Enabling Technologies and New Markets
June 18-19, 2006
Chicago, Illinois

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WORKSHOP: Science and Technology of Nanocomposites

Afternoon Plenary Review Lectures

Morning Plenary Review Lectures

SPECIAL FORUM: Health and Safety Issues of Nanomaterials

Afternoon Plenary Review Lectures


Workshop: Science and Technology of Nanocomposites
Instructors: Prof. Sadhan Jana, University of Akron; Prof. Fengge Gao, Nottingham Trent University
  1. Introduction of nanotechnology and polymer nanocomposites
    • Definition of nanotechnology and nanocomposites
    • The benefit of developing polymer nanocomposites
    • The difference between nanocomposites and traditional filler enhanced polymers
    • The structure and classification of polymer nanocomposites
    • The history and major progress over the past one and half decades
  2. Fillers for nanocomposite application
    • The criteria for filler selection
    • The structure and properties of major fillers
    • The strength and weakness of major fillers from the point of view of nanomechanics
  3. Synthetic methods of polymer nanocomposites
    • Compatibility between filler and polymers
    • Filler modification techniques
    • Major synthetic strategies
  4. Characterisation of nanocomposites
    • XRD
    • TEM
    • Other techniques
  5. Rheology and major properties of polymer nanocomposites
    • The basic principle of polymer rheology
    • The rheologic behaviour of nanocomposites
    • Major properties
  6. Exfoliation methodologies and processing techniques
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Afternoon Plenary Review Lectures
"Introduction of New Polymer Nanocomposites and Applications" Prof. Fengge Gao, Nottingham Trent University
"Nanoparticles, Nanotubes and Nanowires" Dr. Max D. Alexander Jr., Air Force Research Laboratory
"Chemical and Engineering Issues in Polymer Nanocomposites Synthesis and Product Design" Prof. Sadhan C. Jana, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron
"Engineering Flame Retardant Polymer/Clay Nanocomposites to Meet UL94 Standards" Prof. Miriam Rafailovich, SUNY Stony Brook
"Barrier Property Enhancement of Plastic Nanocomposites" Dr. Tie Lan, Nanocor, Inc.
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Morning Plenary Review Lectures
"Current and Future Commercial Applications of Nanocomposites" Mr. Tom Hughes, President, Halden Enterprises LLC
"Nanocomposites in Medicine: Imaging, Treatment, and Drug Delivery" Prof. Lajos P. Balogh, Director of Nanotechnology Research, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
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SPECIAL FORUM: Health and Safety Issues of Nanomaterials
Mr. Roger Avakian, Chief Technology Officer, PolyOne
Prof. Richard Clark, MD, Stony Brook University, Departments of Bioengineering and Dermatology
Dr. Charles Geraci, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Prof. Nadine Pernodet, SUNY Stony Brook Dept. Mat Sci Eng
Prof. Miriam Rafailovich, SUNY
Dr. Norbert Reidel, Chief Scientific Officer, Baxter International
Dr. Sally S. Tinkle, National Institutes of Health
  • Rewriting the MSDS: Do size and shape of nanoparticles matter?
  • Nano in the cosmetic industry: The TiO2 scare - is it real?
  • Nanomedicine: Are nanoparticles drug delivery schemes safe?
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Afternoon Plenary Review Lectures
"The Business Case for Polymer Nanocomposites in Automotive Applications" Lebzy González, Senior Scientist (speaker), Patricia C. Tibbenham, Angela M. Harris, and Tony E. Godlewski, Ford Motor Company
"The Reinforcement of Polymers in Nano Regime" Prof. Fengge Gao, Nottingham Trent University
"Nanometer Particles in Silica Matrices" Prof. Harry D. Gafney, Queens College
"Nanocomposites for Electronic Applications" Professor Nan-Loh Yang, CUNY at Staten Island
"Polymer and Aligned Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites and Nanodevices" Liming Dai, Professor of Materials Engineering and Chemistry, University of Dayton
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