Important Date

Abstract Submission
15 April 2018

Acceptance notification:
15 May 2018

Early bird registration:
30 June 2018


Main Lectures

Plenary Lectures

Jean-Luc Gardette (Universite Blaise Pascal, France)

Four decades of research on photodegradation of polymeric materials


Akira Isogai (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Cellulose nanofibers as new bio-based nanomaterials -Fundamentals, Applications, and future challenges-

Kohzo Ito (ImPact and The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Slide-Ring Materials: Novel Concept for SHINAYAKA Polymers


Jose Maria Kenny (University of Perugia, Italy)

Processing and functionalization of lignin nanoparticles for advanced polymeric bionanocomposites


Mathew Celina (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)

Polymer degradation principles - characterization challenges for sorption and transport phenomena


Keynote Lectures

Sahar Al-Malaika (Aston University, United Kingdom)

Perspectives on the Stabilisation of Crosslinked Polyethylene in Target Human Contact Applications


Suwabun Chirachanchai (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)

Water-based Chitosan: A Simple System for Development of Bio-related and Medical Applications


Jean-Francois Gerard (National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, France)

High temperature toughened bismaleimide (BMI) composite materials for aeronautics


Alfonso Jimenez (University of Alicante, Spain)

Encapsulation strategies in multifunctional biomaterials. An overview


Keiji Tanaka (Kyushu University, Japan)
Industry-university collaboration by using quantum beams in Japan





Jean-Luc Gardette

Jean-Luc Gardette obtained his PhD degree in molecular photochemistry from Clermont-Ferrand University in 1976. He spent 20 years as a CNRS researcher from 1978 to 1998. He obtained a Doctorat-es-Sciences in macromolecular photochemistry in 1983. He spent one year (1983-1984) as associate researcher at the Royal Institution of Great-Britain (Dir. Sir George Porter). In 1992 he was promoted Research Director at CNRS and became head of the Photochemistry Laboratory at Blaise Pascal University. In 1998 he became Professor in this University and from 2000 to 2012 head of the Fédération de Recherche de Chimie. His teaching activities are in the fields of physical chemistry and polymer science. His majors are polymer degradation and stabilisation, with applications in the domains of energy, coatings, nanocomposites, art conservation... He has published more than 260 originals paper and 5 patents. He received the Award of the French Group of Polymers (GFP) in 1987. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Polymer Degradation and Stability (Elsevier) since 2012.




Akira Isogai

Akira Isogai graduated from The University of Tokyo in 1980, and received his Ph.D from The University of Tokyo in 1985. Isogai was appointed as an Assistant Professor of The University of Tokyo in 1986, an Associate Professor in 1994, and a Professor in 2003. He is a vice president of Japan Nanocellulose Forum, an Associate Editor of Cellulose (Springer), and a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Biomacromolecules (ACS) and other scientific journals. Professor Isogai and his co-workers have developed a new and highly efficient preparation method of cellulose nanofibers from plant celluloses using TEMPO as a catalyst in 2006. This unique process for preparing new cellulose nanofibers has opened the new field of research on cellulosic nanomaterials, a break-through in technology that has expanded internationally in academia and to industrial applications because of its great potential. Professor Isogai has 350 peer-reviewed papers, 170 review articles and book chapters, and 130 patents and patent applications. He received Marcus Wallenberg Award, Sweden, in 2015, Anselme Payen Award from ACS in 2016, Honda Prize in 2016, an Honorary Doctor of Science in Technology from Aalto University, Finland, in 2016, and Fujiwara Award in 2017.




Kohzo Ito

Kohzo Ito received his B. E, M. E. and Ph. D. degrees in applied physics from the University of Tokyo. In 1986, he joined the Research Institute of Polymers and Textiles. He was transferred back to Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo in 1991 and promoted to full professor at Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo in 2003. He is now concurrently a program manager of ImPACT (Impulsive Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technology) program, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. He has been researching the polymer physics and supramolecular chemistry and now is focusing on polyrotaxane, necklace-like supramolecule with topological characteristics. He invented slide-ring materials with movable cross-links by cross-linking polyrotaxane in 2000, and set up a venture company to urge the application of the slide-ring materials in 2005. He has been the author of over 300 publications including original research papers, reviews, and books, and about 70 patents. He received The Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2006). And he is currently an editor of Polymer, Elsevir.



Mathew Celina

Mathew Celina received his PhD degree in physical chemistry from The University of Queensland in Australia in 1994 which resulted in an invitation to join Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque for a post-doc research position in materials reliability. After that he held an academic teaching position at the Queensland University of Technology before returning in 2002 to SNL in the Organic Materials Science Dept. where he recently was awarded a special appointment as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. His research interests and contributions are dedicated to polymer materials science and physical chemistry principles for the performance assessment, characterization optimization, qualification, material design aspects and lifetime prediction of polymeric materials, which also includes cure/degradation kinetic monitoring through spectroscopic methods. Additionally he has held positions in small and large industry, acted as an independent expert witness and provided consultancy support. He has been an invited professor to ENSAM University in Paris and has attended many MODEST and PDDG conferences as an expert in his field. He cares deeply about our collective approaches towards polymer performance, in-depth materials characterization and reliability R&D, and worked as an editor for Polymer Degradation and Stability (Elsevier) from 2006 until 2011. He has published close to 100 research appears, edited two books and holds a number of patents in foam materials processing.



Sahar Al-Malaika

Sahar Al-Malaika is a Professor of polymer science at Aston University, Birmingham, England.  She leads the Aston Polymer Processing and Performance Research Group, and has served for five years as Head of the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Department at Aston University.  Sahar is a Chartered Chemist, a Fellow of the UK-Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the UK-Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and has been recently named as a recipient of Aston's 50th Anniversary Professors' Gold medal.  Sahar is the current President of the European MoDeST Society and the Chairperson of the Polymer Degradation Discussion Group which is affiliated to the UK-Royal Society of Chemistry.  Sahar has over 40 years experience in teaching and research in the fields of organic and polymer chemistry. Her expertise is in the fields of polymer oxidation, stabilisation and performance, antioxidant chemistry, functional additives and nanofillers, bio-based and non-migratory antioxidants, weathering and ageing and reactive processing of polymers, blends and nanocomposites. She has over 200 publications in international refereed journals, book chapters, Encyclopaedia and conference proceedings and is an editor of three books and has a number of patents in the field. She is a member of the International Advisory Boards for a number of International Conferences and has lectured widely at meetings across Europe, USA and the Far East.




Suwabun Chirachanchai

Dr. Suwabun Chirachanchai received his Ph.D. (Functional Polymers) from Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan in 1995. He joined the Petroleum and Petrochemical College (PPC), Chulalongkorn University and started his projects on bioplastics, biopolymers, supramolecular chemistry, fuel cell polymer membranes by focusing on molecular designs, syntheses, and structural characterization. He has published more than 100 articles in the world class journals such as JACS, Macromolecules, Polymer, Biomacromolecules, etc., and received honors and awards such as The Most Distinguish Scientist from National Research Council of Thailand, Thailand Innovation Award from Royal Science Society of Thailand, PTIT Award from Petroleum Institute of Thailand, including NSTDA-PTT Chair Professor (National Science and Technology Development Agency-PTT Public Company Limited). He became a full professor in 2009 and currently extends his research focus on Polymer for Green Environment, especially, Bioplastics. He was a President of Polymer Society of Thailand in 2012-2016 before becoming the PPC Dean in 2016.





Jean-Francois Gerard

Jean-François Gérard was graduated as MsC from Department of Materials Science, INSA Lyon, and Université St Etienne in 1980. He obtained his PhD degree in Macromolecular Materials Science from INSA Lyon in 1985 for a research dedicated to the synthesis and characterization of self-emulsifying zwitterionic polyurethanes for glass fiber sizing sponsored by St Gobain Co. He obtained a Senior Scientist position at CNRS in 1985 within the URA 507/UMR 5627 CNRS laboratory in Lyon. In 1997, he moved from his DR CNRS Senior Scientist position to a full Professor position at INSA Lyon. He has been Head of the Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères laboratory (UMR 5223 CNRS) from 2001 to 2011, Vice-President for Research of INSA Lyon from 2011 to 2016, and he is now Vice Scientific Director of the Institut de Chimie CNRS. He acted as vice-co-ordinator of the Network of Excellence ‘Nanostructured and Functional Polymers and Nanocomposites’ from 2004 to 2008 and from 2007, he is the Vice-President of the European Center for Nanostructured Polymers (ECNP). Jean-Francois Gérard is the General Chairman of the European Polymer Federation. His major interests relate to polymer science, i.e. soft mat (polymer networks, supramolecular polymers and interfaces, wettability, colloidal suspensions), nanostructured polymers and nanostructuration processes, nanocomposites, hybrid organic inorganic nanomaterials, (nanoblends, polymer confinement, nanostructuration from oxo-clusters, ionic liquids, nanoparticles, etc), interfaces and interphases in multiphase polymer materials, polymer surfaces, adhesion processes in multiphasic materials, polymer-based composite materials including interfacial phenomena (fiber sizing, micromechanics) and processing – reactive or non-reactive -. He has published more than 250 original papers, 10 book chapters, and 13 patents and gave more than 170 invited lectures in conferences.



Alfonso Jimenez

Chemistry PhD (1996). Full Professor in Analytical Chemistry and Food Science and Technology in the University of Alicante (Spain) from 2001. Head of the NANOBIOPOL Research Group. He currently has got three positive evaluations from the National Committee of Evaluation of the Research Activities dependent from the Spanish Government. He has participated in 47 research competitive research projects with public financing (32 of them as Principal Investigator), being the most relevant 4 consecutive projects financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2008-2017) and three international projects under the European Union H-2020 calls on-going from 2016 to 2020 (two of them as Principal Investigator). In addition, he has been responsible of 259 research and innovation projects with different national and international companies.
Editor of 17 books on Polymer Degradation, Stabilization and more recently on Biodegradable and Sustainable Composites. Author or co-author of 132 research papers published in journals in Analytical Chemistry, Food Technology and Polymer Science. 83 of them are published in journals in the first quarters of the respective topics. The total number of citations is 1895, and h index 27. He has been chairman in 6 international conferences in the International Conference on Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers (BIOPOL). He has supervised 8 PhD thesis presentations from 2003. From 2004 on he has focused his research in the developments of new formulations of biopolymers and biocomposites in applications such as food packaging, particularly in the study of properties and degradation behavior. He has contributed to the development of new sustainable additives for PLA and other biopolymers in collaboration with companies in the chemical sector. He has also participated in the search for new formulations in multifunctional biomaterials with use of agro-food wastes and by-products.



Keiji Tanaka

Keiji Tanaka graduated from Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University in 1993 and obtained his PhD in polymer chemistry in 1997.  After spending a few years in University of Wisconsin-Madison as a postdoc, he was appointed to be an assistant professor in Kyushu University in 2000.  Since 2009, he has served for Department of Applied Chemistry, Kyushu University as a professor.  His major interest and specialty are in physical properties of polymers and interfacial engineering.  He received some awards including Japan Academy Medal Prize.