December 16, 2018, Sun- Late afternoon for Registration, welcome remarks, programming, and reception
December 17, 2018, Mon – Full day of programming with extended afternoon break for site seeing/networking and evening networking reception
December 18, 2018, Tue – Full day of programming and evening poster session/networking reception
December 19, 2018, Wed – Half day of programming


Claire Hartmann-Thompson, 3M
Annika Kottmann, Leibniz Institute for Catalysis
Thomas McCarthy, University of Massachusetts
Kwan-Soo Lee, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Janis Matisons, Silar
David Son, Southern Methodist University
James S. Oakdale, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Hideo Sawada, Hirosaki University
Scott Iacono, Chemistry Research Center, US Air Force Academy
Muhammad Rabnawaz, Michigan State
William Monzel, Virginia Tech
Joe Lichtenhan, Hybrid Plastics
Timothy Pruyn, Air Force Research Laboratory
Andre Lee, Michigan State
AJ Boydston, University of Wisconsin
Andrew Guenthner, Nano Hydrophobics
Giancarlo Corti, University of Miami – Ohio


The inaugural Silicon-Containing Polymers and Composites workshop was held
December 11-14, 2010. The workshop was held again in the same location, the Omni Hotel in San Diego, CA, in December 2012, December 2014, and December 2016. Each event had more than 70 attendees (the last two having 95 or more), with a good mix of industrial, academic, and government speakers and poster presenters. In 2016, the Division retained over $25,000 in funding overhead.


Establish a constructive dialogue between government, academic, and industrial
representatives to form a shared understanding of future needs in polymers and

Bring together leading research scientists and engineers in this field from around the world to foster networking and stimulate collaborative research to improve the degree of use of silicon polymers and nanocomposites, especially with the growing negative attention on the use of hydrocarbon-based materials.

Provide a series of state-of-the-art presentations outlining the current status of, and recent advancements in, silicon-based polymer science.