TechConnect World 2016
National SBIR/STTR Conference National Innovation Summit & Showcase Nanotech 2016



Symposium Co-Chairs

YuanQiao RaoRheology and Properties in Urethane Based Nanocomposites
YuanQiao Rao
Fellow, The Dow Chemical Company

Rahul SharmaRahul Sharma
Research Specialist
The Dow Chemical Company

Confirmed Invited Speaker

Baoxia MiMembrane Innovations
Baoxia Mi
Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Sinan KetenUnderstanding Nanoconfinement and Nanoscale Interfaces in Structural Nanocomposites
Sinan Keten
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University

Jeffrey W. GilmanPolymer composites interphase imaging
Jeffrey W. Gilman
Polymer Chemist, Polymers and Complex Fluids Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology

YuanQiao RaoRheology and Properties in Urethane Based Nanocomposites
YuanQiao Rao
Fellow, The Dow Chemical Company

Symposium Sessions

Monday May 23

10:30Materials for Solar Technologies
10:30Innovation Spotlights: Materials - Owens Corning, Saint-Gobain

Tuesday May 24

10:30Materials for Sustainabilty
1:30Polymer Composite Materials
1:30Materials for Personal/Home Care and Cosmetics
3:30Innovation Spotlights: Materials - GAF, Bob Barker Company
Polymers: Posters 4:00

Wednesday May 25

8:30Composites, Aerospace Industry Applications
8:30Nano & Microfibrillated Cellulose: Applications
10:30Composite Materials
1:30Membranes for Water Treatment
1:30Innovation Spotlights: Materials - Huntsman, Evonik

Symposium Program

Monday May 23

10:30Materials for Solar TechnologiesChesapeake 8-9
Session chair: YuanQiao Rao, Rahul Sharma, The Dow Chemical Company (bio)
10:30Progress and Challenges in the Development of OPV Solar Cells (invited presentation)
L. Yu, The University of Chicago, US (bio)
10:55Key factors in the development of low bandgap materials for organic solar cells (invited presentation)
P. Verstappen, G. Pirotte, T. Vangerven, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande, J. Manca, and W. Maes, Hasselt University, BE (bio)
11:20The Importance of Designing and Processing Materials for Organic Electronics: Enhancing the Performance and Stability of Dyes for Dye Sensitised Solar Cells
G.E. Collis, S. Maniam, A.B. Holmes, G. Leeke, CSIRO Manufacturing, AU
11:40Advancements in Photovoltaic Fabrics
T. Dalland, R. Lerner, C. Touhey, Pvilion, US
12:00Rapid processing of perovskite thin films for applications in PV
T. Druffel, B. Lavery, University of Louisville, US
12:20Advances in Black Silicon Solar Cells
M.S. Schmidt, Technical University of Denmark, DK
10:30Innovation Spotlights: Materials - Owens Corning, Saint-GobainNational Harbor 4
Session chair: S. Bagheri, University of Waterloo, CA
10:30Owens Corning: Innovation Spotlight
A. Berthereau, Owens Corning, US
10:45Saint-Gobain: Innovation Spotlight
A. Hardy, Saint-Gobain, FR
11:00Isosorbide–based Polymers
L. Micek, University of Minnesota, US
11:07nPAO Synthetic Lubricant Base Stock
L. Sita, Precision Polyolefins LLC, US
11:14Organic materials as fluorescent probes, parylene process monomers, and novel chemical structures
D. Johnson, University of Oregon, US
11:21Recyclable Cellulose Aerogels
G. Wee, National University of Singapore, SG
11:28Biorenewable Production Pathway for Nylon and PET
C. Forney, Iowa State University, US
11:35Connora: Materials Reimagined - Reversible and Removable Plastics for Next Generation Composites
S. Pastine, Connora Technologies Inc., US
11:42Composites Made From Sugarcane By-products
D. Benedict, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, US
11:49Owens Corning, Saint-Gobain : Q&A

Tuesday May 24

10:30Materials for SustainabiltyChesapeake 5
Session chair: YuanQiao Rao, Rahul Sharma, The Dow Chemical Company (bio)
10:30Reinforced Nano-composite Films with Reduced Environmental Impact
A.F. Chen, J.H. Wang, G. Wideman, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, US
10:50Reduction in HDPE geomembrane thermal expansion using nanoclay particles
P.I. Dolez, R. Mohamed, E. David, M. Weltrowski, CTT Group, CA
11:10Nanodielectrics for use in HVDC power systems and their structure-property relationships using Chemometric methods
G.C. Stevens, N.A. Freebody, A.S. Vaughan, F. Perrot, Gnosys Global, UK
11:30Recyclable Carbon Fiber Composites – The Future of Light Weight Electric Vehicles
S. Pastine, Connora Technologies, US
11:50Melt extrusion fiber spinning of polyethylene reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals at high loadings
N. Brandquist, A. Ayoub, R.A. Venditti, NC State University, US
12:10Sustainable Technology Solutions – Natural rubber to replace plasticized PVC in exterior durable application - A case study by NZ Product Accelerator model of engagement of supply chain partners
K.K.G. De Silva, M. Taylor, R. Nilmini, S. Kariyawasm, J. Vithanachchi, NZ Product Accelerator - University of Auckland, NZ
1:30Polymer Composite MaterialsPotomac 4
Session chair: Thomas E. Twardowski, Integra Life Sciences Corporation (bio)
1:30Polymer composites interphase imaging (invited presentation)
N. Chen, C. Davis, M. Wang, J. Woodcock, M. Zammarano, M. Stocker, I.A. Sacui, J.A. Liddle, G. Holmes, J. Hyun Kim, R. Beams, S.J. Stranick, D.M. Fox, F. Vollrath, D. Shah, J.W. Gilman, NIST, US
1:55Understanding Nanoconfinement and Nanoscale Interfaces in Structural Nanocomposites (invited presentation)
S. Keten, Northwestern University, US
2:20Assembly, Rheology and Properties in Urethane Based Nanocomposites (invited presentation)
YQ. Rao, J. Munro, The Dow Chemical Company, US
2:45Structure-Property Relations of Unidirectional Carbon Nanotube Polymer Composites through Quantitative 3-D Nanoscale Characterization
B. Natarajan, N. Lachman, I.Y. Stein, D. Jacobs, B. Wardle, R. Sharma, J.A. Liddle, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, US
3:05Effect of Graphitic Filler Characteristics on the Percolation Behavior and Electrical Conductivity of Segregated Network Polymer Composites
L. Prystaj, E.A. Lucas, K. Alston, R.A. Gerhardt, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
3:25Effect of water and temperature on the degradation characteristics of fuzzy fiber composites
A. Krishnamurthy, A. Forster, D. Hunston, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US
3:45Advanced Materials for self-healing electrical insulation systems
S. Basu, I. German, R. Rhodes, G.C. Stevens, J. Thomas, Gnosys Global Ltd, UK
1:30Materials for Personal/Home Care and CosmeticsChesapeake 5
Session chair: Fiona Case, TechConnect, Johan Pluyter, International Flavors and Fragrances (bio)
1:30The Material Science of Cosmetics (invited presentation)
P. Maitra, Johnson and Johnson, US
1:55Challenges and Opportunities in Fragrance Encapsulation (invited presentation)
J. Pluyter, International Flavors and Fragrances Inc., US
2:20Dielectric contrast driven phase transitions in cellulose microfibril dispersions (invited presentation)
A. Kuijk, C. Klik, G. van den Brink, S. Mohan, K.P. Velikov, Unilever R&D Vlaardingen B.V., NL
2:45Novel encapsulation technology based on Pickering emulsion systems
M. Sjöö, J. Bedi, A. Ali, Speximo AB, SE
3:05Solid State and Diffusion NMR Spectroscopy as Applied to Characterization of Complex Formulated Products and Biological Materials
S. Ulvenlund, D. Topgaard, S. Gustavsson, E. Sparr, CR Competence AB, SE
3:30Innovation Spotlights: Materials - GAF, Bob Barker CompanyNational Harbor 5
Session chair: P. Ansems Bancroft, Dow, US
3:30GAF: Innovation Spotlight
D. Boss, GAF, US
3:45Bob Barker Industries: Innovation Spotlight
G. Omland, Bob Barker Industries, US
4:00NanoMet: Automated Dimensional Analysis of Nanomaterials
J. Whalen, FullScaleNANO, Inc., US
4:07Nano-structured silica: A powerful flame retardant chemical
4:14Mechanochemical Synthesis and Applications of Borides and Diborides
B. Berman, UCF Office of Research & Commercialization, US
4:21Magnesium Based Metal Composite
R. Nagaiah, UCF Office of Research & Commercialization, US
4:28Manufacturing Methods for Highly Transparent Polycrystalline Aluminum Oxynitride Ceramics
J.E. Cha, Yeungnam University Office of Research Cooperantion Foundation, KR
4:35Low-cost amorphous polymer nanocomposite with extraordinary performance
N. Franco, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US
4:42GAF, Bob Barker Company: Q&A
Polymers: Posters 4:00Expo Hall D & E
Polysulfone membrane reactors for derivatization of carbon nanotubes
S.I. Voicu, A. Muhulet, M. Miculescu, F. Miculescu, S. Vizireanu, University Politehnica from Bucharest, RO
Effect of Pluronic on poly(caprolactone) (PCL) electrospun scaffolds
C.F. Rediguieri, M.H.A. Zanin, N.N.P. Cerize, A.M. Oliveira, T.J.A. Pinto, University of São Paulo, BR
Preparation of GO/PVA composite as an adsorbent for the removal of Cr(VI) from water
D.K. Singh, V. Kumar, S.H. Hasan, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), IN
PLA-PEG nanoparticles are suitable for effective maturation and uptake by dendritic cells for Chlamydia trachomatis outer membrane peptide-based vaccine
S. Dixit, R. Sahu, S.R. Singh, V.A. Dennis, Alabama State University, US

Wednesday May 25

8:30Composites, Aerospace Industry ApplicationsChesapeake 6
Session chair: Wolfgang Bacsa, University of Toulouse, FR (bio)
8:30Application of Nanotechnology in the Development of Ultralightweight Materials - Benefits and Opportunities (invited presentation)
M.A. Meador, US National Science and Technology Council, US
8:55A New Class of Lightweight Multifunctional Material to Improve Size, Weight, and Power
J. Sprengard, L. Christy, General Nano, LLC, US
9:15High Volume Fraction Carbon Nanotube Composites for Aerospace Applications
E.J. Siochi, J-W. Kim, G. Sauti, R.J. Cano, R.A. Wincheski, J.G. Ratcliffe, M. Czabaj, NASA Langley Research Center, US
9:35Mechanical and Dielectric Properties of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes Modified Graphene Oxide/Polyimide Nanocomposites
C.-C.M. Ma, W-H Liao, S-T Hsiao, Y-S Wang, S-M Li, S-C Lin, National Tsing Hua University, TW
9:55cSilk™: A Carbon Nanotube Template for Production of Conformal Nanotube Coatings, Composite Yarns and Sheets
M. Dias Lima, Lintec of America, US
8:30Nano & Microfibrillated Cellulose: ApplicationsChesapeake 5
Session chair: World L-S Nieh, U.S. Forest Service; Sean Ireland, Imerys (bio)
8:30Nano Crystalline Cellulose (NCC), Bio-building blocks for tomorrow’s materials (invited presentation)
S. Lapidot, Melodea Ltd., IL
8:55The Next Generation of Sustainable Materials - Beyond Paper (invited presentation)
S. Ireland, D. Skuse, J. Phipps, Imerys, US
9:20Novel Nonocellulose/Nanoparticle Composites for packaging applications
S. Varanasi, G. Simon, G. Garnier, W. Batchelor, Monash University, AU
9:40Nano-Crystalline Microbial Cellulose Contact Lens to Accelerate Corneal Wound Healing
C.P. Adams, Diopter Corp., US
10:00Waste derived nanocellulose platform chemicals and advanced products
Y-L Hsieh, University of California, Davis, US
10:30Composite MaterialsChesapeake 6
Session chair: Wolfgang S. Bacsa, University of Toulouse, FR, Thomas E. Twardowski, Integra Life Sciences Corporation (bio)
10:30Scalable manufacturing of multifunctional carbon nanomaterials
C. Zhang, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
10:55Nanoscale Characterization of Silicone/Fumed Silica Composites by AFM Nanoscale Characterization of Silicone/Fumed Silica Composites by AFM (invited presentation)
G. Haugstad, B. Coggio, University of Minnesota, US
11:20Dielectric properties and charge storage optimization in poly(vinylidene fluoride) polymer matrix hybrid nanocomposites with BaTiO3 and multi-walled carbon nanotubes
Y. Jin, R.A. Gerhardt, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
11:40Methods for Multiscale Metrology and Process Optimization in Industrial Carbon Nanotube Composites
B. Natarajan, N.D. Orloff, R. Ashkar, S. Doshi, A.M. Forster, E. Thostenson, R. Sharma, J.A. Liddle, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, US
12:00SWCNT TUBALL as a universal conductive additive in plastics
E.S. Ilin, A.E. Bezrodny, M.R. Predtechenskiy, OCSiAl LLC (OCSiAl Group), US
1:30Membranes for Water TreatmentPotomac 4
Session chair: YuanQiao Rao, The Dow Chemical Company, Armin Völkel, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) (bio)
1:30Unique Separation and Antifouling Properties of Graphene Oxide Membranes (invited presentation)
B. Mi, University of California, Berkeley, US
1:55Antifouling and Antimicrobial Coatings for Water Purification Membranes (invited presentation)
Y-H. Na, IBM Almaden Research Center, US
2:20Magnetically Aligned Nanotubes in Nanocomposite Membranes for High-Performance Filtration Applications
P. Ignacio-de Leon, X. Chen, E. Rabe, M. Urgun-Demirtas, M. Puga, Z. Zhou, R. Brotzman, Argonne National Laboratory, US
2:40Novel Membranes: Liquid‐based gating mechanism with tunable multiphase selectivity and antifouling behaviour
X. Hou, Y. Hu, A. Grinthal, M. Khan, J. Aizenberg, Wyss Institute - Harvard University, US
3:00Analysis of Permeance vs. Support Porosity for Thin Film Composite Membranes
I.H. Karampelas, L. Zhu, W. Jia, M. Yavari, H. Lin, E.P. Furlani, University at Buffalo, SUNY, US
3:20GO-based filtration membrane for removal of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) from water
A. Paneri, S. Moghaddam, University of Florida, US
1:30Innovation Spotlights: Materials - Huntsman, EvonikNational Harbor 5
Session chair: T. Sultan, Sultan Ventures, US
1:30Huntsman: Innovation Spotlight
N. van Wiechen, Huntsman, US
1:45Evonik: Innovation Spotlight
S. Gupta, Evonik, US
2:00Anisotropic polymer composites made by electric field guided self-assembly
H. Hemmen, Condalign AS, NO
2:07Water-dispersible graphene
S. Kim, Kyungpook National University Research Foundation, KR
2:14Films with Hierarchically Assembled Monolayers of Mixutures of Particles
N. Musunuri, New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT Corporation, US
2:21Disruptive, New Odor Removal Technology
M. Shaw, UltraTech International Inc.'s Advanced Technology Group, US
2:28Recyclable Thermoset Polymers for Sustainable Composites
B. Liang, Adesso Advanced Materials, US
2:35Innovative services for materials design
2:42Synchrotron X-rays for advanced materials characterisation
M. Levy, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), FR
2:49Huntsman, Evonik : Q&A

This symposium highlights applications of polymer-based materials and innovations in polymer synthesis, processing, modeling, characterization and commercialization from the leading industrial research and development groups, and from academic and government laboratories around the world.

Topics & Application Areas

  • Industrial innovation: the path to commercialization
  • Advanced materials for water treatment
  • Battery & fuel cell applications
  • Directed self-assembly for advanced lithography
  • Materials for printed electronics
  • Biomaterials for disease control
  • Sustainable materials
  • Polymer nanocomposites: novel applications
  • Synthesis & processing: creating nanostructured materials
  • Polymer characterization
  • Polymer modeling & informatics
  • Other

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