Technology Lecture: Functional Considerations for Nanotechnology Opportunities in Commercial Airplanes

Date: 11 May 2011 - 11 May 2011

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3

This lecture aims to promote greater awareness of nanotechnology applications in the aerospace sector which has implications in transport and other structural composites applications sectors as well.

  9.30am       Registration 
10.00am       Introduction by Dr Teo Wern Sze, SIMTech Scientist
10.05am       Presentation by Dr Russell Maguire, Boeing Technical Fellow 
11.00am       End

About the Speaker
Dr Russell Maguire is a Technical Fellow at the Boeing Research & Technology organisation specialising in composite materials and nanotechnology, and a member of the Boeing Advanced Concept Centre. He joined Boeing in 1978 and has worked in composite materials and structures, supporting every major Boeing Commercial composite development programme, including the all-composites 787 primary structure. He is a member of the American Society of Composites, by invitation the Chinese Society of Composites, and the Society of Advanced Materials and Processes Engineering, where he has served as a national Nanotechnology Committee co-chair. He has been a frequent invited keynote speaker at international composite conferences in US, Europe and Asia, and was a member of the Nanotechnology/Aerospace Industry Liaison group to the US White House. Dr Maguire is currently on the Industrial Advisory Boards for composites and nanotechnology professional training at the University of Washington, the FAA/UW Composites Center of Excellence, and the Penn State Nanotechnology Career Knowledge Center. He also serves on NSF SBIR Panel Review Boards, and the Washington State “Imagine Tomorrow” programme for high school science programme. He has co-authored several book chapters on composites and nanotechnology, an NSF report on nanotechnology education and a book on the commercialisation of nanocomposites. He is currently editing a book on electrically conductive nano-modified polymers.

With advances in materials and systems introduced by the new generation of composite commercial aircraft, future engineered multi-functional materials, structures and systems can offer the opportunity to replace a multitude of mono-functional technologies, potentially reducing the non-recurring costs of testing, evaluations and qualification associated with bringing a technology to design and manufacturing readiness. For instance, nanocomposites holds the promise of optimising materials regarding their structural weight reduction and durability performance, and at the same time reducing electrical and thermal resistivity, reducing flammability, decreasing permeability an improving acoustic damping. This can be very compelling, both for engineered performance and reducing the non-recurring costs associated with bringing the material to readiness for the designer. Designing materials to accomplish multiple performance objectives in a single system will be a major challenge in the future as the opportunities for optimisation reach their full complexity. Multifunctional engineering will require multifunctional skills and education. Because traditional academic disciplines are almost indistinguishable at the nanoscale, nano education will be required to remove the classical disciplinary barriers that are rapidly becoming obsolete in our global research communities.

Who Should Attend
Academic staff, industry participants and researchers.

Registration for the lecture is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a place, please register online.

Contact Us
For technical enquiries: Dr Teo Wern Sze, Scientist, Email:; Tel: 6793 8386
For general enquiries: Alice Koh, Email:; Tel: 6793 8249