DH Richards Travel Bursary Report 2018

By Julia Rho (University of Warwick) who attended the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Boston, Massachusetts (USA)

The ACS National Meeting is a bi-annual conference showcasing chemical research from all over the world. This summer, the 256th ACS National Conference was held in Boston, and with the generous support from the Macro Group UK, I was lucky enough to attend and share my own research. The focus of this conference was ‘Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond’.

With the large venue, number of attendees estimated around 16,000+ and 30 different divisions; it was somewhat hard at times to choose which talks to join. The ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and the Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) provided a great program of incredible talks by leaders in the field and exciting new on-going research. Outside of the talks it was a great opportunity to reconnect with past colleagues and make new friends in the fields I was interested in. Exciting symposia organised by the two divisions to celebrate Awardees’ contributions to the field, were filled with great speakers. Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award was given this year to Prof. Jeremiah Johnson and Prof. Matthew Gibson. We heard about the exciting work they were doing in their own group on polymer metal-organic cages (polyMOC) and cryo-preservants polymers respectively. Before their talks, we heard from friends and colleagues of the awardees, about work which has been mutual influenced. Talks included eminent chemists in the field of polymers including Prof. Craig Hawker and Prof. Karen Wooley.

New and upcoming fields were showcased throughout the week, in particular the tremendous progress made in ‘Vitrimers and Covalent Adaptable Networks’ by the groups of Chris Bowman and Flip Du Prez were of significant note.

On the Monday, I presented and shared my recent findings of my PhD, in the field of supramolecular cyclic peptide nanotubes. My work focuses on the controlling the dynamic nature of non-covalent self-assembling peptide-based structures.

I would like to thank the Macro Group UK and DH Richards Memorial Grant for giving me this wonderful opportunity to attend this exciting conference and share my research on an international stage.

ACS 2018