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Rice UniversityCBEN
Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology

Workshop on Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN)
From Grand Challenges to the Research Priorities of Functional Systems Chemistry
June 14th, 15th and 16th, 2010
Arlington, VA

Workshop Venue:

The Westin Arlington Gateway
801 North Glebe Road.
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 717-6200
Please book by May 17, 2010 to receive the NSF Rice University workshop room rate.
To book your room today, please visit The Westin Arlington Gateway


NSF Call        

Workshop Goal(s)        



Dr. Vicki L. Colvin, Rice University
Dr. Colin Nuckolls, Columbia University
Dr. Heather Maynard, University of California, Los Angeles

NSF Call:

The Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) Program focuses on basic research that addresses chemistry at length scales in between molecules and bulk.  Research of interest to this program includes the following:

(1) Novel synthesis relevant to the program topics; innovative surface functionalization methodologies, surface monolayer chemistry, and bilayer membrane chemistry; template-directed synthesis; and the formation of clusters, aggregates, nanoparticles, polymers and large (macro)molecular architectures. 

(2) The study of chemical interactions that give rise to molecular, macromolecular or nanoparticulate self-assembly; understanding unique chemical and physicochemical properties and reactivities that result from the organized or nanoscopic structures; the study of forces and dynamics that are responsible for spatial organization in organic, inorganic or hybrid systems; and chemically dynamic systems like molecular machines.  

(3) Investigations that utilize experimental and/or computational methods to predict and/or understand the chemical structure, properties and reactivities of unique macromolecular, supramolecular and nanostructures. 

Workshop Goal(s):

The goals of this workshop are to define the emerging area of MSN chemistry, articulate its grand challenges as a science, and direct attention towards its enormous promise for game changing technologies. The intellectual merit of the discussions and presentations of the workshop participants will be substantial. Through a tutorial and keynotes, the latest innovations in nanochemistry, polymer chemistry and supramolecular chemistry will be presented and captured for the workshop report. The natural connections and common challenges from the advancement of these areas will be identified through the small group discussions. Such a process is essential for the future of chemistry as it places MSN chemistry in the context the broader chemical sciences. Additionally, participants will look even beyond chemistry in their deliberations and consider how MSN chemistry can enable future technologies.

Agenda (updated 6/11/10):

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Pre-Hemingway Foyer
5:00 - 8:00 PM     Participant Registration
Hemingway 1
5:00 - 6:00 PM Opening reception with light refreshments
Hemingway 2, 3

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Workshop Introductions and Working Dinner

7:00 - 7:30 PM Keynote Talk - Professor Joe DeSimone, UNC-Chapel Hill
8:00 - 9:00 PM   Meeting for organizers, moderators and scribes

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pre-Hemingway Foyer
7:15 AM Breakfast
Hemingway 2, 3
8:15 AM            

NSF Welcome and Opening Remarks
Janice Hicks, CHE Deputy Division Director (on detail in DMR)

Tim Patten, CHE Program Director
Suk-Wah Tam-Chang, CHE Program Director

8:40 AM Workshop Objectives - Professor Vicki Colvin, Rice University    
8:50 AM Keynote Talk - Professor Galen Stucky, UC Santa Barbara
9:20 AM Charge to breakout groups, session 1
Facilitator:  Professor Vicki Colvin, Rice University
Pre-Hemingway Foyer
9:30 AM Break

Brainstorming Session 1

Hemingway 1 POLY - Stephen L. Craig, Moderator    
Hemingway 2 SUPRA - Lyle Isaacs, Moderator
Hemingway 3 NANO - Teri W. Odom, Moderator
10:00 AM Brainstorming session 1 - Connection between three communities,
definitions, current research opportunities unique to MSN, and
critical research needs
Pre-Hemingway Foyer
11:30 AM Break
Hemingway 2, 3
11:45 AM Summary Reports from Brainstorming session 1
12:30 PM Lunch on own
Hemingway 2, 3
1:45 PM Keynote Talk - Professor Paul Weiss, UC Los Angeles
2:15 PM

Charge to breakout groups, session 2

Facilitator:  Professor Heather Maynard, UCLA

Pre-Hemingway Foyer
2:25 PM Break

Brainstorming Session 2

Hemingway 1 POLY - Stephen L. Craig, Moderator    
Hemingway 2 SUPRA - Lyle Isaacs, Moderator
Hemingway 3 NANO - Teri W. Odom, Moderator
2:35 PM Brainstorming session 2 - Future Challenges
Pre-Hemingway Foyer
4:05 PM     Break
Hemingway 2, 3
4:35 PM Summary Reports from Brainstorming session 2
5:20 PM End of day one, dinner on own
5:30 PM     Working dinner for organizers, moderators and scribes ONLY

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pre-Hemingway Foyer
7:30 AM Breakfast
Hemingway 2, 3
8:30 AM

Charge to breakout groups, session 3

Facilitator:  Professor Colin Nuckolls, Columbia University

Brainstorming Session 3

Hemingway 1  θ - Stephen L. Craig, Moderator   
Hemingway 2  θ - Lyle Isaacs, Moderator
Gateway Ste., Rm. 1214  θ - Teri W. Odom, Moderator
8:50 AM   Brainstorming session 3 - Grand challenges for MSN
Pre-Hemingway Foyer
10:20 AM Break
Hemingway 2, 3
10:50 AM Summary Reports from Brainstorming session 3
11:35 AM

Final discussions and recommendations

Facilitator:  Professor Vicki Colvin, Rice University      

12:00 PM Working lunch, discussion continues    
1:20 PM

Concluding remarks - Professors Vicki Colvin, Rice University;

Heather Maynard, UCLA; Colin Nuckolls, Columbia University

1:30 PM Session for organizers, moderators and scribes