Together with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research Advanced Coatings Lab, TA and Waters invite you to join us for a two-day workshop focused on chromatography, thermal analysis, and rheology techniques of polymer characterization. The course will be held in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday and Friday July 25th and 26th from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The course is free of charge, and breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

All are welcome to attend! The course will include a general description of the theory and practice of each technique, including SEC, DSC, TGA, TMA, DMA, and Rheology. We will discuss method development as well as data analysis and interpretation. New users, experienced users, and those interested in adapting some or all of these techniques will find the course useful, and an opportunity to meet local TA Instruments and Waters Representatives and network with others in their field.

Thursday, July 25 & Friday, July 26, 2019
(two-day seminar)

Wichita State University
National Center for Aviation Training
Student Center Auditorium and Commons Area
4004 N. Webb Road
Wichita, KS 67226

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If you need accommodations, we recommend the following hotels convenient to the seminar location:

Day 1 – Thursday, July 25

8:00 AM Arrival and Registration
8:30 AM Welcome and Introduction

Chemical Structure: Polymer Characterization by GPC/SEC

8:45 AM What is GPC/SEC and How Does it Work
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Basic Strategies for Developing GPC/SEC Methods
12:00 PM Lunch

Viscosity and Viscoelasticity in Formulation, Processability, and Product Performance: Rheology

1:00 PM Rheology Theory and Concepts: Introduction to Flow, Unidirectional, and Dynamic Testing
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Rheology of Polymers: Polymer Solutions, Thermoplastics, and Thermosets
4:00 PM Adjourn

Day 2 – Friday, July 26

8:00 AM Arrival and Registration

Understanding Stability and Performance Characteristics of your Polymer: Thermal Analysis

8:30 AM Differential Scanning Calorimetry: Background and Applications in Polymer Characterization
9:30 AM Modulated DSC for Characterization of Polymer Blends, Thermosets, and Heat Capacity Measurements
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Thermogravimetric Analysis: Background and Applications in Polymer Compositional Analysis and Stability
11:15 AM Advanced Thermal Analysis Techniques: Microscopy, Photocalorimetry, Evolved Gas Analysis, and Kinetics
12:00 PM Lunch

Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Solids: DMA

1:00 PM Understanding the Technique: Instrument and Measurement, Choice of Clamp, and Sample Preparation
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Characterization of Thermoplastics and Thermosets: DMA as a Tool to Understand How Processing and Structure Affect Final Mechanical Properties
4:00 PM Adjourn

For more information or questions, please contact Barbara Semar or Dennis Karote.


Registration for this course is now closed. Please contact Barbara Semar – with any questions, thank you!