National SBIR/STTR Conference

Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center at Washington, DC, National Harbor

May 15-17, 2017 | Washington, DC

Co-Located with

National Innovation Summit and Showcase
TechConnet World Innovation

Structured Materials: Industrial Applications

nanostructed materials pictures

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Technology Focus

This fast-paced survey workshop provides an overview of the full range of structured materials with particular focus on their current and potential industrial applications in fields as diverse as advanced engineering materials, nanomedicine, drug and gene delivery, imaging and sensors, energy generation and storage materials, catalysts, foods and personal care products.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop would be appropriate for any attendees at the TechConnect World Innovation Conference, the Nanotech2016 conference, or the National SBIR/STTR event who wish to broaden their knowledge of new materials, to discover areas of synergy with their own work, and learn about industrial applications.

Workshop Content

Topics will include:
  • Self assembled materials: polymers, proteins, bio-inspired materials
  • Structured fluids: emulsions and colloids
  • Inorganic and metallic nanoparticles
  • Carbon structures: nanotubes and graphene
  • Nanocomposites and engineering materials
  • Structured surfaces
  • A brief overview of characterization methods
  • Computer modeling and multiscale simulation of structured materials and fluids

For each topic, references and recommended reading list will be provided, along with advice on sessions to attend at the TechConnect World Innovation Conference to learn more and make contacts with the innovators who are designing, creating, characterizing and commercializing these materials for the 21st Century.

Workshop Instructor

Fiona Case

Technical Program Chair

TechConnect; Nano Science and Technology Institute

Fiona Case, is coordinator of advanced materials programs at the NSTI, she has more than 20 years' experience in materials design  
(particularly soft matter and polymers), and industrial applications of nanotechnology. Her introduction to industrial polymer science was  in the late 80's at Courtaulds Research in the UK where she worked as part of the team developing Tencel - an environmentally friendly solvent spun cellulose fiber. She also investigated the effects of polyacrylonitrile microstructure on carbon fiber performance using early computer modeling techniques. Courtaulds involvement as a founder member of the Biosym/Molecular Simulations Inc. (MSI) Polymer Consortium, one of the earliest materials simulation efforts, meant frequent trips to sunny San Diego, CA. In 1991 she moved to California to join Biosym. Fiona spent nine years at Biosym/MSI (now Accelrys). She carried out contract research for top US and European companies and presented more than 30 workshops on polymer science and molecular modeling. In 1999 she was hired into a central research group at Colgate Palmolive where she worked on materials design and property prediction for toothpaste, detergent, hard surface care and personal care products, and packaging and fragrance technology. She continued to be active in professional education as a lecturer for American Chemical Society (ACS) Short Courses. In 2003 she moved to beautiful  Vermont where she started Case Scientific providing contract research,  worked as a lecturer at the University of Vermont, and as a consultant  for Culgi Inc. She also embarked on a second career as a freelance  science writer for Chemistry World (Royal Society of Chemistry). Fiona  started working for the Nano Science and Technology Institute in 2005.  She is technical program chair for the annual Tech Connect World  conferences and teaches the short course on Industrial applications of  Nanotechnology. She moved back to San Diego in 2012. Fiona is a  Chartered Chemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the  ACS, and the National Association of Science Writers.


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