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  1. 1. Micro-scale Polymer Processing 2: Multiscale Modelling of Entangled Polymers
  2. 2. Polymer Processing in the 21st century? Reaction Chemistry Molecular shape Melt Rheology “Good processing”
  3. 3. The Scaffold Concept INDUSTRY Solid state Materials testing Properties Modelling Model Processing Flow Rig Processing Flow computation Molecular Configuration Probes Advanced Rheological Characterisation Rheology Molecular Theory Polymer characterisation Synthesis Synthesis Scale up
  4. 4. The Principle • “Follow the processing path of Solid state Materials testing well characterised Modelling polymers from synthesis through Model Processing Flow Rig processing and Flow computation Molecular Configuration property evaluation Probes combined with the Advanced Rheological Characterisation parallel development of a Molecular Theory mathematical and Polymer characterisation computational Synthesis Scale up protocol.”
  5. 5. The μPP2 Structure A Matrix approach to Industrial demand and technical opportunity Platform V: Solid State Properties Platform IV: Flow Visualisation Platform III: Experimental Probes Platform II: Theoretical Molecular Modelling Platform I: Synthesis and Characterisation Stm2: TOOLBOX Stm3: 2-PHASE Stm1: CRYSTAL
  6. 6. The μPP2 Management + Special task groups: • Rheology team • Synthesis team • Solid State team • Flow solving software team • PDRA conference
  7. 7. The μPP2 in numbers ~ £5 000 000 (EPSRC) Funding ~ £500 000 (Industrial Partners – membership fee) 4 years (2006 – 2009) Duration Organisations 8 UK and European Universities 8 Chemical and Polymer Industries 24 Academic Faculty and Staff Members Academic participants 26 Postdoctoral and Research Associates Synthesis and Experimental •Polymer •Theoretical Areas of Rheology and Polymer Interest •Multi-phase systems Processing •Crystallizing Polymers •Scattering Methods and Optical •Software development Visualization •Knowledge Transfer •Solid State Properties
  8. 8. The Academic Team Tom McLeish, Peter Olmsted, Oliver Harlen, Peter Hine, Peter Jimack, Alexei Likhtman, Daniel Read, Rozen Tenchev, Mark Walkley, John Embery, Jorge Ramirez, Chinmay Das, Richard Graham, Harley Klein, Dietmar Auhl, Kamakshi Jagannathan, Manlio Tassieri, Suneel Kunamaneni, Michael Kapnistos, Frederico Roschzttardtz, Ahamadi Malidi. Malcolm Mackley, David Hassell, Simon Butler, Moises Garcia- Morales, Tim Lord Paul Buckley, Huaxiang Li , Davide de Focatiis Lian Hutchins, Nigel Clarke, Eduardo de Luca, Solomon Kumani, Jonathan Dodds Tony Ryan, Ellen Heeley, Patrick Fairclough, Ron Young, Christine Fernyhough, Sasha Mykhaylyk, Pierre Chambon Phil Coates, Tim Gough, Fin Caton-Rose Han Meijer, Leon Govaert, Gerit Peters, Rudi Steenbakkers Helen Wilson, Mehmet Sahin
  9. 9. The Past & Future of Polymer R&D Z Tadmor, Workshop : Touchstones of modern polymer processing, 2002
  10. 10. Knowledge Transfer Role • Liaison between Academia and Industry. • Investigate feasibility of suggested projects within μPP framework. Identify goals of project. • Identify people, expertise and resources to be put together and have the job done. • Follow the progress and provide timeframes within the projects should be deliverable. • Ensure confidentiality of research and data and knowledge exchange.
  11. 11. Final Notes business •Gap exists between polymer science and processing & performance. •Advances in molecular rheology can science technology integrate business needs with scientific expertise and technology. •A strategic project has to be established for a thriving relationship between university and industry to drive innovations. •For project ideas to succeed both technically and economically, we have to work with other businesses in the product life cycle.