Course Catalog

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.

Course Locations

Date

May 20 - 25, 2018

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

location notes

pricing notes


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

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.

Date

August 5 - 10, 2018

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

Hilton Garden Inn Blacksburg
900 Plantation Road,
Blacksburg, VA 24060

location notes

pricing notes


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

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.

Date

November 25 - 30, 2018

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

location notes

pricing notes


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

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.

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.