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Polymer Science and Technology

Get an overview of the polymer field, from the synthesis of polymers to characterization, properties, and applications

Houston, TX
Nov 04 - Nov 05, 2019
Prices start at
$1695
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About the Course

This course gives an overview of the polymer field, from their synthesis to characterization, properties, and applications. 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 (e.g., 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.

  • 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

What You Will Learn

  • Discuss your research concerns with leading polymer experts.
  • Exposure 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.

Who Should Attend

Scientists, engineers, or other technical staff with a B.S. or higher degree in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or material science who need a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of polymer scienc

No prior knowledge of polymer chemistry is assumed.

Prerequisite: Equivalent of one year each of organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

Course Outline

  • 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

Dates, Locations, and Prices

In Person

Nov 04 - Nov 05, 2019

LSC University Park - Lone Star Corporate College
20515 State Highway 249
Houston, TX 77070

Early Bird Ends Oct 04 Member $1695 Non-Member $1895
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Course Times: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Check-in starts at 7:45 AM on the first day of the course. Course fee includes a course manual and continental breakfast each day. *Early Bird pricing ends four (4) weeks before the start date of the course.

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About the Instructor(s)

Joel R. Fried

Professor and Chair, University of Louisville

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

Alan M. Lyons

Professor, City University of New York

Dr. Alan Lyons is Professor of Chemistry at the City University of New York. He is the co-founder and CTO of ARL Designs LLC, a small business that develops high performance, low-cost superhydrophobic surfaces.

Houston, TX
Nov 04 - Nov 05, 2019
Prices start at
$1695
Registration Info