Nanostructured(TM) Chemical Technology:A New Generation of Polymeric Materials




Monthly Dinner Meeting
Thursday, May 17, 2001
Clubhouse Restaurant
Palo Alto

"Nanostructured(TM) Chemical Technology:
A New Generation of Polymeric Materials."

Dr. Joseph Lichtenhan,
President, Hybrid Plastics,
Fountain Valley, California


In an attempt to meet the demands for a new generation
of higher performance polymeric materials, the U.S.
government (via DoD, DoC, and State of California) have
pursued the development of an entirely new chemical
feedstock technology based upon Nanostructured(TM)
Chemicals. This is the first entirely new chemical
feedstock technology to be developed in the past 50
years. The technology was hailed by R&D magazine as one
of the 100 most technologically significant new products
for the year 2000. The talk will describe what Nano-
structured(TM) Chemicals are and the materials science
behind the property enhancements they provide to
thermoplastic, thermoset and rubber based polymers.
The commercial scale production, applications, and
economics for the technology will also be presented.

Nanostructured(TM) Chemicals are truly nanoscopic with an
average size of 1.5 nm and they have no Volatile Organic
Components and thereby produce no odor or air pollution.
The technology offers easy incorporation into existing
manufacturing protocols.

The chemical nature of Nanostructured(TM) reagents,
monomers and copolymers (based on Polyhedral Oligomeric
Silsesquioxanes (POSS)) allows the technology to be easily
incorporated into existing material formulations and their
compatibility can even be tailored through the manipulation
of solubilizing/nonreactive organic groups located on
the cages.

Nanostructured(TM) Chemicals can be used in 3 ways. Method 1:
Molecular Silicas(TM) are designed to be compatible and to
provide molecular-level reinforcement of polymers via
compounding/blending. POSS Molecular Silicas(TM) are the
smallest particles of silica possible and unlike silica these
have melting points that enable their easy incorporation into
common polymers via melt compounding. Method 2: POSS(TM)
Monomers are designed to be copolymerized or grafted into/
onto the polymer chains to provide molecular-level
reinforcement. Method 3: POSS(TM)-Silanes and Silanols are
excellent surface modifiers and hence can be used to
compatibilize surfaces to dissimilar materials. Incorporation
of the technology into resin systems has been shown to greatly
improve many physical properties including thermal stability,
Tg , hardness, and toughness. Product applications, economic
factors and market information will be presented.

Hybrid Plastics is the only manufacturer of Nanostructured(TM)
Chemicals and we manufacture bulk quantities and provide R&D
quantities of over 150 different systems.

For more background, see also


PRACTICAL DETAILS for May 17 meeting:

Cost: $30 regular
$15 for unemployed/retired/students
Free for just the talk at 8 PM
(but please let us know for headcount)

Social Hour: 6:00 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM

Dinner: Italian Buffet, including vegetarian options.
(no dinner choice necessary)


- Make reservations by 5 PM Friday, May 11.

- Please provide contact information (email or phone),
name & affiliation. If attending for the talk only,
please let us know so you don't get included in the
dinner headcount.

- You should receive confirmation of your registration;
if not, please try again.

- Register through the web site (preferred),

or contact:
Len Radzilowski

- We must ask you to be liable for the cost of
your dinner if you register and do not attend;
cancellations may be made up to the registration


The "Clubhouse Restaurant",
1875 East Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

From 101 in Palo Alto, take Embarcadero Road East.
Pass through the first traffic light, and turn left
at the sign for "Airport and Golf Course". The
"Club House Restaurant" will be on the left after
turning into the parking lot. (Look for the large
metal sculpture near the building.) If you go past
the airport you've gone too far.

restaurant phone 650-856-0999
(do not call restaurant for reservations)


Other events of possible interest to the
GGPF audience:

May 3, Santa Clara
Society for Applied Spectroscopy dinner lecture.
"Molecular Architecture of Polymers by Magnetic
Resonance Microscopy", Robert Botto, Argonne
National Laboratory
Or contact

May 7 at 4 PM, Berkeley
Berkeley Lectures in Chemical Engineering
Prof. William B. Russel, Princeton
"Micellar Solutions of Associative Polymers:
from Chemical Technology to Polymer Physics"
May 9, 4PM Berkeley
Berkeley Lectures in Chemical Engineering
Prof. William B. Russel, Princeton
"Hard Sphere Colloids: The Simplest Complex Fluid"
See these and other topics on line at

May 8 at 4 PM, Stanford
Stauffer Lectures in Chemistry --Part 1:
"The Synthesis and Applications of Dendrimers,"
Prof. Jean M.J. Fréchet (of UC Berkeley!)
May 10 at 4 PM, Stanford
Stauffer Lectures in Chemistry --Part 2:
"'Engineering' Macromolecules:  From Drug Delivery
to Nanotechnology,"
Prof. Jean M.J. Fréchet

May 15, Rancho Cordova
AIChE-sponsored tour of Aerojet fine chemicals

May 15 & 17, 4:15 PM at Stanford
Mason lectures (Prof. Robert Langer of MIT).
May 15 - "General Biomaterials and How They Will
Change Our Lives"
May 17 - "Novel Drug Delivery Systems"

May 17 - 18, Sunnyvale
BioMEMS 2001 Nanofabrication and Analytical Techniques
for Biomedical Microsystem Applications

May 22, Stanford
AIChE-sponsored tour of SLAC, the
Stanford Linar Accelerator

May 24, Santa Clara
Silicon Valley ACS dinner meeting
"Nanotechnology: Manufacturing as Extended Chemistry"
Ralph C. Merkle of Zyvex.

June 4-7, Menlo Park
two local ThermoHaake training classes:
* Rheology Users Training Course,
June 4-5,
* Thermal Analysis Users Training Course,
June 6-7

June 9, Santa Clara
"Berkeley In Silicon Valley: New Directions for
The Colleges of Chemistry and Engineering"
One day symposium with three tracks:
*Miniaturization of Electrical Components
Keynote Address:
"DNA Chips and Whole Genome Scanning"
Stephen Fodor, President and CEO, Affymetrix, Inc.

June 13, Sunnyvale
IEEE/CPMT dinner meeting
"Optical Packaging: Opportunities for the Future"
Thomas S. Tarter, Lightwave Microsystems Corporation

June 20, Millbrae
Claudia Poglitsch of Caliper Technologies, Inc.
speaks at the Northern California Pharmaceutical
Discussion Group monthly event

June 27,
IEEE/CPMT half day symposium
"Materials Issues in Semiconductor Packaging"
Details not yet available; see web page later


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