Digital Polymer Workshop: Benefits of rheology, dynamic mechanical analysis and atomic force microscopy for the characterization of polymers
Rheology, dynamic mechanical analysis and atomic force microscopy are useful techniques for characterizing the mechanical properties of all kinds of materials and can be powerful tools for investigation of polymers or polymer-based products such as thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers, adhesives, paints and coatings, films and fibres, and composites.
The techniques can provide quantitative and qualitative data regarding e.g.: viscous properties and flow behavior, viscoelastic moduli and damping behaviour, relaxation behaviour, material structure and morphology, and phase transitions. Detailed information about these properties is crucial for materials development as well as for the design of production processes.
In this educational webinar you will learn how these techniques can be used to gain a better understanding of the mechanical, viscoelastic and thermal properties of polymers. The theoretical basics will be covered along with typical test methods – and the information gained from them. Additional various application examples will be discussed in an illustration of the use of rheology, DMA and AFM. Furthermore, practical demonstrations will be carried out to demonstrate the handling of the respective measuring devices.
Agenda for the workshop:
08:45-09:00 Welcome and introduction
09:00-10:00 Introduction to rheology of polymer melts and solutions
10:00-11:00 Introduction to DMA of polymers
11:00-12:00 Introduction to AFM
---- 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break ----
13:00-14:30 Comprehensive applications
Trainer: Dr. Martin Pfeiler-Deutschmann, Dr. Matthias Walluch
Martin Pfeiler-Deutschmann works in the product competence team for nano surface properties at Anton Paar Graz. He has a material science background with focus on nanostructured materials and surface engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Leoben, Austria in 2009 working in various industries ever since. In 2019, he joined Anton Paar as specialist for atomic force microscopy. His main task is knowledge transfer for atomic force microscopy and the development of new applications for AFM for academia and industry.
Matthias Walluch is part of the International Product Competence team in the Business Area Rheometry at Anton Paar GmbH headquarters in Graz. After completing his Master's degree in Polymer Engineering and Science at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben, he obtained his PhD with a focus on polymer processing and material characterization at the University of Leoben in cooperation with the Polymer Competence Center Leoben (PCCL). Since 2019, he has been working at Anton Paar as a product specialist for polymer rheology and dynamic mechanical analysis.
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