Symp., Vol. 242, 2006, pp. 1-324
- World Forum on Advanced Materials
World Forum on Advanced Materials (Polymer Application
Nara City, Japan, 17-21 April 2006
Masaru Matsuo, Kohji Tashiro, and Yuezhen Bin
synthesis and the processing of polymer materials have
been advanced in many research works to increase their
performance under mechanical stress and in various chemical
and thermal conditions. Recently, there has been increasing
interest in preparing materials with many functional properties
such as electro-conductivity, piezoelectricity, heat and
weather resistance, super-absorbance, and permeability.
These high-performance or high-functional materials have
important advantages (cost of the product, energy) for
engineering fibers/plastics such as reinforcing fibers.
Now some plastic materials are replacing aluminium and
other structural metals in applications in electronic
and optical communication and computers. Each new application
testifies the enormous developments that can exert on
the properties of polymers. Novel methods to control polymer
structure and characterization, novel architectures for
polymers, and novel concepts on nano scale materials with
hitherto unknown properties have come into existence.
Further spectacular developments in terms of polymer science
are a key theme of the present proceedings. POLYCHAR has
made significant contributions to polymer characterization
since the first conference on Polymer Characterization
(POLYCHAR) was held in North Texas in 1993.
World Forum on Advanced Materials was organized at
Nara Women's University in Nara City (old capital of Japan),
the most beautiful and historical cities of Japan, April
17-22, 2006. 260 attendees from 35 countries presented
272 papers (including 63 invited lectures) for exciting
discussions. The focus of POLYCHAR-14 was on the characterization
of advanced materials, and on the synthesis, processing,
manufacturing and properties. The forum included sessions
on: Characterization, Nanocomposites, Physical Properties,
Syntheses, Surface, Interface and Thin Films. All contributions
provided a gauge of the contemporary understanding of
advanced materials responsible for better life and comfort.
Polychar-14 was supported by many scientific associations
such as International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
(IUPAC), the Society of Polymer Science (Japan), The Society
of Rheology (Japan), The Commemorative Organization for
the Japan World Exposition 70, Inoue Foundation for Science,
The Kao Foundation for Science, Nara Convention Bureau
and Nara Women's University and from eleven Japanese companies.
would like to express our gratitude to all participants
and sponsors for supporting the conference, and to the
organizing committee members for their great effort and
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