The Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division (MSED) of the Chemical Institute of Canada is dedicated to promoting the interests of the Canadian polymer science and engineering communities and recognizes excellence in polymer research at all levels with annual faculty, graduate, and undergraduate awards. Given the current restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed in organizing in-person conferences, and witnessing tremendous success that has been achieved by various online seminar series, MSED is initiating a series of virtual seminars (MSED-VS) to keep up the spirit of the researchers in this community, facilitate showcasing recent results, and enable researchers to connect and exchange ideas from the comfort of their home and/or office. MSED-VS will host talks in all areas of polymer science and engineering, ranging from polymer synthesis and characterization to their applications in various exciting areas of science and technology. For the Fall season, talks will be held on a monthly basis on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm. Participation is free of charge for everyone! If you are interested in presenting in MSED-VS, please contact the organizers.

How to join:

  • Once you have registered for the symposium series, you will receive a unique link to access the webinar. Please do not distribute this link.
  • Registration will be confirmed for upcoming sessions between September 16 to December 9. Should the series be extended you will be notified by email. 
  • Follow @nazemi_ali, @LaventureLab, @SimonRondeau  on twitter for the most up to date information.

Upcoming Events & Speakers

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1:30 PM ET

Designing polymeric nanostructures

Rachel K. O'Reilly
University of Birmingham

Tailored fiber-like micelles for optoelectronics

Liam MacFarlane
University of Victoria

THURSDAY, February 25, 2021, 1:30 PM ET

Conjugated Polymers: From Chemistry and Processing to Applications

Elsa Reichmanis
Lehigh University

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 1:30 PM ET

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 1:30 PM ET

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Past Events & Recordings

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 1:30 PM ET

Precise synthesis of pi-conjugated polymers and the yin and yang of polymer morphology

Christine Luscombe
University of Washington

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 1:30 PM ET

Functional polymers for biomedical applications

Elizabeth R. Gillies
Western University

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 1:30 PM ET

ATRP: More active than dormant

Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski
Carnegie Mellon University

Presented jointly with Western’s Centre for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 1:30 PM ET

Conjugated polymers: From simple to complex architectures​

Dwight S. Seferos
University of Toronto

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About the hosts

Ali Nazemi
Assistant Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada
PhD, University of Western Ontario (Elizabeth Gillies)
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol (Ian Manners)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen’s University (Cathleen Crudden)
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Audrey Laventure
Assistant Professor, Université de Montréal, Canada
PhD, Université de Montréal (Christian Pellerin)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary (Gregory C. Welch)
Twitter icon @LaventureLab

Simon Rondeau-Gagné
Assistant Professor, University of Windsor
PhD, Université Laval (J.-F. Morin)
FRQNT Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University (Zhenan Bao)
Twitter icon @SimonRondeau