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COMPLETED: 4th International Symposium on Polymer Materials Science


The 4th International Symposium on Polymers Materials Science will be held October 28th and 29th 2010 at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The Symposium shall (1) exchange research materials, publications, posters, presentations, and other relevant information on polymer and soft matter thin films and surfaces, dynamics, multicomponent systems, and chemistry; (2) facilitate exchange of faculty members, research scholars, and students; and (3) enable establishment of joint research activities between the invited parties.



The mutual scientific interest between NIST Polymers Division and Japanese scientists from Kyoto University began long ago during the early-stage careers of Dr. Charles Han and Professor Takeji Hashimoto. These led to long-standing interest that led to numerous technical interactions and development of a new generation of polymer scientists. As many Japanese scientists returned to Universities throughout Japan after their long-term postdoctoral affiliation with NIST, Symposia were formalized to encourage the interactions. In the recent-past three KIPS-NIST Joint Symposium on Polymer Science were held in 2000, 2003, and 2005 at alternate campus locations, starting in Kyoto. In 2005, a formal agreement continued the joint-technical interactions that led to the First International Symposium on Polymer Materials Science held in Kyoto, Japan in 2006. This was followed by Symposia in Gaithersburg, Maryland USA in 2007, and Nagoya, Japan in 2008. It is with great pleasure that the 4th Symposium will be held at NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA on October 28-29, 2010.


All topics on polymer and materials sciences including Thin films and surfaces, dynamics, multi-component systems, and polymer chemistry.


Invited speakers are listed under the following Sessions:

Introduction and Welcome    

  • E. Lin
  • Q. Tran-Cong-Miyata
  • A. Karim

Thin Films and Surfaces 

  • G. Stein, University of Houston
  • R. Joseph Kline, NIST
  • K. Page, NIST
  • T. Yamao, Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • A. Karim, University of Akron


  • R. Weiss, University of Akron
  • K. Migler, NIST
  • T. Kanaya, Kyoto University
  • R. Nozaki, Hokkaido University
  • O. Urakawa, Osaka University

Multicomponent Systems

  • Q. Tran-Cong-Miyata, Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • S. Sakurai, Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • Y. Matsushita, Nagoya University
  • M. Nagao, NIST Center for Neutron Research
  • Y. Nishikawa, Kyoto Institute of Technology


  • M. Becker, University of Akron
  • S. Lin-Gibson, NIST
  • L. Huffman, NIST
  • N. Tsutsumi, Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • T. Suga, Waseda University


Start Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010
End Date: Friday, October 29, 2010
Location: Advanced Measurment Laboratory (AML) Building 215/ Room C103 NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Audience: Other
Format: Symposium


The University of Akron (UA)

Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)



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