Nano Enhancers for Plastics 2012

Day 1 - Tuesday 20 March 2012

8:30

Registration and Refreshments

9:30

Chairman’s opening remarks

10:00

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” (www.inno-cnt.de) 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 (www.solar-impulse.com) project.
Dr Peter Kruger, Head of Bayer Working Group - Nanotechnology, Bayer MaterialScience AG
10:30

Nanocomposites and Halloysite

  • Tubular nanofiller Halloysite
  • Processing
  • Flame retardancy measurement by cone calorimeter
  • ATH and MDH substitution?
Gunter Beyer, Lab Manager, Kabelwerk Eupen
11:00

Morning Refreshments

11:30

Cell instructive nano-composites by interfacial engineering

Dr Dennis Cecchin, Research Group, University of Sheffield
12:00

Use of nano enhancers to control morphology and hence properties


Professor Geoffrey Mitchell, CfAM Director and Professor of Microscopy, University of Reading
12:30

Carbon nanotubes in composites and coatings for smart textile applications

Isabel De Schrijver PhD, Scientific Researcher , Centexbel
13:00

Networking Lunch

14:00

Organisation of nanoparticles in complex polymer matrices and at high loadings


Dr Rick Beyer, Materials Engineer, US Army Research Lab
14:30

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
15:00

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
15:30

Afternoon Refreshments

16:00

Joint question and discussion session

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

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
16:30

Networking drinks reception


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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