This past week, I attended the National Graduate Research Polymer Conference (NGRPC), which was hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Chemistry. A well known polymer chemist and professor from another large state university commented without any prompting from me that he really would like to change from using round bottom flasks to using the EasyMax™ for their polymer syntheses. I saw this as a good opportunity to learn from his perspective what he felt the inherent value was of the EasyMax™, an automated lab reactor system, in academia.
Dr. Jennifer Andrews of METTLER TOLEDO will present a free online seminar Improving the Understanding and Control of Polymer Synthesis Using Real-Time In Situ FTIR on July 27. During this presentation, Jennifer will discuss emerging polymer research and how to use real-time in situ Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) to the understand polymerizations.
The importance of real-time in situ reaction monitoring for polymerizations is due in part to the fact that many polymerization reactions are run at high temperatures and/or pressures, some are extremely oxygen sensitive and many involve the use of hazardous reagents.