Nanoparticle reinforced polymers make up an incredibly large fraction of commercial polymer products sold today, with silica reinforced tires perhaps being the most well recognized. With the advent of polymers used in microelectronics, nanophotonics, biopharmaceuticals, drug delivery, and separation membranes, there are now numerous advanced applications where nanoparticles, organic/inorganic and nanostructured polymer-derived materials are being used to improve properties.
In the high tech area, organic modified quantum dots are just now being adapted for use in high luminescence flat panel displays to replace LCDs, but the potential to use these materials for more widespread applications has been largely ignored in the polymer community. Likewise, there are potential opportunities with many other nano-materials. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together a broad range of stakeholders in the area of polymer nanotechnology, both to provide a learning experience for communities interested in expanding their knowledge and to bring cutting edge research in this area to a more general audience.
The following is a list of topics considered for the workshop:
1. Nanoparticle-reinforced polymers (including nanocomposites and fibers)
2. Polymeric nanoparticles and nanostructures (including block copolymers, dendrimers, and nanoscale assembly)
3. Other nano-materials (including quantum dots, polymer single crystals, polymer liquid crystals, agro-based nano-materials)
4. Characterization techniques for nanoscale materials/structures
5. Applications of polymer nanotechnology