Professor Eugene Terentjev, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Ian Ward Lecture 2020 and Stoner Colloquium, hosted by the Soft Matter Physics Research Group

The School of Physics and Astronomy is delighted to invite you to attend The Ian Ward Lecture and for which Professor Eugene Terentjev has agreed to be our speaker. 

Smart Plastics: Using vitrimer chemistry to produce re-processable thermosets, and re-configurable actuators

The mantra of modern “recycling” is the circle of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. Recycling of plastics has become notorious: the very same properties that make plastics so attractive for the industry – also make them very hard to manage post-processing. The use of dynamic covalent bonds in polymers and networks opens a way to handle these amazing materials. This talk will start with basics & illustrations, and will proceed to discuss the modern ‘smart plastics’, programmable active polymers and artificial muscles.

Eugene Terentjev is a polymer scientist who has worked extensively on liquid crystalline polymers and elastomers, combining theoretical, experimental and synthetic-chemistry techniques. Over the years, he worked on different topics in soft condensed matter physics, mainly focused on structure and dynamical properties of complex materials: polymer systems, liquid crystals and colloids.

There will be a drinks reception following the lecture, taking place in the Leeds Business School foyer.

To attend this event, please register through the Eventbrite.IWL2020