International, interactive tutorial in modern techniques of polymer characterization; 6 April 2010, in Siegen, Germany
This educational project in polymer science is in particular suited for students from developing and emerging 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, France, >Germany< …) this tutorial is not restricted to one country or just one geographical area.
The tutorial takes place the day before an important IUPAC-sponsored conference, the World Forum on Advanced Materials-Polychar 18 scheduled on 7-9 April 2010. It 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). The tutorial is an independent event, but 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. Topics and instructors use to change slightly every year.
The courses planned for 2010 are:
Tribology and volumetric properties, Microscopy, Nomenclature, Calorimetric Methods, DMTA, Combined Methods exemplified on PUR-foam, Chromatography, AFM-Technique
Sep 2010 – project completed
POLYCHAR 18—was held in Siegen, Germany, 7–10 April 2010. It was proceeded by the Short Course on Polymer Characterization, a regular tutorial with a long tradition, held on 6 April by designated experts in their field. See report published in Chem Int Jul-Aug 2010