Polymer Characterization - Applications from Biomaterials & Medical Devices



Polymer Characterization:  A 3-Day Tutorial with Applications from Biomaterials & Medical Devices

March 27, 28 and 29, 2008  
Abbott Vascular Corporation
3200 Lakeside Drive
Santa Clara CA 95054

Announcing a brand new local Three-day Tutorial Short Course—“Polymer Characterization” to be presented by world-renowned experts and providing applications from Biomaterials and Medical Devices and sponsored by the Golden Gate Polymer Forum.

Prof. Greg D. Haugstad, University of Minnesota, Characterization Facility
Prof. Shaw Ling Hsu, University of Massachusetts, Dept. of Polymer Science
Dr. Steven L. Goodman,  President, 10H Technology, Inc & Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison

This three-day intensive short course will provide an excellent introduction to polymer physical characterization with major emphasis on the newer techniques involved in surface and morphological characterization.  Although the material covered pertains to all polymer fields, the applications presented will focus on biopolymers, medical devices, and drug delivery.  This course will appeal to anyone working in polymer characterization or interpretation, especially for its emphasis on the most up-to-date knowledge regarding these techniques and how they apply in the solution of practical problems.  The combination of excellent experienced teachers, a convenient location in the Bay Area, a low price, and  minimal time away from work (two regular work days, Thursday and Friday, and one weekend day), makes this an exceptional opportunity.  This short course may be particularly convenient for any out of the area polymer scientists attending the 2008 Spring MRS (Materials Research Society) meeting in San Francisco March 24 - 28.

Course Outline

All Lectures in TR1, 2 and 3 at Abbott Vascular
SLH = Shaw Ling Hsu; GDH = Greg D. Haugstad;  SLG = Steven L. Goodman

March 27, 2008
7:30 - 8:30 AM   Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 A.M. SLH Introduction to polymer characterization
9:30 – 9:45 A.M. Break TR lobby
9:45 – 11:00 A.M. GDH 3D topography imaging with AFM
11:00 – 12:00 P.M. GDH AFM adhesive nanomechanics measurements/mapping via normal forces
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Abbott Vascular Courtyard
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. GDH Lateral nanoforce methods
2:00 – 2:15 P.M. Break TR lobby
2:15 – 3:30 P.M. SLG Principles of Optical and Electron Microscopy of Polymers and Biologicals including Specimen Preparation
3:30 – 3:40 P.M. Break TR lobby
3:40 – 4:40 P.M. GDH AFM in-liquid surface forces measurements/mapping
5:30 – 7:00 P.M.   Wine and Cheese Reception – Abbott Vascular Courtyard. 

March 28, 2008
7:30 - 8:30 AM   Continental B-fast in TR lobby
8:30 – 9:45 A.M. GDH AC AFM (“tapping”, noncontact) methods
9:45 – 10:00 A.M. Break TR lobby
10:00 – 11:15 A.M. GDH Overview of ToF-SIMS, XPS, Scanning Auger and Confocal Raman
11:15 – 12:00 P.M. SLH Characterization of molecular architecture in polymers, especially the amorphous phase.
12:00 – 1:15 PM Lunch Abbott Vascular courtyard
1:15 – 2:15 P.M. SLH Microphase-separated structures in polymers; separation mechanism, kinetics and morphology
2:15– 2:30 P.M. Break TR lobby
2:30 – 3:30 P.M. SLG Microscopy of polymeric and biological interactions – including phase separated structures and effects
3:30 – 3:45 P.M. Break TR lobby
3:45 – 4:30 P.M. SLH Deformation process; changes in crystallinity, orientation and physics properties. evolution
4:30   Adjourn

March 29, 2008
7:30 - 8:30 AM   Continental B-fast in TR lobby
8:30 – 9:45 A.M. SLG 3-D and quantitative imaging and labeling
9:45 – 10:00 A.M. Break TR lobby
10:00 – 11:00 A.M. SLH Time temperature dependence of polymer structure and properties
11:00 – 12:00 P.M. SLG Applying microcopy to characterize biological and polymer structures and their interactions:  Dynamic, static, endpoints and correlative methods  - I
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch TR lobby
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. SLH Characterization of drug release (micellar versus kinetic suspension); relative diffusion phenomena
2:00 – 2:15 P.M. Break TR lobby
2:15 – 3:30 P.M. SLG Applying microcopy to characterize biological and polymer structures and their interactions - II
3:30 – 3:40 P.M. Break TR lobby
3:40 – 4:30 P.M. All Challenges and Opportunities in putting Polymer Characterization into Practice
4:30   Adjourn

Practical Details:
  • The location of the course will be the TR1, 2 and 3 Conference Rooms at Abbott Vascular Corporation, 3200 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054.  Map
  • Special instructions for access procedures, timing, parking, etc. will be provided to those who register for the event by March 12, 2008.
  • Continental breakfast and lunch provided on site each day, as part of course expense (no additional charge).
  • Wine & Cheese reception will be provided at end of lectures on the first day only.
  • Hardcopy lecture notes from all speakers will be provided to all attendees.

Payment Information

$595 – (Early registration - on or before February 1, 2008)
$695 – (Regular registration - after February 1)

  • Payment via Credit Card (using PayPal) is strongly preferred 
  • Advance Registration and payment required. No drop-ins will be allowed.
  • No reservations accepted after March 12 or when the 120 attendee limit is reached.
  • No reservation will be considered complete until payment is received.

To register (please read carefully):

(1) Begin the registration process on at the bottom of this web page and follow the instructions there.
When prompted, select either “Register by Credit Card” or “Register by Check”.  We will need your name, affiliation, and contact information as requested.  (We will put your affiliation on your nametag.)  The web page form will provide us your information; if you decide to register by check, you need to provide payment by mailing a check made out to “GGPF” in the appropriate amount to:

Lothar Kleiner
P.O. Box 87
Los Altos, CA 94023-0087

If your company requires it, the GGPF Tax ID# will be provided to you by e-mailing a request to Nayan Ashar at . 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 by either credit card (highly preferred) or check.  For purposes of registration dates, or for first-come first-served issues, we will use either your date of registration by credit card or the post office date on the envelope which contains the check.

(3) You will be given a receipt on Thursday, March 27 when you arrive for the class.  If you need a receipt sooner, contact Lothar Kleiner at the above email address and ask for one to be mailed to you.

(4) Reservations will be accepted in the order received until the class size limit is reached.  We expect to accommodate 120 and anticipate selling out. -----> Early reservations are encouraged.   No late reservations are possible.

As a courtesy to attendees who require hotel reservations, rooms can be reserved at The Plaza Suites by requesting GGPF Preferred Rates of $149 for the nights of March 26, 27 and 28.  The Plaza Suites is conveniently located within 5 minutes walking distance.  The Plaza Suites typically is sold out 60 days before the date requested, so please reserve your rooms as soon as possible.  There is also a free shuttle to and from the San Jose Airport.  See or call (408)-748-9800 for reservations.  Map

Cancellation Policy:

(1) Cancellations by you:  allowed until February 15 - you will receive a refund minus $50 administrative cancellation fee.  You must cancel in writing and have a verifiable acknowledgment from us that you have cancelled in time.  No cancellations allowed after February 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 Lothar Kleiner).
(2) Cancellations by us:  in the unlikely event that not enough registrations are obtained, the class will be cancelled.  If this happens, you will be notified by February 29.  Either your credit card or your check will not be cashed or if cashed, you will receive a full refund from the GGPF.


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The GGPF extends a special thanks to Abbott Vascular Corporation for providing their conference rooms and facilities for this event.

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