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Polymer Compounding, Formulating, and Testing of Plastics, Rubber, Adhesives, and Coatings

Course# Date Time Location
043-1247 11/13/2024 - 11/15/2024 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
043-1248 02/12/2025 - 02/14/2025 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
043-1249 05/21/2025 - 05/23/2025 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
043-1250 11/12/2025 - 11/14/2025 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
Cost: $1,800 USD
Online Registration
CEU's: 2.4
Instructor: John S. Dick

Course Overview

A survey course designed to help chemists and nonchemists alike become familiar with the compounding and formulating of materials used in the polymer industries: i.e. plastics, rubber, adhesives, and coating industries. Compounding materials are studied and compared by general class and function. Also, comparisons are made among similar materials used in different polymer industries. Technology transference from one industrial use to another is encouraged. The following are included in this course: Introduction and Discussion of Polymer Chemistry; Overview of Plastics Compounding; Overview of Rubber Compounding: Review of Adhesives Compounding; Overview of Coatings Formulating.

A photocopy of the 288-page text book Compounding Materials for the Polymer Industries: A Concise Guide to Polymers, Rubbers, Adhesives, and Coatings, by John S. Dick, is included in the price of the course.

Compounding Materials for the Polymer Industries

Online Course Requirements

We want you to have a great experience participating in our remote (online) courses, and for that, you’ll need the right equipment and internet connection.

Minimum needs are:

  • A broadband internet connection that has at least a 2 Mbps upload and download speed.
  • A computer (PC or Mac) that can support the latest web browser versions.
  • At least 4 GB of RAM and adequate hard drive space.
  • A microphone and a speaker.
  • International Students: For virtual (online) courses, an additional fee will be assessed to cover the cost of shipping the professional binder (presentation slides), to your address. The cost of international shipping can be significant.

For more information, visit our Online Course Requirements webpage.

Instructor Biography:

John S. Dick, a senior rubber scientist with Alpha Technologies, has over thirty years of experience in the rubber industry. Mr. Dick has authored over 50 journal and magazine publications and four books on polymer technology. He received the Monsanto Master Technical Service Award in 1994, the ACS Rubber Division Best Paper Award in 1995 and a University of Akron Appreciation Award in 1998 for Teaching Polymer Compounding Courses in their Continuing Education Program. He is a Fellow of ASTM International receiving the Award of Merit in 1990. In addition, he has represented the United States as a delegate to the ISO for the last 20 years. He was appointed in 1992 to be Leader of the U.S. Delegation to ISO TC-45 on Rubber. Mr. Dick teaches rubber technology courses at both University of Akron and University of Wisconsin continuing education departments. He received his B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1970 and an M.A. from the University of Akron in 1979.

Day 1


  • Markets, History, Manufacturing Process
  • Testing
  • Basic Principles
  • Compounding
  • Functional Uses
  • Thermoplastic Resins - (PE, PVC, PS, PP, ABS, MMA, PET, Cellulose Acetate, Nylon, PC, Polyacetal, PPO, Polysulfone, TFE)
  • Thermosetting Resins - (PF, UF, MF, Unsaturated Polyesters)
  • Fillers and Reinforcements
  • Coupling Agents
  • Flame Retardants
  • Plasticizers
  • Lubricants
  • Heat Stabilizers
  • Antioxidants
  • Curing Agents
  • Colorants
  • Impact Modifiers
  • Alloys
  • New Processes

Day 2


  • History
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Testing
  • Compounding
  • Elastomers (NR, SBR, BR, IR, EPR, NBR, CR, CSM, IIR, CIIR, CO, ECO, FKM, Q)
  • Curatives, Fillers and Reinforcing Agents
  • Softeners
  • Antidegradants (Antioxidants, Antiozonants, Waxes)
  • Tackifiers
  • Flame Retardants
  • Colorants
  • Blowing Agents
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers


  • Markets, History, Manufacturing Process
  • Basic Principles
  • Functional Uses
  • Reactive Type Base Polymers (Epoxy, PUR,Cyanoacrylates, PF, RF, UF, MF)
  • Thermoplastic Type Base Polymers (PE, EVA, EEA, EAA, SBS, SIS, PA, PVB, Polyvinyl Ethers)
  • Elastomeric Base Polymers (NR, SBR, IIR, NBR, CR, XNBR, Polysulfides)
  • Natural Base Polymers (Animal and Fish Glues, Casein, Starch, Dextrin, Cellulose Derivatives)
  • Tackifiers (Rosins, Hydrocarbon Resins, Phenolic Resins, Polyterpenes)
  • Solvents
  • Fillers
  • Plasticizers
  • Hardeners
  • Thickening Agents


  • Markets
  • History
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Testing
  • Basic Principles
  • Formulating
  • Binders (Drying Oils, Oleoresinous Binders, Alkyd Resins, Acrylics, Vinyl Resins, SB Binders, PUR, Epoxy Resins, Amino Resins, Cellulose Binders)
  • Solvents
  • Pigments
  • Additives
  • Driers
  • Antiskinning Agents
  • Thickeners and Thixotropes
  • Biocides
  • Corrosion Inhibitors
  • Plasticizers
  • Surfactants
  • Defoamers
  • Coalescing Agents
  • Freeze-Thaw Stabilizers
  • Anti-Rust Agents
  • pH Buffers


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.