Adhesion Science: Principles and Practice (3-Day Live Virtual Short Course presented by Prof. T. Long, ASU; Prof. D. Dillard, Prof. M. Bortner, Virginia Tech; Dr. G. Dillingham, BTG Labs)


Adhesion Science: Principles and Practice

Presented by Prof. Timothy Long, Arizona State University; Prof. David A. Dillard, Virginia Tech; Prof. Mike Bortner, Virginia Tech; Dr. Giles Dillingham, BTG Labs

3-Day Live Virtual Short Course,

October 26, 27 and 29, 2021 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday)

Sponsored by the Golden Gate Polymer Forum.

Course Overview

This 3-day virtual course will address the fundamentals and applications of adhesion science to solve practical adhesive design and bonding challenges. The course will be taught by a well-coordinated team of highly experienced instructors, and will focus on four fundamental perspectives: adhesive structure-property relationships (Long), surface functionalization and characterization (Dillingham), polymer rheology and processing (Bortner), and design and mechanics of adhesive bonds (Dillard). The course will allow participants to gain a broad perspective of the rapidly evolving field of adhesion science and engineering for emerging technologies from electronics to biomedical sciences.

All topics will be presented with an application/use-inspired approach to foster learning, including by those with limited directly relevant technical education or experience. Attendees can expect to learn about surfaces and interfaces, polymer structure-property relationships relevant to adhesives, and the stresses and failure of adhesive joints. Building on these fundamental insights, participants will gain many practical insights into surface preparation, time-dependent adhesive characterization, test method selection, surface and failure analysis, joint design, and adhesive durability. (See detailed topics list in course outline below.)

This course offers an exceptional opportunity with a unique combination of four very experienced researchers/teachers from renowned polymer and adhesion science research programs across the nation, a virtual format to allow broad participation, an affordable price, and a focus on practical applications. Q&A sessions will be incorporated throughout each day.

Who should attend:

  • Any scientist, engineer or technician who works with bonding, joining, or adhesion issues, including those using polymeric adhesives or sealants, and their use in a research, development, product design, manufacturing, quality control, or reliability context.
  • Managers in polymer and manufacturing industries will greatly benefit from this broad-based introduction to adhesion issues and opportunities in the field.
  • The course is structured for those with some scientific or engineering background and those with industrial experience in technology who would like to learn the basics and fundamentals of adhesion science and applications to practical adhesive bonding and engineering challenges.

Instructor Background

Dr. Timothy Long holds a joint faculty position in the School of Molecular Sciences and the School for Engineering, Matter, Transport and Energy at Arizona State University. Prof. Long leads the Biodesign Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing within the Biodesign Institute at ASU. His interdisciplinary research group tackles diverse research areas related to the structure-property-processing relationships of polymers with emphasis on sustainable chemistry and engineering, discovery of novel synthetic methods, advanced physical characterization tools, and designing materials with proper reactivity and rheology for additive manufacturing processes. His research has led to over 50 patents and 350 peer-reviewed publications in diverse areas of macromolecular science and engineering. His distinctions include Virginia 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award, American Chemical Society (ACS) PMSE Cooperative Research Award, ACS Division of Polymer ChemistryPOLY Mark Scholar Award, and ACS Fellow (2009).

Dr. David A. Dillard is the Adhesive and Sealant Science Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Virginia Tech. He has worked extensively in the field of adhesive bonding, having experience in structural adhesives for aerospace, automotive, and infrastructure applications; adhesives and coatings for microelectronic applications; pressure sensitive adhesives; elastomeric adhesives and sealants, and polymeric membranes, sealants and adhesion issues in alternative energy systems. He has coauthored over 200 publications in refereed journals and regularly teaches courses in adhesion science and viscoelasticity. His research activities focus on developing test methods and predictive models for understanding and estimating the performance and durability of adhesives and bonded joints, using the principles of fracture mechanics and viscoelasticity. He is a Robert L. Patrick Fellow and former President of the Adhesion Society

Dr. Michael J. Bortner is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering who specializes in structure-process-property relationships of polymer composite and nanocomposite materials for applications including smart materials and electronics, structural composites, next generation extrusion based additive manufacturing materials, and packaging materials. He implements advanced processing and characterization techniques coupled with numerical modeling to fundamentally understand the interrelationships between intrinsic chemistry-controlled properties, processing technique, and resulting morphology/structure-property relationships. He has over 50 peer reviewed journal manuscripts and conference papers and proceedings, and was recently elected Treasurer of the American Chemical Society Cellulose and Renewable Materials (ACS CELL) Division. He has served as the Chair of the Structural Division of the Adhesion Society and is currently co-chair of the Adhesion Society Annual Meeting.

Dr. Giles Dillingham has worked in the areas of materials, surfaces, interfaces, and adhesive bonding since receiving his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1987. BTG Labs, established by Dr. Dillingham in the late 1990’s, performs basic and applied research in surface science, surface treatments, and adhesion, and also develops and manufactures instrumentation for the control of surface engineering processes. Recent work by BTG Labs is helping pave the way to certifiable adhesively bonded primary aircraft structures. Dr. Dillingham has over 40 publications and patents in the areas of surface treatments, surface energetics, and adhesion. He is proud to have been elected a Robert A. Patrick Fellow of The Adhesion Society.

Please note:

  • Do not reply to this email. See below for contact information.
  • Class size will be larger than typical in-person events, but GGPF reserves the option to close registration if the size gets too large in our opinion.
  • Registration deadline dates are tiered, with early, regular, and late registration fees.

Overall Course Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Introduction to Adhesion Science

7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Pacific time

Wednesday, Oct. 27 – Adhesion Structure and Characterization

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Pacific time

Friday, Oct. 29 – Adhesive Processing and Durability

8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Pacific time

Detailed Topics Schedule

(possible slight changes in timing)

Day 1: October 26 - Introduction to Adhesion Science

·        Polymeric Adhesive Design: Introduction to Terminology (Long1)

·        Introduction to Adhesion, Mechanical Properties, & Failures: Stresses, Strains, & Energies (Dillard1)

·        Surface Energies and Adhesion (Dillingham1)

·        Amorphous State, Free Volume and Physical Aging (Bortner1)

·        Understanding Stresses in Adhesive Bonds: Driving Forces for Failure (Dillard2)

·        Viscoelasticity, DMA and Time and Temperature Dependent Properties of Adhesives (Bortner2)

Day 2: October 27 - Adhesion Structure and Characterization

·        Surface Characterization for Adhesion (Dillingham2)

·        Structure-Property and Morphological Considerations of Adhesives (Bortner3)

·        Designing Pressure Sensitive Adhesives: Acrylics to Siloxanes (Long2)

·        Fracture Mechanics Applications to Adhesives & Adhesion (Dillard3)

·        High Performance Structural Adhesives: Epoxies to Imides (Long3)

·        Test Methods for Adhesion: Characterizing Adhesion & Bond Performance (Dillard4)

Day 3: October 29 - Adhesive Processing and Durability

·        Introduction to Rheology for Adhesive Application and Use (Bortner4)

·        Surface Preparation of Metals and Plastics (Dillingham3)

·        Adhesion Challenges: Impact, Durability, Environmental Effects, and Accelerated Characterization (Dillard5)

·        Water-borne and Photoreactive Systems: Sustainability (Long4)

·        Rheological Impact of Additives and Chemorheology of Network Forming Polymers (Bortner5)

·        Process Control for Adhesion (Dillingham4)

Practical Details

EVENT DATES: October 26, 27 and 29 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday)

Class materials will be presented using Zoom. Registrants will receive webinar information shortly before the class begins.

Pricing and Deadlines:

$400 early registration, ending Friday, July 16, 5 PM Pacific time.

$500 regular registration, ending Friday, Oct. 15, 5 PM Pacific time.

$600 late registration, if still available, until Friday, Oct. 22, 5 PM Pacific time.

No registration is complete until payment is received.

Additional instructions will be provided to those who register for the event.

NOTE:  late registration (after 5 PM Oct. 15) will not be available on the web page.  

Contact Jennifer Hoffman for availability and further instructions,  at

Registration Details

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Cancellation Policy

  • No cancellations allowed after Oct. 19.
  • You must cancel in writing or e-mail and have a verifiable acknowledgment from us that you have cancelled in time.
  • Cancellations on or before Oct. 19 deadline will result in a refund, minus a $50 cancellation fee.
  • If you must cancel, another member of your company/organization may be substituted without cancellation fee, by special arrangement; contact GGPF.
  • If for any reason GGPF must cancel the course (not anticipated), you will be notified and a full refund will be given to all registrants.

Contact Information

For questions about course content –

Lothar Kleiner,

For questions about registration, payment, cancellations, or web page problems -

Jennifer Hoffman,

The Golden Gate Polymer Forum (GGPF) is a successful 40-year non-profit educational organization dedicated to the study of polymeric materials 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. 

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