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Workshop Abstracts - I' Annual Meeting 2013

workshops.pngProtein Stability and Biocatalysis (BB)
May 29, 1:15-5:00p
Coordinator: Ping Wang (Program Leader)
Stability of biocatalysts is concerned for most industrial applications which challenge the catalysts with harsh environments that are very different from their biological origins. Engineering more stable protein structures and after-isolation fabrications are effective means in deriving stable enzymes for extended life and consistent performance. Most protein engineering strategies alter the equilibrium between folded and denatured forms by either stabilizing the folded form or destabilizing the unfolded form, while after-isolation stabilization emphasizes manipulation of the microenvironments surrounding enzyme molecules. This workshop will review limiting factors of protein stability and emerging technologies for highly stable biocatalysts.

Antimicrobial and Antifouling Surfaces and Materials (BPM)
May 29, 8:30-11:40a
Coordinator: Chun Wang
Biomaterials surfaces are often plagued by adhesion of microbes such as bacteria, which can lead to serious and often times fatal infections. It remains a significant challenge to develop surface coatings for medical implants and devices that are resistant to bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation, or are toxic to bacterial cells without harming human cells. On the other hand, nonspecific protein adsorption onto biomaterial surfaces not only aggravates bacterial adhesion and colonization ("biofouling"), but it also may lead to poor biocompatibility in vivo and compromise normal functioning of medical devices. In this workshop academic and industry experts will introduce state-of-the-art approaches, materials, and surfaces with antimicrobial and antifouling properties. They will also discuss how these technologies can improve the performance and biocompatibility of implants and devices.

Perspectives on Coating Process Fundamentals (CPF)
May 28, 1:30-5:20p & May 29, 8:30-11:40a
Coordinator: Satish Kumar (Program Co-Leader)
This workshop will be the 25th in the history the Coating Process Fundamentals Program. To commemorate this occasion, we are planning a special two-part workshop.
Agenda Day 1 Tuesday afternoon will be a "working shop" where companies bring in short vignettes of interesting problems they have. This format has been used successfully in past workshops, & the problems that companies discuss often significantly influence CPFP research.
Agenda Day 2 Wednesday morning will be devoted to talks providing a look backward and at what lies ahead regarding several key areas in coating processes fundamentals. Perspectives will be given on areas such as computation, solidification, visualization, and industrial-academic interactions.

Carbon Polymer Nanocomposites (MP)
May 28, 1:30-5:20p & May 29, 8:30-11:40a
Coordinator: David Morse
Agenda Day 1
Agenda Day 2
The workshop will focus on composite materials containing carbon nanotubes and graphite or graphene sheets. Carbon polymer nanocomposites offer some unique advantages, but also pose unique challenges because of the difficulty of dispersing some of these materials. The workshop will discuss a variety of methods for dispersing and processing nanotube and graphene composites, structure characterization, and relationship of structure to final mechanical, transport, and electrical properties.

Self-Assembly in Industry (NMP)
May 28, 1:30-5:20p
Coordinators: Alon McCormick (Program Leader) & Joe Zasadzinski
We will be inviting selected alumni of the program who are currently in industry to provide overviews of self-assembly issues important to their professional practice. The talks are meant to be compelling both for participants from member companies and for current students and postdocs in the program. They will provide technical insights, vistas and challenges, and also some retrospection on the transition from the PhD environment to the industrial research and development environment.

Materials, Architectures & Processes for Organic Light-Emitting Devices (OEI)
May 29, 8:30-11:40a
Coordinator: Russ Holmes
Organic semiconductors continue to receive significant attention for application in next generation electronic and optoelectronic devices. These materials are attractive for their high performance and compatibility with large-area, high-throughput processing techniques. While organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) are the most mature technology based on organic semiconductors, there remain significant fundamental and technological challenges that need to be addressed before these materials can truly realize broad application in displays and solid-state lighting. This workshop will discuss key challenges related to materials and device design and performance, and also address the characterization and processing techniques relevant to this area.

Coatings and Polymer Nanocomposites Demos (CharFac)
May 29, 7:00-8:30p
Coordinator: Greg Haugstad
Demonstrations will include cross-sectional SEM, nanomechanically sensitive AFM, and confocal Raman microscopy, applied to polymeric-nanocomposite coatings where the disperse inclusions are nanoscale organic particulates (e.g., drug), inorganic nanoparticles (e.g., silica), or nanoscale domains of phase-segregated polymers.

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