Organic-Inorganic Hybrids

Venue: University of Surrey

Location: Guildford,

Event Date/Time: May 28, 2002 End Date/Time: May 30, 2002
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Hybrid systems represent the next generation of advanced materials since they provide a route to novel combinations of existing products with the potential to produce structures, morphologies and properties which are inaccessible using conventional technologies.

The conference is not just dedicated to intimate molecular blending of organics and inorganics but also the creative utilisation of techniques such as sol-gel and advanced clay technologies in order to achieve novel structures and property permutations.

Nanomaterials: Potentially the most cost effective nanomaterials are layered, often chemically modified, clays consisting of nanometer-thick platelets of up to 1,000 nm in diameter. It has been estimated that by 2010 the global market for these clays will be in the hundreds of millions of dollar range, with nanocomposite markets valued at 10 to 30 times higher.

Coatings field: The drive to organic-inorganic hybrids is achieved by filling an organic coating with inorganic particles or plasticising an inorganic film by the incorporation of polymer molecules. Recent developments have focused on new types with particular emphasis on transparent hard-coats for glass and polymers by taking advantage of advances in sol-gel technology, nanotechnology, surface modification and coupling combined with state of the art cure techniques.