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International Workshop on Polyelectrolytes in Chemistry, Biology and Technology

International Workshop on Polyelectrolytes in Chemistry, Biology and Technology​

 26th – 28th January 2015, NTU

The International Workshop on Polyelectrolytes in Chemistry, Biology and Technology, will be organized in NTU, Singapore from 26 to 28 January 2015.  It will cover both fundamental and applied aspects of simple and complex polyelectrolyte systems.

The workshop will have a clear interdisciplinary character including chemical, biological and technological aspects. The workshop covers fundamental and applied aspects of polyelectrolyte systems as defined in a broad sense including all highly charged synthetic and biological polymers and aggregates formed from surfactants in aqueous medium also including polyelectrolyte-polymer interactions and self-assembly. Furthermore, all interesting manifestations of polyelectrolyte interactions and self-assembly in biological systems, such as DNA, filamentous proteins and chromatin are included. The main themes are:

·       Theory and Simulations of Polyelectrolyte Systems

·       Polyelectrolytes in Biological Systems

·       Technological/Industrial Applications of Polyelectrolyte Systems

The workshop will present a great opportunity and platform for scientists to discuss broadly current developments in the polyelectrolyte field. In addition, it offers an excellent opportunity to celebrate the 60 year anniversary of one the pioneering publications on polyelectrolyte theory by Rudolph A Marcus (Nobel Prize in chemistry 1992), the 1955 paper "Calculation of Thermodynamic Properties of Polyelectrolytes". Professor Marcus has kindly accepted to present a talk at the workshop.

The workshop will include invited and contributed talks as well as posters.

The Polyelectrolytes workshop 2015 is organised by the College of Science and the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at Nanyang Technological University.  It is also sponsored by the Lee Foundation, Proctor and Gamble and Bruker.


The workshop has a good mix of invited and contributed speakers highlighting the recent contributions in the field.  Among the speakers is a distinguished Nobel Laureate – Prof Rudy Marcus (Nobel Laureate for Chemistry 1992), who is appointed as the Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Professor in relation to his visit. 


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Professor Rudolf A Marcus (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1992) will be speaking on 'Early steps in polyelectrolytes' study and a leap into the electron transfer theory'.


Professor Rudolph Marcus is a Canadian-born chemist who received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his theory of electron transfer. Marcus theory, named after him, provides a thermodynamic and kinetic framework for describing electron transfer reactions in chemical and electrochemical systems as well as in biology.  He is the Noyes Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and currently also a Nanyang Visiting Professor at NTU in Singapore.


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