Polymers offer enormous opportunities towards newer applications in technologically important areas. There is a great necessity to have an integral approach towards this complementary relationship of polymers and their performance. These polymeric materials have shown multidirectional growth in several areas of technological innovations, which ranges from the biomedical polymers to the fascinating field of smart materials. A precise understanding of the molecular architecture and its role in governing physical characteristics is extremely useful to understand their applications. This conference on polymers is proposed to exchange information on new dimensions in such application areas.

Asian Polymer Association (APA) is a professional society dedicated to the science of polymers. APA is celebrating its 10 years of dynamic existence and this conference is being organized as the Jubilee celebrations of the society. APA in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Society for Biomaterials & Artificial Organs India (Delhi) and Indo Italian Forum on Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering is organizing International conference on Advances in Polymer Science & Technology (APA-2017). The conference would be dedicated to the world of polymers with an extensive interaction among academicians, researchers, technologists and policy planners. A special feature of this event is to organize Student Conclave for our young generation. We are sure that this conference would provide us required impetus in generating polymer resource for the country.

On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to invite you to participate in this conference. We look forward to welcoming you at New Delhi.

Bhuvanesh Gupta
IIT Delhi, India
Atsushi Suzuki
YNU, Japan
Sanjay K Nayak
CIPET, India

Student Conclave

The contest will check theoretical and practical knowledge of students on topics related to polymer science & technology. Students will be asked to write answers for questions in a given period and will be evaluated on the basis of their overall performance. First, second and third prizes will be conferred on the winners. On-line registration for participation would be needed.

The contest will look at the imagination and the practical knowledge of students in the field of polymers. Participating teams will be required to bring a scientific or technological model on any of the related topics for display during the conference. Models will be evaluated on the basis of their scientific and techno-commercial importance. First and second prizes will be conferred on the winners. On-line registration for participation would be needed.

Innovation Contest will look at the ability of a student in transforming an idea, imagination or invention into a simple process to develop an useful product as an affordable domain for the human being. First and second prizes will be conferred on the winners. On-line registration for participation would be needed.

Oral presentations are planned for a select group of students under a special session. Students can submit abstracts for the oral presentation. The oral talks will be selected from the abstracts submitted to the conference. The best oral talk and runner-up will be awarded Student Oral Awards by the scientific committee.

Poster abstracts are invited from students in different areas of polymer science & technology. These posters will remain displayed on the conference site for two days. The poster committee would evaluate them for their scientific, content, esthetic efforts and knowledge of the student in the area of presentation. The best posters. Selected by the technical committee will be awarded by APA.

Plenary Speakers

Andreas Greiner

University of Bayreuth, Germany
Electrospinning: innovations and applications

Akio Kishida

Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
Control of biological response of polymers by surface modification

Kwangmeyung Kim

KIST, Seoul, Korea
New nanomedicine for heterogeneous tumors

Frederic Guittard

University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France
Biomimetism for innovation ... and revolution

Amar K Mohanty

University of Guelph; ON, Canada
Circular Economy and Sustainable Biobased Materials – Innovation in Green Manufacturing

Dhanjay Jhurry

University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius
Biodegradable Polymers : Designing and Applications in Human Healthcare