Advances in Epoxy Chemistry conference held in August 2008

Advances in electronics, in energy -efficient transport technology and in energy generation from renewable sources require parallel advances in polymer chemistry.

Epoxy group chemistry is key to all these areas. Advanced epoxy composites contribute to the increasing use of plastics in modern aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Toughened epoxy adhesives allow cars to be lighter and yet more crash resistant. Other epoxies hold together the blades of wind turbines, or the electronics in your phone, laptop or iPod.

The Materials Chemistry Group and Republic of Ireland Regional Group organised an event to bring recent exciting developments in epoxy chemistry together in a single forum. It took place on 28-29 August 2008, at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Topics ranged from novel synthetic methods and structure-property relationships of new epoxy-based composite materials, to the latest developments in industrial applications.

A diverse panel of speakers from academia, industry and government included contributors from Dow Chemical, Henkel, Kaneka, the UK Ministry of Defence, itc-cpv Karlsruhe, Texas A&M University, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Limerick, and the University of Mainz.

Gordon Armstrong and David Birkett
Materials Chemistry Group
Republic of Ireland International Group

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