Nanopolymers 2007- Rapra Conference Proceedings

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The use of nanopolymer compounds in commercial applications is gaining momentum. In fact global demand for nanomaterials is predicted to reach US$3.7 billion by 2008.

Behind much of the hype surrounding nanopolymers is a real opportunity for companies to produce superior, sustainable materials faster, cheaper and more efficiently. With this in mind we held our first international Nanopolymers Conference in Berlin on 12-13 June 2007. This inaugural conference provided up to the minute data on the rapid growth of nanopolymers and demonstrated, via a range of case studies, their use in different industry sectors.

Delegates who attended this conference heard new approaches in the synthesis, characterisation and commercial application of nanopolymers. They also discovered how:

- Pirelli Tyres is developing rubber-clay nanocomposites to improve the mechanical properties of polymer matrices
- Degussa GmbH is using robust scale up and scale down methodologies in the production of polymeric nanocomposites based on polyamides
- BASF is developing nanocomposites and nanocellular structures
- High performance gas sensors have been developed using singlewalled carbon nanotubes, polymers and composite materials
- Arkema has used various synthesis routes to bring about the good dispersion and efficient utilisation of carbon nanotubes
- Nanoparticles are been exploited for hydrophobic and self cleaning coatings

The cost benefits of incorporating nano-scale ingredients into polymer-based products was featured, along with examples of how to disperse the nano-ingredients to maximise the properties required.
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SESSION 1. MARKETS AND TRENDS

Paper 1 Market Opportunities for nanopolymers
Dr. Michael Holman, Lux Research Inc, USA

Paper 2 Nanotechnology along the value chain-nanocomposities and systems
Dr Peter Krüger, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Germany

SESSION 2. PROCESSING IMPROVEMENTS

Paper 3 Low friction plastics from POSS masterbatches®
Joseph D Lichtenhan, Bruce Fu, Paul Wheeler, Hybrid Plastics Inc, USA & Rahul Misra & Sarah E Morgan, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

Paper 4 The New porous hybrid polymer film for high temperature electromechanical applications
Satu Kortet, Mikko Karttunen & Mika Paajanen, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland

Paper 5 The effect of surface modification of filler and two-step processing on the properties of PP based nanocomposites
M.Sc. Pirkko Eteläaho, M.Sc. Sanna Haveri & Prof. Pentti Järvelä, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Paper 6 Synthesis of nanocomposite polymers by UV-radiation curing
Christian Decker, Université de Haute-Alsace, France

SESSION 3. NANO-SCALE PROPERTY ENHANCEMENT

Paper 7 Engineering at the nanoscale-impact on properties of polyamides
Dr. Harald Häger, Dr. Ralf Richter & Thomas Haßert, Degussa GmbH, Germany

Paper 8 Designing functuional additives for competitive edge polymer nanocomposites
P. Casey, A. Ammala & R. Harris, Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

Paper 9 Comparing the polyurethane-hectorite and polyurethane-montmorillonite nanocomposites
M.Ö. Seydibeyoglu, F.S. Güner, I. Ece, S. Isçi &N. Güngör, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Paper 10 Fullerene containing polyurethanes
Oleg L Figovsky, E.Badamshina, M. Gafurova & L. Shapovalov, Israel Research Centre “Polymate”, Israel

Paper 11 Efficient use of carbon nanotubes
Dr. Patrick Piccone, ARKEMA, France

SESSION 4. SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS

Paper 12 Sustainable development with polymers-nanocomposites and nanocellular materials
Dr. Jan Sandler, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Germany

Paper 13 Nanocomposite barrier coatings
Harris Goldberg, InMat Inc, USA

Paper 14 Rubber-clay nanocomposites
Luca Giannini, Pirelli Tyre, Italy

Paper 15 Multi-walled carbon nanotube reactive thermoplastic composite adhesives
Corey T Love, Andrew Gapin & Vistasp M Karbhari, University of California-San Diego, USA

Paper 16 Flame-retardancy by nanocomposites –from research to technical products
Dr. Günter Beyer, Kabelwerk EUPEN AG, Belgium

Paper 17 The use of nano particles for hydrophobic and self cleaning coatings
Prof. H. Dodiuk-Kenig, P.F. Rios, A. Dotan and S. Kenig, Shekar Collge of Engineering & Design, Israel

Paper 18 Coatings of textile fabrics with nanoparticles
E. Marino, T. Huijser, Y. Creyghton, TNO Defence, The Netherlands

Paper 19 Development of high performance gas sensors using single-walled carbon nanotubes, polymers and composite materials
S.M.C. Vieira, P. Beecher, I. Hannef, F. Florin & W.I. Milne, University of Cambridge, UK & M.A.G Namboothiry, D.L. Carroll, University of Wake Forest, USA & J. Park & S. Maeng, Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETR), South Korea

Paper 20 Creating a competitive edge for the European polymer processing industry, driving new added-value products with conducting polymers
Dr. Richard Venables, Rapra Technology, UK

Paper 21 The effects of functionalised nanoclays on the flame-retardancy of polymers
S. Kenig & O. Shepelev, Israel Plastics & Rubber Centre, Israel
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