2019 Notre Dame-Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter and Polymers

For a recap of the 2018 symposium held at Notre Dame, click here.

The Notre Dame-Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter & Polymers and Poster Session will be held Saturday, September 21, from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm at the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (Room 3087) on the Purdue Campus, West Lafayette, Indiana. This one-day symposium addresses the general synthesis and characterization of synthetic soft materials and their broad application. In addition, the symposium will include a graduate student and postdoc poster session starting at 4:00pm. 


Symposium registration is now open here. Registration is free due to the generous support of our sponsors. Please register by September 7, 2019, so that we can plan for the provided breakfast and lunch.


In addition to the talks, graduate students and post doctoral fellows are invited to showcase their research results in an afternoon poster session, where awards will be made for the best posters. (Students or faculty will need to cover the cost of poster printing.) Poster presenters can use the link provided above to register their attendance and poster. Please register posters by September 7, 2019.


Saturday, September 21 • Wilmeth Active Learning Center (Room 3087), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

8:30 am          Breakfast and check-in
Wilmeth Active Learning Center, outside Room 2087
  Technical Session 1 Chair: Brett Savoie (
  Presenter Title
9:20 am Jonathan Wilker, Purdue University
9:40 am Joona Bang, Korea University
Chemical & Biological Engineering
10:00 am Matthew Webber, Notre Dame
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Host-guest recognition for functional supramolecular soft materials
10:20 am Coffee break  
10:40 am Vivek Narsimhan, Purdue University
Chemical Engineering
Fluid mechanic studies of droplets with complex interfaces with applications to biology
11:00 am Ruilan Guo, Notre Dame
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
11:20 am Pedro E. Ramirez Gonzalez, UASLP
Institute of Physics
General framework for the study of dynamical properties and arrested states of ionic liquids
11:40 am Lunch, Wilmeth Active Learning Center (provided)  
  Technical Session 2 Chair: Matthew Webber (
1:20 pm Ken Schweizer, University of Illinois
Materials Science & Engineering
2:00 pm Jonathan Whitmer, Notre Dame
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
2:20 pm Jim Caruthers, Purdue University
Chemical Engineering
2:40 pm Photo (WALC staircase) and poster setup (WALC, Room 3090)  
3:20 pm Chelsea Davis, Purdue University
Materials Engineering
Illuminating interfacial mechanics: Coupling microscopy and mechanical testing to understand soft interfaces
3:40 pm Jennifer Schaefer, Notre Dame
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Nanostructured single-ion conducting polymer electrolytes
4:00 pm Poster session (WALC, Room 3090)  
5:30 pm Best posters announced  

Please address any questions regarding registration and posters to Brett Savoie (

Or, contact event organizers Jianguo Mei (, Matthew Webber (, Haifeng Gao (, and Brett Savoie ( for more information on the topics and scope of this symposium.


Purdue University

University of Notre Dame:  College of Science, College of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Notre Dame Research, Center for Nano Science & Technology (NDnano), Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy).

2019 Program