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ONLINE COURSE: Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes

Course Number: 160-0884
Date: 07/13/2021 - 07/14/2021
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Webex
Cost: $1,000.00 USD
Online Registration
CEU's: 0.4
Instructor: Joseph J. Marcinko, Ph.D.

Course Overview

There is no polyurethane monomer leading to polyurethane polymers. This is in contrast to a polymer like polyethylene which is derived from the polymerization of ethylene monomer and results in a homopolymer of linear or branched structure. Polyurethane polymers result from the addition reactions of isocyanate molecules of different types reacting with active hydrogen functional molecules or polymers that result in phase separated, block copolymers.  The size, the shape and the intermolecular interactions of the isocyanates and the polyols used to make polyurethanes affects how phase separated segments will order themselves and how they will move in relation to each other, which will dictate the physical properties of that polyurethane polymer. This course is designed to provide an overview of how the selection of isocyanate structure and reactivity, combined with the proper selection of polyols, allows the polyurethane formulator to design and tailor the physical properties of polyurethanes for specific applications.

Why you should not miss this training: This training will discuss why it is important to consider molecular structure when designing and developing polyurethane polymers for specific applications and how physical properties can be tailored by the correct molecular design. Consideration of how isocyanate symmetry affects reactivity, rigid domain ordering and hydrogen bonding within the polyurethane will be discussed. In addition, the types of polyols available and how these polyols affect the molecular architecture of the polyurethane will be discussed.

Who should attend this training: This webinar is intended for scientists, product development specialists and managers who are interested in better understanding of how polyurethanes can be better designed to meet specific performance requirements.

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.

  • Discussions of molecular architecture
    • Linear vs Branched structures and the impact on molecular entanglements
  • Isocyanate types, their molecular structure and how they are made
    • Aromatic vs Aliphatic isocyanates
    • Symmetry of the isocyanate molecule
  • Polyol types and their molecular structure
    • Polyether polyols
    • Polyester Polyols
    • Specialty polyols
  • Polyurethane Catalysts
  • Rigid and Flexible domain phase separation
  • How processing affects molecular structure
  • Morphology and molecular motion
  • Hydrogen bonding within polyurethanes
  • Discussion of specific polyurethane examples and the measurement of their physical properties
    • Polyurethane elastomers
    • Polyurethane adhesives
    • Flexible foams
    • Rigid foams
    • Thermal analysis of polyurethanes
    • Other characterization techniques for polyurethanes