Seminar

Engineering 1-Day Workshop on Polymers for Nanotechnology

Professor Micheal Tam, University of Waterloo


Date: 2012-02-09
Time: 08:00 to 17:00
Venue: Room 9-3-07 (Building 9, Level 3, Room 7)


Abstract

This workshop aims to provide an overview on the types of polymeric systems that are relevant to the emerging field of nanotechnology. You will find that most of the materials covered are at the cutting edge of emerging technology that utilize polymers for applications in Nanotechnology. This 1-day workshop provides fundamental knowledge in nanotechnology, with insight into practical applications and approaches in polymer architecture and engineering. The topics which will be covered in this workshop are block copolymers, micelles and colloids, dendrimers and molecular brushes, supramolecular polymers, polymeric blends and phase miscibility at nanophases, macromolecular nanocomposites and hybrid structures, polymer templates and carbon-based nanomaterials. By the end of the workshop, the
delegates will gain a general overview on the importance of macromoleculesi n the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology as well as understand thei mportance of polymer nanocomposites and various potential applications fore nhancing the properties of engineering materials. This workshop isd esigned for researchers, postgraduate students and lecturers from research or higher education institutions as well as industries.

About the Speaker

Prof. Michael Tam from University of Waterloo is the speaker of this Workshop. Michael Tam obtained his B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Monash University, Australia in 1982 and 1991, respectively. He spent 18 months on a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University Canada, and subsequently taught at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore for 15 years. In June 2007 he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo as a tenured full professor. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Monash University, Sunway campus. Recently, he was awarded the University Research Chair in recognition of his research contributions and impact in the field of functional colloids and nanomaterials. His research interests are in colloids, self-assembly systems, polymer-surfactant interactions, nanocrystalline cellulose, and drug delivery systems. He has published more than 200 journal articles in various fields of polymer science and engineering.