Surface Modification Chemistries for Particles and Interfaces


The science and technology of nearly all particle-based materials, drug delivery systems, diagnostic methods, controlled release systems, composites, etc., involve on every length scale, from the molecular to the macro, surface and interfacial phenomena that can be tuned by varying the surface and interfacial energy and by varying the specific chemical interactions and chemical groups populating such surfaces and interfaces. This is particularly true in formulating multiphase fluids for coatings, and in making pigments and other particulate additives stable in coating fluids, prepolymers and resins of a particular coated layer or composite film. Being able to take a particle and make it “happy” in a dispersion environment that otherwise would be unstable and lead to coating defects and untoward dispersion destabilization is a skill that will make the student more competitive in the broad advanced materials and pharmaceutical industries. This course augments introductory organic, inorganic, and colloid chemistry courses by providing a broad range of practical applications of physical and synthetic chemistries that enable the student to achieve many different kinds of surface and interfacial modifications. It particularly focuses on practical applications of more advanced synthetic polymer chemistries such as ATRP and other living polymerization methods.

Basic physical chemical methods, basic organic and inorganic coupling chemistries, and living polymerization methods are reviewed and applied to achieving diverse forms of surface and interfacial modification suitable for nanoparticles through high volume and high surface area planar substrates. The emphasis is on the application of various chemistries to enable highly value added materials to be made in a chemically stable and robust manner.

The course is targeted at the advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate student level.

This course reviews and illustrates the practical applications of physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry, as learned in undergraduate courses, and presents living polymerization methods, for the constructive chemical surface modification of particulate and planar substrates used in diverse applications in the coatings, materials, and pharmaceutical industries. The course focuses on physical methods such as layer-by-layer assembly, physical adsorption, and upon diverse chemistries including thiol-driven self-assembly on particular substrates, diverse coupling chemistries, sol-gel silane-based chemistries, living polymerization methods, grafting chemistries, surface initiated polymerization, encapsulation chemistries, and applications in controlled release, formulating composites, and advanced applications in diagnostics and array technologies.

A comprehensive reading list and extensive references are provided to facilitate the practical review of the topics covered as the need for details arises in the workplace and development laboratory.

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Surface Modification Chemistries for Particles and Interfaces

Topics Covered:

Course Overview

High Energy Deposition

Layer-by-Layer Assembly

Coupling Chemistries

Sol-Gel Silane Chemistry

ATRP Living Polymer Polymerization

Anionic Living Polymer Polymerization

Physical Adsorption

Grafting Chemistry

Surface Initiated Cationic Living Polymerization

Encapsulation and Controlled Release

Tailoring Composites

Advanced Printing and Diagnostics

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Instructor - John Texter

Professor John Texter has over 25 years experience in industrial small particle and coating technologies.  He is Professor of Polymer and Coating Technology at Eastern Michigan University. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, and has worked for Strider Research Corporation and for Eastman Kodak Company in various areas of dispersion and emulsion technology.  He received his undergraduate engineering education and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Lehigh University, where he studied at the Zettlemoyer Center for Surface and Coatings Research.  He is an experienced lecturer, organizer, and technical project manager.  He is an inventor, editor, and author of over 160 publications including four books, forty-two issued U.S. patents, and numerous research and review articles.  He has received numerous awards and honors including the 2007 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Research Award, a Service Recognition Award from the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, a Team Achievement Award for Improved Ferrotyping, induction into the Kodak Distinguished Inventors’ Gallery, an MRE Innovation Award for Nanocrystalline Technology, the CTO Patent Award for Innovation and Initiative in Patenting, listings in American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who's Who in America, and various fellowships.  He is active professionally and has served as Chairman of the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, Chairman of the Chemistry at Interfaces Gordon Research Conference, Chair of the Chemistry of Supramolecules and Assemblies Gordon Research Conference, and organizer of many international symposia.  He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology.

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