Day One – Wednesday 6 April
 
09.00 Registration and refreshments
 
09.30 Chair’s opening remarks
Chris Smith, Editor, European Plastics News
 
09.45 Introduction and overview
• Current impact and use of nanotechnology in the polymer sector
• Innovation capabilities and future outlook
Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director, Nanotechnology Industries Association
 
10.05 The business case for using and benefitting from nanocarbons
• Key success factors, opportunities, risks and challenges
• Legal aspects
• Technical opportunities and issues
• Attitudes towards nanocarbons across the value chain
Ivica Kolaric, Head of Process Engineering Functional Materials Department, Fraunhofer
 
10.25 Panel discussion: sector funding and investment
• Is this an area for investment?
• Advancing to commercial implementation
• Competition strategy
Delegates have the opportunity to ask questions and share experience with the session speakers.
 
10.45 Tea and coffee
 
11.15 Using carbon nanotubes
• Latest developments in carbon nanotubes
• Making progress – bridging potential and real applications
• Achieving and enhancing desired properties of carbon nanotubes in polymers
Roberto Mongiovi,Global Sales and Marketing Manager Thermoplastics, Nanocyl

11.35 The effect of carbon nanotubes on the properties of non-halogen flame retardant thermoplastic polyurethanes
• Influence of carbon nanotubes on flame properties and rheology
• Studying structure properties with respect to the type and amount
of additives
Nico Rems, Project Manager, Lubrizol
 
11.55 Joint question and discussion session
 
12.15 Lunch
 
13.30 Compatibilisation of carbon nanotubes with thermoplastic matrices
• A non-covalent functionalisation method for carbon nanotubes
• Polymer side chains – compatibilisation with a specific matrix
• Extending a technology platform from thermoset to thermoplastic
matrices and evaluation using a melt compounding process
• Rheology and electrical properties of the nanocomposites,
assessment of compatibility between filler and matrix
Dr Jill Kunzelman, Senior Research Engineer, PolyOne Corporation and
Dr Weijun Wang, Staff Scientist – Polymers and Nano-Materials, Zyvex Technologies
 
14.10 Nanotubes and graphene as reinforcing fillers in polymer based composites: maximising reinforcement and minimising cost
• Effect of carbon nanotubes on the mechanical properties of fibre reinforced composites; the role of nanotube content and orientation
• Making very strong composite fibres by reducing fibre diameter; the relative roles of nanotube orientation and defects
• Tough composites, adding nanotubes and graphene to elastomers
• Reinforcement of thermoplastics with graphene; problems and solutions
Prof. Jonathan Coleman, School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin
 
14.30 Using nanocomposites as flame retardants under industrial conditions: commercial success and what remains unsolved
• Understanding nanocomposites and unsolved problems
• Fulfilling more severe fire tests including the Construction Product
Directive for Europe
• Cost saving through the use of nanotechnology for cables
• Examining the synergistic effect of carbon nanotubes and
organoclays forming a perfect flame retardant system
Gunter Beyer,Lab Manager, Kabelwerk Eupen
 
14.50 Question and discussion session
 
15.10 Tea and coffee
 
15.40 Five case study examples: application of nanotube containing composites
Analysis of five prototypes including how they were obtained, problems and solutions, functionalisation and surface treatments:
– Ropes and sling
– Deformation sensors for automotive applications
– Flame retarded sandwich panels for rail and aerospace
– Domotic floor tiles
– Refractory bricks
Ignacio Buezas Sierra,Researcher, Aimplas
 
16.00 Carbon nanotubes: from kayaks to windpower blades
• The manufacturing process, differences in production techniques
• Advantages in kayaks and other case study examples
• Qualification process and the commercialisation road map: using leisure applications as a model and overcoming barriers to entry in more high tech sectors.
• Recent patents, new developments and disclosures in some areas of interest, case study results from industry research and development
Joachim Karthauser,Technical Director, Re-Turn AS
 
16.20 Panel discussion: on the development of nanopolymer applications, commercial opportunities and  challenges, lessons learnt and moving forward
• The qualification process
• Scaling up, cost, volume, evolution, applications and process
• Overcoming key barriers
Delegates have the opportunity to ask questions and share experience with the session speakers.
 
16.40 Chair’s concluding remarks
 
17.00 – 18.00
End of day networking drinks reception
An opportunity for all conference attendees to share success stories and current challenges, in a relaxed and informal networking environment.
 
Day Two – Thursday 7 April
 
08.15 Refreshments
 
08.45 Chair’s opening remarks
 
Toxicity and Global Regulation
 
09.00 Pulmonary toxicity of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT)
Studying inflammation, fibrosis and mutagenic effects
The mechanisms of toxicity
• Results of exposure to SWCNT, with other pathogenic influences
• Review of current protective measures and their sufficiency in occupational settings
Anna Shvedova,Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

 
09.25 The nanocomposite lifecycle
• Substantiation of low risk from various nanocomposites: release of micron-size hybrids, low hazard of inhalable fractions
• A comparison of:
– normal use versus do-it-yourself versus weathering
– Carbon nanotubes versus nanoparticle fillers
– Polymer versus inorganic matrices
• Results of the first in-vivo study of the human hazard emerging from degradation of nanocomposites
Dr Wendel Wohlleben,Polymer Physics Research and Nano Team, BASF SE
 
09.50 Progress in regulation
• An analysis of the current legislative situation
• A clear route-map for upcoming legislation worldwide
• Setting limitations in application
• Reducing consumer fears
• REACH status and the European White Paper
Anna Gergely, Director, EHS Regulatory, Steptoe and Johnson LLP
 
10.30 Panel discussion: what does this sector think about developments in understanding toxicity and in regulation?
• What is holding us back?
• What challenges and risks does regulation pose for businesses?
• What solutions are yet to be found and how will we find them?
Delegates have the opportunity to ask questions and share experience with the session speakers.
 
10.50 Tea and coffee
 
11.20 A focus on graphene: new devices and prospects for applications
• Properties of flourographene
• Graphene for transparent conducting coating
• Graphene devices - quantum dot based transistor, strain gauge based on graphene, quantum capacitance in graphene
Dr Leonid Ponomarenko,Condensed Matter Physics Group, The University of Manchester*
 
*Dr Ponomarenko works closely with nobel laureates Dr Andre Geim and Dr Konstantin Novoselov, who discovered Graphene in 2004.
 
11.50 Questions and discussion session
• Latest developments in graphene particles and nanocomposites
• Unique selling points of graphene - what interesting properties and innovative solutions will be brought to the polymer sector?
• A comparison of graphene and other carbon nanomaterials
• Manufacturing grade size, preparation and dispersion
 
12.00 Synthesis of talc-like filler with covalently bonded organic modifiers as novel additive for polymer nanocomposites
• Formation of exfoliated nanocomposites
• Increase in resistance to thermal oxidation and photooxidation
• A synthesis process easily tunable to modify structure
• Towards a new class of functional polymer additives – dispersability without leaching
Sergio Bocchini, Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino
 
12.20 Attributes of mesoporous silicas as polymer additives
• Improving strength and modulus at low loadings
• Reducing the amount of polymer needed to produce a part
• Improving flame retardance
• Reducing cycle times for both thermosets and thermoplastics
• Eliminating the need for organic surface modification, allowing for facile regrind and recycle
Professor Thomas Pinnavaia,Department of Chemistry and Center for Fundamental Materials Research, Michigan State University
 
12.40 Joint question and discussion session
 
13.00 Lunch
 
14.15 Hierarchical composites based on renewable materials – current developments and future prospective
• Techniques to produce ‘hairy’ natural fibres – growing bacterial cellulose in situ and coating natural fibres with
cellulose nano-fibrils
• Aligning and distributing cellulose nano fibrils and crystals in renewable matrices via melt-spinning
• The production and characterisation of hierarchical all-PLA and bacterial cellulose nanocomposites
Dr Jonny Blaker,Polymer and Composites Engineering Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
 
14.35 New technology advances for nanoclay modified plastics
• Commercialisation journey for new technology and products
• Regulatory consideration and current status
• Applications contributing to ecological benefit
• Challenges and opportunities
Dr Tie Lan,General Manager, Nanocor
 
14.55 Panel discussion: what further research is required in this sector? Where are the knowledge gaps? What do we need to
move forward?
• Functionalisation and multifunctional polymers
• Delivering special properties
• Reinforcement
• Enhancing electrical, thermal and mechanical properties
• Long-term durability versus deterioration
• A more diverse array of particles and possibilities
• Compatibilisation, disentanglement and dispersion techniques
Delegates have the opportunity to ask questions and share experience with the session speakers.
 
15.15 Chair’s concluding remarks and close of conference
 
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