James C. Seferis


The Golden Gate Polymer Forum November Dinner Lecture
       Thursday, Nov. 9
       Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park, Mountain View

"Polynanomers and Polynanomeric Composites"

               James C. Seferis
                Polymeric Composites Laboratory
                GloCal University (
                Seattle, Washington


The concept of viewing polymers and composites as heterogeneous, anisotropic and viscoelastic systems at the nanoscale was developed by Seferis and co-workers as part of a nanoscale interdisciplinary research team (NIRT) sponsored by the National Science Foundation, first at the University of Washington and then at the University of Delaware.  Currently, as part of a truly global team, but with very much local (GloCal) presence, the Polymeric Composites Laboratory, founded in 1982 continues this work in Seattle, USA, Europe, and Asia with emphasis on thermal analysis in collaboration with several universities and industrial concerns. The concept of polynanomers, which in Greek means many nanosized units connected together, may be used equally well for both thermoplastic and thermosetting systems.   In thermoplastic systems, we can envision semicrystalline polymers with non-crystalline domains on the order of 30-50 nanometers, while in thermosetting systems, heterogeneous crosslinked densities of the same order have been well established.  
Learning to control and exploit these domains is key to future developments in nanotechnology for polymers and composites.  Application of these concepts to sporting goods, aerospace, as well as environmental and biological systems will be discussed.



DATE:         Thursday, Nov. 9

Location:        Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park, Mountain View
           See directions below.

Timing:         6 PM  social hour
                      7 PM  dinner
                      8 PM  lecture

Cost:              $30 with advance registration
           Half price for students, retired, and unemployed.
           Free if you attend just the lecture at 8PM.
                    (but please let us know for headcount)
           $35 after registration deadline
, if possible.  

DIRECTIONS to Michael's at Shoreline Park:

Restaurant's web page directions

From 101 in Mountain View, take the Shoreline Boulevard
Exit toward the Bay. Drive past the Shoreline Amphitheater
and go straight ahead on Shorelline, entering into Shoreline Park.  
After a mile or so inside the park, a sign for Michael's will
direct you to turn left into the parking lot for Michael's


2960 N Shoreline Blvd.

Restaurant phone: 650-962-1014
Do NOT call restaurant for reservations.

PLEASE NOTE:  we accept cash or checks, but are unable to
accept payment by credit card at this time.
  You may pay at the door.

Deadline for registration:    5 pm Tues Nov. 7

Please register on the web site

see detailed registration instructions below

Or, contact:  
       Len Radzilowski

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Dinner choices (pick one when registering):        
       Broiled salmon, lemon beurre blanc
       Breast of chicken, piccata
       Mushroom crepes

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