Besides oral and poster presentations, 2 workshops will be organized to take more time to discuss hot topics.


Prof. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins + guest speakers


Inorganic polymeric materials are growing in importance as a result of increased demand for new materials with specific properties. Inorganic polymers have remarkable properties that can be superior to those of their organic counterparts in a variety of ways including, for example, thermal stability (polysilazanes), controlled degradability in drug-delivery systems, water repellents, flame retardants and metal ion conductors in batteries (polyphosphazenes), precursors for ceramics, microlithography and electroluminescent devices (polysilanes). Furthermore, the discovery of new synthetic approaches to metallopolymers led to rapid growth of this field and of the range of applications for these functional materials. Inorganic polymers offer an innovative approach for sustainability by switching from hydrocarbon/oil-based polymers to element-based polymers and lessen the burden on scarce non-renewable resources or even provide alternatives to those. In terms of applications, inorganic polymers are now found in many consumer products, demonstrating their technological importance, and investigation of new applications continues in laboratories worldwide. The primary goal of this workshop (SIPs@PBSi) is to explore the challenges and opportunities that inorganic monomers and polymers offer, particularly within a cross-disciplinary context.

We are happy to welcome to the workshop our plenary and invited speakers, who are renowned scientists and leaders in a number of inorganic polymers-related research areas, including synthesis of monomers, dendrimers and polymers, shape control, structure and growth mechanisms, and applications in catalysis, photonics and optoelectronics. They will present their latest research in a number of additional cross-disciplinary areas. We hope that this workshop offers everyone the opportunity to interact, learn, reflect and share ideas with each other, supported by the exciting atmosphere offered by the venue in Paris, France.

The below presentations will be given at this workshop:

Avatar2-Ian_MannersPolyferrocenylsilanes – Polymers containing Iron and Silicon

Prof. Ian Manners –   Abstract



Avatar-Anne-Marie-CaminadePhosphorus dendrimers ended by phosphorus derivatives (phosphines, phosphoramidites, phosphoniums, phosphates, phosphorus ylides, phosphonates, etc…) and their properties.

Prof. Anne-Marie Caminade –   Abstract



Avatar_Presa_Soto_Alejandro_115Self-assembly of crystalline-b-coil hybrid polyphosphazene block copolymers: From nanospheres to cylinders

Dr. Alejandro Presa Soto –   Abstract




Icosahedral boron clusters: a perfect tool for the enhancement of polymer features

Prof. Clara Vinas –   Abstract



Thank you for joining the workshop on Smart Inorganic Polymers (SIPs@PBSi)!


Eva Hey-Hawkins

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Prof. Charles McKenna

From its early discovery over three centuries ago, phosphorus has excited medical interest, initially (and misguidedly) in its elemental form, and in our own times as a key building block of molecules essential to life processes, such as DNA, RNA, ATP and hydroxyapatite, the key inorganic constituent of bone mineral. The unique manifold roles of phosphate and its derivatives in biology have inspired chemists to create biomimetic phosphorus compounds to solve diagnostic and therapeutic problems in medicine, notably in the creation of imaging or therapeutic agents targeting bone, as well as the design of unnatural nucleotide analogues designed to block replication of infectious viruses. Research in these and related areas is progressing with increasing momentum due to an accelerated heuristic interplay of mechanistic insights, synthetic chemistry and ever more effective computational modeling tools guided by crystallographic structural data.

In this workshop, an overview presentation of the theme topics by Prof. Charles McKenna citing several interesting recent developments in the field will be followed by a panel discussion in which Prof. McKenna is joined by Dr. Vishwa D Tripathi and Dr. Helena Henke.

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