Polymer Analysis Masterclass Series

Accelerating materials innovation with today’s modern technologies

Supporting polymer scientists and chemists in their quest to accelerate materials innovation is something we’re passionate about. That’s why we’ve designed a Polymer Analysis Masterclass Series aimed at equipping researchers with the tools and techniques they need to overcome challenges in both routine and specialized polymer analysis.

Each masterclass will be delivered by an industry-leading expert that is in a unique position to share best practices and real-life laboratory experience on how to leverage modern polymer separation technologies from traditional gel permeation chromatography (GPC), also known as size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) to advanced separation techniques. 

What you will learn:

  • Gain insight into the broad scope of advanced polymer separation technologies
  • Learn how combining traditional and new separation techniques help accelerate polymer innovation
  • Streamline your laboratory to achieve faster and more sustainable polymer analysis goals
Jennifer Bain_Round

Available On-Demand

An Introduction to Advanced Polymer Chromatography (APC)

Jennifer Bain Ph.D., Market Development Manager, Materials Science, Waters Corporation, UK

Jennifer will introduce recent developments in polymer separation techniques, including the introduction of the Advanced Polymer Chromatography (APC) System and other similar instruments which support streamlining of high-performance and complex polymer analysis. 

  • Understand recent developments in GPC and polymer analysis
  • Learn how Advanced Polymer chromatography supports high-performance insight into your polymer analyses
  • Recognize how to apply Advanced Polymer Chromatography towards reaching both your innovation and sustainability goals

Available On-Demand

Advanced Polymer Chromatography for Polymer Analysis Method Development – Tools and Workflow

Claudia Lohmann Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Materials Science, Waters Corporation, USA

In this session, Claudia will walk through efficient method development and how it can improve your polymer analysis results. Claudia will also share some handy tips on how you can save both time and solvent during your analysis, which is something to be excited about!

  • Improve your polymeric analyses through streamlined method development
  • Help define your analytical goals in terms of developing an effective method development process
  • Understand and address factors impacting method development using Advanced Polymer Chromatography (APC)
Carlos Guerrero Sanchez_Round

Available On-Demand

Insight into Your Polymer Structure – Effects of Structural Modifications of Poly[2 (Dimethylamino) ethyl Methacrylate] on its Thermal and Self-Assembly Properties

Carlos Guerrero Sanchez Ph.D., Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC, Lehrstuhl II/Schubert), Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

Discuss an in-depth example of how understanding polymer structure (through effective polymer analysis) can provide invaluable insights into the bulk properties of your material and help you make well-informed and faster decisions that accelerate your materials innovation.

  • Insight into how polymer separation analysis can inform a structure-property relationship
  • An in-depth look at the importance of polymer analysis on the bulk properties of a material
Nisar Ahmed_Round

Available On-Demand

A Live Demonstration of the Empower Software with GPC Option

Nisar Ahmed, Empower Applications Consultant, Waters Professional Services, Europe

This workshop shows the advantages of using the Empower GPC option to analyze your polymer samples. Besides compliance and traceability, the complete workflow from sample injection to processing and reporting will be demonstrated live by our Empower experts.

  • Key aspects of a GPC processing method
  • Working with different types of calibration, such as Relative, Universal, and Cumulative Matching Calibration
  • Generating and interpreting results
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Available On-Demand

Biopolymers – Light Scattering for Replacement of Petroleum-Based Polymers

Stepan Podzimek Ph.D., Scientific Consultant, Wyatt Technology Europe

Biopolymers are polymers produced by living organisms. Some biopolymers, e.g., polylactic acid (PLA) or poly-3-hydroxybutyrate, can replace traditional nonrenewable petroleum plastics such as polystyrene or polyethylene. Cellulose, the most abundant organic compound on Earth, is a complex polysaccharide that forms the main constituent of the cell wall in plants and is used for the manufacturing of numerous products, such as paper, textiles, explosives (guncotton), and paints. This workshop shows:

  • Determination of molar mass, size, conformation, and branching
  • Structure-property-relationship of biopolymers
  • Absolut light scattering method and conventional column calibration
  • Examples of biopolymer characterization
Bernd Tartsch_Round

Available On-Demand

The Best of Both Worlds: Hyphenating Advanced Detection to APC – Challenges and Information Gain

Bernd Tartsch Ph.D., Sales Specialist – Territory South West, Malvern Panalytical GmbH, Germany

During this discussion, Bernd will share his expertise in the advantages of combining advanced polymer chromatography separation with advanced detectors to better inform the critical structure-property relationship of your polymeric materials.

  • Gain a greater understanding of advanced detection and how it offers a new depth of polymer information
  • Learn how combining advanced separation with advanced detection can accelerate analyses and yield a greater understanding of your polymer samples
Jennifer Gough_Round

Available On-Demand

Gradient Polymer Elution Chromatography (GPEC) by Using Advanced Polymer Chromatography and Evaporative Light Scattering Detection

Jennifer Gough, Senior Scientist, Materials Science, Waters Corporation., USA

According to Jennifer, gradient polymer elution chromatography can serve as a powerful “back-pocket” technique polymer analyst can deploy when faced with particularly stubborn polymeric samples. During her presentation, Jennifer will share her GPEC expertise and insight into how best to approach this niche, yet highly valuable method.

  • Understand how GPEC can be applied when separating by size is not enough
  • See examples of when separating polymers by solubility can get you out of a tricky situation
  • Gain tips on using this technique in your own laboratory to overcome separation challenges
Bastiaan Staal_Round

Available On-Demand

Understanding Multi-dimensional 2D GPC Applications: Fast and Comprehensive 2D Chromatography of Block Copolymers

Bastiaan Staal Ph.D., Head of laboratory, BASF Ludwigshafen, Germany

What polymer researcher wouldn’t want more insight into their samples?! During his discussion, Dr. Staal will share with you his industry-leading knowledge in multidimensional separation and its increasing applicability in the world of polymer analysis. Bastiaan will particularly focus his discussion on the separation of block copolymers.

  • Understand the power of multi-dimensional separations for polymer analysis
  • Learn how 2D separation has a place in today’s polymer labs
  • Gain better insight into the analysis of your complex and novel polymers

Thursday, 12 November, 9:00 AM (EST) | 14:00 (GMT) | 15:00 (CET)

Live Panel Discussion | Challenges and Opportunities in Polymer Innovation

Although modern APC/GPC solutions are robust and often easy to use, researchers often face challenges throughout their analyses. In concluding the Polymer Analysis Masterclass Series,  we’d like to close the series with a live session with experts to address specific challenges and answer your question within a live forum. The session will be held live with no on-demand options, so be sure to register and attend the session to participate.

André Striegel Ph.D., Scientific Advisor in the Chemical Sciences Division of the Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA

Bastiaan Staal Ph.D., Head of Laboratory, BASF Ludwigshafen, Germany

Claudia Lohmann Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Materials Science, Waters Corporation, USA

Jennifer Gough, Senior Scientist, Materials Science, Waters Corporation, USA