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Macosko | Ewoldt | Fuller | McKinley | Mohraz

A three day short course on the rheology of polymers, dispersions, surfactants and biopolymer networks is designed to give chemists, formulators, pharmacists, petroleum engineers, geologists, and materials engineers an understanding of rheology fundamentals, principles of measurements, and applications to practical problem solving. We are pleased to have assembled an outstanding faculty with extensive experience in teaching rheology and applying it to solving industrial problems. Students will learn optimal measurement techniques, data reduction and interpretation and case study applications in lectures and working sessions with the instructors.

May 16 - 18, 2017 – Irvine, CA


Tuesday May 16
8:00 am Registration and coffee
8:30 am Fundamentals: Stress, Strain, Elastic Solid – Macosko
9:45 am Rate of Strain, Newtonian Liquid – Macosko
11:00 am Linear Viscoelasticity – McKinley
12:00 pm Lunch with class introductions
LVE data interpretation in small groups
1:30 pm General Viscous Liquid – Ewoldt
3:30 pm Shear Rheometry – Macosko
5:00 pm Adjourn to mixer
Wednesday May 17
8:30 am Nonlinear Viscoelasticity – Ewoldt
9:45 am Extensional Rheometry – McKinley
11:00 am Interfacial Rheology – Fuller
12:00 pm Lunch and “office hours” with faculty
2:00 pm Dispersion Rheology – Mohraz
3:45 pm Yield Stress Fluids – Ewoldt
Thursday May 18
8:30 am Polymer Rheology – McKinley
10:00 am Gels and Thermosets – Macosko
11:15 am Data Interpretation in Small Groups over Lunch
1:30 pm Bio and Biomedical Applications – Ewoldt and Fuller
3:00 pm Optical Rheometry – Fuller
4:30 pm Course ends


Christopher W. Macosko, course organizer and author of a widely used rheology text, is professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He has aided development of several commercial rheometers and numerous test methods. His group currently conducts research in polymer-polymer blends, polymer nanocomposites, and the rheology of reacting systems. He has received awards from AIChE and SPE, the Bingham Medal of The Society of Rheology and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Randy H. Ewoldt, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His group studies the rheology of yield stress fluids, polymer gels, and biological materials. They are currently developing new rheometry methods based on Large Amplitude Oscillatory Shear (LAOS) experiments, and new design methods for rheologically-complex materials. He received the Distinguished Young Rheologist Award from TA Instruments in 2013 and the Metzner Early Career Award from The Society of Rheology in 2014.

Gerald Fuller is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Professor Fuller's research has centered on three areas of rheology: optical rheometry, extensional rheology, and interfacial rheology. This experimental effort has been aimed at a wide range of soft materials that includes polymer solutions and melts, liquid crystals, suspensions, and surfactants. Recent applications are linked to biological materials. Professor Fuller received the Bingham Award from The Society of Rheology and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Gareth H. McKinley is the School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation and former Associate Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His research interests include extensional rheometry, microfluidic rheometry and non-Newtonian fluid dynamics. He has aided in the development of several rheological techniques for characterizing the extensional rheology of polymer solutions, micellar liquids and other complex fluids. He received the Bingham Medal of The Society of Rheology in 2013 and the Gold Medal from the British Society of Rheology in 2014.

Ali Mohraz is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Irvine. His group studies complex fluids, including colloidal assembly at fluid interfaces and rheology and microstructural evolution of colloidal dispersions under transient large-strain deformations. He received a National Science Foundation Early Career (CAREER) award and the TA Instruments Distinguished Young Rheologist award. His teaching at UC Irvine has been recognized by their Mid-Career Innovation in Teaching and the Fariborz Maseeh Best Faculty Teaching.

Registration and Fees

The course fee is $1300 for those who register before April 19, $1500 afterwards. The academic discount fee is $800 for individuals attending from universities (current faculty, staff, or student affiliation with an academic institution is required). Participants will receive pdfs of the course notes the week before the course begins.

A refund, less a $50 cancellation fee, is made if a registration is cancelled by May 1, 2017. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the course if necessary, in which case a full refund will be made. Enrollment is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. This course was filled the last time it was offered.

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Location and Accommodations

The course is held at:

Courtyard Santa Ana – Orange County
8 MacArthur Place
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 668-9993

The course venue is conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Diego near I-5 and I-405. For those traveling from outside the region, the venue is less than 2 miles from John Wayne Airport – Orange County (SNA).
Maps and Transportation

Attendees are responsible for their own hotel arrangements. Early reservations are advised.

For Further Information

Contact Jane Bolmeyer