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Engineering with stimuli responsive molecules and hybrid nanomaterials – Case studies

Date: 2016-04-13 3:30-4:30

Venue:Yifu Conference Centre for academic report

SpeakerProfessor Xiao HU (Matthew)

AbstractThe speaker is a professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He received his education from Tsinghua University (Bachelor) and University of Manchester (Master and PhD). He joined NTU in 1992 as one of the founding faculty members of its materials program. He served as the inaugural Head of Division of Materials Technology between 2000 and 2002 after the establishment of the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He worked as a visiting professor at Cornell University in 2010. He serves as the Vice President of the Pacific Polymer Federation (PPF). He served as a consultant on nanotechnology and advanced materials for several multi-national corporations including Borealis AB (Austria), Lanxess GmbH(Germany) and Singapore Turf Club. In China, he serves on the new editorial board of Acta Polymerica Sinica. His research interesting is on studying the underlying principles for design, synthesis and processing of materials for targeted end uses. He contributed to more than 260 journal papers and 15 patent inventions. He is on the scientific advisory panel of Aquaporin Asia Pte Ltd, a start-up company on membrane technology, and is a founding member of another high-tech start-up company on environment engineering and water treatment.



AbstractThe main theme of the presentation is on our past and recent work with water soluble polymers and molecular materials with high water affinity. This includes stimuli responsive polymers and cryogenically synthesized hydrogels, covering from their unique self-assembly behavior to the applications in environment and water technology. In particular, the prospects of using stimuli responsive polymers and hydrogels as smart draw solutes in forward osmosis desalination will be discussed in detail. Other related engineering applications will also be discussed.

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