6th Short Course


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Organised by
European Center of Nanostructured Polymers (ECNP)
Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali (INSTM), UdR of Perugia - Italy


The aim of the congress is to gather the young European polymer scientists and to promote discussion among junior researchers, and between junior researchers and established scientists.
Who should attend?

Participation is open to industry and university researchers.

Oral presentations will be given by PhD students and young scientists, both from academia and from industry, having obtained their PhD since a maximum of 4 years, whom research interests cover all the different aspects of synthesis, fabrication, characterization, modelling and structuring of polymeric nanomaterials and nanocomposites, as well as their applications.

Abstract submission from Young Scientists

An abstract (maximum two pages including figures and references) must be submitted to the organisers (Andrea Terenzi, aterenzi@unipg.it) within February 15 th 2008. Abstracts received after this date will not be accepted. Acceptance of the abstract will be communicated within the end of January 2008 and give rights to present the work as an oral presentation (no poster sessions are foreseen). Each author will have 20 minutes (including discussion) to present the work.


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 microscopy, 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.

This Sixth Short Course will focus on a fast-moving sector such as nanostructured polymer materials. All stages from synthesis, characterization and self-assembly to nanostructure fabrication and applications are covered through a multidisciplinary approach which aims to provide vital reading to materials scientists and engineers, chemists and physicists alike.

The lecturers are all internationally recognised experts with many years’ experience in their fields and extensive publications. All of them will be available for informal discussions throughout the course.

The main topics will be:

New developments on carbon nanotube based composites
In situ nanocomposite by reactive mixing
Supramolecular Routes Towards Nanostructured Liquid Crystalline Polymers
Nanostructured magnetic-polymer composites
Multiscale modelling of nanostructured materials

Who should attend?

The Course is open to PhD students and young researchers belonging to research groups both from inside and outside the NoE NANOFUN-POLY and IP MULTIHYBRIDS as well as to Industrial Researchers. Application fields that will benefit from the Short Course concern strategic industrial sectors which will enhance their competitiveness by using advanced technologies.









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