A very happy and successful 2015 for everyone!
To kick-off nicely the new year, don’t forget to submit your abstract to symposium R at E-MRS Lille 2015!
Link – Symposia R
Link – E-MRS Event
Abstract submission deadline is Thurs Jan 15th.
|SPRING 15 R: Block-copolymer self assembly for nanotechnology applications|
Self-assembly of block copolymers can be used to design and control the shape and dimension of resulting nanostructures. These materials are currently incorporated into fabrication processes or directly into devices as functional materials.They represent a potent platform for fundamental studies at the nanoscale and for application-driven investigation.
This symposium will focus on block copolymer self-assembling as a tool to fabricate functional nanostructured materials. These block copolymers can hierarchically assemble into chemically distinct domains with size and periodicity on the order of 10 nm or below, offering a potentially inexpensive route to generate large-area nanostructured materials. The final structure characteristics of these materials are dictated by the properties of the elementary block copolymers, like chain length, volume fraction or degree of block incompatibility. Modern synthetic chemistry offers the possibility to design these macromolecules with very specific length scales and geometries, directly embodying in the macromolecules the “code” that drives their self- assembling process. The understanding of the kinetics and thermodynamics of the block copolymer self assembly process in the bulk phase as well as in thin films represents a fundamental prerequisite toward the exploitation of these materials. Incorporating block copolymer into device fabrication procedures or directly into devices, as active elements, will lead to the development of a new generation of devices fabricated using the fundamental law of nature to our advantage in order to minimize cost and power consumption in the fabrication process.Moreover the capability to precisely organize these nano-objects on appropriate substrates is the key point to support the technological development of new device concepts with predictable characteristics based on these nano-materials.
In the next coming years this area of research, at the intersection between fundamental science and technology, is expected to disclose additional insights in the physics of the self-assembly process and to delineate unforeseen applications for these materials. The workshop is expected to define a platform for the discussion of the main challenges in this research field bringing together scientists, engineers and students working on all the aspects of block copolymer self assembly, from fundamental physics and chemistry issues to the final application in functional device.
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