Seminar: Polymer Nanocomposites and Applications

Date: 31 Oct 2008 - 31 Oct 2008

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium

Polymer nanocomposites have attracted considerable interest from both academia and industry in recent years, owing to the dramatic enhancements in physical, thermal and mechanical properties of polymers at low filler loading.

Jointly organised by the Plastics and Rubber Institute of Singapore, this half-day seminar aims to enhance technological awareness on polymer nanocomposites, particularly the clay and carbon nanotubes reinforced nanocomposites, and their market potential for industrial applications to the participants. The synthesis strategies, interface importance, and properties of the nanocomposites will be presented. The fracture toughness and toughening mechanisms for clay reinforced thermal plastics as well as the UV curing technology for thermosets will be introduced. The seminar provides an interactive forum for researchers and engineers from industry, research laboratories, and academics. 

About the Speakers
Dr Lau Soo Khim is a research scientist at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. She is trained in Polymer Science and Engineering, graduating with MSc and PhD from Loughborough University of Technology (UK).  She is currently leading the polymer theme under the Forming Technology Group.  Her experience includes development and characterisation of fast curing urethane-acrylic interpenetrating network system for waterproof membrane, formulation development of polymer blends and polymer compounds to meet required performance, processing of nano-composites, precision molding technologies for precision optical lenses, etc. She has integrated knowledge in polymer science and process technologies to provide practical solutions involving the production and use of polymers.

Dr Voytekunas-Abadie has about twenty five years’ experiences in polymer research, particularly high performance polymers – polyimides, bis-maleimides, polyesters, epoxies. Having obtained her PhD degree at the Institute of Organo-element Compounds in Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, she has successfully continued her work at the different universities and institutions of Europe – at the University of Science 2 – in Montpellier, France, as a Post Doc and Senior Researcher and as a Researcher at Ivoclar Vivadent Company, Liechtenstein. Last 10 years she has been working with radiation sensitive - UV-/e-beam curable polymer systems, focusing on mono- and multifunctional Acrylates and Methacrylates, Epoxies, Bis-maleimides and also blends and coatings. She has published about 40 scientific papers. She is currently Research Scientist in SIMTech FTG, working on Polymer Composites – UV-curable Nano-composites  and Electron-beam cured Organic Matrices on base of Epoxy and Bis-maleimide Resin for Polymer Matrix Fiber Composites (PMFC). 

Dr Liu Songlin is a senior research engineer at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). He earned his degrees from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the National University of Singapore. Upon graduation, he worked at the Institute of Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the City University of Hong Kong before moving to Singapore. He then worked for the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) prior to his present employment. His research interests span a wide range in the polymer science and technology including polymer processing, morphology-structure-property relation, polymer composites and polymer nanocomposites. He has published near 40 journal papers and booked chapters.

Dr Yu Suzhu is a research engineer at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. She obtained her PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University. She worked in Tsinghua University and Nanyang Technological University before joining SIMTech. Her research interest includes development and process study of polymers blends, polymer composites and nanocomposites. Presently she is working on carbon nanotube reinforced polymer nanoocmposites and adhesives. 

Ms Lim Szu Hui Cynthia received her B. Eng. (Hons) and M. Phil. degrees in 2001 and 2003, respectively, from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK. She just completed her PhD study at the Centre for Advanced Materials Technology (CAMT), University of Sydney (2004-2008) under the supervision of Professor Yiu-Wing Mai and the financial support from SIMTech. She is now returning to SIMTech to join the Forming Technology Group (FTG). Her research area is in the structure-property relationships of polymer nanocomposites, particular their fracture toughness and deformation mechanisms. 

1:45pm:  Registration 

2.00pm:   Presentation by Dr Lau Soo Khim 
               - Overview of nanocompostes

2:15pm:   Presentation by Dr Yu Suzhu 
               - Carbon nanotube based nanocompostes 

2:45pm:   Presentation by Dr Liu Songlin 
               - Clay based nanocomposites

3:15pm:   Tea break and networking 

3:45pm:   Presentation by Dr Lim Szu Hui
               - Fracture toughness and toughening of clay based 

4.15pm    Presentation by Dr Voytekunas-Abadie
               - Thermoset UV curable nanocomposites

4.45pm    Lab tour 

5.30pm    End

Who Should Attend

This seminar is suitable for product designers, engineers and managers from industry as well as lecturers from polytechnic, in particular for those who involved in material developments.   Members of The Plastics and Rubber Institute of Singapore (PRIS) are also welcome to attend this seminar. 

On-line Registration
Pre-registration for the seminar is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For technical enquiries: 
Dr Yu Suzhu, Research Engineer, Forming Technology Group, Email: 

For registration and general enquiries: 
Alice, Email: