Get an overview of the polymer field, from the synthesis of polymers to characterization, properties, and applications
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.
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.
Day 1 – Polymers: Classification, Synthesis and Control of Properties
Introduction to Polymers
Step Polymerization Reactions
Chain Polymerization Reactions
Ionic Polymerization Reactions
Stereochemistry of Polymerization
Day 2 – Polymer Properties, Characterization, and Processing
Polymer Solutions & Molecular-Weight Determination
Viscoelasticity & Rubber Elasticity
Additives, Blends, & Composites
Thermoplastics, Elastomers, & Thermosets
Polymer Processing, & Rheology
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. The free registration will be the course of the lowest price. Please note: This discount cannot be combined with any other discount offered.
(8/11, 8/16 and 8/18)
Online Due to Covid-19
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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.
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.