ACS Macro Letters 10th Anniversary Webinar series:
Biopolymer & Biomedical Materials

ACS Macro Letters 10th Anniversary Webinar Series:
Biopolymer & Biomedical Materials

In celebration of ACS Macro Letters 10th anniversary, we are hosting quarterly webinars. We have invited a panel of speakers with a variety of expertise focusing on different topics within polymer science for this series.

On Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM EST, attendees joined us for the third installment of the series. Yongming Chen (Sun Yat-Sen University), Kristi Anseth (University of Colorado at Boulder), and Cameron Alexander (University of Nottingham) presented on biopolymer and biomedical materials. Afterwards, there was a Q&A session with Editor-in-Chief, Stuart J. Rowan, and Associate Editors, Brent Sumerlin, Theresa Reineke, and Guosong Chen. Register to watch the recorded presentations from Yongming Chen and Cameron Alexander, along with the Q&A session.
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"Precision polymer, precision nanomedicine"
Presented by:
Yongming Chen
Sun Yat-Sen University

Yongming Chen received his Master degree in 1990 from Northwest University, Xian. In 1993, he obtained his Ph.D. from Nankai University, Tianjin. From 1994 to 1998, he was Postdoctoral Researcher and later Research Assistant at the Institute of Chemistry, CAS. Then he spent the period 1998−2001 as Postdoctoral Researcher in University of Düsseldorf and University of Mainz.

Since 2001, Chen was Professor at the Institute of Chemistry CAS. He moved to Sun Yat-sen University in 2013. Professor Chen’s research interests are in the areas of synthesis methodology of polymers and polymer application in nanomedicine on biologics delivery, immune activation and inhibition. He obtained “Distinguished Young Scholars” by National Science Foundation of China (2006) and “Wang Bo-Ren Polymer Research Award” by Chinese Chemistry Society (2011).
"Engineering hydrogels for 4D cellular control and tissue regeneration"
Presented by:
Kristi Anseth
University of Colorado at Boulder
*Not included in the recording*
Kristi Anseth is a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Associate Faculty Director of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently holds the Tisone Professorship and is a Distinguished Professor. Dr. Anseth came to CU-Boulder after earning her B.S. degree from Purdue University, her Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado, and completing post-doctoral research at MIT as an NIH fellow. Her research interests lie at the interface between biology and engineering where she designs new biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Anseth’s research group has published over 350 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and she has trained more than 110 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (2009), the National Academy of Medicine (2009), the National Academy of Sciences (2013), the National Academy of Inventors (2016) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2019).  Most recently, she received the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award in the Life Sciences (2020).  Dr. Anseth has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Materials Research Society, the Board of Governors for Acta Materialia, Inc, the NIH Advisory Council for NIBIB, and as Chair of the NAE US Frontiers of Engineering meetings. 

"Synthetic Polymers as Biomedical Probes and Therapeutics"
Presented by:
Cameron Alexander
University of Nottingham

Cameron Alexander is Professor of Polymer Therapeutics and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Fellow at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, UK.  

Professor Alexander received degrees (BSc and PhD) in Chemistry from the University of Durham, UK and carried out post-doctoral research at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and received the UK Macro Group Medal in 2014 for contributions to polymer science. His research focuses on drug, gene and cell delivery for applications in areas ranging from infectious diseases through to cancers and neurodegeneration. Professor Alexander has been highly fortunate to work with scientists from more than 20 countries in his research group, and the group maintains strong international links despite current restrictions! 

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