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Polymer Chemistry: Principles and Practice

This six-day course is taught by five Virginia Tech professors and is designed for all education levels. Students can expect to learn about polymer synthesis, molecular weight determination, characterization of rheological and viscoelastic behavior; gain a better understanding of polymer structure and morphology, and mechanical testing; study elastomers, plastics, and fibers; learn from practical examples from fields of adhesion and composites; and understand the measurement of properties of polymers, which are then discussed as functions of chemical composition, molecular weight, topology, morphology, etc.

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Course Details

Key Topics

  • Polymer synthesis, molecular weight determination, characterization of rheological and viscoelastic behavior.
  • Polymer structure and morphology, mechanical testing.
  • Elastomers, plastics, and fibers.
  • Adhesion and composites.
  • Measurement of properties of polymers, discussed as functions of chemical composition, molecular weight, topology, morphology, etc.

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This six-day course is taught by five Virginia Tech professors and is designed for all education levels. Students can expect to learn about polymer synthesis, molecular weight determination, characterization of rheological and viscoelastic behavior; gain a better understanding of polymer structure and morphology, and mechanical testing; study elastomers, plastics, and fibers; learn from practical examples from fields of adhesion and composites; and understand the measurement of properties of polymers, which are then discussed as functions of chemical composition, molecular weight, topology, morphology, etc.

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Who Should Attend

Any research chemist, engineer, physicist, or technician who works or is beginning to work with polymers and their applications.

Managers in the polymer industry will greatly benefit from this in-depth, lecture-laboratory course.

The course is structured for all educational levels, from bachelor degree through Ph.D. No prior knowledge of polymer science is assumed.

Benefits

  • Learn about polymer synthesis, molecular weight determination, characterization of rheological and viscoelastic behavior.
  • Gain a better understanding of polymer structure and morphology, mechanical testing.
  • Study elastomers, plastics, and fibers.
  • Learn from practical examples from fields of adhesion and composites.
  • Understand the measurement of properties of polymers, which are then discussed as functions of chemical composition, molecular weight, topology, morphology, etc.

Agenda

Daily Schedule

All lectures are at the Inn at Virginia Tech, second floor. Laboratory sessions will be in Hahn Hall North, Hahn Hall South, Kelly Hall (formerly ICTAS I) and ICTAS II as shown below. A guide will escort participants to labs. In case of inclement weather, a van will be provided at the front door of The Inn immediately following lecture.

 

SUNDAY

ALL   4:30 5:00 PM   Registration
ALL   5:00 5:50 PM   Welcoming and Outline of Course (Long)
ALL   5:50 6:00 PM   Break
ALL   6:00 7:15 PM   Survey of Polymer Science (Long)
ALL   7:15 7:30 PM   Break
ALL   7:30 9:00 PM   Introduction to Step-Growth Polymerization (Long)

 

MONDAY

ALL   8:00 9:00 AM   Thermosets (Riffle)
ALL   9:00 9:10 AM   Break
ALL   9:10 10:20 AM   Synthesis of Polymers, Free Radical Polymerization (Long)
ALL   10:20 10:30 AM   Break
ALL   10:30 11:30 AM   Free Radical Copolymerization (Riffle)
ALL   11:30 11:40 AM   Break
ALL   11:40 12:30 PM   Living Polymerization (Riffle)
ALL   12:30 1:15 PM   Lunch Together
ALL   1:25 3:00 PM   Polymerization Labs, Kelly Hall (Riffle)
ALL   3:00 3:20 PM   Return to Lectures – Break
ALL   3:20 4:15 PM   Introduction to the Amorphous State of Polymeric Materials (Wilkes)
ALL   4:15 4:25 PM   Break
ALL   4:25 5:15 PM   Ring-Opening Polymerization (Riffle)
ALL   5:15 7:00 PM   Dinner, your choice
ALL   7:00 8:15 PM   Morphology (Moore)
ALL   8:15 8:30 PM   Break
ALL   8:30 10:00 PM   Characterization of Morphology (Moore)

 

TUESDAY

ALL   8:00 9:15 AM   Block and Graft Copolymers (Riffle)
ALL   9:15 9:30 AM   Break
ALL   9:45 11:45 AM   Polymerization Labs, ICTAS II (Long)
ALL   12:00 1:00 PM   Lunch Together
ALL   1:00 2:15 PM   Thermal Analysis (Moore)
ALL   2:15 2:25 PM   Break
ALL   2:25 3:15 PM   Polyolefins (Long)
ALL    3:20 5:00 PM   Polymerization Labs, Hahn Hall South 3001 and 3009 (Long/Moore)
ALL   5:00 6:30 PM   Molecular Weight Characterization and Influence (Long)
        Tuesday Evening Free

 

WEDNESDAY

ALL   8:00 9:20 AM   Polymer Rheology (Wilkes)
ALL   9:20 9:30 AM   Break
ALL   9:30 Noon   Thermal Analysis Lab, 307 Hahn Hall North (Moore/Long)
ALL   12:00 1:00 PM   Lunch Together
ALL   1:00 1:45 PM   SEC/APC Lab, 285 ICTAS II (Long)
ALL   2:00 2:15 PM   Break
ALL   2:15 3:15 PM   Viscoelasticity and Free Volume (Moore)
ALL   3:30 6:00 PM   Rheology, Crystallinity and Physical AgingDiscussions (Wilkes)
        Wednesday Evening Free

 

THURSDAY

ALL   8:00 9:00 AM   Polymer Rheology (Wilkes)
ALL   9:00 9:10 AM   Break
ALL   9:10 10:00 AM   Polyurethanes (Long)
ALL   10:00 10:15 AM   Break
ALL   10:15 11:15 PM   Accelerated Testing(Moore)
ALL   11:15 12:15 PM   Mechanical Testing I (calculators/laptops needed) (Moore)
ALL   12:15 1:00 PM   Lunch Together
ALL   1:00 2:00 PM   Mechanical Testing II (Moore)
ALL   2:00 2:15 PM   Break
ALL   2:15 4:30 PM   Rheology and Crystallization Lectures (Wilkes)
ALL   5:00 6:30 PM   ACS Networking Event, Bull & Bones, casual dress.
        (Sponsored by the American Chemical Society)

 

FRIDAY

ALL   8:00 9:15 AM   Strain-Induced Crystallization of Polymers (Wilkes)
ALL   9:15 9:30 AM   Break
ALL   9:30 10:30 AM   Introduction to Biomaterials (Riffle)
ALL   10:30 11:30 AM   Degradation and Stabilization of Polymers (Riffle)

 

 

 

Course Locations

Date

April 9 - 14, 2017

Check-in opens at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The first class begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Lecture sessions will be held in the Cascades Room at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

Laboratory sessions will be held in the Chemistry Department at Virginia Tech.

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Venue

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8000
The closest airport to Blacksburg is in Roanoke, VA, about an hour\\\\\\\\\\’s ride from Blacksburg. Limousine service is available between Roanoke Airport and Blacksburg; for scheduling and reservation information, call (800) 288-1958 or (540) 345-7710 . For those wishing to rent a car, all major rental car agencies have facilities at the Roanoke Airport.


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Standard $3,595 $3,795
Date

August 6 - 11, 2017

Check-in opens at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The first class begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Lecture sessions will be held in the Cascades Room at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

Laboratory sessions will be held in the Chemistry Department at Virginia Tech.

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Venue

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8000
The closest airport to Blacksburg is in Roanoke, VA, about an hour\\\\\\\\\\’s ride from Blacksburg. Limousine service is available between Roanoke Airport and Blacksburg; for scheduling and reservation information, call (800) 288-1958 or (540) 345-7710 . For those wishing to rent a car, all major rental car agencies have facilities at the Roanoke Airport.


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Standard $3,595 $3,795
Date

December 3 - 8, 2017

Check-in opens at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The first class begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Lecture sessions will be held in the Cascades Room at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

Laboratory sessions will be held in the Chemistry Department at Virginia Tech.

Register Online Register Via Mail

Venue

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8000
The closest airport to Blacksburg is in Roanoke, VA, about an hour\\\\\\\\\\’s ride from Blacksburg. Limousine service is available between Roanoke Airport and Blacksburg; for scheduling and reservation information, call (800) 288-1958 or (540) 345-7710 . For those wishing to rent a car, all major rental car agencies have facilities at the Roanoke Airport.


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Standard $3,595 $3,795

About the Instructors

  • Judy S. Riffle

    Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, studies the synthesis of functionalized homopolymers and block copolymers and their activity in metal complexation and particle formation and in understanding structure-property relationships in thermoset copolymer networks.

  • Robert B. Moore

    is a Professor of Chemistry and the Director of the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Graduate Degree Program at Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, Virginia.

  • Timothy E. Long

    has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry since 1999 and serves as the Director of Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (MII) at Virginia Tech. He spent nearly a decade as a research scientist at Eastman Kodak Company before returning to Virginia Tech as a Professor in the Department of Chemistry.

  • Michael J. Bortner, Ph.D.

    has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2013. He has a decade of industry experience working in polymer and composite materials and process development. He was a Senior Process Engineer at Nuvotronics and a VP of Manufacturing Process Development at NanoSonic before returning to Virginia Tech as a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.