Miscibility and Transport in Polymer Nanocomposites

Friday, May 10, 2013 ( 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm )

Location: Burchard 430, Stevens Institute of Technology

Frances Flanigan, fflaniga@stevens.edu

Sanat K. Kumar

Department of Chemical Engineering

Columbia University, New York, NY


While much interest has been focused on the practical uses of polymer-nanoparticle hybrids, very little is understood about the science that underpins this important class of materials. For example, the factors governing the equilibrium miscibility of polymers and particles are not understood. In the same vein, the dynamics of these materials (viscosity and diffusion coefficients), which control their processing, are not explored, even though a range of very unexpected experimental results have been found. This talk will be a series of vignettes, a few experimental but mostly theoretical, that will consider several of these interrelated issues.


Sanat K. Kumar is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, Sanat worked at RPI between 2002-2006 and at Penn State between 1989-2002. Sanat obtained his ScD in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1987 and his BSc from IIT in 1981.