Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering (Two-day Short Course, presented by Prof. Gary Wnek, Case Western Reserve University)

Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering

Presented by Prof. Gary Wnek, Case Western Reserve University 

June 8 and 9, 2020

A Two-Day Short Course

organized by the Golden Gate Polymer Forum


This two-day short course will be presented by a recognized expert in the field of Polymer Science and Engineering. The course is designed to introduce scientists, engineers, or other professionals to basic principles, terminology, and applications of polymeric materials.  No formal training or experience with polymers is assumed or expected. The course aims to offer a sufficient introduction to the field to give professionals a foundation on which to rapidly build deeper expertise.  A course wiki site will be available with slides and selected readings, and will remain open to interactive discussions regarding clarification of concepts as well as a source for additional information on specific course topics. Hardcopy lecture notes from each day will be provided to all attendees. The combination of an excellent speaker, a convenient location in the Bay Area, an affordable price, and focus on practical applications makes this an exceptional opportunity.

Topics Covered

  • Property comparisons across materials classes
  • Polymer structure-property relationships; emphasis on engineering plastics and multi-functionality
  • Common characterization methods (thermal analysis, molecular weight determination, spectroscopy)
  • Fibers and composites
  • Adhesion between dissimilar materials
  • Basic mechanical properties (strength, stiffness, toughness, creep)
  • Overview of viscoelasticity and time-temperature dependence
  • Overview of rheology and basic processing methods (injection molding, extrusion) and newer processes (e.g., micro-layering, additive manufacturing)
  • Additives (flame retardants, anti-oxidants, others)
  • Resin selection and applications: short case studies
  • Sustainability considerations (recycling and re-use, etc.)
  • Emerging trends and new applications

Instructor Background

Gary Wnek is the Joseph F. Toot, Jr., Professor of Engineering, and Professor and Chair of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.  Prof. Wnek’s research interests include polymers for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine, synthetic macromolecular constructs that mimic physiological functions, processing of polymer fiber/matrix composites, flammability mitigation of common polymers, and novel concepts for polymer packaging designs.  He has authored or co-authored 200 publications and holds 34 US patents.  Prof. Wnek earned his Ph.D. In Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1980 and his B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1977.

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)

Misc. Details:

  • Additional instructions will be provided by June 3 to those who register for the event.
  • Event is two full days, June 8 and 9
  • Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on site each day.
  • Hardcopy lecture notes will be provided to all attendees (in addition to on-line course wiki).
  • Prof. Wnek will be available at breaks and the end of each day to discuss specific issues

Payment Information

Early Registration (on or before May 15) - $650
Late Registration (May 16 to May 28) - $750

• No registration possible after May 28
• Advance Registration and payment required. No drop-ins will be allowed.
• No reservation will be considered complete until payment is received.

• Registration may be closed early if the course capacity is reached.


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 using the direct link in this advertisement, or by going to the main web page,, and clicking on "Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering (Short Course)". 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, then click "Confirm Registration".

If someone other than the attendee is filling out the registration form, please ensure that it is the attendee's name and contact information in the appropriate fields in the registration.

(2) You will be asked to choose to pay by Credit Card (via PayPal) or Check. We are requesting that all short course registrations choose the Credit Card option.

If you must choose to pay by check, you will need to provide payment by mailing a check made out to “GGPF” in the appropriate amount. Contact David Olmeijer for further instructions at Your registration will not be considered complete until a check is received.

(3) If your company requires it, the GGPF Tax ID number will be provided to you by e-mailing a request to David Olmeijer at Please note that the conference registration fee covers the short course expenses and is not a tax deductible donation.

(4) 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 paper receipt when you arrive for the class on the first day.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by you: allowed until May 15 - 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 May 15. 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 Clayton Henderson (

Cancellations by GGPF: if GGPF has to cancel the class for any reason, you will be notified by May 15 and will receive a full refund.

Thinking about Sponsoring this Event?

There are many advantages to sponsorship of this GGPF Event.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Bruce Prime at

Contact Information

For course content details, contact Lothar Kleiner (,

For registration difficulties, contact If you can’t reach the webmaster, contact Clayton Henderson (

For information on how to sponsor the event, contact Bruce Prime,


The Golden Gate Polymer Forum (GGPF) is a successful 40-year non-profit educational organization dedicated to the study of polymeric materia ls and devices. We sponsor well attended monthly polymer forums, and annual symposiums or short-courses. The GGPF attracts scientists, engineers, and sales professionals (from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies), as well as academics, all of whom are interested in the study of and advancements in polymer science, materials, or engineering. GGPF events, in addition to providing a forum for cutting edge research and industry practices, allow 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 and easily affordable educational forum.

Price: $750.00

Date: June 8, 2020

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

Available Spaces: 9997

Replacing Plastics: Can Bacteria Help Us Break the Habit? (Dr. Molly Morse, CEO of Mango Materials)

“Replacing Plastics: Can Bacteria Help Us Break the Habit?”

Dr. Molly Morse
CEO of Mango Materials

A joint event of the Golden Gate Polymer Forum and the Silicon Valley chapter of the American Chemical Society


Mango Materials manufactures biodegradable materials from waste methane. The Company’s end product is a naturally occurring biopolymer that can biodegrade in many different environments. Collaborations with industrial partners have led to the formulation of biopolymers for numerous applications including textile fibers as a polyester replacement and injection molded packaging for the cosmetics industry. Overall, the company is focused on applications where new end-of-life properties are desirable. Mango Materials is currently scaling up its process and operates at a wastewater treatment plant in the San Francisco Bay area.

Additional background information can be found at:

NPR/KQED article info

Speaker Background
Dr. Morse is the CEO and co-founder of Mango Materials, a San Francisco Bay Area-based, next generation, biomanufacturing, start-up company. Mango Materials converts abundant methane gas into low-cost, high-value, biodegradable materials. They believe waste facilities are the goldmines of the future and are dedicated to building closed loop, cradle-to-cradle technologies in order to recycle carbon naturally and sustainably.

Dr. Morse received her Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering–with an emphasis on anaerobic biodegradation of biocomposites for the building industry–from Stanford University, and her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. She has contributed to multiple patents, publications, and presentations. Along with other Mango Materials team members, she is currently working to up-scale the biomanufacturing technology of using methane gas to produce biodegradable materials.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

COVID-19 Comment: Currently we plan on having this event. If it ends up not possible, any paid registrations will be refunded in full.


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



6:00 PM social hour
7:00 PM dinner
8:00 PM lecture


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

Lecture-only is free if there is space, but please let us know you are attending. Register for the free talk-only option.



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:

Len Radzilowski
phone: 650-361-3264

Deadline for registration:

5:00PM, Sunday, June 21 for regular registration.

Registration may close earlier than the nominal deadline if capacity is reached. Walk-in attendance may or may not be available. If available, they will be charged the higher price listed above

Dinner Selection:

Seafood - Broiled salmon with lemon beurre blanc
Chicken - Chicken breast coq au vin
Vegetarian - Mushroom crepes

You should receive confirmation of your registration; if not, please contact us again. When registering, please answer the question to indicate if you are primarily associated with GGPF, with SVACS, or both/neither.

Price: $30.00

Date: June 24, 2020

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

Available Spaces: 59