Featured speaker and symposium chair
Petra Pötschke, Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research (IPF), Dresden, Germany
Dr. Petra Pötschke heads the department “Functional Nanocomposites and Blends” at Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF), Germany. She studied mechanical process engineering at Technische Universität Dresden and completed her PhD in 1988. Her research was focused on the rheological behaviour of solid materials under different strain deformations. Since 1988, she has worked as a scientist in the Department of Polymer Reactions and Blends at IPF Dresden, Germany. Her main research interest is in the field of multicomponent polymer based materials, which covers a wide range of materials such as immiscible polymer blends, blends with hyper-branched polymers, thermoplastic polyurethanes and carbon nanotube-polymer composites.
In 2000/ 2001 she worked with Prof. Donald R. Paul at the University of Texas at Austin (Texas, USA) at the Chemical Engineering Department on multiphase blend systems, which was supported by the grant scheme of the Max-Kade Foundation, New York. Since then she has focused on carbon nanotube filled composites and till 2012 she headed the working group “composites and Blends containing Carbon Nanostructures”. She has published more than 150 papers in journals and edited in 2011 with Tony McNally a book on Polymer-Carbon Nanotube Composites.
For more information please see: http://www.ipfdd.de/en/people/personal-homepages/dr-petra-poetschke/