Physics Colloquium: Professor Yuval Ne'eman Memorial Lecture


Professor Ludwik Leibler, ESPCI, Paris

23 February 2014, 16:00 
Shenkar Building, Melamed Hall 006 
Physics Colloquium

The Emilio Segre Distinguished Lectures in Physics of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation
Professor Yuval Ne'eman Memorial Lecture
Introductory Remarks: Prof. Yaron Oz , Prof. David Andelman
Presentation of the “Academic Achievement” Scholarship in memory of Professor Yuval Ne'eman 
to Ms. Michal Shaviv - Ph.D. Student

The Emilio Segre Distinguished Lectures in Physics of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation

Professor Yuval Ne'eman Memorial Lecture



Speaker: Professor Ludwik Leibler, ESPCI, Paris, France





During cooling, silica, the archetype glass-former gradually increases its viscosity over a wide temperature range. Silica is not soluble. In striking contrast, all organic and polymer glass forming liquids increase their viscosity and rigidify abruptly when cooled and are soluble. We introduced the concept and synthesized, vitrimers, polymer materials that undergo gradual glass transition like silica. Vitrimers are polymer networks that are able to change their topology without changing the total number of bonds through thermo-activated catalytically controlled exchange reactions. Solid at low temperatures and malleable when heated yet insoluble whatever the temperature, vitrimers constitute the third class of polymers along with thermoplastics and thermosets (elastomers). Since they can be shaped, assembled, repaired and recycled just like the glass, besides opening intriguing perspectives in both physics and chemistry, vitrimers should rapidly find applications in automotive, electronics, airplane, and coatings industries.

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