Seminar Series:

 

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TA Instruments is bringing our in-house experts to you! Join us for our new online seminar series for a unique opportunity to learn and discuss the latest analytical insights with our applications and product management team. A question and answer session with the speaker will follow each seminar. 

Upcoming Seminars:

Fatigue and Durability of Medical Devices

Sadegh Behdad, Ph.D.

Durability testing of Medical Devices is crucial for validation of performance and safety and often becomes an important element of regulatory submissions. A variety of common standards-based test methods will be presented including example or published test data for each.

April 16, 2020
11:00 AM US/Eastern

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Rheology of Soft Biomaterials

Greg Kamykowski, Ph.D.

We will discuss the 2 main approaches to rheological testing – unidirectional testing, such as flow testing on fluids and transient tests on solid-like materials, as well as dynamic oscillatory testing. We will also describe some accessories that pertain to testing of biomaterials.

April 17, 2020
11:00 AM US/Eastern

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Characterizing Polymer Properties for Compound Formulation: Determining Polymers That Lead to Successful Products

Sarah Cotts

The polymer used in a compound recipe is critical to compound processing behavior and final product performance, yet polymer characterization is an under-utilized technique in the rubber industry.  Variations in the composition, average molecular weight, molecular weight distribution or branching of the polymer lead to significant differences in processing behavior and often result in processing defects and scrap. This webinar will introduce methods to characterize raw polymers that lead to reduced compound variability and improved product performance.

April 28, 2020
11:00 AM US/Eastern

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Techniques for Rubber Compound Processing and Production Success

Alina Latshaw, Ph.D.

Have you experienced manufacturing performance differences between batches of materials, despite seeing no difference in specifications or cure data? Do you want to reduce scrap, improve processing efficiencies, and minimize variability in your manufacturing process?

Join us as we adventure beyond the cure curve and look at additional testing methods to correlate material characteristics of rubber compounds with processing behavior and production success.

April 29, 2020
11:00 AM US/Eastern

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Correlating Cured Rubber Characteristics to Product Performance

Sadegh Behdad, Ph.D.

New product design is expedited by gathering product performance metrics early in the compound development process. These key metrics link to final product performance and answer common questions: How will my product perform in its final application? Is performance guaranteed over the lifetime of the product? Predicting mechanical rigidity, suitability to end-use environmental conditions, and long-term stability empower a compound developer to filter for leading candidates before progressing to expensive pilot and larger scale trials.

In this talk, we will introduce several techniques to characterize cured rubber products and link these measurements to final product performance, ensuring customer acceptance and success.

April 30, 2020
11:00 AM US/Eastern

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Past Seminars:

Mechanics and Strength of Biomaterials

Muhammad Haris

This presentation will introduce a range of biomaterials test applications where mechanical test instruments are assisting researchers and engineers in gaining a better understanding of native and artificial tissues.

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Chemical Characterization of Medical Devices

Baiba Cabovska, Ph.D.

During the formulation and manufacturing of polymeric materials for medical devices, the materials go through multiple stages and undergo many transformations. At each of these stages new additives might be added or the material is exposed to physical factors like heat which impacts the chemical nature of the ingredients.

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Batteries

Unlock a New Dimension in your Battery Research Through Isothermal Microcalorimetry

Malin Suurkuusk, Ph.D.

In order to meet growing market demands for power storage, Lithium ion and new battery chemistries demand higher energy density, longer cycle life, calendar life, and better safety to a lower cost. Isothermal microcalorimetry is a highly sensitive, non-destructive and non-specific tool to characterize these critical performance criteria. 

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Oil Drums

Use of Thermal Analysis and Rheometry to Study Waxation in Crude Oil

Yash Adhia

Crude oil is typically extracted as a single organic liquid phase from the reservoir. However during transportation, a drop in the temperature can cause the higher molecular weight paraffins or waxes to separate into the solid phase. 

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Polymers

Steady State & Flash Methods for Thermal Diffusivity and Thermal Conductivity Determination

Justin Wynn

In this presentation we will demonstrate accurate and high-throughput methods to measure the critical heat transfer properties of thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity. 

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Pharmaceutical Drugs

Advancements in the Characterization of Pharmaceuticals by DSC

Jason Saienga, Ph.D.

Differential Scanning Calorimetry is a simple, yet powerful technique to gain a broad understanding of the characteristics of pharmaceutical materials, from the crystalline structure that exists to the compatibility of a specific formulation. 

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Adhesive, Epoxy

Thermal, Rheological and Mechanical Characterizations of Thermosets

Tianhong (Terri) Chen, Ph.D.

Thermosetting materials, such as epoxy, have been widely applied in many areas including automotive, aerospace and electronics industries in the form of surface coating, structural adhesives, advanced composites and packaging materials.

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About The Speakers

Tianhong (Terri) Chen, Ph.D.

Tianhong (Terri) Chen, Ph.D. is a Senior Applications Support Scientist with TA Instruments currently supporting the Rheology and DMA product lines. She received her PhD degree in Polymer Science from Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in China, specializing in polymer synthesis and characterization. She did her post-doc research and later became a research assistant professor at the University of Maryland. During that time, her research was focused on biopolymer modifications and analysis. Dr. Chen joined TA Instruments in 2004. Her key responsibilities at TA Instruments are customer support, consultation, and teaching DMA and rheology training courses. Dr. Chen has more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and two US patents.

Malin Suurkuusk, Ph.D.

Malin Suurkuusk is the Isothermal Calorimetry Product Manager / Application Specialist at TA Instruments. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Biochemistry from Stockholm University, and a PhD from the University of Lund where she studied in the lab of Prof. Ingemar Wadsö. She has worked extensively with Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, as well as other biophysical methods. Her early work in microcalorimetry instrument development included responsibilities in product management, applications lab management and marketing at Thermometric in Sweden. She is considered the world’s leading expert on the TAM isothermal instruments with numerous microcalorimetry publications. In October of 2014 she was recognized for her contributions to the field of microcalorimetry, and featured as a Biophysicist in Profile by the Biophysical Society.

Jason Saienga, Ph.D.

Jason Saienga is currently the Product Manager for the Thermal Analysis and Thermal Conductivity product lines at TA Instruments. Jason joined TA in 2006 after completing his doctorate program in Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University. Jason started out his career at TA in the applications lab teaching the theory and applications lectures, instrument hands-on courses, and providing customer and sales support for the thermal analysis techniques. As Product Manager, Jason and his team work to define and coordinate of the future of thermal analysis and thermal conductivity product lines at TA.

Justin Wynn

Justin Wynn is an Application Engineer for Thermophysical Properties at TA Instruments. As an Application Engineer, he provides primary support on the thermophysical product line, which includes thermal conductivity meters, flash diffusivity analyzers and dilatometers. He performs demonstrations and conducts feasibility tests to characterize a bevy of samples with appropriate data analysis, and provides application specific test protocol development support. Prior to joining TA Instruments in 2016, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Delaware. While there, he assisted in an independent study that involved comparative study of motion in human subjects. His senior capstone project revolved around the development of safety tools to be used in hospital operating rooms.

Yash Adhia

Yash Adhia is a Senior Applications Support Engineer at TA Instruments supporting the thermal and rheology line of products. Prior to joining TA Instruments, he earned his Master’s in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. During his graduate studies, he worked on studying and characterizing gels formed through the self-assembly of small molecules and its interaction with polymeric additives using thermal, rheological and optical techniques. He earned his Bachelor’s in Surface Coating Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India where his undergraduate research focused on studying curing kinetics of epoxy resins using DSCs. During the course of his undergraduate and graduate studies, he has had the opportunity to intern at Asian Paints India Ltd, Mumbai, working on formulating and characterizing photo-curable coatings, and at INOS Technologies, Ann Arbor working on negative pressure wound therapy foams.

Baiba Cabovska, Ph.D.

Dr. Cabovska holds a research degree in analytical chemistry and has over 10 years of experience in extractables and migration application. Dr. Cabovska is currently a senior business development manager at Waters Corporation, located in Milford, MA – USA where she actively collaborates with customers on providing comprehensive materials characterization solutions across extractables and migration testing applications. Before joining Waters, Dr. Cabovska focused her work on Bioanalytical method development and validations for therapeutic drug monitoring and extractable and leachable studies in packaging.

Muhammad Haris

Muhammad Haris is Application Engineer for TA Instruments ElectroForce based near Frankfurt, Germany. He specialized in ElectroForce mechanical test instruments and engages with customers on their testing needs related to the application of ElectroForce products and puts forward broad-ranging solutions. He holds a master’s degree in Advanced Materials & Processes. Prior to joining TA Instruments, Haris has worked with Procter & Gamble for about 2 years on analytical development and characterization of electric shavers’ blades.

Sadegh Behdad, Ph.D.

Sadegh Behdad is an Applications Engineer at TA Instruments, supporting ElectroForce product line. Sadegh has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Florida International University. He earned his BSc and Masters in Polymer Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. Prior to joining TA Instruments, Sadegh worked as a Sr. Materials Scientist at Magic Leap. At Magic Leap, he supported material design and development teams on selection of material candidates and testing various materials and components for wearable virtual retinal display applications.

Greg Kamykowski, Ph.D.

Greg Kamykowski Ph.D. is a Senior Applications Scientist for rheology for TA Instruments US West region. He has a BS in chemistry from Loyola University of Chicago and a PhD in physical chemistry from University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he studied under well-known rheologist, Professor John Ferry. He has published several articles, presented at various conferences and meetings, and is involved with the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Society of Rheology, and ASTM.

Alina Latshaw

Alina Latshaw is the Product Specialist for the Rubber Testing product line at TA Instruments. Alina earned her doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. She joined TA in 2013 as an applications engineer specializing in rheology and dynamic mechanical analysis techniques. As part of the product management team, Alina actively collaborates with customers on providing testing solutions for rubber and elastomer applications ranging from elastomer characterization, compound processing challenges, vulcanization testing, and cured rubber product performance.

 

Sarah Cotts

Sarah Cotts is an Applications Engineer at TA Instruments in the US Eastern region. She supports the Rheology, DMA and Rubber testing instruments, working directly with customers across a wide range of industries. She earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. Prior to joining TA, Sarah worked as an Applications Chemist at Sartomer, developing materials for inks, coatings, adhesives and other industrial applications.   She joined TA Instruments in 2013 as part of the Applications Lab.