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Toward the Development of Sustainable and Nanotechnology Inspired Multi-Functional Composites

Dates

January 17-22, 2010

Location

Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA

Organizers

Chair:
Gale Holmes

Vice Chair:
Richard Wool

Meeting Description

The 2010 Gordon Conference on Composites will present cutting-edge research on “The Development of Sustainable and Nanotechnology-Inspired Multi-Functional Composites.” The conference will bring together a wide range of eminent scientists and engineers to discuss the technical challenges that must be resolved and fundamental knowledge that must be generated to unleash the promise of nanotechnology integration in composite materials in a manner that secures and optimizes new materials development for future generations. The Conference will feature a wide range of topics, such as the physics of nanoparticle dispersion, novel surface treatments that promote exfoliation/functionality, sustainable/biodegradable nanocomposites, the mechanicanical properties of nanocomposites (the Nano-Effect), nanocomposites modeling (How should it really be done!), nanoscale confinement effects and nanocomposite properties, and innovative pathways to multi-functional nanocomposites. In a departure from previous conferences, two graduate student poster presenters will be selected from their submitted abstracts for short talks, with the submission deadline for consideration being December 7, 2009. The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with programmed discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an avenue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented.

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmNANOCOMPOSITES: AN INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE
Discussion Leader: Ambrose Taylor (Imperial College London)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pm Tie Lan (Nanocor)
"Montmorillonite Clay as Plastic Additives"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pm David Lashmore (Nanocomp Technologies, Inc.)
"Multifunctional Carbon Nanotube Composites"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF NANOCOMPOSITES
Discussion Leader: Donald L. Hunston (National Institute of Standards & Technology)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Nikhil Koratkar (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
"Fracture and Fatigue in Graphene Nanocomposites"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Eyal Zussman (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology)
"Confinement and Mechanics Related Issues of Polymer Nanofibers"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Anthony Kinloch (Imperial College London)
"The Fracture Behaviour of Polymers and Fibre-Reinforced Plastics Based upon Nanomodified Epoxy-Resins"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmA PROCESSING LOOK AT NANOCOMPOSITE FORMATION
Discussion Leader: Joshua Otaigbe (University of Southern Mississippi)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Donald R. Paul (University of Texas at Austin)
"Polymer Nanocomposites from Organoclays: Structure and Properties"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Evangelos Manias (Penn State University)
"Nanocomposites of Immiscible Polymer Blends: Thermodynamic-based Design of Selective Nanofiller Dispersion and of Filler-Induced Compatibilization"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCNT Nanocomposites (Conductivity, Dispersion, and Other Issues)
Discussion Leader: Stephen J. Eichhorn (University of Manchester)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Ton Peijs (Queens Mary University in London)
"Getting the Most Out of Carbon Nanotubes"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Jaime C. Grunlan (Texas A&M University)
"Stimuli-Responsive Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes in Water and Highly Conductive Segregated Network Composites for Energy Harvesting"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Ian Kinloch (University of Manchester)
"Carbon Nanotubes as Functional Fillers and Reinforcements in Polymer Composites"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmTHE FUTURE AND nano-ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
Discussion Leader: Aaron Forster (National Institute of Standards & Technology)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pm Graduate Student Talk 1 (To be announced at GRC)
7:50 pm - 8:10 pm Graduate Student Talk 2 (To be announced at GRC)
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Jie Liu (Duke University)
"Environmental Implications of Nanomaterials"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNOVEL NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS: MICROSTRUCTURE & MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR
Discussion Leader: Hanoch Daniel Wagner (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Jang Kyo Kim (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
"Mechanical and Functional Properties of Nanocomposite and CFRP Hybrid Composites: Effects of Dispersion and Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Hung-Jue Sue (Texas A&M University)
"Controlled Dispersion of Nanoparticles in Polymer Matrices and Their Nanoscaled Phenomena"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Brian Wardle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Literally Big Nano: Bulk Nanostructure Advanced Composites (with Focus on Mechanical Properties)"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
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 pmTHEORY OF NANOCOMPOSITE FORMATION & CONFINEMENT EFFECTS
Discussion Leader: James L. Thomason (University of Strathclyde)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Jack Douglas (National Institute of Standards & Technology)
"Influence of Nanoparticles and Molecular Additives on Polymer Glass Formation"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Sindee Simon (Texas Tech University)
"Influence of Nanoconfinement on Properties and Reactivity of Thermosetting Resins"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMULTI-FUNCTIONAL NANOCOMPOSITES
Discussion Leader: Alan J. Lesser (University of Massachusetts)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Yiu-Ming Mai (The University of Sydney)
"On Processing, Microstructure and Functional Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Pulickel M. Ajayan (Rice University)
"Engineering Nanocomposites - Materials Challenges and Opportunities"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Lawrence T. Drzal (Michigan State University)
"Nanostructuring of Graphene Nanoplatelets to Produce Multifunctional Polymers and Composites"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRECYCLABLE COMPOSITES (for a Sustainable Future)
Discussion Leader: Richard P. Wool (University of Delaware)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm David Plackett (Risø DTU)
"Bio-nanocomposites for a Sustainable Future - A packaging Materials Research Perspective"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Jeffrey Gilman (National Institute of Standards & Technology)
"Sustainability and Polymer Nanocomposites"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDepart
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