January 14, 1994
Dear Dr. Lin,
Previous discussion regarding training session
In our last conversation, in December, I mentioned
the possibility of arranging a short-course on Molecular Simulation.
I have already received your letter dated December 10. Thank you for
your valuable suggestions concerning the development of molecular
simulation at UCL.
General theme of proposed seminar As
you previously stated, molecular simulation is an effective tool
for facilitating the identification of polymer structure and
application. I also agree that the introduction of Molecular
Simulation at UCL would stimulate a more thorough understanding,
and much related research activity in the area of polymer
morphology-structure property relationships.
Background information of your laboratory's
research interests The current and future topics to
be undertaken at the Polymer Division include Morphology
Control Polymer Blends, Interface/Adhesion of Thermoplastic
Composite, and Polymer Additive/Processing Aid Behavior in Polymer
Matrixes. Therefore, many of our future research activities will
be related to adhesion, surface, interface and interaction forces.
The systems we would like to employ may be primarily related to
polymer blends and coation/surface treatments. I hope that through
this short training program, we can determine the systems and
research topics that need to be focused on.
Specific topics to be covered in the seminar
The following topics may be a helpful guide when determining the content
of a short training course. Of course, you should feel free to ammend or
expand any of these topics.
1. Current developments and the application of MS in Polymer research
2. Applications of co-polymer composition/structure/property (specific
topics of interest: hexamethyldiamine, adipic acid, terephthalic acid
copolymer property and structure)
3. Polyolefin (PE, PP, PS) Conformation/Properties (system of particular
interest: Metallocene Based Polymers)
4. Adhesion/Interface: Polymer Blends and Tire Cords (Nylon 6, Nylon 66,
PET) in Rubber
5. Surface Treatment/Adhesion (Thin Film Formation on Polymer Surface,
i.e., Plasma, Chemical Vapor Deposition and Adhesion with Polymer
Substrates, such as PC and PMMA)
The above topics are simply for your reference. Topics #3 and #5 can be
prioritized, with #2 and #3 as the minor emphases. I hope related
fundamental concepts (Theory, Basis and Structure of MS) and the
state-of-the-art MS technology can also be included in the training
I look forward to your response to some of these above mentioned concerns.