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.

Information

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

Sunday
Check in at 5:00 p.m. The first class begins at 5:30.

  • Outline of Course
  • Survey of Polymer Science
  • Classes of Polymers and General Types of Polymerization
  • Step-Growth

Monday

  • Step-Growth Thermosetting Polymerization
  • Synthesis of Polymers
  • Free Radical Polymerization
  • Copolymerization
  • Synthesis (Ionic) of Polymers
  • Living and Ring Opening Polymerization
  • Polymerization Labs
  • Characterization of Polymers

Tuesday

  • Block and Graft Copolymers
  • Intrinsic Viscosity Lab
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography
  • Polyolefins
  • Polymerization and FTIR Labs
  • Morphology and Its Characterization

Wednesday

  • Basic Rheology I
  • Structure/Morphology
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Viscoelasticity

Thursday

  • Basic Rheology II
  • Synthesis of Polymers, Polyurethanes
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Structure-Properties, Rheology
  • Degradation and Stabilization of Polymers
  • Social Hour (Cash Bar)/Banquet (Provided)

 

Friday

 

  • Accelerated Testing
  • Structure-Property Relationships

 

Course Locations

Date

May 31 - June 5, 2015

Check-in opens at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday night. The first class begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10:10 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 University

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 9 - 14, 2015

Check-in opens at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday night. The first class begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10:10 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 University

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

November 29 - December 4, 2015

Check-in opens at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday night. The first class begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10:10 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 University

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

November 30 - December 5, 2014

Check-in opens at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday night. The first class begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10:10 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 University

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

  • Garth L. Wilkes

    is Emeritus University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, Virginia and teaches as part of the lecture/laboratory courses Polymer Chemistry: Principles and Practice and Fundamentals of Polymers and Interfaces for Adhesives, Composites, and Sustainable Structures.

  • 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 Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, Virginia and teaches as part of the lecture/laboratory courses Polymer Chemistry: Principles and Practice and Fundamentals of Polymers and Interfaces for Adhesives, Composites, and Sustainable Structures.

  • Timothy E. Long

    is Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech and teaches as part of the lecture/laboratory course Polymer Chemistry: Principles and Practice.