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Program

The program will be developed as we get closer to the event.

EVENT FORMAT:

Sun -  Late afternoon for registration, welcome remarks, programming, and reception

Mon - Full day of programming with extended afternoon break for site seeing/networking and evening networking reception

Tue - Full day of programming and evening poster session/networking reception

Wed - Half day of programming

 

Organizers

  • Jaime Grunlan, Texas A&M
  • Richard Laine, Michigan
The Invited Speaker List is Building

  • Jason Azoulay, Southern Miss

  • Erik Berda, New Hampshire

  • Marc Bissett, Manchester

  • Xavier Crispin, University of Linköping

  • Jean-Francois Feller, UBS
  • Andrew Ferguson, NREL
  • Joseph Furgal, BGSU
  • Micah Green, Texas A&M

  • Nick Kotov, Michigan

  • Rachel Letteri, Virginia

  • Chris Li, Drexel

  • Isabelle Linossier, Bretagne Sud.

  • Jennifer Lu, UC Merced

  • Jeff Pyun, Arizona

  • Oren Regev, Ben Gurion University

  • Ralf Riedel, Darmstadt

  • Alan Sellinger, Colorado School of Mines

  • Yoan Simon, Univ. of Southern Miss.

  • Anne Skov, Copenhagen

  • Christopher Soles, NIST

  • Kenan Song, Arizona State

  • Erik Spoerke, Sandia

  • John Texter, Eastern Michigan Univ.

  • John Tsavalas, New Hampshire

  • Richard Vaia, AFRL

  • James Watkins, Umass – Amherst

  • Ulrich Wiesner, Cornell

 

Nanoparticle reinforced polymers make up an incredibly large fraction of commercial polymer products sold today, with silica reinforced tires perhaps being the most well recognized. With the advent of polymers used in microelectronics, nanophotonics, biopharmaceuticals, drug delivery, and separation membranes, there are now numerous advanced applications where nanoparticles, organic/inorganic and nanostructured polymer-derived materials are being used to improve properties.

In the high tech area, organic modified quantum dots are just now being adapted for use in high luminescence flat panel displays to replace LCDs, but the potential to use these materials for more widespread applications has been largely ignored in the polymer community. Likewise, there are potential opportunities with many other nano-materials. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together a broad range of stakeholders in the area of polymer nanotechnology, both to provide a learning experience for communities interested in expanding their knowledge and to bring cutting edge research in this area to a more general audience. 

The following is a list of potential topics for the workshop:

  • Nanoparticle-reinforced polymers (including nanocomposites and fibers)

  • Polymeric nanoparticles and nanostructures (including block copolymers, dendrimers, and nanoscale assembly)

  • Other nano-materials (including quantum dots, polymer single crystals, polymer liquid crystals, agro-based nano-materials)

  • Characterization techniques for nanoscale materials/structures

  • Applications of polymer nanotechnology