WIN Thematic Seminar: Smart Polymers and Bio-nanomaterials for Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) has four main thematic research areas; Smart and Function Materials, Connected Devices, Next Generation Energy Systems and Therapeutics and Theranostics. To showcase the work going on within these areas, we will be holding monthly WIN Thematic Seminars featuring our members and their research group members.

For this event in the series, Professor Boxin Zhao and PhD candidate Lukas Bauman from the Smart and Functional Materials theme will be giving a seminar on "Smart Polymers and Bio-nanomaterials for Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing".

Functional polymers and finely tuned surface and interfacial properties (e.g. adhesion, friction, and wetting) are essential to the development of advanced materials and innovative technologies to address the global challenges with sustainability and human wellbeing. In this talk, Prof Zhao will present an overview of his research activities on surface science and bionanomaterials and the development of polymer nanotechnologies including bio-inspired adhesives, state-shifting polymer gels, and smart window materials. His PhD student Lukas Bauman will discuss his thesis research on the development of functional hydrogels for healthcare applications, where thermo-responsive polymer hydrogels are devised for large format 3D printing with high fidelity. The being-developed material shows a significant promise as a medical hydrogel mask for burn injuries as it can be printed in sizes large enough to fit a human face with high dimensional accuracy; it also has the ability to load with drugs such as painkillers