Symposium Speakers

Our 50 Years Symposium & Celebration welcomes leaders in industry and academia, all of whom are former students and colleagues of Dr. Don Paul, to speak in his honor. Speakers are listed alphabetically by last name. 


Eric BaerEric Baer
Professor, Case Western Reserve University
New Polymeric Nanolayered Systems by Continuous Co-extrusion – Forced Assembly
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Richard Baker 
Principal Scientist, Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
A Membrane Approach to CO2 Capture
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Clive Bosnyak Head ShotClive Bosnyak
Co-founder and CSO, Molecular Rebar Design, LLC.
Unlocking the Full Potential of Carbon Nanotubes
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Stephen ChengStephen Cheng 
Professor, University of Akron
Precisely Functionalized Molecular Nanoparticles are Unique Elements for Macromolecular Science: From “Nanoatoms” to Giant Molecules
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Joe DeSimoneJoe DeSimone
CEO & Co-founder, Carbon, Inc
Future Fabricated with Light: Continuous Liquid Interface Production to Drive Additive Manufacturing
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Enrico DrioliEnrico Drioli 
Emeritus Professor, University of Calabria
Thermodynamics of Polymer Blends
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Christopher Ellison 
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Programming Surface Energy Driven Marangoni Convection to Patter Polymer Films
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Benny FreemanBenny Freeman 
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Membranes for Gas and Liquid Separations: From Fundamentals to Applications
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Venkat GanesanVenkat Ganesan
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Mechanisms Underlying Ion Transport in Polymer Electrolytes
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Geoff GeiseGeoff Geise
Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
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Jaime GrunlanJaime Grunlan 
Professor, Texas A&M University
Oxygen and moisture barrier from polyelectrolyte-clay nanocoatings
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Hal Hopfenberg
Professor Emeritus, NC State University
Don Paul: Fifty Years at Texas; more than fifty years my friend
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William KorosWilliam Koros 
Professor, Georgia Tech
Seeing Things, Clearly, Saying Them Honestly and Simply: This Defines Don Paul
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Carl LockeCarl Locke 
Dean Emeritus, The University of Kansas
Professor Don Paul’s Early Days at UT Austin
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Lynn Loo 
Professor, Princeton University
Making Smart Windows Smarter with Near-UV Organic Solar Cells Providing Onboard Power
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Nate LyndNate Lynd 
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Living Polymerization of Epoxides using Mono-μ-oxo-dialuminum (MOD) Initiators
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Bryan McCloskeyBryan McCloskey 
Assistant Professor, University of California Berkeley
Designing polymer-based electrolytes with high lithium ion transference number and conductivity
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Greg McKenna 
Professor, Texas Tech University
Challenging Paradigms of the Glass Transition: Novel Experiments from 20 Million Year Old Amber to Vapor Deposited Ultra-stable Polymer Films
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Daniel Miller 
CSD Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Challenges and Opportunities in Solar-Driven Carbon Dioxide Reduction
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Donald PaulDonald Paul
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Thermodynamics of Polymer Blends
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Nicholas Peppas
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
From the Early Contributions of Don Paul in Hydrogels and Drug Delivery to a New Generation on Intelligent Materials
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Judy RiffleJudy Riffle
Professor, Virginia Tech
Ionic Membranes for Desalination
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Lloyd RobesonLloyd Robeson 
Air Products, Lehigh University
Permeability, Polymer Blends and Membrane Separation: Over 50 Years of Following Don Paul’s Outstanding Contributions
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 Joseph C. Salamone
Chief Science Officer, Rochal Industries
Entrepreneurial Activities in Biomedical Materials
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Isaac SanchezIsaac Sanchez 
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Energy Saturation as an Alternative Mechanism of the Glass Transition
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Zachary SmithZachary Smith 
Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institutes of Technology
From Fundamentals to Application: Taking Don Paul’s Guidance to Develop New Membrane Materials
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Kenneth Wagener
Professor, University of Florida
From Cow Fat to Membranes
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Carl WillisCarl Willis 
Research Fellow, Kraton Polymers
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Grant WillsonGrant Willson 
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Polymers for High Resolution Imaging Applications
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Andrew ZydneyAndrew Zydney 
Professor, Pennsylvania State University 
Membrane Separations for the Purification of Gene Therapy Agents
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