DPOLY Short Course on Glasses
The glass transition in polymers, small molecule glass formers, and colloids: Recent advances in theory, experiment, and open challenges
Includes Saturday & Sunday
• Students/Post-Docs: $100
• APS Members: $150
• Non-Members: $250
• Register when you register for the meeting
• Preregistration required
Saturday, February 28
1:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 1
8:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Those interested in the fundamentals of the glass transition and how these impact practical applications with emphasis on polymers and soft materials. For historical perspective small molecule systems and network glasses are also considered.
The glass transition is an area of intense fundamental research and remains a deep challenge to our understanding of complex materials. Yet, it is also highly important in practical applications as it determines use temperatures of polymers and composites, long term durability, and performance in novel nanotechnology applications. In the present course we review classic theories of the glass, the fundamental phenomenology of the glass transition and how practical applications are affected by the glassy behavior of polymers. In addition, we provide descriptions of the modern glass transition theories and simulation methods. Finally, the course gives a window on open questions and unresolved problems in glassy materials.
Preregistration is required. You must register for the short course when you register for the meeting.
Limited funds to provide partial registration/travel support are available to encourage more graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to participate. To be considered, students and postdocs should send a request to email@example.com. Since the funds will be distributed as reimbursements, also include a copy of your registration for the short course. Funds will be distributed by date of receipt, diversity considerations, and need. For additional information or questions, please email Greg McKenna.
Gregory B. McKenna and Sindee L. Simon
Texas Tech University
|Saturday, February 28
||Introduction to Glasses
Phenomenology of glasses, aging, and some engineering properties
Gregory B. McKenna, Texas Tech
||Thermodynamic Measurements and Models of the Structural Recovery of Glasses
Modeling of the kinetics of glasses; strengths and weaknesses of the TNM/KAHR formalisms
Sindee L. Simon, Texas Tech
||Mechanical, Viscoelastic, and Dielectric Methods
Gregory B. McKenna, Texas Tech
||Scattering in Glasses and the Boson Peak
Reiner Zorn, Jülich Center for Neutron Science
|5:00 p.m.||Some Modern Theories of the Glass Transition I
Review of theories of glasses and presentation of the 'Generalized Entropy Model'
Jack F. Douglas, NIST
|Sunday, March 1
||Some Modern Theories of the Glass Transition II
Continue review of theories of glasses and presentation of 'Elastically Cooperative Activated Barrier Hopping Theory'
Kenneth S. Schweizer, University of Illinois
||Simulation of Glass-Forming Polymers and Comparison with Experiment
Rajesh Khare, Texas Tech
||Simulation of Glass-Forming Liquids
Hendrik Meyer, Institut Charles Sadron
|1:15 p.m.||Nonlinear Mechanical Properties, Long Term Predictions, and Glassy Constitutive Behavior
James M. Caruthers, Purdue
|2:45 p.m.||Crystallization from Below to Above the Tg
Mark D. Ediger, University of Wisconsin
|3:45 p.m.||Open Questions in Ultrathin Polymer Films: Nanoconfinement Effects and Surfaces
Connie B. Roth, Emory University
|4:20 p.m.||Dynamics of Polymer Surfaces and Relationship with Nanoscale Confinement
Zahra Fakhraai, University of Pennsylvania
|4:55 p.m.||Simulation of Behavior at the Nanometer Size Scale
David S. Simmons, University of Akron
|5:30 p.m.||Colloidal Glasses and How They Can Model Molecular Glasses
Eric R. Weeks, Emory University