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The European Network of Excellence (NoE) NANOFUN-POLY established in June 2004 with funding from the European Commission, has promoted the organisation of Short Courses on Nanostructured Materials.


Relevant interest in nanosciences and nanotechnologies as new tools for developments in the European industrial sectors as well as for the creation of new nanotechnology-related industries has arisen only in the last few years. During that time, new methods for synthesis (combinatorial chemistry combined with high rate characterization methods, controlled radical polymerisation, supramolecular chemistry, etc.), processing (surface patterning, self-assembling, intercalation, etc.) and characterization techniques operating at different scales (atomic force miscroscopy, scattering techniques, etc.) were developed, leading to the creation of new and innovative devices and objects from nanostructured polymers and their nanocomposites. The availability of these tools and the necessity to further develop and spread knowledge to propose environment-friendly strategies, required for the production of polymer-based nanocomposites, justifies the creation of a research consortium by networking well-recognized inter disciplinary European research teams.

The main focus of this First Short Course will be on the chemistry and the processing of the Nanostructured Polymeric Materials.


The programme will include the following topics:
• Overview on Nanostructured Polymer Materials
• Dendritic Macromolecules
• Supramolecular Polymers
• Processing of nanostructured materials
• In-line process monitoring
• Overview on nanofillers/nanocomposites
• Rheology of nanostructured materials

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