Project Details International tutorial in polymer characterization - 15th POLYCHAR short course (16-17 April 2007)

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01 January 2007
End Date:
02 October 2007
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International, interactive tutorial for students from developingcountries in modern techniques of polymer characterization.


This Educational Project in Polymer Science is in particular suited for students from developing and ‘third world’ countries to up-date their knowledge and skills in polymer characterization by interactive oral courses presented (1 day) by distinguished scientists. Since this annual course is moving to a new place in each year (…Portugal, Singapore, Japan >Brazil< India, Slovak Republic...) this tutorial is not restricted to one country or just one geographical area.

Since the tutorial takes place in the days before an important IUPAC-sponsored Conference (World Forum on Advanced Materials-POLYCHAR 15), the tutorial has also proven to be a good opportunity to prepare the students for their participation in the following conference, where many of them is given the chance to present their scientific work (IUPAC Student Poster Award). With the tutorial being an independent event, the chronological proximity and order have been proven to be of great advantage for the success of the Tutorial. With topics in different fields of polymer characterization, the focus is shifted each year slightly. The tutorial takes advantage of the fact that the course lecturers are participants of the following POLYCHAR World Forum and are available for the students for a whole week.


> link to previous 2006 event /project

 The courses planned for 2007 are:

  • Microscopy – Polymer Morphology: Goerg Michler, Martin-Luther University, Halle.
  • Liquid Chromatography:Dusan Berek, Polymer Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava.
  • Tribology: Witold Brostow, University of North Texas, USA.
  • Polymer Relaxation Dynamics: Jean-Marc Saiter, University of Rouen.
  • Integrated Rheology/Thermal Analysis: Abel Gaspar-Rosas, TA Instruments/Waters LCC, Newcastle, England.
  • Dielectric Properties of Polymers: Ulf Gedde, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
  • Viscolasticity and Dynamic Mechanical Testing: Michael Hess, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Light, Neutron and X-Ray Scattering: Jean-Michel Guenet, Institut Charles Sadron, CNRS, Strasbourg.
  • The 15th Short Course took place in Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 16-17, 2007

    project completed – see also Conference report – Chem. Int. 29(4), 2007