Atomic Force Microscope Leader Park Systems Presents Webinar on Smart Polymers in Nanotechnology and Microscopy

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Park Systems, world leader in atomic force microscopy (AFM) is offering a nanotechnology webinar titled Stimuli-Responsive Polymers on April 7, 2016 at 9am PST. Smart polymers have emerged with great potential with many new developments using Park Atomic Force Micrscope nanotechnogy microscopy because scientists can now image how the properties change in the presence of another field such as electrical, temperature, light, or pH.

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“Park Systems’ advanced AFM nanoscale microscopy capabilities enable the scientific investigation and advancement of research of stimili-responsive or smart polymers and their assemblies.”

Park Systems, worldleader in atomic force microscopy (AFM) is offering a nanotechnology webinar titled Stimuli-Responsive Polymers on April 7, 2016 at 9am PST. The popularity of smart polymers is based on a multidisciplinary scientific approach into the chemistry that induces conformational changes in polymer structures and how to control them. Park Systems’ AFM systems are important as they produce highly accurate 2D and 3D microscopic images that identify, at the nanoscale level, all of the various reactions polymers have to external stimuli. This webinar given by Dr. Rigoberto Advincula, a leading expert in polymers and materials,will explore many aspects of the latest stimuli-responsive polymer research. To register go

“Smart polymers have emerged with great potential and enabled many new scientific developments because they change their properties in the presence of another field such as electrical, temperature, light, or pH,” states Professor Rigoberto Advincula of Case Western Reserve University. “Park Systems’ advanced AFM nanoscale microscopy capabilities enable the scientific investigation and advancement of research of smart polymers and their assemblies.”

Smart polymers which can be biocompatible have toughened properties, strong, resilient, flexible, and easy-to-sharpen and color. The responses are manifested as changes in one or more of the following: shape, surface characteristic, solubility, formation of an intricate molecular assembly, a sol-gel transition and others. Smart polymers are becoming more prevalent because they respond to field or gradient effects that include temperature, pH, light, pressure, etc. and are considered to be stimuli-responsive where the change can be reversible or irreversible. The resulting property gives the polymer or the material the capability to be adaptable, self-healing and can assume unusual properties usually observed only in nature.

The webinar will give an overview of these materials systems and how they may find practical applications in fluids, coatings, and parts, biomedicine and other areas of research.

“Park NanoAcademy is proud to offer this extraordinary webinar on smart polymers, which have already generated enthusiasm in personalized medicine in exciting areas such as drug delivery, tissue regeneration, bone regrowth and even DNA repair and certainly offer many other scientific advancements yet undiscovered,” comments Keibock Lee, President of Park Systems. “All of Park Systems nanotechnology webinars are free and are a great opportunity for shared knowledge designed to support scientists and engineers currently studying applications in the many fields of nanotechnology and microscopy research.”

AFM enables the investigation of stimuli-responsive polymers and their assemblies as deposited on flat film substrates or the in-situ or ex-situ application of different fields that will results in morphological, topological, or surface wetting (forces) behavior. Increasingly, the number of tandem contact or non-contact modes that measure changes in conductivity, magnetic response, shear, and indentation, enable a more accurate representation of the field response or order-disorder, created by the field effect.

The change in stimuli-responsive polymers is triggered by the presence of these field effects and their ability to respond to these fields in a quantitative manner translating into changes in viscosity, solubility, porosity, and wetting. So certain properties can be "turned on" or "turned off" in the presence of these fields. Gradients mean that you can tune these properties at different degrees or rates.

Other areas that can be considered stimuli-responsive are micellization and gelation behavior in polymers which means that block copolymer amphiphiles or cross-linkable polymers (physical or chemical), can result in dramatic change in their ability to equilibrate, sequester, or release molecules for instance in the example of drug delivery applications.
This webinar is part of an ongoing series offered by Park Systems’ Nano Academy, a platform for providing education and shared knowledge on the latest nanotechnology advancements. To register for this webinar, go to:

About Park Systems

Park Systems is a world-leading manufacturer of atomic force microscopy (AFM) systems with a complete range of products for researchers and industry engineers in chemistry, materials, physics, life sciences, semiconductor and data storage industries. Park’s products are used by over a thousand of institutions and corporations worldwide. Park’s AFM provides highest data accuracy at nanoscale resolution, superior productivity, and lowest operating cost thanks to its unique technology and innovative engineering. Park Systems, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Clara, California with its global manufacturing, and R&D headquarters in Korea. Park’s products are sold and supported worldwide with regional headquarters in the US, Korea, Japan, and Singapore, and distribution partners throughout Europe, Asia, and America. Please visit or call 408-986-1110 for more information.

About Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
Dr. Rigoberto Advincula is Full Professor at the Dept. of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University and is recognized industry-wide as an expert regarding polymer and materials research. His work has appeared in over 540 industry publications and received 11 patents and he is the recipient of numerous awards including Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Herman Mark Scholar Award of the Polymer Division, and Humboldt Fellow.The Advincula Research Group investigates the area of molecular, macromolecular, and supramolecular synthesis and structure of polymers and nanomaterials capable of controlled-assembly to form ultrathin films and dispersions including fluids, proppants, emulsions, coatings, plastics, nanocomposites, packaging, corrosion, pharmaceutics, sensors, biomedical devices, and electronics.

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