DPOLY Short Course on “Polymer Nanocomposites: Challenges and Opportunities”

Structure, Dynamics, and Processing of Polymer Nanocomposites

Registration Fees

Includes Saturday & Sunday
• Students/Post-Docs: $150
• APS Members: $225
• Non-Members: $300

Registration Information

• Register when you register for the meeting
• Preregistration required

Gray Arrow Meeting Registration Information

Saturday, March 12
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Convention Center, Room 327

Sunday, March 13
8:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Convention Center, Room 327

Who Should Attend?
Students, post-docs and young faculty who are interested in learning experimental and theoretical aspects of polymer nanocomposites.

This short course will review the topics on structure, dynamics and processing of polymer nanocomposites. The course will provide basic introduction on these topics, will overview the accomplishments in various aspects of functional nanocomposites and will address the future potentials and challenges ahead in terms of designing materials for easy processability with multi-functional features. The course will include examples of innovative ideas translating into industrial applications, potential impediments in this process and associated mitigation strategies.

Gray Arrow 2016 DPOLY Short Course flyer format_pdf

Class Schedule

Saturday, March 12
1:00 p.m. I- Introduction to Polymer Nanocomposites
Short course overview, objectives, examples on three topics of the course on structure, dynamics and processing of polymer nanocomposites. Processing and property enhancement will be emphasized from new nanoparticle building units to functional polymer designs and from particle-polymer interphases that control nanostructures and dynamics of chains and particles.
Russell Composto, Pinar Akcora
"Short course overview and objectives"
1:30 p.m. II- Preparation of Functional Materials for Polymer Nanocomposites
This section includes the emerging synthetic tools for new designs of polymer nanocomposites. Functional particles, different concepts of self-assembly of particles will be summarized. An overview on utilizing synthetic tools for new designs of polymer nanocomposites from polyelectrolytes, solar cells to healing composites, functional network composites etc. will be presented.
Brian Benicewicz, University of South Carolina
"Emerging synthetic tools for new designs of functional polymer nanocomposites"
2:45 p.m. Coffee Break
3:05 p.m. Eugenia Kumacheva, University of Toronto
"Self-assembly of polymer-functionalized nanoparticles"
4:35 p.m. Karim Alamgir, University of Akron
"Particle-polymer interfaces, polymer blends and functional surfaces"
6:00 p.m. Adjourn
Sunday, March 13
8:30 a.m. III- Fundamentals: Dispersion & Dynamics
Gary Grest, Sandia National Laboratory
"Nanoparticle diffusion in a polymer matrix"
9:45 a.m. Coffee Break
10:00 a.m. Michael Rubinstein, University of North Carolina
"Dynamics of Nanoparticles in Polymer Matrices"
11:35 a.m. Sudhin Datta, ExxonMobil
“Industrial perspective and challenges for polymer nanocomposites”
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. IV- Structural Characterization
Alexander Hexemer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"SAXS/GISAXS of hybrid materials"
2:45 p.m. Coffee Break
3:00 p.m. V- Processing
Chris Macosko, University of Minnesota
"Processing and mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites"
4:20 p.m. Marc Couty, Michelin
"Modeling structure and dynamics of polymer nanocomposites"
5:30 p.m. Adjourn


Organizers: Pinar Akcora (Stevens Institute of Technology), Rohan Hule (ExxonMobil) and Russell Composto (University of Pennsylvania)