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December 5, 2001

FRONTIERS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE
VINSE COLLOQUIUM SERIES

Dr. Louis Germinario
Eastman Chemical Company
"Structure-property Relationships of Nanostructured Polymeric Materials"

Abstract. A revolution in materials research is occurring at the interface of polymer and inorganic chemistry that is leading to the development of nanometer-scale materials. Molecular engineering of such structures and the ability to control their morphology at the molecular level requires the availability of tools and methodology for establishing structure-property-relationships. Advanced characterization methods and protocols developed for analysis of surfaces and interfaces will be reviewed with an emphasis on examples drawn from industrial problem solving. These examples include different classes of polymeric materials that employ either silica colloids, surfactants or homopolymers and copolymers of polyesters, polycarbonates, polyolefins, epoxies or acrylates used to achieve improved performance characteristics such as weatherability, toughness, modulus, adhesion or scratch resistance.

 
 
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