Notre Dame-Purdue Symposium building soft matter and polymer community

Author: Heidi Deethardt

2022 Nd Purdue Symposium Group

Eight students were recognized for presentation of their research during the poster session at the 7th annual Notre Dame-Purdue Soft Matter and Polymers Symposium. The event was held in Jordan Hall of Science on October 29. This collaborative event is held annually to discuss joint research interests and accomplishments in areas surrounding soft matter and polymers.

"It was great to gather with our colleagues from Purdue for the first time since 2019, and to welcome so many new members into the soft matter and polymers community we are building," said Matt Webber, Keating-Crawford Collegiate Professor of Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a member of the event organizing committee.

2022 Nd Purdue Symposium Posters
Left to right, Sihan Yu, Matthew Sis, Wenting Wu, Laurianne Lair,
Shukun Zhong, Samruddhi Patil, Xiaokang Wang, and Qixuan Hu

Fifty students from both universities participated in the poster session, and awards were given to the following students:

Notre Dame
Laurianne Lair, Matthew Sis, Sihan Yu, and Shukun Zhong, from the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department.

Qixuan Hu and Samruddhi Patil (Chemical Engineering), Xiaokang Wang (Mechanical Engineering), and Wenting Wu (Chemistry). 

"Our poster award winners exemplify the growth and diversity of the research community encompassed in this event," Webber said.

Preceding the poster session, eight faculty members gave talks during the morning and afternoon technical sessions. Additionally, Cecilia Leal, Associate Professor and Racheff Faculty Scholar in Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented the keynote lecture entitled, "Periodic biomembranes and their synthetic analogues." Professor Leal's talk highlighted recent developments and the application of measuring the elastic and structural properties of correlated biological membranes and how they impart function and permeability of small molecules. 

Many thanks to the Notre Dame sponsors: Notre Dame Research, College of Science, College of Engineering, the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry and Biochemistry, ND Energy, NDnano, and Berthiaume Institute for Precision Health.

The 2023 symposium will be hosted at Purdue.

Originally published by Heidi Deethardt at on November 10, 2022.