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Previous ISM Day: 2022

We will be celebrating the Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology’s 10 year Anniversary on September 22, 2022 on Georgetown’s Main Campus!


9:00 am – 9:45 am: Welcome and Introduction – Prof. Billy Jack (Vice Provost for Research, Georgetown University), Dr. Eric Lin (NIST), and Prof. Emanuela Del Gado (Director of the Institute for Soft Matter, Georgetown University)

9:45 am – 10:15 am: Coupling chemical reactivity to structural activity in polymer networks – Prof. Stephen Craig (Duke University)

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Functional organic polymers- synthesis, electronic, and mechanical properties.- Prof. Nagarjuna Gavvalapalli (Georgetown University, Institute for Soft Matter)

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Fundamental Science of Polymer Circularity – Dr. Kathryn Beers (NIST)

11:00 am – 11:15 am: Coffee Break

11:15 am – 11:45 am: Innovations in Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech. – Dr. Robert Moore (Virginia Tech)

11:45 am – 12:00 pm: A brief NISTory of Mine – Prof. Daniel Blair (Georgetown University, Institute for Soft Matter)

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: New perspectives of 3D printing in medicine – Dr. Stella Alimperti (Georgetown University)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch (Mid-Campus Terrace, outside the 4th floor of Regents Hall)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Panel Discussion with Speakers

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Poster Session (3rd Floor, Regents Hall)

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Reception/Happy Hour (Mid-Campus Terrace, outside the 4th floor of Regents Hall)

The presentations in the morning and the panel discussion in the afternoon, will be located in Lohrfink Auditorium, located inside the Rafik B. Hariri Building. The poster session will be held in Regents Hall.

Poster Session

The poster session will be held on the 3rd floor of Regents Hall from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Please find information regarding the posters titles and presenters below:

Blair Group:

Wayan Fontaine – Rheology of interpenetrating networks – Going beyond linear response

Del Gado Group:

Dr. Ankita Gangotra – Technology & Policy Opportunities for Decarbonizing Cement Production in the United States

Dr. Vinutha H. A – Shear cessation in the post-yielding of dense soft solids

Dr. Vinutha H. A and Fabiola Diaz Ruiz – Stress-stress correlations reveal force chains in gels

Will Buchholtz – A microstructural analysis of shear thickening suspensions

Gavvalapalli Group:

Manikandan Mohanan – Strapped π-Conjugated Porous Polymers with Controlled Degree of Branching

Fatima Hameed – Enhanced acceptor interaction in strapped conjugated polymers – the role of unstrapped comonomers

Kertesz Group:

Eero Korpela – Extremely Long C-C Bonds Predicted Beyond 2.0

Metallo Group:

Davina Adderley – Using Small Molecules to Dissect and Control the Energetics of Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation in Intrinsically Disordered Peptides Systems

Olmsted Group:

Christopher Quinones – Sheared Frictional Liquid Crystals

Shichen Wang – Phase Separation with Elasticity

Paranjape Group:

Prof. Mak Paranjape – Designing a flexible non-invasive transdermal biomarker sensor

Maya Lall – Testing the mechanical properties of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)

Van Keuren Group:

Eleni Hughes, Harper Cartwright, and Leah Chen – A novel nanoparticle therapeutic for acute kidney injury

Sophie Taylor and Yuri Chung – Synthesis of Liquid-Core Nanocapsules Using Flash Nanoprecipitation

Weiss Group:

Danielle Beaupre, Girishma Grover, Shae London, and Louis Poon – From Molecular Gels and Other Self-Assembled Aggregates to Materials with Desired Structural, Dynamic and Mechanical Properties

Campus Map

The presentations in the morning and the panel discussion in the afternoon, will be located in Lohrfink Auditorium, located inside the Rafik B. Hariri Building. The poster session will be held in Regents Hall. Please find a campus map here:

External Visitors to Georgetown

To help protect the health and safety of the Georgetown community, including our guests, all visitors ages 12 and older to University-owned or operated buildings must be up to date on COVID-19 vaccination (i.e., primary series and, when eligible, an additional dose), or attest to having a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated.

Please follow the steps below that are required before your visit.

  • Step #1: Anytime before the 22nd, please submit documentation showing you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine authorized for emergency use or granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (new window) (FDA) or the World Health Organization (new window) (WHO). Acceptable proof of vaccination includes, but is not limited to:
    • CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Card
    • WHO Vaccine Booklet
    • Documentation provided by a healthcare organization or country
    • Note: If you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccination but attest to having an appropriate medical or religious reason for not being vaccinated, you will be able to indicate this as part of Step #1 and proceed with the process required to visit our campus. You will be required to submit to the University proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to your arrival time on our campus when you submit your health attestation on the day of the event.

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  • Step #2: Assuming successful completion of Step 1, you will receive a short health attestation form via email on the morning of the event date (for multiday events, you will receive this email on the FIRST DAY of the event ONLY, regardless which day you are attending). Please complete this form, attesting that you are symptom free before coming to campus. If you indicate any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you will not be permitted to visit a Georgetown-owned or managed campus or building until you are symptom free.


Visitor parking is available in our Southwest Parking Garage. Visitors should use 3611 Canal Road NW as the address when mapping directions using GPS. Click here for detailed driving directions to campus.

Visitor Parking Rates

  • Daily Parking Rate: $25
  • Daily Parking (after 3 p.m.): $15
  • Daily Parking (after 7 p.m.): $10
  • Students with a GU ID, after 4:30pm  (MON-FRI only): $5

All daily passes expire 12:01 am the following day.