Reactive Mesogens: One Principle, Infinite Possibilities (Prof. Broer - Eindhoven University of Technology)

Reactive Mesogens: One Principle, Infinite Possibilities

Prof. Dirk J. Broer
Eindhoven University of Technology

Institute for Complex Molecular Systems


Since their development in de late 80’s of last century, reactive mesogens (RM’s) have find their way to a wealth of applications. The frozen-in molecular order of the polymer networks that they form upon polymerization brought a new dimension into liquid crystal technologies. Initially developed for their use as low shrinkage, low thermal stress coatings, the RM’s demonstrated their function especially in optical applications. The large, temperature-stable and adjustable birefringence was adopted by the display industry for many purposes, varying from viewing angle enhancement to optical-retarder based 3D imaging optics. Presently, advanced optical applications for augmented reality and astronomy lenses are drawing much attention as well their use to stabilize special liquid crystal effects for smart windows and dedicated display types.
The use of RM’s for soft robotics applications is nowadays studied by many academic and industrial institutes. Triggered by heat, light or humidity the polymers change shape, surface structure or porosity. At Eindhoven University, we developed self-sustaining oscillators, cilia based micro-transport devices and haptic surfaces. Films deform from a flat to a complex, but pre-designed, shape with prospects to light-triggered origami and self-folding plastic elements. A completely new development relates to coatings that switch their surfaces from flat to corrugated with a preset topography, thus controlling properties as friction and grip.
The lecture will discuss our newest developments in responsive liquid crystal polymer materials, giving a preliminary view on the future of RM’s with advanced applications in the fields of oscillatory films, smart coatings, soft robotics and haptics.

Example of a thin micrometer thick coating that switches its surface from flat to corrugated with a fingerprint texture

Speaker Background:

Dirk J. Broer is polymer chemist and specialized in polymer structuring and self-organizing polymer networks. In 1973, he joined Philips Research (Eindhoven, Netherlands) where he worked on a manifold of research topics such as vapor phase polymerization, optical data storage, telecommunication and display optics. In 1990/1991, he worked at DuPont Experimental Station (Delaware, USA) on nonlinear optics and vapor phase deposition of pi-conjugated polymers. He started his work on liquid crystal materials in 1985. He developed the process of in-situ photopolymerization of liquid crystal monomers to form densely crosslinked and monolithically ordered liquid crystal networks which led in 1990 to his PhD degree at Groningen University with Prof. Challa as his promotor. Back in 1991 at Philips Research he developed optical films for LCD enhancement and in 2000 he started his work on new manufacturing technologies of LCDs for large area displays and electronic wallpaper. From 2003 to 2010 he was senior research fellow and vice president at the Philips Research Laboratories specializing on biomedical devices and applications of polymeric materials.
In 1996, he was appointed as part-time professor at the Eindhoven University covering research topics as liquid crystals, polymer waveguides, solar energy, organic semiconductors, nanolithography, soft lithography and polymer actuators for biomedical microfluidic systems. In 2010, he was appointed as fulltime professor in Eindhoven to chair the Department Functional Organic Materials and Devices with a research emphasis on clean technologies as energy harvesting, water treatment and healthcare. In 2015 he became staff member of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems in Eindhoven and coordinates presently a program on responsive soft materials.
Prof. Broer is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In total, he has around 260 publications in peer reviewed journals and more than 120 US patents.


Monday, January 29, 2018


Michael’s at Shoreline
2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA



6 PM social hour
7 PM dinner
8 PM lecture


Employed/postdoc Student/unemployed/retired
Early Registration  $30 $15
Registration $35 $20
Walk-in (not guaranteed) $40 $25

Lecture-only is free.



We accept cash or checks at the door, or online payment via credit card. No-shows are responsible for full payment of registration fee.


Please register below or contact:

Len Radzilowski


Deadline for registration:

11:59PM, Monday, January 22 for early registration discount.
5:00PM, Friday, January 26 for regular registration.

Dinner Selection:

Seafood - Broiled salmon, lemon buerre blanc
Chicken - Breast of chicken with Portobello mushroom
Vegetarian - Vegetable napoleon

You should receive confirmation of your registration; if not, please contact us again.

Price: $35.00

Date: January 29, 2018

Michael's at Shoreline
Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park
Mountain View, CA
94043 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Failure Analysis of Plastics (Short Course)

Failure Analysis of Plastics

March 5 and 6, 2018

Presented by:

The Madison Group


This two-day day short course will be presented by recognized experts in the field of failure analysis from the Madison Group Attendees will gain a better understanding of basic principles that affect the durability and failure of plastic parts. As these speakers like to say "if you don't know how something broke, you can't fix it," highlighting the importance of a thorough understanding of how and why a product has failed. With emphasis on practical problem-solving techniques, the course will utilize case studies to comprehend key aspects of plastic failure and prevention. Gain a better understanding of why plastic components fail, and how to avoid future failures by applying the knowledge learned. The combination of excellent speakers, a convenient location in the Bay Area, an affordable price, and focus on practical applications makes this an exceptional opportunity.

Topics Covered

March 5 - 8:30AM to 5:00PM
• Plastics Composition and Properties
• Plastic Part Failure
--- Overview
--- Failure Mechanisms – overload, creep, fatigue, ESC, molecular degradation
--- The Roles of Multiple Factor Concurrency and Statistical Distribution
• General Failure Analysis Methodology
--- Problem Solving/Investigation Techniques – FA and RCA
--- Failure Analysis Test Methods – microscopy/fractography, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, molecular weight testing, analytical chemistry, physical property testing
• Wine & cheese reception and instrument display

March 6 - 8:30AM to 4:30PM
• Failure Correction and Prevention
--- Part Design
--- Mold Design
--- Materials Selection
--- Screening Tests
--- Processing
--- Validation
• Case Studies

Instructor Backgrounds

Jeffrey A. Jansen is Senior Managing Engineer and Partner in the Madison Group, a plastics and consulting firm specializing in failure analysis, materials evaluations and manufacturing support. He has participated in several thousand polymeric material projects, including failure analysis, lifetime projection studies, chemical compatibility studies, and compositional analysis for OEMs, manufacturers, attorneys and insurance companies. Case types include medical, automotive, appliance, plumbing, electrical equipment, building products and household goods. He has developed and presented customized training, educational and marketing presentations. He is a member of the ACS and a board member and past chair of the SPE Failure and Prevention Special Interest Group. Jeffrey has a B. S. in Chemistry from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI and an M. S. in Engineering Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Eric Foltz is a Senior Managing Engineer of the Madison Group. His areas of concentration include Failure Analysis of Thermoplastics, Thermosets and Composites; Plastic, Rubber and Composite Part Design; Molding Analysis of Plastics and Composite Materials; Mold Filling Simulation using Autodesk Mold Flow (he is a Professional Certified Consultant); Structural Finite Element Analysis; Compression and Injection Molding; and Extrusion. He is a board member of the SPE Injection Molding Division. Erik has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M. S. in Mechanical Engineering where his area of research was the structural analysis and design of plastic parts, both from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Practical Details

• The location of the course will be Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043, (650) 962-1014

• Additional instructions will be provided by March 1 to those who register for the event.
• Continental breakfast and lunch provided on site each day.
• Speakers will be available at the end of each day to discuss specific issues
• Hardcopy lecture notes from each day will be provided to all attendees.

Payment Information

Early Registration (on or before February 9) - $650
Late Registration (February 10 to February 23) - $750

• No registration possible after February 23
• Advance Registration and payment required. No drop-ins will be allowed.
• No reservation will be considered complete until payment is received.


For attendees who require hotel reservations, numerous hotels are nearby in Mountain View and Palo Alto that are close to Michael's at Shoreline. (Search Google Maps for Hotels near Mountain View) The closest airports in order of distance (closest to farthest) are San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland.

Registration Details

(1) Begin the registration process by going to the main web page,, clicking on "Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Fundamentals (Short Course)". On the page that appears next, you will see all the course information. To register, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

There is only one option available for registration. Simply fill in all your personal details, including name, affiliation, email address, etc. The early registration discount will automatically apply if appropriate.

After you have completed all the required information, click "Submit" at the bottom of the page. This will take you to a page where you can review your information.

Click "Confirm Registration" at this time. This will take you to a page where you can choose to pay via Credit Card (via PayPal) or Check. We are requesting that all short course registrations choose the Credit Card option.

Click on the "PayPal" option. This will redirect you to the PayPal website where you can submit your credit card information and complete the payment process.

If you choose to pay by check, click on the box labelled "Cash or Check Payment" and then on the "Complete your Registration" icon. You will need to provide payment by mailing a check made out to “GGPF” in the appropriate amount. Contact Eveleen Tang for further instructions at Your registration is not complete until a check is received.

If a registration appears incomplete, we will contact you for further clarification.

If your company requires it, the GGPF Tax ID# will be provided to you by e-mailing a request to Eveleen Tang at . Please note that the conference registration fee covers the short course expenses and is not a tax deductible donation.

(2) Your registration will not be complete until payment is received by either credit card (highly preferred) or check. For purposes of registration dates, or for first-come first-served issues, we will use either your date of registration by credit card or the post office date on the envelope, which contains the check.

(3) An automated e-mail receipt will be provided as soon as you register and is usually sufficient for corporate reimbursement. You will also be given a receipt when you arrive for the class on the first day.

(4) Reservations will be accepted in the order received until the class size limit is reached. We expect to accommodate 50 attendees on each day. Early reservations are encouraged. No reservations after are possible after November 1.

(5) If someone other than the intended attendee is performing the registration process, please ensure that it is the intended attendee whose name appears in the appropriate field in the registration.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by you: allowed until February 18 - you will receive a refund minus a fixed $50 administrative cancellation fee. You must cancel in writing or e-mail and have a verifiable acknowledgment from us that you have cancelled in time. No cancellations allowed after February 18. Registrants who fail to attend and who did not cancel in time will not receive a refund. If you personally cannot attend, another attendee from your organization may substitute (by arrangement only; contact Syed Askari ( or Bruce Prime (

Cancellations by GGPF: in the unlikely event that not enough registrations are obtained, the class will be cancelled. If this happens, you will be notified by February 22 and you will receive a full refund.

Thinking about Sponsoring this Event?

The Golden Gate Polymer Forum (GGPF) is a successful 30-year non-profit educational organization dedicated to the study of polymeric materials and devices. We sponsor well attended monthly polymer forums, annual symposiums and short-courses.
The GGPF attracts scientist, engineers, academics as well as sales professionals from start-ups to fortune 100 companies that are interested in the study of and advances in polymers. The forum, in addition to providing cutting edge research and industry practices, allows for collaborative networking. The majority of our attendees are from the Bay Area, yet we attract people from out of state as well as international guests, thanks to our reputation in the industry as a premier educational forum.
The advantages of sponsorship include:
• Introduction of your services/products to influential scientists and engineers responsible for developing next generation products
• Gaining access to decision makers
• Networking with high technology professionals
• Increasing your company visibility
• Making new contacts
• Two sponsorship package options to choose from

LEVEL 1 Logo Sponsor: $200
• Company name on event advertising
• One full page printed company advertisement in the conference proceedings
• Verbal introduction and noted appreciation announced by conference organizer/chair

LEVEL 2 Tabletop Sponsor: $695
• All Level 1 benefits, plus
• A reserved tabletop with sponsor’s advertising materials and/or instruments displayed during event
• Inclusion in all breaks and networking activities
• Access to lectures and meals
• Copy of proceedings
• A list of attendees and their affiliations, by request

Contact Information

For course content details, contact Syed Askari (, or Bruce Prime (
For registration difficulties, contact
To sponsor, contact Bruce Prime (
If you can’t reach the webmaster, contact Clayton Henderson (, or Bruce Prime, (

Price: $750.00

Date: March 5, 2018

Michael's at Shoreline
Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park
Mountain View, CA
94043 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited