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Polymer Chemistry: Principles and Practice

Learn all you need to know about polymer chemistry through a novel combination of lectures and labs.

Blacksburg, VA
Mar 17 - Mar 22, 2019
Blacksburg, VA
Aug 08 - Aug 13, 2019
Blacksburg, VA
Dec 01 - Dec 06, 2019
Prices start at
$3595
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About the Course

Receive a comprehensive overview of polymer chemistry through a novel combination of lectures and corresponding laboratory time. 

The course is taught by faculty at Virginia Tech University and is designed for all education levels. Key topics include:

  • 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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What You Will Learn

Through lectures and labs, you will:

  • Receive a thorough overview of polymer synthesis.
  • Gain a better understanding of polymer structure and morphology
  • Understand how to measure polymer properties including viscosity, rheology, and molecular weight determination

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.

Course Outline

  • Sunday

    • Registration
    • Welcome and Outline of Course
    • An Introduction to Polymer Parameters and Terminology
    • Introduction to Step-Growth Polymerization
  •  Monday

    • Thermosets
    • Chain Growth Polymerization
    • Free Radical Copolymerization
    • Living Polymerization
    • Polymerization Labs,
    • Introduction to the Amorphous State of Polymeric Materials
    • Ring-Opening Polymerization
    • Morphology
    • Characterization of Morphology
  • Tuesday

    • Block and Graft Copolymers
    • Polymerization Labs,
    • Thermal Analysis
    • Polyolefins
    • Polymerization Labs,
    • Characterization of Molecular Weight
  • Wednesday

    •  Polymer Rheology and Processing
    • Thermal Analysis Lab,
    • SEC/APC Lab,
    • Design of Segmented Copolymers: Polyurethanes
    • Melt Rheology and Processing Lab, HHS and CRC
  • Thursday

    • Polymer Rheology Part I
    • Viscoelasticity and Free Volume
    • Accelerated Testing
    • Mechanical Testing I (calculators/laptops needed)
    • Mechanical Testing II 
    • Rheology Part II and Crystallization of Unoriented Polymers
    • ACS Networking Event 
  • Friday

    • Strain-Induced Crystallization of Polymers
    • Introduction to Biomaterials
    • Degradation and Stabilization of Polymers

Dates, Locations & Prices

Lab Component

Mar 17 - Mar 22, 2019

Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Standard Non-Member $3795 Member $3595
Become a member during registration
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Check in opens at 4:30 PM on the first day of the course. Course fee includes a course manual, continental breakfast, lunch, and networking event.

Lab Component

Aug 08 - Aug 13, 2019

Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Standard Non-Member $3795 Member $3595
Become a member during registration
- Less Details+ More Details

Check in opens at 4:30 PM on the first day of the course. Course fee includes a course manual, continental breakfast, lunch, and networking event.

Lab Component

Dec 01 - Dec 06, 2019

Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Standard Non-Member $3795 Member $3595
Become a member during registration
- Less Details+ More Details

Check in opens at 4:30 PM on the first day of the course. Course fee includes a course manual, continental breakfast, lunch, and networking event.

About the Instructor(s)

Timothy E. Long

Professor, Virginia Tech University

Timothy Long is a faculty member in Virginia Tech’s Department of Chemistry and serves as the Director of Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (MII). He spent nearly a decade as a research scientist at Eastman Kodak Company.

Michael J. Bortner

Professor, Virginia Tech University

Michael J. Bortner is a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech University. He has a decade of industry experience working in polymer and composite materials and process development.

Judy Riffle

Professor, Virginia Tech University

Dr. Judy Riffle is professor of chemistry at Virginia Tech University.

Robert B. Moore

Professor, Virginia Tech University

Dr. Robert B. Moore is Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Tech University. He has more than 26 years of academic experience in the field of polymer physical chemistry.

John B. Matson

Professor, Virginia Tech University

Dr. John B. Matson, Assistant Professor, is a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech University.

Blacksburg, VA
Mar 17 - Mar 22, 2019
Blacksburg, VA
Aug 08 - Aug 13, 2019
Blacksburg, VA
Dec 01 - Dec 06, 2019
Prices start at
$3595
Registration Info