World Polymer Congress - June 24-29, 2012 - Virginia Tech Campus - Blacksburg, VA - USA
Pre-Conference Short Course

Introduction to Structure & Properties of Macromolecules
June 20-22, 2012

This three-day course is taught by five Virginia Tech professors and is designed for all education levels. Students can expect to learn about polymer synthesis, molecular weight determination, characterization of rheological and viscoelastic behavior; gain a better understanding of polymer structure and morphology, and mechanical testing; study elastomers, plastics, and fibers; learn from practical examples from fields of adhesion and composites; and understand the measurement of properties of polymers, which are then discussed as functions of chemical composition, molecular weight, topology, morphology, etc.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone concerned with polymers and their applications, including bachelor degree through Ph.D. level research chemists, engineers, physicists, or technicians who work in or are beginning to work in this field. Managers in the polymer industry will greatly benefit from this in-depth, lecture course. No prior knowledge of polymer science is assumed.

What You'll Learn About in 3 Days

  • Polymer synthesis, molecular weight determination and characterization of rheological and viscoelastic behavior
  • Polymer structure and morphology
  • Mechanical testing of elastomers, plastics, and fibers
  • Examples from the fields of adhesion, composites, films, coatings, biomaterials, etc.
  • Measurement of various properties of polymers, which are then discussed as functions of chemical composition, molecular weight, topology, morphology, etc.

About the Well-Known Instructors

Thomas C. Ward, Adhesives and Sealants Council Chaired Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, focuses on polymer characterization, viscoelasticity, mechanical properties, and molecular interpretations of behavior in his research and teaching. His current studies include adhesion of coatings and thin films.

Garth L. Wilkes, Emeritus University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, centers his research on the molecular-structure property analysis of polymer systems. Research projects include crystalline polymers, block copolymers, ion containing polymers, irradiation of polymers, sol gel behavior, foams, and elastomers.

Timothy E. Long, Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, is involved with various aspects of chain and step-growth polymerization research including the synthesis and characterization of block, star, branched, and segmented copolymers; liquid crystalline polymers; sol-gel chemistry; living polymerization; methodologies; polymer blend compatibilization; and polymeric packaging materials. Previous research experience includes industrial research and development at both Eastman Kodak and Eastman Chemical Company.

Judy S. Riffle, Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, studies the synthesis of functionalized homopolymers and block copolymers and their activity in metal complexation and particle formation and in understanding structure-property relationships in thermoset copolymer networks.

Robert B. Moore, Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, is involved with fundamental research to characterize and understand morphology-physical property relationships in nanostructured polymers. Current efforts include: control of morphology-transport property relationships in PEM fuel cell systems, characterization and control of actuation behavior in ionomer-based artificial muscles, and the correlation of small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering methods with spectroscopy to characterize morphology and dynamics in heterogeneous polymeric systems.

Download the schedule: MACRO2012ShrtCrseAgnda.pdf

Inn at Virginia Tech

The pre-conference short course will be held at the beautiful Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center is the only hotel located on the beautiful Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, and offers convenient surroundings, state-of-the-art technology, and a world-class hotel with 147 elegant guest rooms including three suites. The facility sits on 25 lush acres within walking distance to the main campus and adjacent to the campus duck pond. Stroll down the hill to the nine-hole golf course or plan to play Virginia Tech's Pete Dye River Course, located a short distance from Blacksburg. Amenities abound at The Inn and include a fitness center and in room spa services. The hotel offers delicious fare and healthful selections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Preston's restaurant. Enjoy light meals and beverages in the hotel's lounge, Continental Divide.

The Inn adjoins the Skelton Conference Center where you'll find a spacious 8,832 square-foot ballroom, reception hall, and 10 dedicated meeting rooms especially designed for events and conferences. The complex is within easy walking distance to downtown Blacksburg, or guests may use the complimentary shuttle service.

A block of lodging rooms has been reserved at The Inn at a special rate of $124 single or double occupancy. To reserve your room, please call the hotel directly at 540-231-8000 or toll free at 877-200-3360 and mention you are attending IUPAC Pre-Conference Short Course. Reservations can also be made online through The Inn's web site at This special rate is available only until May 21, 2012 or until the block fills.


The course registration fee is:

$325 Student
$495 Academic Faculty
$995 Non-Academic Participant

Space is limited to the first 135 participants.

Your registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch each day, afternoon breaks, all course materials, and course instruction.

Registration deadline: June 3, 2012

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