Project Details International tutorial in polymer characterization - POLYCHAR 16

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Start Date:
02 October 2007
End Date:
31 December 2009
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International, interactive tutorial for students/scientists/employees from various universities (especially from developing countries), national laboratories and Industries in modern techniques of polymer characterization.


This Educational Project in Polymer Characterisation is particularly suited for students from developing and emerging regions, scientists from national laboratories or R&D employees from relevant Industries 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.

The tutorial is preceded by an important international conference (World Forum on Advanced Materials-POLYCHAR 16), and that coordination has 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 short course.

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 conference and are available for the students for a whole week.


> link to previous 2007 event / project

  • The 2008 Course on Polymer Characterization will include the following sessions:
  • Light, neutron and X-ray diffractometry of polymer systems, by Jean-Michael Guenet, University of Strasbourg
  • Electron microscopy of polymers, by Görg H. Michler, Martin Luther University, Halle
  • Polymer Tribology, by Witold Brostow, University of North Texas, Denton
  • Glass transitions in glassy polymers and other disordered materials, by Jean-Marc Saiter, University of Rouen
  • Dynamic mechanical analysis and thermal mechanical analysis, by Michael Hess, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Liquid chromatography, by Dusan Berek, Institute of Polymers, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
  • Basic theory, instrumentation and applications of vibrational spectroscopy (Raman, mid-infrared and near-infrared) in Polymer Science, by H. W. Siesler, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis, by Prem Chand Jain, PerkinElmer Corp., Mumbai

project completed – see conference report published in Chem Int  Sep-Oct 2008