The BPF will bring together leading specialists from academia and industry to examine the growing field of conductive polymers in a seminar titled, "An Introduction to Conductive Polymers," on 2nd November 2011 at the BPF's headquarters.
The BPF has put together a comprehensive programme which will explore, through a variety of case studies and presentations, the benefits of conductive polymers in order to enhance industry understanding of the processing parameters and the applications in which they are used, as well as raise awareness of the relatively new materials which offer so much potential.
Philip Law, Director of Industrial & Public Affairs at the BPF said, "The seminar will not only educate members on the possibilities but equip them with the information and expertise to fully exploit the growing opportunities available in the use of conductive polymers."
Conductive polymers were initially discovered by accident at the Plastics Research Laboratory at BASF since then they have been propelled into the spotlight and, owing to their unique properties, used in a variety of applications. The Introduction to Conductive Polymers will elaborate on the market size, their uses and applications, and processing techniques.
Speakers recruited for the seminar include AIMPLAS, ESP KTN, Nanoforce, Kingston University and Surrey University who will cover the following topics:
- What are Conductive Polymers and Understanding their Potential? - Luis Roca, AIMPLAS
- Market Overview, Innovations and Supply and Demand - Ric Allott, ESP KTN
- Polymer Nanocomposites and Electrical Properties: Processing and Applications - Dr Emiliano Bilotti, Nanoforce
- Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Applications of Conductive Polymers - Prof. Peter Foot, Kingston University
- Ink Jet Printing and Spin Coating of Electrically Conductive Polymers - Peter Wilson & Dr Tina Lekakou, Surrey University
- PolyCond and iPolyCond Case Study; European Funding - Tim Marsden, BPF
Conductive Polymers are also the subject of an European Commission Leonardo Lifelong Learning Programme called 'iPolyCond'. The BPF's iPolyCond programme representative, Tim Marsden, will present on the aims, objectives and opportunities of the iPolyCond programme.
Established in 1933 the British Plastics Federation is one of the most powerful voices in the UK plastic industry with over 400 members across the plastics industry supply chain, including polymer producers and suppliers, additive manufacturers, recyclers, services providers, end users, plastics processors and machinery manufacturers.