Fall 2013 Polymer Seminar Series

PPST sponsors a series of seminars covering a broad range of topics of general interest to the polymer community, featuring speakers from both on and off campus. [LIST OF PPST SEMINARS 1986 to PRESENT] We invite the polymer community at MIT and elsewhere to participate. For further information, contact Professor Brad Olsen at bdolsen@mit.edu. All talks take place on Wednesdays.

If you would like to receive Tuesday and Wednesday email announcements of the next upcoming PPST seminar, please email your request including your email address to:
ppst-www@mit.edu

FALL 2013 SEMINAR LOCATION: 4-237

Seminar 3:30 PM / Refreshments 3:00 PM

NEXT SEMINAR: Wednesday December 11, 2013

Draping Materials: Polymer-Nanoparticle
Ribbons, Helices, and Fabrics

Prof. Alfred J. Crosby, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

SUMMARY
Many materials in Nature demonstrate a unique ability to gently conform to complex topology while maintaining extreme robustness in mechanical strength.  In a similar fashion, one of the oldest forms of synthetic materials, fabric, displays the same balance of properties that are virtually unmatched in any other mass-produced continuous material.  Key to the presentation of such properties is the creation of materials with structural hierarchy, discretized combinations of lengths and angles, and interactions between flexible, yet stiff, components that permit rotational freedom.   In this presentation, we describe the development of materials structures that possess fabric-inspired attributes on both sub-10nm as well as multi-centimeter length scales.   These structures, comprised of tailored inorganic nanoparticles and polymers, represent a new materials paradigm, possessing the functionality of inorganic cores with unique nanoscale properties combined with robust macroscale properties.  We discuss the fabrication of these structures, characterization of their mechanical and electronic properties, and new shape-defining mechanisms that have been discovered, opening broad opportunities for many fields of materials science.

SEPTEMBER

18

NO SEMINAR

 

25

NItashPBalsara“Nanostructured Block Copolymers for
All-Solid Lithium Batteries”

Prof. Nitash P. Balsara
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
University of California, Berkeley

OCTOBER

2

 

MalanchaGuptaFall2013“Directed Deposition of Functional Polymers onto Structured Materials and Liquid Surfaces”

Prof. Malancha Gupta
Department of Chemical Engineering and
Materials Science,University of Southern California

9

 

 

GregoireCardoen“From Suspension to Emulsion Polymers: Challenges in Industrial Research”

Dr. Gregoire Cardoen
Dow Chemical R & D Formulation Science

16

NO SEMINAR

23

NO SEMINAR

 30

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Spontaneous motion and flows in active liquid crystals”

Prof. Zvonimir Dogic, Department of Physics, Brandeis University

NOVEMBER

1

NOTE: This seminar date is a FRIDAY

GertStrobl

“Laws controlling crystallization and melting
in bulk polymers”

Prof. Gert Strobl, University of Freiburg

6

NO SEMINAR

13

NO SEMINAR

20

NO SEMINAR

27

TOPIC: TBA

SPEAKER: TBA

DECEMBER

4

TOPIC: TBA

SPEAKER: TBA

 

11

AlfredJCrosby“Draping Materials: Polymer-Nanoparticle Ribbons, Helices, and Fabrics”

Prof. Alfred J. Crosby, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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