TechConnect World 2016
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Nanocomposites: Processing & Applications

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Sunday, May 22, 2016, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Gaylord National Convention Center, Washington, DC

Technology Focus

The focus of this workshop is the design, processing, characterization and applications of polymer nanocomposite materials.

Polymer nanocomposites are an early success story of realizing the potential of nanotechnology for improved performance. Commercial uses include high performance aerospace components, automotive panels for sports utility vehicles, magnetic media materials, bone cement, filter membranes, aerogels, battery materials, and solar cells. Nanocomposites have already led to innovative new products – and this rapidly developing field continues to provide remarkable new materials for new applications areas.

Workshop Objectives

Graduates of this workshop will leave with useful knowledge of the structures, properties, and applications potential of the broad range of nanocomposite materials, including bionanocomposites, carbon nanocomposites and functional and responsive nanocomposites. They will gain sufficient grasp of the concepts and language to read and understand the majority of technical focus publications and research papers in these areas. They will be in tune with applying the techniques novel composites. They will have new insights into composites nanomanufacturing - dispersion control, heirarchical ordering, self-assembly, and master batches. They will develop the foundation and insight appropriate to developing and marketing these materials.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to Nanocomposites – identifying where these useful materials came from, where they are today and where they may be going tomorrow
  • Nanocomposite Science - considering the pieces inside a nanocomposite part
  • Nanocomposite Performance - understanding the property advantages of these highly functional materials
  • Focus on Nanoparticulates –  working with the building blocks of these unusual materials
  • Nanomanufacturing and Composites – making these complex materials by melting or dissolution, through flow and assembly
  • Nanometrology - characterizing the properties, structure and particle distributions of these challenging materials

Workshop Instructor

Thomas E. TwardowskiThomas E. Twardowski
Integra Life Sciences Corporation


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