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Polymer Dynamics and Macromolecular Rheology

Contact Provider
Short Course
Novotel Sheffield , Sheffield, S1 2PR, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Polymer Dynamics and Macromolecular Rheology

Course Trainers
Professor Peter Olmsted;  Dr Daniel Read, University of Leeds
The fee for this module is £370.

Course Overview:

This course is aimed at industrial scientists interested in molecular formulations/rheology/controlled processing in plastics/surfactant fluids/complex mixtures.

This specific module covers the basic dynamics and rheology of polymer and soft matter, aimed at assisting projects that design formulations of polymer-containing fluids with controlled flow, adhesion or lubrication. The applications sections can be tailored to individual audiences. Mathematical content will be kept to a minimum, but useful scaling formulae are derived.

What will it cover?

  • Overview and discussion of examples where the rheology and structure are important, with a particular focus on the key role played by molecular features. Basic overview of rheology
  • Lecture: Polymers in solution and Rouse dynamics
  • Case studies applied to specific examples
  • Lecture: the dynamics of entangled polymers
  • Case studies applied to specific examples
  • Lecture: strongly non-linear phenomena, linked again to industrial issues/open discussion?

Is it right for me?

This is of potential interest to scientists and engineers using polymers in industrial applications such as plastics and pharmaceutical processing, food, personal care applications, specialty chemicals, materials development, soft nanotechnology, biophysical applications, and coatings. There are strong resonances with surfactant and colloidal materials, and scientists working in these areas are also invited to attend.

Attendees are encouraged to submit their suggestions for applications and case studies at least four weeks ahead of the programme.

Attendees should have a basic knowledge of polymers. We will use concepts from classical and statistical thermodynamics and from fluid mechanics, and for the most part keep all materials self-contained.

More information about the presenters is available below:

Dr Daniel Read, Reader in Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds

Professor Peter Olmsted (FInstP), Professor of Physics, University of Leeds

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