Polymer Materials Performance, Degradation and Optimization (#369)

This symposium is intended to focus on the overlapping needs for the optimization and lifetime prediction of polymeric materials in innovative and demanding applications. High performance materials require a detailed understanding of their long-term degradation mechanisms and use/lifetime limiting factors. Novel performance characterization techniques or optimization via modification and processing may be required. Contributions are encouraged for a) polymer degradation chemistry in challenging environments (biological, radiation, thermal, UV, chemical, space) and relevant material optimization strategies, b) the beneficial use of "degradation" to enhance polymer properties, i.e. radiation modifications or grafting methods, and c) the evolving approaches to enhance the performance or custom-engineering of biomaterials, nano-composite/composite materials as well as the mechanistic understanding of crosslinking reactions as part of synthesis or degradation processes.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015