E16-13: Polymers: An Introduction and Characterization Techniques

One-Day Course
Sunday, November 13, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Dr. Diep Nguyen, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Polymers have many applications in a variety of industries including the pharmaceutical industry, especially in coatings or in packaging of medicines; however, analysts working with polymer do not always have a formal training in the subject. This course is designed to give an introduction to polymeric materials and their potential uses. Participants will discuss various analytical methods to characterize polymers such as molecular weight determination, thermal analysis, determination of Tg and rheology measurements.

This one-day course will benefit analysts, QA and QC managers, regulators, and researchers, who are not familiar with polymers and who would like to have an intensive introduction to polymers. Participants will gain a better understanding of polymers and a survey of polymer characterization techniques.

1. Introduction to Polymer
2. Polymer Chain Dimensions
3. Molar Mass Measurement
4. The Glass Transition Temperature, Tg
5. Thermal and Rheology Analysis
6. Spectroscopy methods for Polymer Characterization  
7. Structure – Property Relationship in Polymer

Prof. Diep Nguyen is the Industry Professor at Illinois Tech (IIT) in Chicago, IL. She is also the Director of the Professional Science Masters Program in Analytical Chemistry. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from McGill University, Dr. Nguyen worked as a beamline scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratories. She then joined PPG Company, working as a research chemist in the company’s R&D center for seven years. Dr. Nguyen joined IIT in 2006, serving as the Director of the PSM program in Analytical Chemistry and as an Industry Professor.

Dr. Nguyen’s research areas are in Polymer Characterization. Her publications and presentations cover a range of polymer characterization techniques. She has presented at the ACS national meeting about the PSM program and has been awarded the Excellent Teaching Award from the College of Science and Letters at IIT.