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Dr. Brigitte Voit, head of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry in the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research at Technische Universität in Dresden, Germany, will visit the Texas A&M University campus later this week to present the 2017 Covestro Lectures, sponsored by the Texas A&M Department of Chemistry.

As the Covestro Distinguished Lecturer, Voit will deliver two primary lectures -- one at 4 p.m. Thursday (March 30) in Room 2104 of the Chemistry Building and another at 11:30 a.m. Friday (March 31) in Room 2122 of the Chemistry Building. Thursday's lecture will be followed by a reception in the foyer area of Room 2104.

In addition, Covestro will be represented by Drs. Jeffrey Dormish and Don Wardius (Coatings Adhesives and Specialties Business Unit, Pittsburgh, Penn.) and Drs. Juan Abreu and Natalee Smith (Polycarbonates Business Unit, Baytown) in a separate seminar and panel discussion, Covestro Chemistry, set for 11 a.m. Thursday (March 30) in Room 202 of the Reed McDonald Building. The event will be hosted by the Covestro Distinguished Leadership Committee, composed of Lei Fang and Karen Wooley (Texas A&M Department of Chemistry), Jaime Grunlan (Texas A&M Department of Mechanical Engineering) and Jodie Lutkenhaus (Texas A&M Department of Chemical Engineering).

Since 1997, Voit has served as head of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research (IPF) Dresden, as well as professor for Organic Chemistry of Polymers at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). In addition, since 2002, she has led the IPF Dresden, a large public research institute hosting about 480 people, as Managing and Scientific Director. She received her Ph.D. in macromolecular chemistry in 1990 from University Bayreuth, Germany, in the field of photoactive polymers. After postdoctoral work in 1991-1992 at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, she joined the Technische Universität München, where she received her habilitation degree in macromolecular chemistry in 1996.

Voit's major research interest is in the synthesis of new functional polymer architectures by various synthetic approaches covering topics like dendritic polymers, hydrogels, functional block and graft copolymers, as well as biofunctional polymers and functional polymers for optoelectronic applications. In addition to being a board member of several polymer journals including Kuratorium Angewandte Chemie, she is highly active in the community and in review work. A past president the European Polymer Federation in 2014-2015, Voit was recognized in 2015 with membership in acatech (Akademie der Technikwissenschaften).

The Covestro Distinguished Lectureship, formerly known as the Bayer Distinguished Lectureship, was established in 2012 at Texas A&M as a joint program of the College of Engineering and College of Science to attract international speakers whose research programs focus broadly on the science and engineering of macromolecular systems. When Bayer MaterialScience officially adopted its new name, Covestro, the lectureship was renamed accordingly.

Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business with 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion. Covestro manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical and sports and leisure industries. The Covestro group has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,600 people at the end of 2016.

To learn more about Voit and the Covestro Distinguished Lectureship, visit http://www.chem.tamu.edu/medals+lectureships/covestro-lectureship/.

For additional information and to schedule appointments, contact Sherry Melton at wooley_asst@chem.tamu.edu.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Karen L. Wooley, (979) 845-4077 or wooley@chem.tamu.edu

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  • Dr. Brigette Voit

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