Nanotechnology Colloquium
Colloquium Date: Monday, May 10, 2010

A bi-weekly event to present and discuss issues related to developments, applications and commercialization of nanotechnology.

“Polymer Nanocomposites with Mulifunctionality Designed for Extreme Environments ”

Joseph H. Koo, Sc.D
The University of Texas at Austin



The introduction of inorganic nanomaterials as additives into polymers has resulted in polymer nanostructured materials exhibiting a multiplicity of high-performance characteristics beyond what traditional polymeric composites possess. These "multifunctional" features attributable to polymer nanocomposites consist of improved thermal stability, flame properties, ablation resistance, moisture & chemical resistance, decreased permeability, charge dissipation, thermal&electrical conductivity. Through control/alteration of the additive at the nanoscale level, one is able to maximize property enhancement of selected polymer systems to meet or exceed the requirements of current commercial, military, and aerospace applications. This talk includes: a brief overview of different nanostructures and studies of polymer nanocomposites behavior when exposed to hostile rocket propulsion and fire environments.

Bio: Joseph H. Koo, Sc.D

Dr. Koo has over 30 plus years of industrial and academic experience in program and engineering management. Currently, he is Senior Research Scientist and Director of Solid Freeform Fabrication Consortium in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

He is a SAMPE Fellow and Chairman of the SAMPE Nanotechnology Committee. Dr. Koo is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and Past-Chair of the AIAA Materials Technical Committee. He is on the Advisory Editorial Board, Carbon Letters, Korean Carbon Society, Gwangju, Korea & Associate Editor, International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion (IJEMCP). Dr. Koo's publications include Polymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Characterization, and Applications, McGraw-Hill, New York (2006) and over 360 papers/presentations lectures in materials, thermal, and optical science disciplines.

VENUE: You may attend the presentation from any one of the following locations.

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AUSTIN: Winstead PC
401 Congress Av., Ste 2100
Austin, TX 78701

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DALLAS: Winstead PC
5400 Renaissance Tower, 1201 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75270; 214-745-5400

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EL PASO: El Paso Community College
9050 Viscount, Bldg. B
El Paso, TX 79925

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HOUSTON: Winstead PC
1100 JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77002

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700 N. St Mary St., Ste 1900
San Antonio, TX 78205

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600 Town Center One
1450 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Program begins at 11:30am [CDT] with a complimentary lunch provided by Winstead PC. Presentation begins at 12:00pm.

Event Coordinators:
Richard Fink 512-339-5020x130
Chairman: Dr. Zvi Yaniv

Registration deadline is Friday, May 7 at 5:00 PM Central.

To register, please send an email to Richard Fink with your preferred attendance location.


Walt Trybula, Ph.D.
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX
(512) 245-6062

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