Nano Enhancers for Plastics 2012

Day 1 - Tuesday 20 March 2012


Registration and Refreshments


Chairman’s opening remarks


Inno.CNT: from carbon nanotubes to safe and viable applications to address challenges of the society

  • Carbon nanotubes (CNT) as nano enhancer have several powerful potentially applications in nano-composites to address urgent challenges of the society, such as efficient conversion of especially renewable energy sources, efficient use of energy and other resources (lightweight materials, catalysis,...) and efficient energy storage (batteries, supercaps).
  • The Germany based and partly governmental funded Innovation Alliance “Inno.CNT” ( addresses technical and application issues of CNT within currently 27 projects and 90 partners, including the parallel consideration of safety issues in two projects.
  • The application fields of Inno.CNT include lightweight construction, mobility, energy, electronics.
  • The successful use of CNT especially for lightweight construction will be highlighted based on the Solar Impulse ( project.
Dr Peter Kruger, Head of Bayer Working Group - Nanotechnology, Bayer MaterialScience AG

Nanocomposites and Halloysite

  • Tubular nanofiller Halloysite
  • Processing
  • Flame retardancy measurement by cone calorimeter
  • ATH and MDH substitution?
Gunter Beyer, Lab Manager, Kabelwerk Eupen

Morning Refreshments


Cell instructive nano-composites by interfacial engineering

Dr Dennis Cecchin, Research Group, University of Sheffield

Use of nano enhancers to control morphology and hence properties

Professor Geoffrey Mitchell, CfAM Director and Professor of Microscopy, University of Reading

Carbon nanotubes in composites and coatings for smart textile applications

Isabel De Schrijver PhD, Scientific Researcher , Centexbel

Networking Lunch


Organisation of nanoparticles in complex polymer matrices and at high loadings

Dr Rick Beyer, Materials Engineer, US Army Research Lab

Bentonite based organocl additives-an enabling platform technology

  • Small but mighty, however, it is necessary to use with other additives to achieve desired properties
  • Combination of organoclay with other additives, FR, Barrier, etc
  • Safe handling and easy handling
Tie Lan, General Manager, Nanocor Inc

Value proposition of carbon nanotubes in elastomers and coatings

  • Enhancing mechanical properties and providing electrical conductivity
  • New market opportunities
Nicolas Messin, Global Sales and Marketing Manager Thermosets, Nanocyl

Afternoon Refreshments


Joint question and discussion session

Please email your questions for the panel to

Gunter Beyer, Lab Manager, Kabelwerk Eupen
Dr Peter Kruger, Head of Bayer Working Group - Nanotechnology, Bayer MaterialScience AG
Dr. Tie Lan, General Manager, Nanocor, Inc. USA

Networking drinks reception

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