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The 21st Annual RAPS Meeting (RAPS 2021) will be held virtually on the 2nd and 3rd September 2021.

The annual RAPS meeting aims to bring together early career academics (within approximately 5 years of appointment), PDRAs and industrialists. We aim for this virtual meeting to offer opportunities to present your work, to develop new networks and provide practical early career advice from a range of experienced speakers on subjects from generating funding, mitigating the career-related effects of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming independent, interacting with the media or building a lab.

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Invited Speakers

Dr. C. Remzi Becer completed his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands (2009). He received a Marie Curie Research Fellowship (2009–2011) and joined University of Warwick, UK. He was awarded a Science City Senior Research Fellowship (2011–2013) to start up his independent research group at the same university. He was appointed (2013–2018) as a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. He is currently a Professor in Sustainable Polymer Chemistry at the University of Warwick (2019‐) and acting as an editor of European Polymer Journal (2018‐). For more information visit and follow on Twitter @remzibecer

Dr. Emily Pentzer is an Associate Professor in the department of chemistry and the department of materials science and engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She received a BS in chemistry from Butler University (2005) and PhD in organic chemistry from Northwestern University (2010), where her thesis work focused on metathesis routes for preparing and polymerizing unsaturated medium-sized lactones and lactams under the direction of Professor Sonbinh T. Nguyen. She then worked with Professor Todd Emrick in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at UMass Amherst where she focused on the synthesis and assembly of electronically active materials for organic photovoltaics as part of a DOE EFRC on Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy. In 2013, Dr. Pentzer joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in chemistry and received a secondary appointment in macromolecular science and engineering in 2015.

Dr. Pentzer and her lab moved to Texas A&M in the summer of 2019, as part of both the chemistry and materials science and engineering departments. Her research centers on developing new materials and assemblies as a route to understand structure-property-application relationships and access functions not possible with current state-of-the-art systems. Her group has worked on the encapsulation of “active” liquids and gases, polymer-based data storage in a quaternary code, and additive manufacturing for multifunctional materials. Dr. Pentzer regularly participates and organizes events aimed at the professional development of graduate students and facilitating the transition of graduate students and post-docs to successful and vibrant STEM careers. She has received several awards including the NSF-CAREER award (2016), the PMSE Young Investigator Award (2017), the CWRU Faculty Diversity Excellence Award (2019), and the ACS WCC Rising Star Award (2021). She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the RSC journal Polymer Chemistry and was elected as Alt. Councilor for the Polymer Division (POLY) of the American Chemical Society in 2020.

Registration and Abstract Submission

Registration for RAPS2021 is free of charge and can be completed using the form below.

Please note that the abstract deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting abstracts for 12 minute presentations. If you have yet to register you can still do so, by completing the form below and selecting "2 minute flash presentation" or "Neither/I do not wish to present" when asked "What type of presentation would you prefer to give?"