EPF 7th Summer School - Polymers at interfaces and surfaces

Polymers at interfaces and surfaces Key components for advanced polymer-based materials

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Where» Gargnano - Lake Garda
Date event» dal 17 May al 22 May 2015
Address» Palazzo Feltrinelli, - Gargnano - Lake Garda (BS - Italy)

EXTENDED DEALINE FOR early bird registration:  April 15th.


With the first School on “Elastomers” in 2001, the European Polymer Federation (EPF) has undertaken a new task in the educational area, aiming at the creation of a European standard in Polymer Science and Technology teaching. The EPF Schools supply an updated tutorial approach to the most recent and fast developing areas on which rationalized and comprehensive overviews are not yet available. By launching this initiative, EPF fulfils once more its mission to make national achievements available Europewide. The 2015 School addresses basic aspects and recent advances in designing and role of interfaces and interphases in polymer-based materials. In fact, most of the polymer materials display a multiphase structure: nanostructured and microphase polymer blends, filled polymers including nanocomposites, fiber-based materials, coatings, etc. This means that interfaces as well as interphases play a crucial role in many systems. As a consequence, their design from molecular and nanoscale, i.e. from macromolecular chemistries, physical processes such as phase separation and/or crystallization, or driven processing, is required in order to provide the targeted physical behaviors to the resulting polymer materials. In addition, conventional and innovative characterization techniques such as spectroscopies and microscopies could be used to evidence directly and indirectly the interfacial regions for development of a complete understanding of their influence in macroscopic behaviours. According to their essential role and the exciting related researches and developments of interfaces, there is a strong need of having a review of the existing knowledge on interfaces and interphases which are already (or could be) considered.

The School will be of particular interest to polymer scientists and engineers dealing with polymer chemistry, design of nanomaterials, polymer blends, polymer-based composites, polymer multilayers, etc as well as multiphase polymer materials in academic research and industrial R&D. The School will also be of interest to marketing and technical assistance sectors as well as to teachers. The residential character of the School in the beautiful environment of Palazzo Feltrinelli on Garda Lake will supply the informal and relaxed atmosphere for a fruitful exchange of ideas among lecturers and attendees all the week long.

The school has been sponsored by the University of Milan (Università di Milano)

The program includes 16 courses by top-level international experts as well as a poster session for participants willing to present their research work

English is the official language of the EPF summer schools.




Synthesis of polymers at the interfaces

  • Grafting-from and grafting-onto chemistries - E. GIANNELIS, Cornell Univ., US
  • Supported catalyzed polymerization for tuning interfaces - P. DUBOIS, Univ. Mons, B


Polymers at interfaces

  • Design of polymer compatibilizers for improved interfaces - J.J. FLAT, Arkema, F
  • In-situ design of interfaces via reactive compatibilization via reactive compatibilization - V. BOUNOR-LEGARE, INSA Lyon, F
  • Grafting surfaces for designing interfaces from nanoscale - J. DUCHET, INSA Lyon, F
  • Interfaces in polymer blends - C. PLUMMER, EPFL, CH


Physico-chemistry and physics of interfaces

  • Modeling of interfaces - R. LAZZARONI, Univ. Mons, B
  • Characterization of interfaces by synchrotron radiation - A. BARALDI, Univ. Trieste, I
  • Characterization of interfaces in polymer materials from electron microscopies - M. SLOUF, Academy of Sciences, CZ


Interfaces and interphases: from molecular scale and nanoscale to polymer-based materials behaviour

  • Interfaces in polymer multilayers - L. WAGBERG, KTH Stockolm, S
  • Coatings and interfaces - M. DUSKOVA-SMRCKOVA, Academy of Science, CZ
  • (Nano/micro)composites - J.F. GERARD, INSA Lyon, F
  • Micro-mechanics of interfaces in polymer-based composites - E. MÄDER, IPF Dresden, D
  • Self-responsive surfaces - M. STAMM, IPF Dresden, D
  • Bio-interfaces / interfaces with biological media - J. SAN ROMAN, CSIC Madrid, E
  • Carbon Nanomaterials Active Interfaces - M. PRATO, Univ. Trieste, I
  • Multiscale simulations of nano-bio interfaces and self-assembly - M. FERMEGLIA, Univ. Trieste, I
  • Interface self-assembling - P. SAMORÌ, Univ. Strasbourg, F



Prof. Christian Paulik Prof. Andrzej Dworak 
Prof. Erik Nies Dr Antonio Correia-Diogo
Prof. Nevena Manolova Prof. Alexei R. Khokhlov 
Prof. Marica Ivankovic  Dr. Maria Omastova 
Prof. Soeren Hvilsted Dr. Andrej Kržan
Prof. Heikki Tenhu Prof. Julio San Román
Prof. Daniel Grande Prof. Ann-Christine Albertsson 
Prof. Brigitte Voit Prof. Harm-Anton Klok
Prof. Peter Mueller-Buschbaum Prof. Teoman Tincer 
Dr. Lian Hutchings Dr. Frantisek Rypacek 
Prof. Richard Jones Dr. Ester Segal
Prof. Spiros H. Anastasiadis Prof. Gordana Bogoeva-Gaceva
Prof. Giancarlo Galli Prof. Bogdan Simionescu
Dr. Gundars Teteris Dr. Branko Dunjić
Dr Ludo Kleintjens  




Chair : Prof.Jean-François Gérard

Co-chairs: Prof Philippe Dubois, Prof. Giovanni Camino and Dr. Julio San Roman



Prof. Daniele Caretti Dr. Paola Stagnaro Prof. Claudia Marano
Dr. Paolo Lomellini Prof. Giulio Malucelli Dr. Francesco Masi
Dr. Giovanni Ricci Prof. Giuseppe Di Silvestro Prof. Roberta Bongiovanni



Info & Programme:

Alberto Fina, alberto.fina@polito.it, +39 0131 229316

Administrative issues:

Claudia Marano, segreteria@aim.it, +39 02 23994710



Registration Fees by April 1st 2015/after April 1st 2015
•Active participant € 600/€ 650
•Accompanying person € 250/€ 300
Registration fee includes coffee breaks, five lunches, welcome reception wine and cheese party and social dinner at Palazzo Feltrinelli.

Early bird registration requires registration form (http://www.aim.it/contents/files/registration_form.doc) sent to eventi@aim.it and payment completed by April 15th.
Payments can be done by credit card at http://www.aim.it/en/hidden/payment or via bank transfer to the following account:

Account name: Associazione Italiana di Scienza e Tecnologia delle Macromolecole
Bank: Banca Popolare di Sondrio AG 21, Milano
IBAN: IT81 E056 9601 6200 0001 0310 X49
BIC/Swift: POSOIT2108Y
bank transfer should contain the reference "EPF 7th SUMMER SCHOOL + Participant name"
Bank transfer cost should not be charged to AIM

Accordingly to the Italian law, attendance to events organized by Associations such as AIM is reserved to its members. Therefore, non-members should apply for membership along with the registration add the membership fee (40€) to the registration fee
Membership application form (available at http://www.aim.it/contents/files/02_AIMApplicationform.pdf) should be sent to eventi@aim.it with the EPF school registration form



Young scientists and Ph.D. students may apply for low cost accommodation (23-34€/night) in the Palazzo Feltrinelli. In addition, a limited number of grants covering registration fee is provided by AIM for its Italian members.

Applicants should send a short CV to alberto.fina@polito.it by March, 10th.

Assignments of accommodation and registration grants are scheduled by March 15th.



A poster session is organized which is preceeded by a short-presentation session in which authors briefly highlight essential features of their work.

Poster size: max 120 cm high and 80 cm wide.

Poster proposal (half-page abstract) should be submitted to alberto.fina@polito.it by March 10th 2015.

Acceptance of poster communications will be confirmed by March 15th.



Palazzo Feltrinelli - Via Castello, 3, 25048 Gargnano (Brescia) – Italy

Gargnano is a small resort village on Garda Lake, about 150 km east of Milan.

Foreign participants are advised to travel to Milano, which can be reached by plane from most Countries worldwide or by train from European Countries.

By Plane

Milano Centrale Railway Station can be reached in about one hour from Malpensa airport, where most overseas flights land, and in about 20 minutes from Linate Airport. Public transportation to Milano Railway Stations and taxi service are available from both airports.

By Train

Gargnano can be reached from Milano Centrale Railway Station by train to Brescia and bus from Brescia Bus Station nearby railway station, to Gargnano. Trains from Milano to Desenzano and both a bus and a taxi service from Desenzano to Gargnano are also available. Please check timetables at www.trenitalia.com for trains and www.trasportibrescia.it for buses.

By Car

Gargnano can easily be reached by car, being close (about 40 Km) to the Milano-Venezia Motorway (see map).


TOURIST INFO: www.gargnanosulgarda.com




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