11th International Conference on Commercial Applications for Inherently Conductive Polymers

September 14, 2004

Pittsburgh, PA, September 14, 2004 - University and industry leaders are set to present their pioneering work at the 11th Annual International Conference on Commercial Applications for Inherently Conductive Polymers (ICPs). The world renowned conference, to be held Oct. 6-7 in Pittsburgh, PA, will provide a state-of-the-art overview of ICPs -- plastics with the inherent ability to conduct electricity and that promise to generate many billions of dollars in revenues.

ICPs are revolutionizing the production of coatings that prevent corrosion or that dissipate static electricity. They also are transforming the development of organic plastics, including transistors, organic light-emitting diodes, sensors, nanofibers, photovoltaics, smart materials, and conductive adhesives and inks. The conference will focus on ICP materials technology and applications currently being evaluated and implemented by industry leaders in the coatings and electronics markets. Sponsors for the event include: Bayer MaterialScience, Carnegie Mellon University, Fractal Systems, H.C. Starck, Innovation Works, PPG Industries, Plextronics, and TH Hilson.

Dr. Richard McCullough, Dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University, will give the keynote address on Thursday, Oct. 7. A leading innovator on the commercialization of ICPs with his discovery of regioregular polythiophenes, he will discuss "Conducting Polymer Nanostructures."

"ICPs are a viable material for both the coatings and electronics industries. Their implementation will dramatically challenge existing markets, as well as propel new ones. I am thrilled to be speaking with such a world-class group of experts. Their participation proves that ICPs are a viable and important material for revolutionary applications," stated McCullough.

The conference opens with talks by Dr. Matt Aldissi, President, Fractal Systems, who will provide an overview of ICPs, and Dr. Shawn Williams, Chief Technology Officer, Plextronics, who will discuss recent advances in the commercialization of regioregular poly(3-substituted)thiophenes.

The conference will then shift to Coatings and Electrostatic Dissipation applications. These markets for ICP-based products are estimated to be in the $10's of billions. Topics will focus on new applications for corrosion control, composite and fibers, and shielding/electrostatic dissipation. Speakers addressing these applications include:Electronics is an accelerating market for ICP implementation. Motorola estimates that "plastic chips" will be the catalyst for a $300 billion market. This emerging territory will be defined by new technologies still being developed. According to Andy Hannah, President and CEO of Plextronics, "Scientists are still searching for the perfect material for organic electronics, and ICPs have the opportunity to lead the way."

Industry experts will discuss these innovative applications during the event. They include:A detailed conference program can be found on the conference website: www.conductivepolymers.com. For further details, please contact conference headquarters at 1-412-423-2030 ext. 220.
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