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【14th.June】Sustainable Materials in the Polymer Industry: Science and Technology

2018-06-13


题目:Sustainable Materials in the Polymer Industry: Science and Technology 

演讲人:Anil K. Bhowmick,Professor of Eminence and INAE Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur -721302, India 
时间:2018年6月14日(周四)9:30
地点:化学化工学院A楼528演讲厅
邀请人:张勇教授


Abstract:
Polymer is one of the most versatile materials having myriad of applications – from niche rubber band and eraser to highly engineered spacecraft seal. Of late, the glittering concept of ‘sustainability’ has been able to infiltrate within the domain of polymer science and technology to a significant extent - in both academia and industry. 



This field continues to grow rapidly. Along with polymer, other ingredients that are used to make polymer compounds and products would also be sustainable in future.  Sustainable materials may be defined as materials that can be produced without depletion of non-renewable resources and without disturbing the equilibrium between the environment and key natural resource systems. 



The range of these materials is huge --from natural rubber, bio-based polymers to recyclable materials etc. 



How the future materials could be developed using scientific principles would be discussed in this lecture. It is also interesting to demonstrate how science is helping to restore environment and society.



The objectives of our research program since the last two decades have been to extract or synthesize polymer and polymer ingredients from natural resources, utilize natural materials in polymer compounds, understand the fundamental science behind new forms of sustainable materials and structure-property relationship, and reduce adverse environmental effects of traditional materials.  


In this respect, polymers alternative to hevea brasiliensis have been explored using bio-resources. New polymers having a gradient of polarity have been developed.  New materials having dual functionality have been envisaged.  


The influence of nano-dimensional natural clays, graphene, and silica on the properties of various polymers has been investigated and a few fillers are found to be promising. In order to reduce the environmental hazard of a few polymer chemicals, these are specially activated for use in smaller quantity. 


New technologies have been developed to utilize waste polymers as sustainable materials. Rubbers have been used in conjunction with plastics for development of recyclable thermoplastic elastomers. 


In all these areas, structure-property correlation of these sustainable materials would be highlighted. 
 
Introduction  of the speaker: 
Prof. Anil K. Bhowmick is a Professor of Eminence and former Head of Rubber Technology Centre and Dean (Sponsored Research & Industrial Consultancy), IIT Kharagpur. He was previously associated with the University of Akron, Ohio, USA, London School of Polymer Technology, London and Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. 


His main research interests are: Nanocomposites, Thermoplastic Elastomers and Polymer blends, Sustainable materials, Polymer modification, Rubber Technology, Failure and Degradation of Polymers, Adhesion and Adhesives. 


He has more than five hundred fifty publications in these fields, 35 book chapters and seven books. He holds eighteen patents including the international ones. He was also co-editor of the special issue of Polymer and Composite Characterization of the Journal of Macromolecular Science (USA). 


He was the 2002 winner of the "Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers" award and 1997 winner of the "George Stafford Whitby" award of the American Chemical Society for distinguished teaching & innovative research, and 2001 K.M. Philip award of the All India Rubber Industries Association for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of rubber industries in India.He was also awarded NOCIL award 1991, JSPS award 1990, Commonwealth award 1990, MRF award 1989 and Stanton-Redcroft award 1989. 


He is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Adhesion Science & Technology (USA), Journal of Applied Polymer Science (USA), Journal of Materials Science (USA), Polymers and Polymer Composites (UK), Rubber Chemistry and Technology (USA), Polymer for Advanced Technologies (Germany), Nano-Micro Letters(UK) and Natural Rubber Research (India). 


He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian National Science Academy and West Bengal Science Academy.  He was the founder Director of IIT Patna.




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