Combinatorial Polymer Physics: Faster! Cheaper? Better!?:Eric J. Amis, Polymers Division, NIST



Dinner Lecture
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Michael's at Shoreline, Mountain View

Combinatorial Polymer Physics: Faster! Cheaper? Better!?
Eric J. Amis
Polymers Division, NIST


Combinatorial methodology has changed the paradigm of pharmaceutical synthesis and it is moving to have a similar impact in materials science. Although the primary emphasis has been on discovery of new materials or catalysts, we have emphasized the use of high-throughput approaches to generate experimental data over the multi-parameter space that is typical of polymeric materials. By carefully designing libraries and measurements to investigate structure and function with variations of composition and processing we can rapidly explore basic phenomena of polymer physics. We have applied the combinatorial approach to study structure and function in polymer thin films, biomaterials, polymer blends, filled polymers, and semi-crystalline polymers. We will describe some simple and transferable examples of library fabrication and high-throughput measurements to show how measurements in complex systems can be validated and the data can provide new understanding, even in areas that have been investigated extensively.

Speaker Background:

Eric J. Amis, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, has been Chief of the Polymers Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology since May 1999. Before joining NIST in 1995 to lead the Polymer Blends and Processing Program, Amis spent 11 years on the faculty of the Chemistry Department at the University of Southern California. Prior to that he completed postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin and as a National Research Council Associate at NIST's predecessor, the National Bureau of Standards. From 1992 to 2002 he was the Editor of the Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics Edition. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a past Chair of the APS Division of Polymer Physics. In 2002 he was awarded the Silver Medal for Leadership from the US Department of Commerce. Amis has chaired three Gordon Research Conferences: Macromolecular Dynamics, Polymer West, and Combinatorial and High-Throughput Materials Science (as co-founder). His research is primarily in the areas of solution rheology combined with light, neutron and X-ray scattering methods to investigate the physics of complex systems such as biomembranes, polyelectrolytes, associating polymers, gels, polymer crystallization, and dendritic polymers. More recently, he has initiated a program to apply combinatorial and high throughput methods to materials science and tissue engineering, which led to the establishment of both the NIST Combinatorial Methods Center and a major initiative in metrology for tissue engineering.



DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 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 Monday Feb. 10

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Dinner choices:
chicken Florentine
eggplant Parmesian

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)



March 3-5, Mountain View
Spring Symposium and joint NATAS Short Course
See below for details.

April 9, Mountain View
Brian Riise, MBA Polymers, Inc. -
"Recovery of Plastics from Durable Goods"


GGPF/ NATAS Short Course & Spring Symposium

March 3-5, 2003 (MTW) at Michael’s at Shoreline in Mountain View

Short Course - March 3 & 4. Dual sessions on "Characterization of Polymers by Thermal Analysis" & "Pharmaceutical Applications of Thermal Analysis". $495 for registration prior to February 10.

Spring Symposium - March 5, "Recent Advances in
Microanalytical Techniques". $145 prior to February 10.

Short Course + Spring Symposium $595 prior to February 10.

Space is limited, early registration is recommended.

For more information and to register
visit the GGPF website:
For student and retired/unemployed rates or additional information contact Bruce Prime:


NATAS/GGPF Spring 2003 Short Course

Wei-Ping Pan
Western Kentucky University, Short Course Chair

Monday March 3 Fundamentals of Thermal Analysis
8:30 am -12:00 noon
How to Optimize DSC and TGA Experimental Conditions and Interpret Results with Confidence, Len Thomas, TA Instruments

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Modulated Temperature DSC (MTDSC): Basic Theory, Operation, Applications and Comparison to Traditional DSC, Mike Reading, Loughborough University
Tuesday March 4
Session A Characterization of Polymers by Thermal Analysis
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Characterizing Thermoplastic Polymers for Industrial Applications, Richard Chartoff, University of Arizona

10:30am -12:00 pm
Thermal Analysis in Thermoset Characterization,
Bruce Prime, Consultant

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Rheology of Polymers, Jeffrey Gotro, Ablestik Laboratories

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Characterization of Polymeric Materials by Thermal Analysis, Spectroscopy and Microscopic Techniques, Wei-Ping Pan, Western Kentucky University

Session B Pharmaceutical Applications of Thermal Analysis
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Differential Scanning Calorimetry and the Characterization of Amorphous Pharmaceutical Systems, Michael Pikal, University of Connecticut

10:30am - 12:00 pm
Thermoanalytical Characterization of Pharmaceutical Materials: Small Molecule Applications, Nancy Redman-Furey, Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Kinetics and Thermodynamics: Practical Applications of Isothermal Heat Conduction Microcalorimetry, Anthony Beezer, University of Greenwich

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Use of Isothermal Microcalorimetry and Solution
Calorimetry in the Assessment of Stability, Compatibility, Amorphicity and Polymorphism in Pharmaceutical Systems, Mark Phipps, Thermometric, Ltd.

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Reception and Instrument Display

Wed. March 5
GGPF/NATAS Spring Symposium:
Recent Advances in Microanalytical Techniques

Lothar Kleiner
Alza Pharmaceuticals, Symposium Chair

8:45 am
Keynote: Microcalorimetric Methods to Assess Powder Surfaces and Solid Interactions, Mark A. Phipps, Thermometric, Ltd.

9:45 am Break

10:15 am
New Microcalorimetric Methods for the Determination of Kinetic Parameters for Solid State Reactions with Particular Reference to Pharmaceutical Testing, Anthony Beezer, Greenwich University

11:05 am
Microcalorimetry, Structural Relaxation in Glasses, and the Prediction of Pharmaceutical Stability, Michael Pikal, University of Connecticut

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm
Recent Advances in Scanning Probe Techniques, Mike Reading, Loughborough University

2:05 pm
Quartz Crystal Microbalance/Heat Conduction Calorimetry: a New Isothermal Technique for Studying Sorption and Reaction in Thin Film Samples, Allan L. Smith, Masscal Corporation and Drexel University

3:00 pm Break

3:30 pm
Study of Interface Physics through Combination of Surface Plasmon Resonance and the Quartz Crystal Microbalance, Curt Frank, Stanford University

4:20 pm
Advancements in Infrared Micro Sampling Technology,
Bonnie Leimer, Thermo Nicolet


Local class of possible interest:

Jan. 25 - May 17, San Jose State University
(Saturdays 9 - 2)
Materials Engineering 234 -
"Microelectronic Packaging Materials Science"
For more information, contact Dr. Guna Selvaduray, or 408-924-3874
This course may be taken through SJSU Open University


OTHER EVENTS of possible interest to the
GGPF audience:

JAN. 2003

Jan. 22, South San Francisco
joint SAS/BAMS dinner meeting
"An Integrated Proteomics Platform Based on Multidimensional Chromatography Coupled to High Performance MALDI QFT-ICR MS" by Ansgar Brock, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation

Jan. 23, Mountain View
SAMPE Annual Composites Workshop
(focus on aerospace type composite structures)
For information contact Stan Peters
650-968-1624 or

Jan. 23, Foster City
free day-long Thermo Nicolet symposium on IR/Raman spectroscopy topics (registration required, contact them before showing up),1247,10788-104,00.html

FEB. 2003

Feb. 4, Palo Alto
NanoSig event:
Harnessing Nature's Self-Asembly

Feb. 11, Peninsula location tba
AIChE dinner lecture
Bob Glasser, Vice President Intel
"Components Research - Nanomaterials for
Electronic Devices"

Feb. 12, Mountain View
SAMPE dinner lecture
Membrane Mirror Technology

Feb. 12, Sunnyvale
IEEE/CPMT dinner meeting
"Illumination with LEDs"
Paul Martin, Lumileds (Formerly HP and Agilent)

Feb. 17-19, Reno
26th Western Coatings Societies Symposium & Show
See the web page of the Golden Gate Society
for Coatings Technology for future details

Feb. 19-21, San Jose
5th Annual COMBI 2003 - Combinatorial
Approaches for New Materials Discovery

Feb. 20
SPE sponsored Flextronics Assembly Plant Tour

Feb. 20-21, Stanford
Flory Conference 2003: Novel Electronic Materials
Details now available on the web page.

Feb. 20, location tbd
SPE plant tour

Feb. 23-27, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove
ACS POLY Division Workshop
"Advances in Materials for Proton Exchange
Membrane Fuel Cell Systems"

Feb. 23-27, San Francisco
NanoTech 2003 conference
materials, fabrication, microfluidics, MEMS, etc.;
check it out>

MARCH 2003

March 1, Santa Clara
"Berkeley in Silicon Valley"
3rd annual event

March 3-5, San Francisco
Flexible Displays 2003

March 3-6, Santa Clara
AVS-sponsored 4th International Conference
on Microelectronics & Interfaces

March 10-14, San Jose
High Density Interconnect EXPO 2003,

March 11-13, San Jose
SEMI-THERM annual meeting (on thermal management
issues in electronic systems and components)

March 20, location tbd
SPE-sponsored plant tour

APRIL 2003

April 6-9, San Francisco
"Additives 2003 - Bringing New Value to Plastics"
(includes a workshop on nanocomposites)

April 21-25, San Francisco
Materials Research Society spring meeting

April 28-30, San Francisco
ACS Rubber Division annual meeting

April 29, South San Francisco
AIChE NorCal Symposium
Emerging Trends in Biotechnology


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