Rheology Short Course

Macosko | Ewoldt | Fuller | McKinley | Zia

A three-day short course on the rheology of polymers, proteins, dispersions, surfactants and biopolymer networks. The material 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. Applications are drawn from the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries (proteins, biofilms, and lipids), personal and food products, polymer characterization and processing industry. 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.

Tuesday, June 11

8:00 AM Registration and coffee
8:30 AM Introduction: Rheology Phenomena, Fundamentals – Macosko
9:30 AM Rate of Strain, Newtonian Liquid – Macosko
10:30 AM Linear Viscoelasticity – McKinley
11:30 AM Class Introductions
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM LVE data interpretation in small groups
1:30 PM General Viscous Liquid – Ewoldt
2:45 PM Shear Rheometry – Macosko
4:00 PM Extensional Rheometry – McKinley
5:00 PM Adjourn to mixer

Wednesday, June 12

8:30 AM Nonlinear Viscoelasticity – Ewoldt
9:45 AM Dispersions – Zia
11:00 AM Emulsions, Surfactants – Fuller
12:00 PM Lunch and “office hours” with faculty
2:00 PM Interfacial Rheology – Fuller
3:30 PM Yield Stress Fluids with Application to 3D Printing – Ewoldt
4:45 PM Lab tours (optional)

Thursday, June 13

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 Applications to Protein Characterization – Fuller
2:30 PM Simulations of Dispersions and Polymers – Zia
3:30 PM Microrheometry and Microfluidics – McKinley
5:00 PM Course ends

Christopher W. Macosko

Christopher W. Macosko, course co-organizer and author of a widely used rheology text, is Professor Emeritus 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

Randy H. Ewoldt, Associate 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

Gerald Fuller, course co-organizer, is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. His 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. He received the Bingham Medal of The Society of Rheology and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Gareth H. McKinley

Gareth H. McKinley is the School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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 and is a member-elect of the National Academy of Engineering.

Roseanna Zia

Roseanna Zia, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Zia’s work centers on colloidal dispersions and development of predictive theories for the microscopic mechanisms underpinning their macroscopic behaviors. She investigates “Grand Challenge” questions, including theory of the glass transition and kinetic arrest, as well as the physics of biological cell function. To elucidate these physical mechanisms, Dr. Zia employs statistical physics and hydrodynamics theory, complemented by large-scale Stokesian Dynamics simulations. She is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Rheology.

Course Location: 

The course will be held on the Stanford campus in the Shriram Center, 443 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305. Convenient parking can be found at the corner of Via Ortega and Panama Street.

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Attendees are responsible for their own hotel arrangements. Early reservations are advised.  Below are some near the course site:

Cardinal Hotel
(downtown Palo Alto)
235 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 323-5101

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Cowper Inn
(downtown Palo Alto)
705 Cowper St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 327-4475

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Hotel Lucent
(nearby in Menlo Park)
727 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 521-0024

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Sheraton Hotel
(close, but expensive)
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 328-2800

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Stanford Terrace Inn
(fairly close – 30 min walk)
531 Standford Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 857-0333

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For more information or questions about the event, please contact Jane Bolmeyer at jbolmeyer@tainstruments.com or +1 (302) 427-4189.

Registration & Fees

Early Registration (before May 10): $1300
Standard Registration: $1600
Academic Registration*: $900

*The academic discount fee is 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 one week before the course begins.

A refund, less a $100 cancellation fee, is made if a registration is cancelled by June 1, 2019. 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.