Course Catalog

Polymer Science and Technology

This course gives an overview of the polymer field from the synthesis of polymers to characterization, properties, and applications of polymers. Emphasis is placed on how the various synthetic methods are used to control structural features such as molecular weight, branching, crosslinking, and crystallinity. The effect of molecular structure on these properties and the utilization of polymers are discussed in detail.

Course Details

Key Topics

  • Polymer Properties and Characterization
  • Thermodynamics of Polymer Solutions
  • Transitions, Thermal Analyses, and Spectroscopy
  • Rheology and Mechanical Properties
  • Polymer Processing and Synthesis
  • Step (Condensation) Polymerization, Thermosetting, Free Radical Chain, Emulsion, Cationic, and Anionic Polymerization
  • Copolymerization, Ring-Opening Polymerization, and Stereospecific Polymerization
  • Synthetic Reactions of Polymers

Information

This course gives an overview of the polymer field from the synthesis of polymers to characterization, properties, and applications of polymers. All major synthetic methods are considered: step (condensation) polymerization, chain (addition) polymerization with ionic and radical variations, copolymerization, stereospecific polymerization, ring-opening polymerization, and synthetic reactions on formed polymers. Emphasis is placed on how the various synthetic methods are used to control structural features such as molecular weight, branching, crosslinking, and crystallinity. Among the properties that are analyzed are polymer solubility, molecular weight and molecular weight distribution, crystallinity (versus amorphous behavior), transition temperatures, mechanical properties, and the processing of polymers into useful products. The effect of molecular structure on these properties and the utilization of polymers are discussed in detail.

Who Should Attend

Scientists, engineers, or other technical staff with a B.S. or higher degree who need a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of this important field.

No prior knowledge of polymer chemistry is assumed. The participant’s degree can be in any area of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or material science. The only prerequisites are the equivalent of one year each of organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

Benefits

  • Discuss your research concerns with leading polymer experts.
  • Be exposed to a state-of-the-art overview of polymer chemistry in a minimum amount of time.
  • Understand how to control polymer structure and molecular weight and their effects on polymer properties and applications.
  • Appreciate why branching and crosslinking occur.
  • Understand methods for property evaluations, particularly mechanical properties.
  • Learn how to improve properties by copolymerization and stereochemical synthesis.

Agenda

  • Day 1 – Polymers  Classification, Synthesis and Control of Properties
    • Introduction to Polymers
      • Classification of Polymers
      • History
      • How Mechanisms Affect Properties
      • Molecular Weight
      • Nomenclature
      • Commercial Polymers
    • Step Polymerization Reactions
      • Characteristics
      • Mechanisms
      • Process Conditions and Equilibrium
      • Crosslinking
      • Dendrimers
      • Commercial Applications
    • Chain Polymerization Reactions
      • Characteristics
      • Mechanisms
      • Initiation & Inhibitors
      • Common Monomers
      • Radical Chain Polymerization
      • Heterogeneous Polymerization
      • Commercial Applications
    • Ionic Polymerization Reactions
      • Characteristics
      • Mechanisms
      • Initiation and Inhibitors
      • Common Monomers
      • Living Polymer Systems
      • Commercial Applications
    • Chain Copolymerization
      • Types of Copolymers
      • Properties of Copolymers
      • Control of Copolymer Composition
      • Commercial Applications
    • Ring-opening Polymerization
      • Characteristics
      • Mechanisms
      • Commercial Applications
    • Stereochemistry of Polymerization
      • Characteristics and Definition
      • Synthetic Approaches
      • Crystallization
      • Commercial Applications
    • Summary
      • Selecting a commercial polymer to fit your needs
      • Synthesizing a new polymer
  • Day 2 – Polymer Properties, Characterization, and Processing
    • Polymer Solutions & Molecular-Weight Determination
      • Conformations
      • Thermodynamics
      • Molecular-Weight Determination
    • Solid-State Properties
      • Entanglements
      • The Crystalline State
      • Thermal Transitions
      • Mechanical Properties
    • Viscoelasticity & Rubber Elasticity
      • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis
      • Dielectric Relaxation
      • Time-Temperature Superposition
      • Rubber Elasticity
    • Additives, Blends, & Composites
      • Plasticizers & Fillers
      • Blends & Impact-Modified Plastics
      • Composites
    • Thermoplastics, Elastomers, & Thermosets
      • Polyolefins
      • Vinyl Polymers
      • Engineering Thermoplastics
      • Elastomers
      • Thermosets
    • Polymer Processing, & Rheology
      • Basic Processing Operations
      • Rheology
      • Rheometry

Course Locations

Date

April 1 - 2, 2017

Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. on the first day of the course.

Course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

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Venue

San Francisco State University-Downtown Campus
835 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Advanced $1,495 (ends March 1) $1,695 (ends March 1)
Standard $1,895 $2,095

The course fee includes a course binder and a continental breakfast each day.

Five for Four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. Note: This discount is only available if you register by fax or mail and mention this discount. May not be combined with any other offer.

Date

May 8 - 9, 2017

Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. on the first day of the course.

Course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

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Venue

Boston University
Metcalf Center for Science and Engineering
590 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Advanced $1,495 (ends April 8) $1,695 (ends April 8)
Standard $1,895 $2,095

The course fee includes a course binder and a continental breakfast each day.

Five for Four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. Note: This discount is only available if you register by fax or mail and mention this discount. May not be combined with any other offer.

Date

August 19 - 20, 2017

Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. on the first day of the course.

Course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

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Venue

TBA

Washington, DC 20036


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Advanced $1,495 (ends July 19) $1,695 (ends July 19)
Standard $1,895 $2,095

The course fee includes a course binder and a continental breakfast each day.

Five for Four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. Note: This discount is only available if you register by fax or mail and mention this discount. May not be combined with any other offer.

Date

October 10 - 11, 2017

Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. on the first day of the course.

Course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

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Venue

Temple University City Center
1515 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Advanced $1,495 (ends September 10) $1,695 (Ends September 10)
Standard $1,895 $2,095

The course fee includes a course binder and a continental breakfast each day.

Five for Four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. Note: This discount is only available if you register by fax or mail and mention this discount. May not be combined with any other offer.

About the Instructors

  • Dr. Alan M. Lyons

    is a Professor of Chemistry at the City University of New York. He is also co-founder and CTO of ARL Designs LLC, a small business that develops high performance, low-cost superhydrophobic surfaces. Previously, he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories.

  • Dr. Joel R. Fried

    is Professor and Chair, Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville. He is author of Polymer Science and Technology, 3rd edition, 2014, Prentice Hall.