28. 10. 2013. Seminar: Petar S. Uskoković


Monday 28 October 2013 at 12:30PM
IPB Library

Petar S. Uskoković
Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade

Nanoparticles, Nanotubes, Graphene and their polymer composites: Potential application in the areas of construction materials, catalysis, water purification and drug delivery

The talk will present a short overview of research performed at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy (Lab of Composite materials and NANOTECH FTM) related to nanoparticles, nanotubes and graphenes, their functionalisation, characterization and implementation in various fields. The exceptional properties of nanomaterials enable the plethora of applications in neat and functionalised state as well as embedded in various polymer matrices.

 The ability of studied nanomaterials to disperse in polymer matrices, serve as catalyst carriers and sorbents or to improve the pharmacological and therapeutic profile of a drug molecule is hampered due to its strong intermolecular van der Waals interactions. The talk

will detail selective approaches to improve dispersion and deagglomeration as well as surface decoration with functional groups and realize the great capability of nanomaterials, which enables chemical covalent or non-covalent bonding with the material of interest.

 Talk will focus on several topics of implementation of which we can stress the application of nanoparticles and graphenes in polymer composites and flexible electronics, the use of carbon nanotubes as sorbents for removal of heavy metal ions from water, catalysts carriers and nanovehicles for drug delivery. Prospects for future experiments using these material configurations to fabricate co-axial electrospun nanocomposite membranes, filters and scaffolds/implants with mechanical integrity and possibility of real-life implementation will be presented.