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Conference Program
 
Composites
January 13-18, 2008
Crowne Plaza
Ventura, CA
Chair:
Ton Peijs

Vice Chair:
Gale Holmes

Since the first meeting held in 1975 many scientists have attended the Gordon Research Conferences on Composites, and most will agree that attending such meeting was one of their best conference experiences. Gordon Research Conferences are unique as they include ample time for informal discussions among scientists, which is essential in an interdisciplinary subject like composites. Since entering the nano-era the composites research landscape has changed dramatically. Although the commercial success of nanocomposites so far has been limited it is clear that nanomaterials can offer significant advantages as they can serve as building blocks to create materials which are designed over multiple length-scales while at the same time adding functionality. The challenges we are facing to create such multi-scale multifunctional composites are numerous. They range from the need to understand composite materials at different length-scales by the use of biomimetics and the development of new design and manufacturing techniques that allow for the creation of such materials.

The theme of the conference "Realisation of Multi-Functional Composites by Nano-Scale Control" will address the ways to face the challenges to create original but realistic approaches for novel composite systems.

The invited presentations will reflect the emerging concepts that are currently evolving around the creation of novel composite systems. This includes topics such as nano-reinforcements and their interaction with matrices, multi-scale modeling and design of nano-structured materials, novel processing and added functionality through improved optical, electrical, electromagnetic and thermal properties as well as the introduction of concepts such as shape memory and self-healing. Particular emphasis will be placed on a critical assessment of these concepts in order to convert some of them into realistic composite products. The speakers on these topics will represent some of the top researchers in their respective fields from academia, national government laboratories, and industry.

The conference is now open for poster and attendee applications. Attendance at the Conference is limited to 135 conferees and it is therefore suggested that you submit your application early.


Contributors

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pm Nanocomposites
Discussion Leader: H. Daniel Wagner (Weizmann Institute of Science)
7:40 pm - 8:30 pmSanford S. Sternstein (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
"The physics of reinforcement of polymer melts by nanofillers"
8:30 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:25 pmIlhan A. Aksay (Princeton University)
"Biologically inspired materials"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Interfaces and Structured Nanocomposites
Discussion Leader: TBA
9:00 am - 9:50 amJean-Francois Gerard (INSA Lyon)
"Interfacial interactions and generation of multiscale morphologies from nanofillers for an effective design of nanocomposites"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break / Group Photo
10:30 am - 11:20 amEmmanuel Giannelis (Cornell University)
"Hierarchical Nanocomposites"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pmHan Goossens (Eindhoven University of Technology)
"Selective adsorption as a means to influence the rheology of polymer nanocomposites"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ultimate Properties
Discussion Leader: Richard Wool (University of Delaware)
7:30 pm - 8:20 pmNicholas A. Kotov (University of Michigan)
"Layer-by-layer assembled nanocomposites"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:20 pmRod Lakes (University of Wisconsin)
"Phase transformations in heterogeneous media: composites stiffer than diamond and deviations from thermorheological simplicity"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session I
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm From Fairy Dust to Designer Nanocomposites
Discussion Leader: Larry Drzal (Michigan State University)
9:00 am - 9:50 amJohn M. Torkelson (Northwestern University)
"Polymers in nanoconfined geometries"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:20 amLinda S. Schadler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
"Designed interfaces in polymer nanocomposites"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pmL. Catherine Brinson (Northwestern University)
"Designer concepts: shape, percolation, and predicting performance"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Modelling of Nanocomposites
Discussion Leader: John Nairn (Oregon State University)
7:30 pm - 8:20 pmBela Pukanszky (Budapest University of Technology & Economy)
"Structure and reinforcement in polymer/layered silicate composites"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:20 pmThomas S. Gates (NASA Langley Research Center)
"Multifunctional materials and structures: Integrating design, analysis, and testing from nano to macro length scales"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pmPoster Session II
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Conductive Nanocomposites
Discussion Leader: Jan Sandler (BASF)
9:00 am - 9:50 amCor Koning (Eindhoven University of Technology)
"Polymer-carbon nanotube composites: Starting wetter, conducting better"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:20 amMalte Wichmann (Technical University Hamburg-Harburg)
"Structural health monitoring with multiscale hybrid composites"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pmJean-Francois Feller (Université de Bretagne-Sud)
"Smart conductive polymer composites for sensing applications"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Biobased Nanocomposites
Discussion Leader: Takashi Nishino (Kobe University)
7:30 pm - 8:20 pmAmar K. Mohanty (University of Guelph)
"Biodegardable nanocomposites"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:20 pmKristiina Oksman (Lulea University)
"Cellulose nanowhiskers reinforced biopolymers"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session III
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Bioinspired Composites
Discussion Leader: Nick Tucker (New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research)
9:00 am - 9:50 amHimadri S. Gupta (Max Planck Institute)
"Microstructural origins of the toughness of biomineralized composites"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:20 amUlrich Weisner (Cornell University)
"Bio-inspired hybrid materials"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pm Yuris Dzenis (University of Nebraska)
"Principles of structural nanocomposites design"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Inorganic Nanocomposites
Discussion Leader: Dodd H. Grande (K2 Corporation)
7:30 pm - 8:20 pmC. Jeffrey Brinker (University of New Mexico & Sandia National Laboratories)
"Self-assembly of nanostructures"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:20 pmAmiya K. Mukherjee (University of California, Davis)
"Ceramic nanocomposites"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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