Nano Enhancers for Plastics 2012

Day 2 - Wednesday 21 March 2012

8:30

Refreshments


9:30

Chairman’s Opening Remarks


9:40

Graphene: prospects for future mobile devices


Dr Jani Kivioja, Research Leader, NOKIA Research Center – Eurolaboratory UK
10:10

Enhancing plastic using carbon nanomaterials

  • In a past decade a fast pace of carbon nanotube commercialisation has seen all major manufacturers scaling up their production facilities from kilograms to hundreds of tonnes per year with a number of applications constantly expanding.
  • It is predicted that the commercialisation of graphene might follow the same route as carbon nanotubes in the coming decade.
  • One of the main markets for carbon nanotubes have been their use as enhancers in plastic materials to improve electrical, mechanical and thermal properties and to add functionality and provide sensing ability.
  • The carbon nanotube commercialisation route from the pioneering research results and the first patents to the first applications and the scale-up will be presented with the special focus on application in enhancing plastic materials. The history of the carbon nanotube manufacturing scale-up together with the key manufactures and their position on the market will be discussed.
  • Similarities and differences between carbon nanotube and graphene production process and application in enhancing plastic materials will be also discussed with the aim to make possible predictions about graphene manufacturing scale-up and application in the future.
Dr Bojan O Boskovic, Director, Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd
10:40

Morning Refreshments

11:10

The development of nanocellulose based composites for high performance applications

  • Analysis of issues related to production of high performance polymer based composites
  • An alternative approach – making composites from vegetable waste streams
  • Overview of potential applications for the new materials
Dr Sergey Gordeyev, Technology Analyst, Institute of Nanotechnology
11:40

Joint question and discussion session


Dr Jani Kivioja, Research Leader, NOKIA Research Center – Eurolaboratory UK
Dr Sergey Gordeyev, Technology Analyst, Institute of Nanotechnology
Dr Bojan O Boskovic, Director, Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd
12:10

Networking Lunch

13:10

Patents and Nano Enhancers for Plastics

  • What is a patent and the costs
  • The European Patent 
  • Patenting trends in Nanotech 
  • Legal aspects of Nanotech patenting
Richard Michalitsch, Patent Examiner, European Patent Office
13:40

Regulatory issues : REACH and Environmental Impact

  • General overview of the EU regulatory landscape for nanotechnologies
  • The impact of REACH and the CLP Regulations
  • Exposure scenarios as part of Chemical Safety Reports – the key to determine environmental impact
Dr Anna Gergely, Director of EHS Regulatory, Steptoe and Johnson LLP
14:10

Panel discussion - Future of nano enhancers in plastics: new emerging methods and technologies

  • Market trends
  • Technology trends
  • Commercial opportunities
Dr Bojan O Boskovic, Director, Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd
Dr. Tie Lan, General Manager, Nanocor, Inc. USA
Dr Peter Kruger, Head of Bayer Working Group - Nanotechnology, Bayer MaterialScience AG
15:00

Afternoon Refreshments


15:30

Joint question and discussion session

  • Market trends
  • Technology trends
  • Commercial opportunities

Please email your questions for the panel to PNangia@crain.com

16:00

Close of conference


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