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The material selection platform
Plastics & Elastomers
The material selection platform
Plastics & Elastomers
Online Course

Best Combine DMA, DSC, FTIR... for Optimal Material Analysis

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Tuesday Dec 3, 2019

Solve complex formulation or processing issues faster! Learn how to complement data from DSC, TGA, DMA, FTIR... to better characterize your plastic materials.

Jeffrey Jansen will help you optimize key properties (Tg, HDT, crystallinity, oxidation rate, component migration...) of your materials. Factors affecting results using relevant cases (polymer identification, contamination, failure analysis) will be discussed in detail.

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Jeffrey A. Jansen Presented By:
Jeffrey Jansen
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Advanced

Next Session: Dec 3, 2019
10:00 a.m. (New York City)
4:00 p.m. (Paris)

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Why should you attend?

Despite having increasingly diverse & advanced plastic materials labs, one is faced with new challenges daily. They range from solving complex formulation or processing issues to characterizing your materials better & faster.

Using a mix of tools (DSC, TGA, DMA, FTIR...) can help gather a lot of information but not knowing when and how to complement data from these techniques can cost you a lot of time, money & effort!
Join this course to:


1. Design better material analysis plan by clarifying the type of information you will get from each characterization method (DMA, DSC, TGA, FTIR...).

2. Extract more value (extent of oxidation, HDT, Tg, contamination...) by learning how to efficiently cross data from multiple characterization techniques.

3. Gain insight into how plastic’s composition and structure can be evaluated analytically.

4. Wisely optimize performance of your plastics materials by seeing in practice how to proceed on real-cases (material identification, contamination, failure analysis).

Best Combine Data from DSC, DMA, FTIR for optimal material analysis

Who should attend?

Material Scientists, Engineers, Quality Control professionals who find difficulties in analyzing and combining data from different characterization tools as a part of material characterization & problem solving.

Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this session:
  1. Plastics Development & Role of Multiple Characterization Techniques

  2. Characterization Methods Commonly Employed with Plastics Materials (in the scope of discussion of this course)
    • FTIR: Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
    • DSC: differential scanning calorimetry
    • TGA: thermogravimetric analysis
    • GC-MS: gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy
    • GPC: gel permeation chromatography
    • DMA: dynamic mechanical analysis

  3. When to best use which characterization tool?

  4. Correlation of Material properties & Plastics Performance
    • Crystallinity, Molecular Weight, Thermal History, Specific Heat Capacity, Viscoelasticity, Reaction Kinetics, Degree of cure…

  5. Application of Analytical Techniques to Plastics Developments
    • Polymers/Additives identification (minimize unwanted interactions)
    • Purity / Contamination
    • Oxidative stability

  6. Combination of data generated by different methods

  7. Optimization of Plastics Formulations using data from different methods
    • Polymer Blends Compatibilty
    • Addition of Additives/fillers  
    • Use of data to optimize formulations

  8. Real life cases on plastics performance optimization (on use of different methods, data extraction and combining info in optimal way)

  9. 30 mins Q&A- Interact live/ ask questions directly from the expert !
Have a query ? Email us for any help !

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Members Reviews

Excellent integrated overview of multiple analytic techniques applied to polymers

George H. , from REHAU Inc

It gave info on the steps to analyze an unknown polymer sample.

Ing Alonso L. , from PVC Tecnocom

Learnt about few useful experiments to further investigate. TGA kinetics...

Thomas G. , from Addivant

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