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Travel Report Australia: Research Visit at the ANU and "MACRO 2018 – World Polymer Congress"

Calvin Brett at the "MACRO 2018 – World Polymer Congress" in Cairns, Australia. Photograph: Private.

Calvin Brett, PhD student at Campus Bahrenfeld, received a PIER travel grant and went to the "MACRO 2018 – World Polymer Congress” in Cairns, Australia and combined his trip with a research visit at the ANU in Canberra, Austraila. Here is his report.

PIER partially funded my trip to the “MACRO 2018 – World Polymer Congress” held in Cairns, Australia as well as a research visit to the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia.
MACRO as IUPAC conference covers topics from polymer design, kinetics in polymerization, polymers in biotechnology, smart/functional polymers, as well as polymer characterization. Especially polymer physics gave me a great insight in different fields of polymers. The program included some very inspirational talks covering smart and functional materials for our future daily life, for example patches monitoring for the humidity/temperature as well as pressure in a polymer thin film transparent and self-healing. Especially the plenary speakers Prof. Zhenan Bao and Prof. Ben Zhong Tang with their spearheading work on functional polymers and their biomedical applications gave me a great outlook on where my research could help understand such materials in future better.
Additionally, the organizers gave me the opportunity to present and discuss my recent work on real-time GISAXS investigation of silver nanoparticle growth on differently functionalized bio-based cellulose nano fibrils. The audience was very interested in our recent work and we discussed future work in this direction. From the discussion I learned a lot on the missing knowledge on the charge distribution on cellulose nano fibrils and how this can change the growth on such.
After 7 days in Cairns following and discussing recent developments in polymer chemistry and materials, I went to Canberra to visit our collaboration partners at ANU. There I worked on the finalization on an international project between Helmholtz centers DESY Hamburg (Prof. Roth) and GSI Darmstadt (Prof. Trautmann), the university of Hamburg (Prof. Rübhausen) and the ANU (Prof. Kluth) investigating the ion track formation in siloxanes and the deformation behavior of such under mechanical stress. At the end of the week I gave at the physics department a presentation entitled “SAXS characterization of swift heavy ion tracks in PDMS” on the results of our project and got some valuable input to improve our current knowledge on the ion track formation and the deformation by using additional characterization techniques as impedance spectroscopy.
As all this would have not been possible without the PIER travel grant, I am grateful for giving me this grant and the opportunity to go and discuss my work with world leading groups in polymer materials. To strengthen my knowledge on polymer materials, understand more on the available characterization techniques for future studies as well as the deep discussions on my and others work.


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Event Calendar
18 Nov. 2019 to 20 Nov. 2019
Location: Room L202, Bldg. 48e, 2nd floor
18 Nov. 2019 12:00
Location: Grosser Gaestespeisesaal
18 Nov. 2019 to 22 Nov. 2019
Speaker: Dr. MELZER-PELLMANN, Isabell-A., Mr. ECSEDI, Kornel
Location: SR 4a/b
18 Nov. 2019 15:00
Speaker: Simon Plaetzer
Location: SR2
19 Nov. 2019 11:00
Speaker: Henrique Rubira (DESY)
Location: SR2
19 Nov. 2019 13:15
Speaker: Hermann Kohlstedt (Kiel University), Adrian Petraru (Kiel University)
Location: 109
19 Nov. 2019 15:00
Speaker: Adam Kardos (Debrecen University)
Location: SR2
19 Nov. 2019 16:45
Speaker: Aidan Robson (Glasgow Univ.)
Location: Auditorium
20 Nov. 2019 to 22 Nov. 2019
Location: FLASH Seminar Room (Bldg. 28c, second floor)
20 Nov. 2019 11:00
Chaired by: Ingo Bloch
20 Nov. 2019 11:00
Chaired by: Barbara Warmbein
Speaker: BEHNKE, Ties (DESY/Uni Bonn), BEHR, Katharina (DESY)
20 Nov. 2019 14:00
Speaker: Maia Filipe (Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden)
Location: seminar room IV, first floor
20 Nov. 2019 14:30
Location: build. 2a, SR2
21 Nov. 2019 to 22 Nov. 2019
Chaired by: Wolfgang Brehm
Location: Seminar room 3
21 Nov. 2019 10:00
Speaker: Nikolay Shvetsov-Shilovskiy
Location: SR I+II
21 Nov. 2019 12:00
Location: 4th floor (Library)
21 Nov. 2019 15:30
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