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Advanced Materials

Materials, research—current issues and future directions

Authors

  • Dr. John W. Collette,

    1. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc. Central Research & Development, Experimental Station, Building 328 Wilmington, DE 19 898 (USA)
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    • was chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Advanced Materials Conference held for the 50th anniversary of Nylon. A native of Calgary, Canada, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1958. He then joined Du Pont and has held a variety of managerial positions in polymer research and development. In 1987 he assumed his present position as Assistant to the Vice President of the Central R & D department. He holds 28 patents and has authored 22 publications in the fields of synthetic elastomers, high performance coatings, and polymerization catalysis.

  • Dr. Joel S. Miller

    1. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc. Central Research & Development, Experimental Station, Building 328 Wilmington, DE 19 898 (USA)
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    • received his Ph.D. from UCLA (1971). After a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University he joined the Xerox Webster Research Center in 1972 and in 1978 the Occidental Research Corporation. In 1983 he joined the Central R & D Department at Du Pont where he is currently a Research Supervisor for solid state science. His research interests focus on the solid state properties of molecular compounds and charge transfer complexes as well as the surface modification of solids. In addition to holding patents he has edited five monographs and published over 160 papers.


Abstract

Technological advances in Europe and the USA which culminated, 50 years ago, in the commercialization of Nylon opened the way for the full scale development of synthetic materials. The Advanced Materials Conference held in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, in October 1988 as part of this 50th anniversary celebration, covered a wide spectrum of issues in materials science. John Collette and Joel Miller, organizers of the conference, introduce a series of reviews based on the lectures which took place.

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