has published more than 260 refereed scientific articles and is associate editor for European Polymer Journal and Australian Journal of Chemistry.

MigliaresiClaudio Migliaresi

Full Professor of Materials Science and Technology, Director of the Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Dean, Head of the Inter-department Research Center BIOtech. Past Academic Career: Director of the Dept. of Materials Eng., Dean of the School of Eng., Professor of Composite Materials Sci. and Technology, Univ. of Trento, Research Associate, Univ. of Napoli, Post-Doc, Univ. of Napoli. Regional Editor of J. of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers and Member of the Editorial Board of several journals (Journal of Biomaterials Applications, Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology, International Journal of Biomaterials and others). Current Research: Processing and characterization of composite materials, nanocomposites, biomaterials, and materials and technologies for nanomedicine and tissue engineering applications. Over 200 papers in International Scientific Journals, editor of six volumes, several patents.

Steinbuchel Alexander Steinbüchel

Alexander Steinbüchel gratuated from the University of Göttingen and got his PhD Award at the same university in 1983 in the lab of Professor Dr. H. G. Schlegel. He habilitated in 1991 and now he is a full professor at the Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Münster. As a second affiliation, he has been a distinguished adjunct professor to King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) since 2011. His main research interests are metabolism, biosynthesis, biotechnological production of microbial polymers and lipids; biogenesis and structure of bacterial storage compounds; biotechnological production of methylcitric acid and vanillin; microbial degradation of natural rubber, polyamides and polyesters. His publication activity includes the authoring of ca. 380 original papers plus 80 review articles and approximately 60 books. He also has a strong editorial activity as the Editor in Chief of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Member of the Editorial Boards of Microbiology, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Archaea, Journal of Environmental Polymer Degradation, Biomacromolecules, and Macromolecular Bioscience, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Revista Argentina de Microbiologia, Editor of the 10-volume Book series Biopolymers and Editor of the Book series Microbiology Monographs.

VancsoG. Julius Vancso

Julius Vancso is Professor and Chairholder of Materials Science and Technology of Polymers at the University of Twente (UT) in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology since 1995, and Head of the Department of Chemical Technology at the same university. Professor Vancso's scientific interests revolve around macromolecular nanotechnology and materials science of soft matter.  Particular attention is given to surface engineering, surface-initiated polymerizations (polymer brushes), single molecule chemistry and physics, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), single emitter photonics, nanostructured materials, and materials chemistry of organometallic polymers. Biointerfaces, specifically synthetic polymers in contact with seawater, and biomaterials in tissue engineering receive increasing attention in his work.

ZimmermannTanja Zimmermann

Tanja Zimmermann was born in 1967 in Hamburg (D). She received her master’s degree in wood science and technology from University of Hamburg in 1993, and a master of advanced studies in secondary and higher education from the ETH Zürich (CH). Tanja Zimmermann got her doctoral degree in wood science and technology from the faculty of mathematics, informatics and natural science from the University of Hamburg in 2007. She worked as a service consultant/ scientist at the applied materials science and technology institution Empa in Dübendorf (CH) till 2000, afterwards as a group leader of the wood science and technology group (since 2006 cellulose nanocomposites group) till 2011. Since 2011, she is heading the applied wood materials laboratory at Empa. Her current research interest is the development of functional cellulose (wood) based materials with an economic impact. She works in national and international research projects (e.g. 7th European Framework program) and publishes the results in recognized scientific journals. Tanja Zimmermann teaches wood science and technology as well as nanocellulose based materials for bachelor and master students.


SumaruKimio Sumaru

Kimio Sumaru was born in 1968 in Kyoto, Japan. He studied the physical chemistry of the polyelectrolyte aqueous solution and received his Dr. Eng. Degree from the Department of Polymer Chemistry, Kyoto University, in 1996. Then he got a position in the National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research (NIMC), the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Japan. The institute was reorganized to National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in 2001. From 2008 to 2009, he was on loan in the Cabinet Office in the Japanese government. Presently, he is in Biotechnology Research Institute for Drug Discovery in AIST as Chief Senior Researcher. In the 20 year carrier in the institute, he has been working on the development of novel photo-controllable polymer systems and their applications to biological field.



Istvan Toth

Professor Toth is a chemical engineer with a research focus on medicinal chemistry. He was awarded his PhD in 1972 and has since worked in Hungary, Canada and the United Kingdom before relocating to Australia in 1998. His major research interests are drug delivery, immunoadjuvants, synthetic vaccines and gene delivery. His research has attracted over $60 million in competitive grants, research contracts and investment funds in the past 10 years. He has over 300 peer-reviewed publications, 43 patents, and an excellent track record in research commercialization as a key founder of Alchemia (ASX listed), Implicit Bioscience Pty Ltd, Neurotide Pty Ltd and TetraQ (the commercial arm of Centre of Integrated Preclinical Drug Development). Professor Toth works to develop synthetic peptide- and nanoparticle-based vaccines including the development of delivery platforms and safe synthetic adjuvants. He also works to improve the stability and delivery route of existing medicines or promising drug leads. He also investigates gene delivery with the aim of overcoming the hurdles of cell targeting and penetration, endosomal escape, and nuclear incorporation to develop effective gene therapies.







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