Rheology Short Course


Rheology Short Course

July 13-15, 2011
Michaels at Shoreline

2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 962-1014
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The Golden Gate Polymer Forum announces a three-day short course on the rheology of polymers, dispersions, and gels. It is designed to give practicing engineers and chemists an understanding of rheology fundamentals, principles of measurements, and applications to practical problem solving. We are pleased to have assembled an outstanding faculty with extensive experience in teaching rheology and applying it to solving industrial problems. Students will learn optimal measurement techniques, data reduction and interpretation, and case study applications in lectures, working sessions with the instructors, and through demonstrations by instrument vendors.



Wednesday July 13
8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Fundamentals of stress and strain - Macosko
9:45 am Break
10:15 am Elastic solid, rubber - Macosko
11:30 am General viscous liquid - Macosko
12:30 Lunch
1:30 pm Linear viscoelasticity - Ewoldt
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Shear rheometry - McKinley
5:00 pm Session ends

Thursday July 14
8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Nonlinear Viscoelasticity - Ewoldt
9:45 am Break
10:15 am Extensional rheometry - McKinley
11:15 am Break
11:30 am Rheo-optics - Fuller
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Polymer rheology - McKinley
3:00 pm Non-Newtonian flows and microfluidics - McKinley
4:30 pm Instrument demonstration, wine and cheese
6:00 pm Session ends

Friday July 15
8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Dispersion rheology - Fuller
10:00 am Interfacial rheology - Fuller
11:15 am Data interpretation in working groups over lunch - Ewoldt, Fuller, Macosko, McKinley
1:30 pm Bio and biomedical applications - Ewoldt
3:00 pm Gels - Macosko
4:30 pm Conclusion



Christopher W. Macosko, course organizer and author of a widely used rheology text, is professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He has aided development of several commercial rheometers and numerous test methods, and currently conducts research in polymer-polymer blends, polymer nanocomposites, and the rheology of reacting systems. He has received awards from AIChE and SPE, the Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Randy H. Ewoldt is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota, studies complex fluids and soft matter from a mechanical engineering perspective. He has developed a theoretical framework for characterizing such materials using large amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS). He also pursues biological and bioinspired applications of rheology, such as wall-climbing robots which mimic snail locomotion and tunable adhesion with magnetorheological fluids.

Gerald Fuller is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University where he has carried out research and taught since graduating from Caltech in 1980. Professor Fuller's research has centered on three areas of rheology: optical rheometry, extensional rheology, and interfacial rheology. This experimental effort has been aimed at a wide range of soft materials that includes polymer solutions and melts, liquid crystals, suspensions, and surfactants. Recent applications are linked to biological materials. Professor Fuller received the Bingham Award from The Society of Rheology and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering..

Gareth H. McKinley is Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His research interests include extensional rheometry, microfluidic rheometry and non-Newtonian fluid dynamics. He has aided in the development of several rheological techniques for characterizing the extensional rheology of polymer solutions, micellar liquids and other complex fluids. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and winner of the 1994 Annual Award of the British Society of Rheology.



  • The location of the course will be Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043
    (650) 962-1014
    Get directions
  • Lunch and a continental breakfast will be provided on site each day at no additional charge.
  • Instrument demonstration and a Wine & Cheese reception will be provided at the end of Day 2.
  • Hardcopy lecture notes will be provided to all attendees.
  • Professor Macosko’s rheology book Rheology: Principles, Measurements, and Applications (Advances in Interfacial Engineering) is not required or covered by the course fee. If desired, you may order the book from .


  • For attendees who require a hotel in the vicinity, a block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate at the Hilton Garden Inn, 840 East El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040, (650) 964-1700. Map. Use rate code GGP when making your reservation.  Special rate not available after June 21, 2011.  Contact Eveleen Tang at the email address in the Contact Information section if you require further assistance.
  • The closest airport is San Jose, followed by San Francisco, and then Oakland.


  • Registration: $945 for early registration until 5 PM June 15, 2011; $1100 for registration after 5PM June 15, 2011
  • Registration fee includes course handout notes, breakfast and lunch, and wine and cheese reception.
  • Advance Registration and payment required. No drop-ins will be allowed.
  • Payment with a Credit Card via PayPal is encouraged. You may also pay by check by contacting David Olmeijer at the email address in the Contact Information section.
  • No reservations will be accepted after 5PM July 1, 2011 or after the class size limit is reached.
  • No reservation will be considered complete until payment is received.


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    (1) Cancellations by you: allowed until 5PM July 1 - 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 5PM July 1. 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 David Olmeijer).

    (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 July 1. Either your check will not be cashed or, if cashed, you will receive a full refund from the GGPF. Registrants who paid via PayPal will receive their refund in the form of a check.


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