Welcome to the Golden Gate Polymer Forum

The GGPF is a non-profit educational and scientific organization
dedicated to the study of polymeric materials and devices.

Our participants are individuals working in both industry and academia in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We sponsor monthly polymer forums, occasional symposiums or short-courses, and an email distribution list.  All interested in the study of polymers are welcome to attend.


Covalent Plasticizers by Thermal Huisgen Cyclization with PVC-azide (Prof. Breslau - UC Santa Cruz)

"Covalent Plasticizers by Thermal Huisgen Cyclization with PVC-azide"
 Prof. Rebecca Braslau
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California - Santa Cruz

PVC is inherently a brittle, rigid material. In order to make PVC products commercially viable, PVC is traditionally mixed with small molecule plasticizers. With time, these plasticizers leach out of the PVC matrix, leaving the PVC increasingly brittle, and contaminating the environment. The most common plasticizers are phthalate esters. Phthalates are implicated as endocrine disruptors as well as leading to other adverse health effects. To replace small molecule plasticizers, covalently-bonded internal plasticizers are being developed. Attachment to PVC is carried out as a post-polymerization modification by SN2 displacement with azide, followed by thermal Huisgen cycloaddition with electron-poor alkynes bearing plasticizing moieties. The design of these internal plasticizers is explored in terms of branching and chemical composition, with the aim of maximizing plasticization while minimizing synthetic manipulations, so that internally plasticized PVC can be scaled to industrial levels.

Speaker Background
Professor Rebecca Braslau did her undergraduate studies at Reed College, and obtained her Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry with Barry Trost at UW Madison in 1989. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with Bernd Giese at the Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Basel, she took up a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz in 1991, where she is now Professor of Chemistry. Her research interests range from free radical chemistry in the development of new synthetic methodologies, to nitroxide-mediated free radical polymerizations, to the development of novel materials. She has held the position of Professeur Invité at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris in November of 1997, was a visiting professor at the Dutch Polymer Institute at the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands in the Spring of 2002, and was a visiting professor at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Melbourne, Australia in the Fall of 2008. She has been the director of two NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs: one at U.C. Santa Cruz, and one for American undergraduates in Bangkok, Thailand.



Tuesday, April 30


Michael’s at Shoreline
2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA



6 PM social hour
7 PM dinner
8 PM lecture


Employed/postdoc Student/unemployed/retired
Early Registration  $30 $15
Registration $35 $20
Walk-in (not guaranteed) $40 $25

Lecture-only is free.



We accept cash or checks at the door, or online payment via credit card. No-shows are responsible for full payment of registration fee.


Please register below or contact:

Li Li
email: li.li@henkel.com
phone: 510-717-5265

Deadline for registration:

End of advanced registration: Monday, April 22, 11:59 PM

End of regular registration: Friday, April 26, 5:00 PM

Dinner Selection:

Seafood - Broiled salmon with Lemon beurre blanc
Chicken - Chicken Portobello
Vegetarian - Mushroom crepes

You should receive confirmation of your registration; if not, please contact us again.

Price: $20.00

Date: April 30, 2019

Michael's at Shoreline
Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park
Mountain View, CA
94043 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Microscopy of Polymers (Short Course)

Microscopy of Polymers

with Applications in Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals

May 7 and 8, 2019

A Two-Day Short Course

organized by the Golden Gate Polymer Forum


Announcing a two-day symposium presented by a recognized expert on the Microscopy of Polymers with applications in medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Attendees will gain an understanding of the basic principles of the diverse range of microscopy techniques, including state-of-the-art and classic knowledge. Materials that will be addressed include polyurethanes, block-copolymers, hydrogels, polyethylenes, fluoropolymers, and polymer-like materials including pyrolytic carbon and biologicals. Thisshort course will include case studies where a variety of microscopy instruments and characterization techniques were utilized to solve real problems in R&D, quality assessment and control, and patent litigation.

This course will benefit engineers and scientists who wish to understand the broad range of imaging instruments that can be applied to polymer characterization, includingespecially those working with biomedical devices and pharmaceuticals. The goal will be to provide up-to-date and “classic” knowledge regarding these techniques, and how they may be applied to the solution of practical problems.

The combination of an excellent speaker, a convenient location in the Bay Area, an affordable price, with a focus on practical applications makes this an exceptional opportunity.

Topics Covered

May 7 - 10:00AM to 4:00PM
• Why use microscopy for R&D, QA/QC, regulatory, legal, and sales purposes?
• Overview of light microscopies, electron microscopies, imaging spectroscopies, scanning probe microscopies, and specimen preparation
• Choosing microscopy modes and specimen preparation for different problems & questions
• Polymers, biomaterials, medical devices, biologicals, pharmaceuticals, multi-component devices
• Case studies as appropriate to the above topics
• Wine & cheese reception 4:00PM to 5:30PM

May 8 - 9:30AM to 3:30PM
• Characterizing environmental and biological interactions with polymers and devices
• Surface and bulk structure including polymer phase separation
• 3-D imaging, characterization and analysis
• Case studies as appropriate to the above topics
• How to use microscopy for R&D, QA/QC, regulatory, legal, and sales

Instructor Background

Steven L. Goodman, PhD, has decades of experience in applying and developing microscopy methods and instruments to biomaterial and pharmaceutical devices, and their interactions with biological systems. With training and experience in polymers, materials, chemical and biomedical engineering, and biomedical science, he brings a uniquely broad approach to microscopical analyses. He has taught short courses and given panel presentations on biomaterials microscopy and analysis for the GGPF (in 2008), for Medical Device and Manufacturing, for Surfaces in Biomaterials, the Society for Biomaterials, and at medical device companies. He has experience in almost all microscopy instrument classes including optical, electron-optical, imaging mass spectrometry, and scanning probe instruments. Through his consulting company, 10H Technology, he has provided services since 2004 to the medical device, pharmaceutical, and scientific instrument industry including advice, analyses, methods development, and expert witness services.

Dr. Goodman is also Chief Scientific Officer of Microscopy Innovations, LLC, and inventor of the company’s award-winning mPrep System, a labware and automation system that provides unprecedented speed and efficiency for the preparation of specimens for electron microscopy. The mPrep System is sold direct and through distributers world-wide. His work to develop new microscopy products, at Microscopy Innovations and previously at Imago Scientific Instruments (now Cameca - Ametek), received ~$4 MM in grants from the DoD, the NSF and the NIH.

Dr. Goodman holds over 20 patents and has written over 100 scientific publications. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, was executive editor of SurFacts in Biomaterials and editor of Cells and Materials and serves on NIH scientific instrument review panels. Since 2005 he has held adjunct and honorary associate positions at the University of Wisconsin in Materials Science, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Pathobiological Sciences. He previously was a professor of biomaterials, polymers, biomedical engineering, and physiology at the University of Connecticut, and prior to that a research professor at the University of Wisconsin. His academic research on phase-separated polymer nanostructure and biomaterials was funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Whitaker Foundation, the Donaghue Medical Research Foundation, the American Heart Association, and by industry. He earned his BS at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and both his MS and PhD at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Practical Details

The location of the course will be:

Michaels at Shoreline
2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 962-1014 (do NOT contact Michael's for course information)

• Additional instructions will be provided by May 1 to those who register for the event.
• Lunch will be provided on site each day.
• Hardcopy lecture notes from each day will be provided to all attendees.

Payment Information

Early Registration (on or before April 8) - $495
Late Registration (April 9 to April 22) - $595

• No registration possible after April 22
• Advance Registration and payment required. No drop-ins will be allowed.
• No reservation will be considered complete until payment is received.


For attendees who require hotel reservations, numerous hotels are nearby in Mountain View and Palo Alto that are close to Michael's at Shoreline. (Search Google Maps for Hotels near Mountain View) The closest airports in order of distance (closest to farthest) are San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland.

Registration Details

(1) Begin the registration process by going to the main web page, www.GGPF.org, clicking on "Microscopy of Polymers (Short Course)". On the page that appears next, you will see all the course information. To register, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

  • There is only one option available for registration. Simply fill in all your personal details, including name, affiliation, email address, etc. The early registration discount will automatically apply if appropriate.
  • After you have completed all the required information, click "Submit" at the bottom of the page. This will take you to a page where you can review your information.
  • Click "Confirm Registration" at this time. This will take you to a page where you can choose to pay via Credit Card (via PayPal) or Check.  We are requesting that all short course registrants choose the Credit Card (via PayPal) option.
  • Click on the "PayPal" icon. This will redirect you to the PayPal website where you can submit your credit card information and complete the payment process.
  • A PayPal account is not necessary.  If you do not have a PayPal account, or if you do not wish to use one which you may already have, do not use the "login" option at the PayPal website; select "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" instead.
  • If you have any technical difficulties in making payment, or for any reason you cannot use credit card payment, contact David Olmeijer for further instructions at dolmeijer@gmail.com
  • If a registration appears incomplete, we will contact you for further clarification.
  • If your company requires it, the GGPF Tax ID# will be provided to you by e-mailing a request to David Olmeijer at dolmeijer@gmail.com. Please note that the conference registration fee covers the short course expenses and is not a tax deductible donation.

(2) Your registration will not be complete until payment is received.

(3) An automated e-mail receipt will be provided as soon as you register and is usually sufficient for corporate reimbursement. You will also be given a receipt when you arrive for the class on the first day.

(4) Reservations will be accepted in the order received until the class size limit is reached. Early reservations are encouraged. No reservations after are possible after April 22.

(5) If someone other than the intended attendee is performing the registration process, please ensure that it is the intended attendee whose name appears in the appropriate field in the registration.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by you: allowed until April 22 - you will receive a refund minus a fixed $50 administrative cancellation fee. You must cancel in writing or e-mail and have a verifiable acknowledgment from us that you have cancelled in time. No cancellations allowed after April 22. Registrants who fail to attend and who did not cancel in time will not receive a refund. If you personally cannot attend, another attendee from your organization may substitute (by arrangement only; contact Lothar Kleiner (lothar_kleiner@hotmail.com) or Eveleen Tang (eveleen.tang@abbott.com).

Cancellations by GGPF: in the unlikely event that not enough registrations are obtained, the class will be cancelled. If this happens, you will be notified by April 22 and you will receive a full refund.

Thinking about Sponsoring this Event?

The Golden Gate Polymer Forum (GGPF) is a successful 30-year non-profit educational organization dedicated to the study of polymeric materials and devices. We sponsor well attended monthly polymer forums, annual symposiums and short-courses.

The GGPF attracts scientist, engineers, academics as well as sales professionals from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies that are interested in the study of and advances in polymers. The forum, in addition to providing cutting edge research and industry practices, allows for collaborative networking. The majority of our attendees are from the Bay Area, yet we attract people from out of state as well as international guests, thanks to our reputation in the industry as a premier educational forum.

The advantages of sponsorship include:
• Introduction of your services/products to influential scientists and engineers responsible for developing next generation products
• Gaining access to decision makers
• Networking with high technology professionals
• Increasing your company visibility
• Making new contacts
• Two sponsorship package options to choose from

LEVEL 1 Logo Sponsor: $200
• Company name on event advertising
• One full page printed company advertisement in the conference proceedings
• Verbal introduction and noted appreciation announced by conference organizer/chair

LEVEL 2 Tabletop Sponsor: $695
• All Level 1 benefits, plus
• A reserved tabletop with sponsor’s advertising materials and/or instruments displayed during event
• Inclusion in all breaks and networking activities
• Access to lectures and meals
• Copy of proceedings
• A list of attendees and their affiliations, by request
• A second person may attend for $100. This includes inclusion in breaks, networking and meals, but not the lectures.

Contact Information

For course content details, contact Lothar Kleiner (lothar_kleiner@hotmail.com), or Eveleen Tang (eveleen.tang@abbott.com).
To sponsor, contact Bruce Prime (rbprime@sbcglobal.net) or Mikki Larner (mlarner@dschnur.com)
For registration difficulties, contact webmaster@ggpf.org.
If you can’t reach the webmaster, contact Clayton Henderson (macro2nano@verizon.net), or Bruce Prime, (rbprime@sbcglobal.net).

Price: $595.00

Date: May 7, 2019

Michael's at Shoreline
Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park
Mountain View, CA
94043 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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