Rapid Thermal Analysis, James Bennett, Symyx Technologies, Inc.




September Dinner Lecture

"Rapid Thermal Analysis"
James Bennett
Symyx Technologies, Inc.


We have developed a technique for rapid measurement
of thermal transitions. The system consists of a
sensor array and substrate coupled with hardware and electronics for environmental control and measurement. Due to the nature of the substrate, and the overall size of the samples, thermal equilibration times are fast (ms) and therefore, temperature ramp rates vastly exceed those of conventional instruments. The substrate is designed in wafer format and is fabricated using lithography techniques similar to those in IC fabrica- tion. The result is an array of addressable, integrated micro heaters and temperature sensors. The materials and construction of the substrate allows a measurement temperature range of -100 to +200C. We will discuss the development of this technique as well as its application to the rapid determination of polymer sample Tm and Tg transitions

Speaker Background:

James Bennett's current position is Leader for Polymer Screening Applications with Symyx Technologies, Inc. in Santa Clara. He has been with Symyx since September 1997 working on development of high throughput instrumentation for materials screening. Previously, he was with NEC Research Institute in Princeton, NJ working on characterization of materials for applications in optical and magnetic data storage.

For more information on Symyx, see



DATE: Thursday, Sept. 12

Location: Michael's at Shoreline Park, Mountain View

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

Cost: $30
half price students, retired, unemployed
free for just the lecture at 8PM
(but please let us know for headcount)

Deadline for registration: 5 PM, Friday Sept. 6

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Dinner choices:
chicken Marsala
stuffed prawns with lobster sauce
vegetable brochette with wild rice

Note that we must request that you be liable for your registration fee if you register and do not attend; cancellation is allowed up to the registration deadline.


From 101 in Mountain View, take the Shoreline Boulevard
Exit, turning toward the bay. Drive past the Shoreline Amphitheater and go straight ahead, entering into Shoreline Park. After a mile or so inside the park, a sign for Michael's will direct you to turn left into the parking lot for Michael's.
Address: 2960 N Shoreline Blvd.
Restaurant phone: 650-962-1014
(do not call restaurant for reservations)


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General Notes:

The U.C. Berkeley College of Chemistry fall series
of seminars can now be viewed as pdf files at

As always, the Open University program at San Jose
State University offers classes at times convenient
for working polymer scientists and engineers to attend.
For the fall offerings, see
and click on Open University.
(see for example, Materials Engineering 274, Lithography)


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