New Trends in Polymer Science: Health of the Planet, Health of the People
Over the past 60 years, polymers have made an outstanding contribution to the development of modern society in every field. The substitution of traditional materials with tailored polymer systems in the most diverse applications has allowed us to overcome important technological challenges and improve the quality of life. Today, however, polymeric materials face a new challenge: reconciling the technological progress and well-being of people with the preservation of the planet, from a circular economy perspective. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together scientists from academia and industry to present leading-edge research on the advancements in polymer science and technology in all its main aspects, with a particular emphasis on those aiming to preserve and improve the health of the planet and of people, as per title. Both oral and poster contributions are welcome. The broad themes that will be addressed during the conference include synthesis, modification, and characterization of synthetic and natural polymers, polymers from green chemistry, polymer hybrids, nanocomposites, polymer biomaterials, polymers in drug delivery and tissue engineering, polymers for human health, bio-based and biodegradable polymers, polymer recycling and re-use, polymers for the environment, functional polymers, and polymers in energy, among others. The conference follows the very successful meeting Polymers 2018: Polymers: Design, Function and Application held in March 2018, Barcelona, Spain.