Nov. 18 Dinner Lecture - Prof. Grant Smith, Univ. of Utah



The Golden Gate Polymer Forum

Monthly Dinner Lecture
Thursday, Nov. 18
Michael's at Shoreline, Mountain View

"The Role of Conformational Engergetics in Polymer Dynamics:
Barriers, Blends, and Bifurcations"

Prof. Grant D. Smith
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering &
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
University of Utah


It is a widely held belief that polymer dynamics on almost all length scales are intimately related to conformational energetics. In particular, the energy barriers for rotation between low-energy conformational energy states (e.g., trans and gauche) are thought
to largely determine the rate of conformational transitions and hence dynamics and relaxation of the polymer. As a consequence of considerable contemplation and forethought (i.e., a student forgetting to call the torsional energy subroutine), we have conducted extensive molecular dynamics simulations of a melt of 1,4-polybutadiene (PBD) with conformational energy barriers and without. The latter results in a freely rotating PBD that is otherwise identical to our chemically realistic PBD. Not satisfied with this serendipity, we have also created blends, or mixtures, of PBD and freely rotating PBD. Detailed
examination and comparison of the dynamics of the PBD melt, the freely rotating PBD melt and the blends has resulted in intriguing insights into the dynamics of miscible polymer blends, and more surprisingly, the bifurcation of the alpha and beta relaxation processes and the mechanism of the beta process in polymer melts.

Speaker Background:

Grant Smith is Associate Prof. of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at the Univ. of Utah. Before that he was a professor at the Univ. of Missouri-Columbia. Prof. Smith received his B.S. in Chem. Engr., his M.S. in Mechanical Engr., and his Ph.D. in Materials Sci. & Engr., all from the Univ. of Utah. He has local connections
through post-doctoral work with Do Yoon at IBM Almaden Research Center and Richard Jaffe of NASA Ames, as well as some collaborative work with the LBNL polymer battery efforts.



DATE: Thursday, Nov. 18

Location: Michael's at Shoreline
(see directions below)

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

Cost: $30 with advance registration
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$35 after registration deadline

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From 101 in Mountain View, take the Shoreline Boulevard
Exit, turning toward the bay. Drive past the Shoreline
Amphitheater on the left hand side and go straight ahead, 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 Restaurant.
Address: 2960 N Shoreline Blvd.
Restaurant phone: 650-962-1014
(do not call restaurant for reservations)


Upcoming GGPF Dinner Lectures & Other Events:

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"Separating DNA and Polynucleotides by Electrophoresis in Gels and
Polymer Solutions: How Does This Work?"
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Applied Biosystems

Jan. 14-16, 2005
A very special local offering of a three-day tutorial:
"Polymeric Science and Engineering: A Comprehensive Basic Course"
Prof. T. C. Ward and Prof. G. L. Wilkes
Virginia Polytechnic Institute

These renowned instructors will provide a rare opportunity for this class in the
Bay Area. Pricing will be very affordable, and there are of course no travel charges to
be incurred. Many GGPF members may wish to apprise colleagues about this

Registration now open, see web page
$495 on or before Dec.3
$595 after Dec. 3
Registration closes on Dec. 17.


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International Congress of Nanotechnology 2004 meeting
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for TA Instruments on their approach to DSC, TGA, DMA, and rheology

Nov. 10, Mountain View
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Nov. 10, Sunnyvale
IEEE/CPMT dinner talk
"Packaging Challenges in Micro-Optical Electromechanical Systems Components:
the DMD™ as a Case Study", Richard Gale, Texas Tech University

Nov. 10, Santa Clara
ThermoElectron FTIR tutorial/symposium

Nov. 16, Oakland
AIChE dinner lecture
"Genesis of Duke Scientific, World’s Main source of Microparticle and Nanoparticle
Size Standards” by Stan Duke

Nov. 17, Foster City
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"Physical methods for solid state in drug substance and drug product analysis"
by David Lechuga (Nektar), Bing Yang (Tularik) , and Slava Belenkaya (Guidant)

Nov. 18, Pleasanton
SPE-sponsored Injection Molding Workshop

Nov. 19, Berkeley
One-day UC Berkely Exension course
"Introduction to Computational Biology and Bioinformatics for Technical Professionals"


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