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Introduction to Polymer Chemical Characterization Course

Course# Date Time Location

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Cost: $1,000.00 USD
Online Registration
CEU's: 0.5
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Knoll

Course Overview

The course provides a hands-on look at identifying polymers using characterization techniques in a lab setting. Understanding polymer chemistry can be critical to applications such as deformulation, failure analysis, contamination identification, and additive effects. However, each characterization technique has strengths and limitations which can often only be fully understood with some experience working in a lab setting. In particular this course will focus on chemical identification of various sample polymers using spectroscopic lab equipment.

Perkin Elmer FTIR

Rigaku Smart Lab

RAMAN Spectroscopy

Instructor Biography:


Dr. Andrew Knoll is an experienced surface scientist with a degree in materials science and engineering from University of Maryland College Park. His dissertation involved surface characterization of polymers exposed to low temperature plasmas. Dr. Knoll has been working for University of Akron Polymer Science department since 2018 working as an instrumentation scientist and adjunct professor.

This course will cover the fundamental science, hands on use, and data analysis examples for the characterization process. We will be meeting in the NPIC labs on the University of Akron campus. We will focus on polymer chemistry and identification using spectroscopy and X-ray techniques.


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


Registration Form

Registration information: Registration shall remain open until posted as closed on the course listing on this site.

Registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, phone, fax or mail—will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


Visit our registration webpage to view our cancellation/withdrawal policy.