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The Soft Matter Show is a collection of conversations on state-of-the-art research on polymer and soft matter science. The show is hosted by Amal Narayanan, mostly joined by academicians and industrialists.

With them, Amal explore the latest research themes, futuristic ideas, journey behind who they are now, what they want to be, and their advice for you.

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Dr. LaShanda Korley is a distinguished professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Delaware. LaShanda is an outstanding polymer scientist and a leader in plastic innovation. LaShanda’s team at Delaware actively studies nanoscale self-assembly of polymer-peptide hybrids and sustainable materials. Read more:

Dr. Bibiana Campos Seijo is the editor-in-chief of the popular science magazine, Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN). Under Bibi’s leadership, C&EN has become a modern media organization that brought ambitious journalism to chemical scientists. Bibi is an outreach champion and was the leader in initiating the Talented 12 program and translating C&EN to languages other than English.
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Dr. Saad Bhamla is a Professor at The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology. Saad is an expert in organismic physics and biological soft matter. He is also known for developing cost-effective solutions to resolve some of the outstanding challenges in global health. Saad is also a National Geographic explorer and a recipient of the NSF career award. Read more:
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Dr. Darren Lipomi is a Professor of Nanoengineering at The University of California, San Diego. Darren is an expert in engineering the physical properties of polymers for sensors and haptic devices. But, More importantly, Darren has a tremendous online footprint. The Darren Lipomi YouTube channel has more than 9,000+ subscribers. And His podcast series – The Molecular Podcasting is one of the highest downloaded podcasts in Chemical Engineering Genre. Read more about Darren:

Dr. Arthi Jayaraman is a Centennial Term Professor for Excellence in Research and Teaching with joint appointment at the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering and department of material science and engineering at The University of Delaware. Arthi is an expert in molecular level simulations of polymers and soft materials. For her exemplary contributions in the field of polymer science, Arthi has been awarded DOE early career research award. And in 2020 Arthi was inducted as fellow of American physical society. Also, Arthi is the deputy editor of ACS Polymers Au and the associate editor of Macromolecules. Read more about Arthi:

Dr. Stephanie Weber is a professor of Biology at McGill University, Canada. Steph is a recipient of NSF graduate research fellowship and Damon Runyon fellowship. Steph’s work intertwines biology with polymer physics. More specifically, Steph’s team at McGill works on phase separated organelles found in the bacterial cells. Read more about Steph:

Dr. Marleen Kamperman is a professor of Polymer Science at The University of Groningen, Holland. Marleen is a chemist and a biomimicry enthusiast. She is a recipient of the KNCV public award from the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society. Marleen’s group works on bioinspired synthetic solutions for resolving problems in the field of material science. Read more about Marleen:

Dr. Samanvaya Srivastava is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the Samueli School of Engineering at The University of California Los Angeles. Samanvaya is an expert in Polymer-Nanoparticle Composites and Polyelectrolyte complexes. Recently, he was inducted as one of the 35 under 35 scientists by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
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Dr. Niels Holten-Andersen is a professor of the program in polymers and Soft Matter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT. He is known for his extraordinary contributions in revealing the roles of adhesive proteins found in aquatic organisms. Not only he is an expert in understanding biological adhesives, but also, he has created soft stimuli-responsive materials based on the concepts observed in organisms. He has published tons of peer-reviewed articles and is the current vice-chair of the Gordon conference on science of adhesion!
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Dr. Anirban Sengupta is a professor in the department of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University and is co-founder & CSO of Haima Therapeutics. He is a prolific researcher in the field of translational biomedical research. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications and owns several US patents. He has raised millions of dollars as research funding and an engaging entrepreneur.
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Dr. Elyse Ball is the Assistant Counsel and Project Manager at The University of Akron Research Foundation. At the same time Elyse juggles the appointments between Akron Ascent Innovations and eSens as their CFO. Elyse is an expert in technology licensing and in this episode, we dig deep into Elyse’s thoughts on the commercialization of lab-created technologies.

Dr. James Eagan is an Assistant Professor at the School of Polymer Science Polymer Engineering. In this episode James shared his wisdom on plastic recycling during pandemic. As you will find from this conversation that his passion and knowledge in the field of recycling is extraordinary. And let’s learn how his team attempts to resolve the plastic pollution. James shared his experience in working with industry and academia. Also, he explains his thoughts on changing the research fields from natural product synthesis to polymer science. Read more about Dr. James Eagan at

Dr. Abraham Joy is a professor of polymer science at the school of polymer science and polymer engineering at The University of Akron. In this conversation we delved into the usual suspects in biomaterial research. He explained his experience in switching research fields, fund-raising ideologies, and mentorship philosophies.
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