Soft Nanotechnology and Self-Assembly:
Sunday May 7, 2006, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Boston, MA
The focus of this course is the design and application of nanostructured
fluids and soft materials, with a particular emphasis on self-assembly
Many soft or fluid consumer products, such as foods, paints, detergents,
personal care products, and cosmetics contain nanometer to micron scale
structures. These structures are formed by the spontaneous or directed
self-assembly of surfactants and polymers. In many cases complex mixtures are
required to create the desired structures and performance. These materials are
difficult to formulate, and challenging to characterize; but scientists in these
industries, and in the academic groups focusing on these areas, have developed
considerable expertise in this area. New insights and techniques have the
potential to revolutionize product design. This knowledge is being applied in
new areas such as drug encapsulation, solubilization and delivery, in oil
recovery, environmental remediation, and in new “active” cosmetics,
nutraceuticals, antimicrobials and smart materials.
Members of the more broadly defined “nanotechnology community” are
also increasingly interested in self-assembly and nanostructured fluids because
of their potential to provide robust and inexpensive strategies for creating
nanoscale materials. For example, IBM recently highlighted the potential for
block-copolymer self-assembly to create nanometer size structures for chip
fabrication, and soft nanostructured materials can provide templates for
synthesis of nanoparticles.
Graduates of this course will leave with a broad appreciation for current and
future applications of soft nanostructured fluids, soft materials, and of
self-assembly. They should have gained a sufficient grasp of the concepts and
language to read and understand most research papers in these areas. They will
be alerted to the latest developments in this fast moving field, and to
approaches for designing materials for particular applications. They will have
been introduced to characterization and to computer-modeling techniques
appropriate for these materials. They will have gained insight into the
surprising commonality to design of some very different products, and also the
way soft materials are starting to be used to create “hard”
- Introduction to soft materials and self-assembly: Why do these materials form nanoscale structures?
- Introduction to the “ingredients” - surfactants, polymers, emulsions and colloids
- Characterizing nanostructured fluids and soft materials
- Properties of nanostructured fluids and soft materials
- How to design nanostructured fluids and soft materials for particular applications: formulation
- The use of computer modeling to predict nanoscale structure and properties
- Applying our knowledge – case studies in personal care products, drug solubilization and delivery, nutraceuticals, enhanced oil-recovery, antimicrobial and cosmetic nanoemulsions, smart materials, food colloids, and templating of nanoparticles.
Fiona Case, is coordinator of soft nanotechnology programs at the NSTI,
she has more than 15 years experience in the industrial applications of polymer
and surfactant science. Her introduction to industrial polymer science was in
the late 80’s at Courtaulds Research in the UK where she worked as part of the
team developing Tencel - a new environmentally friendly solvent spun cellulose
fiber. She also investigated the effects of polyacrylonitrile microstructure on
carbon fiber performance using early molecular and quantum mechanics computer
modeling techniques. Courtaulds' involvement as a founder member of the
Biosym/Molecular Simulations Inc. (MSI) Polymer Consortium, one of the earliest
materials simulation efforts, meant frequent trips to sunny San Diego, CA. In
1991 she moved to California to join Biosym. Fiona spent nine years at
Biosym/MSI (now Accelrys). She carried out contract research for some of the top
US and European companies. As manager of the MSI training group she prepared and
presented more than 30 workshops worldwide on polymer science and molecular
modeling. She also worked in marketing and technical sales support. In 1999 she
was hired into a central research group at Colgate Palmolive. This presented
challenges including materials structure and property prediction for toothpaste,
detergent, hard surface care and personal care products, and packaging and
fragrance technology. She also continued to be active in professional education
as a lecturer for American Chemical Society (ACS) Short Courses on polymer
science and molecular modeling. In her spare time she organized a symposium on
Mesoscale Phenomena in Fluid Systems, which was held during the ACS National
Meeting in Boston, 2002. She is the coeditor a book based on this symposium (ACS
Symposium Series #861). In 2003 Fiona left Colgate Palmolive to move to
beautiful Vermont with her husband, Martin Case, and to found Case Scientific
offering consultancy and contract research in soft nanotechnolgy, computational
chemistry, polymer and surfactant science. She has also embarked on a "second
career" in scientific journalism. Fiona is a Chartered Chemist and a member of
the Royal Society of Chemistry, the ACS, the American Oil Chemists Society, and
the National Association of Science Writers.
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Who Should Attend
These introductory - to intermediate - level courses are suitable for: Managers,
Practicing Engineers, Industrial Scientists, on a decision-making level,
Executives seeking strategic planning insight, Policy Makers with some technical
background, and Academic Researchers developing a strong nano program.
- Courses run Sunday May 7, 2006 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
- You may only attend a single course — please select it during registration
- Cancellations made by April 14, 2006 will be refunded less a $100.00 processing fee. Cancellations after April 14, 2006 are non-refundable.
- You may transfer your registration to another person at no charge prior to May 1, 2006. After May 1 no changes may be made.
- The running of all courses is dependent upon a minimum of 6 registrants.
- NSTI is not responsible to any instructor cancellations and subsequent changes in the program, but will make every effort to provide alternate content in the event of a cancellation.
- To register for a course, please follow the registration link.
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