Pre-conference seminar features carbon nanotubes and nanofibers

Dr. Amod Ogale from Clemson University's Department of Chemical Engineering will evaluate modification of electrical properties of polymers using carbon nanotubes and nanofibers at the 2011 High-Performance Fibers conference, Dec. 9-10 in Charleston, S.C.

Dr. Amod A. Ogale, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and director, Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films at Clemson University (Clemson, S.C., USA), will present the pre-conference seminar at the 2011 High-Performance Fibers conference, presented by CompositesWorld, Nov. 9-10 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, S.C., USA.

Titled "Carbon Nanotbes and Nanofibers: Modification of Electrical Properties of Polyolefin and Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polymers," the seminar will begin with a discussion of basic properties of CNFs/CNTs and explain the role of proper heat treatment. Next, the incorporation of CNFs/CNTs into polyolefin and thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers will be discussed with regards to the rheological properties and the extent of dispersion and orientation. Finally, the electrical and physical properties of the resulting nanocomposites will be discussed as a function of the CNF/CNT content and type. The electromagnetic shielding effectiveness of such nanocomposites will be discussed and the primary mechanisms identified.

This international conference is designed for executives from leading manufacturers of high-performance fibers, such as p-aramids (Kevlar and Twaron), high-performance polyethylenes (HPPE, Spectra and Dyneema), boron, silicon carbide, specialty glasses like S-2 Glass, and other specialty fibers, to network with end users, such as OEMs, DoD and other research labs, and composites parts manufacturers. Discussions will cover the diverse business opportunities and technical challenges that lie ahead in high-growth applications such as body and vehicular armor, high-performance rope and cordage and flame resistant fibers, as well as in the blast-resistance, marine, aviation and aerospace markets.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit contact Ralph Jessie, conference manager, by e-mail at; by phone at +1 207-221-6603; or by fax at +1 207-221-5848.