Polymer Nanotechnology - from Synthesis to Application


The first part of the workshop focuses on the wet synthesis methods and chemistries used to produce polymer particles in the 10-1000 nanometer range. The objectives are to:

Introduce the diversity of polymer particle sizes, shapes, and chemical composition with structural control at the nano scale.

Describe how particles can be made from either reactive or non-reactive processing techniques, including emulsion polymerization and self assembly.

The second part focuses on the wide range of application areas. The objectives are to:

Discuss the multitude of applications for polymer nanoparticles.
Provide an interactive learning experience through the use of individual and group exercises and a case study.

How You Will Benefit from This Course:

You will learn how you can synthesize polymeric nanoparticles for specific applications.

You will learn what applications are possible with polymeric nanoparticles, particularly in the biomedical area.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals working in the applied fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, polymer engineering, biochemistry, bioengineering, biomedical engineering and physics will find great value in this course as it brings in a condensed format an overview of this rapidly evolving field. Professionals in science and engineering management, or strategic development, will benefit by gaining a better understanding of this field for their planning purposes.

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Polymer Nanotechnology - from Synthesis to Application

Topics Covered:


Polymer synthesis

Polycondensation polymerization
Radical polymerization
Living polymerization
SFRP, ATRP, RAFT for controlled radical polymerization
Problem solving

Dispersion polymerization processes

Suspension and dispersion-precipitation polymerization
Emulsion polymerization
Semi-batch and batch processes
Single stage and multistage products
Problem solving

Recent polymerization and assembly processes

Micro-emulsion and mini-emulsion
Nanoencapsulation in direct and reverse phases
Patterned substrate effects
Solvent removal processes
Problem solving


Waterborne paints
Drug release
Drug delivery
Sensor technology
Latex agglutination tests
Biosensors for biomedical diagnostics

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Yvon Durant, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Materials Science at the University of New Hampshire and associate Director of the Nanostructured Polymer Research Center, Durham, NH, USA. Dr. Durant is the author of 18 peer reviewed publications and 3 patents on polymer nanotechanology. Dr. Durant earned a degree in chemistry and chemical engineering in from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chemie de Montpellier, received his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon I in France and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He has worked as both scientist and project leader in the Polymer Laboratory within BASF AG, Germany and has been an active industrial consultant. Dr Durant’s areas of research interests include polymer dispersions, drug delivery, biosensors, nanostructured polymers, and polymerization kinetics.

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