The 16th Pacific Polymer Conference

The 16th Pacific Polymer Conference

8-12 Dec 2019, Singapore

Program / Plenary speakers

Plenary speakers

IAS@NTU Lectureship


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Mon- 9 Dec 2019
09:00 - 09:45

"Advancing the Science of Soft Materials across Engineering, Biology and Medicine"


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Subra Suresh is President and Distinguished University Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has previously served as: Dean of MIT’s School of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering; Director of the National Science Foundation, a position to which he was nominated by the President of the United States and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate; and President of Carnegie Mellon University.

Prof Suresh has authored three books, more than 300 research articles and 30 patent applications, and has co-founded a technology startup. He has been widely recognized for his research into the properties of engineered and biological materials and their implications for human diseases.

Prof Suresh is an elected member of all three branches of the US National Academies – Engineering, Sciences, and Medicine – as well as American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and US National Academy of Inventors, and major academies in China, France, Germany, India, Spain and Sweden. He has been awarded 18 honorary doctorate degrees.

Prof Suresh’s recent honors include: election in 2018 as an Honorary Fellow of St. Hugh’s College at Oxford University; the 2015 Industrial Research Institute Medal; the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science; the 2012 Timoshenko Medal and the 2011 Nadai Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the 2011 Padma Shri award, from the President of India; and the 2007 Gold Medal of the Federation of European Materials Societies.

Prof Suresh is Director of the Board of HP Inc. (HPQ) in Palo Alto, CA, and of Singapore Exchange (SGX); a member of National Research Foundation (NRF) and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Boards; a Senior Advisor to Temasek International Pte Ltd, Singapore; and a member of the Future Economy Council chaired by Singapore’s Minister of Finance.

"Advancing the Science of Soft Materials across Engineering, Biology and Medicine"

Recent developments in experimental and computational methods and the unprecedented convergence of advances in materials science with those in chemistry, biology, medicine, computing, machine learning and biomimetics have presented unique opportunities for improving the design and performance of materials. This presentation will focus on specific examples of developing novel structure-property-function connections in engineered and natural soft materials in applications as diverse as cell biology, polymer science and engineering, plant science, and electronics. The presentation will also include particular demonstrations of how the unique characteristics of nanostructures and nano-scale can be used to extract novel chemical, mechanical, biological and functional properties in engineered as well as natural hard and soft materials.

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