The aim of the proposed conference is to accumulate the complementary expertise of leading European researchers in the experimental and theoretical study of topologically complex polymer structures to gain a deeper understanding of two fundamental questions.
First: the process of formation of such structures (superbranched polymers, dendrimers and polymer networks, including multicomponent or interpenetrating networks with strong interactions between monomers).
Second: correlation between the final materials properties and the topological structure of system and the chemical structure of constituent monomers or polymers. The main topics of the conference include the interdisciplinary study of superbranched polymers and polymers networks. Special attention will be paid to complex multicomponent structures and to structures with strong orientational interactions between monomers.
Systems with strong orientational interactions between monomers like liquid crystalline dendrimers and LC elastomers will be also discussed.
A sequel to this conference in a couple of year's time could then focus more on multicomponent structures (multicomponent or interpenetrating polymer networks). Systems with strong electrostatic interactions between monomers like dendrimers with charged groups or polyelectrolytes networks could also be discussed.