Advances in Polymer/Layered Silicate Nanocomposites and Their Applications



Monthly Dinner Lecture
Wednesday, July 18, 2001
Clubhouse Restaurant
Palo Alto

"Advances in Polymer/Layered Silicate
Nanocomposites and Their Applications"

Prof. Jae-Do Nam
Dept. of Polymer Science and Engineering
Sung Kyun Kwan University
Suwon, South Korea
Currently visiting professor,
University of Washington, Seattle


Nanocomposites are a new class of composite materials,
which are polymers reinforced with particles or platelets
in the nanometer scale. Due to the nano-size particles
obtained by chemical and physical dispersion processes,
the nanocomposites exhibit markedly improved mechanical,
thermal, optical, and physico-chemical properties compared
with the pure polymer or conventional microscale composites.
In general, improvements include increased moduli, strength,
& heat resistance, barrier properties, dimensional stability,
and flammability properties. We also expect interesting
properties in electroactive polymer composite systems. In
this seminar, the fundamental principles and manufacturing
processes of layered silicate nanocomposites will be
addressed along with several examples of current activities
in the areas of nanocomposite materials including epoxy,
unsaturated polyester, phenolics, dicyanate, polystyrene,
EVA, polypropylene, and their nano/micro composite systems.

Speaker Background:

In addition to nanocomposites, Prof. Nam's research
interests include:

Polymer Composite Materials in Airplane Environments
Thermo-Oxidative/Hygrothermal and Stability Polymers
and Composites
Entrapped Rubber Tool Processing in Thermoset Consolidation
and Thermoplastic Film Infusion
Electroactive Polymers (EAP) and Composites for Actuators
and Sensors


PRACTICAL DETAILS for July 18 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 when registering)


- Make reservations by NOON on Monday, July 16.

- 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:
Bruce Prime

- 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:


July 16-18, San Francisco
July 18-20, San Jose
Ed. Note: there is a flat panel display session
and also, on July 17, a one-day symposium on Photonics
Packaging, sponsored by IEEE/CPMT:
There are also training classes on MEMS issues,
lithography, flip chip, CMP, and other topics.

July 19, 4- 7 PM, Stanford
Nanotechnology Symposium
keynote speaker - Don Eigler, PhD, IBM Fellow
at IBM Almaden Research Center
Dr. Eigler will be joined by a panel of
Stanford faculty, in a discussion of the emerging
interdisciplinary field of nanoscale engineering


Aug. 7, Santa Clara
Northern California AVS short course
"Vacuum Basics for the Novice"


Sept. 2-7, SF
Electrochemical Society meeting
(sessions on fullerenes, organic optoelectronic devices,
microelectronics topics, batteries, etc, plus short courses
on topics that include batteries, fuel cells, sensors, and
chemical mechancial polishing.)


Oct. 7-10, Sonoma
ACS POLY Division Workshop:
Polyolefins III - 2001

Oct. 21, SF
Magnetic Media Symposium
associated with the
Oct. 22-24, SF
Joint Tribology Conference
(Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers
plus the ASME Tribology Division)

Oct. 26-27, SF
AVS short course "Quantitative Surface Analysis"

Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, SF
AVS 48th International Symposium, 15th
International Vacuum Congress and 11th
International Congress on Solid Surfaces


Nov. 14-17, Sonoma
ACS POLY Division Workshop:
Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials - 2001


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