Eastern New York Section

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September Section Mtg ~ Union College

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Wednesday September 20, 2017 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
807 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308  (map)

posted by E. James Schermerhorn

Industry Seminar

Union College
Hale House Dining Hall
807 Union Street
Schenectady, New York, 12308
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"A Journey into New Materials for the Designed Materials Age"

We have entered the modern materials age. New advanced materials have fundamentally transformed our life style forever and made a vast world into a global village. What kinds of materials lie ahead in our future?  In this presentation we will look at some familiar products and examine where such new materials/products are taking us. This “Designed Materials Age” that we are in requires new knowledge to build advanced materials. We need to fully understand such nanomaterials, as well as their risks and opportunities.

Particularly, we will examine some recent products that incorporate both silicon and organic components, and examine some aspects of self assembly. Nanomaterials like the POSS molecules above (Poly-Oligohedral-Sil-Sesquioxanes) self-assemble into organized arrays or structures. The key engineering principle for molecular self-assembly is to artfully design the molecular building blocks that are able to undergo spontaneously stepwise interactions and assemblies through the formations of numerous noncovalent weak chemical bonds. These typically include hydrogen bonds, ionic bonds, electrostatic interaction, etc to assemble molecules into some well-defined and stable hierarchical structures.

Janis Matisons, Ph.D.
Vice President, Silar Laboratories

Professor Janis Matisons joined Silar in 2016 as Vice President. Prior to joining Silar, he was the Senior R&D Manager at Gelest. Before returning to industry, he was appointed as the first Australian professorial chair in Nanotechnology at Flinders University, where he formed and lead the Nanomaterials Group for 9 years. He moved to Flinders University from the University of South Australia, where he led the research of Australia's largest polymer research group, at the Ian Wark Research Institute. He is a longstanding member of the American Chemical Society and a fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He was awarded the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's Applied Research Medal in 2008.

Dr. Matisons has been involved in applied chemical research since 1976, specialising in materials, polymer and silicon-based research. He was the Chief and Founding Editor of the journal, Silicon Chemistry (now Silicon) and is now the Chief and Founding Editor of the book series Advances in Silicon Science, published by Springer. He has also published over 400 scientific, technical and conference articles, participated in 28 major joint industry-academic collaborative grants resulting in over two dozen patents, the formation of 2 spin off companies, and the launch of 79 products into the marketplace.

5:30 - 6:30 – Registration, networking and appetizers
6:30 - 7:30 – Dinner
7:30 - 8:00 – Business Meeting
8:00 - 9:00 – Seminar

Dinner will be $25.00 per employed member or guest, $15.00 for full time graduate students, and $10.00 for undergraduate students, retired and unemployed members.

Market house salad with ranch & balsamic vinaigrette dressing, lemon herb chicken, pasta prima vera, wild & brown rice blend, fresh seasonal vegetables, fresh bread or rolls with butter, and assorted pies and cakes for dessert

You can pay online when you register for the meeting or pay by check when you arrive; in either case please register online so we can print badges and have an accurate headcount. Because of security concerns, unregistered guests will not be allowed on site.

Please note that pre-registration is required. ENY-ACS events are cashless – payment must be made online during registration (preferred) or by check at the event.