US- France Joint Minisymposium on Polymer Nanocomposites

While the field of polymer nanocomposites has been popular for close to three decades, many outstanding issues remain outstanding, for example the role of processing, the ability to reproducibly control nanoparticle dispersion so as to obtain optimized properties, the role of machine learning and big data in designing these materials, their transport behavior, failure mechanisms etc. These topics are at the intersection of academic and practical interest and hence require that multipronged approaches be brought to bear. To discuss these issues we are organizing a compact one-day minisymposium at Columbia. We will also have a round table with the goal of identifying the top 10 outstanding questions in this area – this will be published in the Journal of Polymer Science. Since we will only meet for a day, we expect at most to charge a minimal fee to cover lunch and refreshments ($30). We hope that you and your group will participate.

9:00-9:30 Costantino Creton Chemical bond scission during extension of nanocomposites

9:30-10:00 Karen Winey Nanoparticle, Segmental and Chain Dynamics in Polymer Nanocomposites


10:30-11:00 Didier Gigmes Silica nanoparticles grafting by Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization

11:00-11:30 Brian Benicewicz Polymer Grafted Nanoparticles for Interface Design, Controlled Ordering and Nanocomposite Properties

11:30-12:00 Remi Dreyfus Microsensing with plasmonic microcapsules

12:00-2:00 Lunch and posters

2:00-2:30 Zahra Fakhraai Enhanced polymer stability in highly loaded polymer nanocomposites

2:30-3:00 Marc Couty Styrene butadiene grafted nanoparticles in plasticized polymer matrices : structure and rheology


3:30-4:00 Yuri Gogotsi MXene composites with polymer, metal and ceramic matrices

4:00-4:30 Arthi Jayaraman Theory and simulation studies of the effect of attractive graft and matrix polymer interactions on the morphology of polymer grafted particle containing nanocomposites.

4:30-5:30 Round Table Ten Critical Questions in the Field of Nanocomposites

Pinar Akcora, Jean-Yves Delannoy

Sponsors: CEA/CNRS, Wiley, Columbia University


March 20, 2020


Columbia University
Davis Auditorium 
CEPSR Building
New York, NY