May 19-23, 2014, Virginia Tech -- Blacksburg, Virginia

he Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute at Virginia Tech, is now accepting registrations for its annual lecture-laboratory short course for those who produce or utilize adhesives and sealants.  The course is taught by Virginia Tech faculty.  Course Flyer.


Course topics include:

  • Brief Survey of Relevant Polymer/Adhesion Terminology and Concepts

  • Adhesives, Sealant and Waterborne Rheology

  • Adsorption on Surfaces/Surface Energy

  • Stresses in Bonded Joints

  • Basic Viscoelastic Experiments on Elastomers, Glasses and Semicrystalline Polymers

  • Surfaces and Surface Preparation

  • Fracture of Adhesive Bonds

  • Adhesive Test Methods

  • Analysis of Surfaces

  • Introduction to Adhesive Chemistry

  • Free Volume and DSC

  • New Directions in Adhesive Design

  • PSA Performance and Testing

  • Accelerated Characterization

  • Wood Adhesion

  • Applications of Surface Science to Adhesion

  • Durability and Design

Format:   A hands-on lecture-laboratory short course for  industry researchers

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

    May 19-23, 2014

Cost:       $1700.00*  (Enrollment is limited to 30 participants).
Reserve your spot early by selecting (registering on-line).  If your company is an Industrial Affiliate - you can register here.  List of Contributing members can be found at

Instructors:     Richey M. Davis, David A. Dillard, John G. Dillard, S. Richard Turner,  Alan Esker, and Garth Wilkes, and Chip Frazier.


Who should attend?  
Industrial chemists, mechanical engineers, material scientists, material engineers, chemical engineers. Advanced prior knowledge of the subjects is not assumed. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of practical information involving many combinations of materials. A B.S. degree or equivalent will be assumed.


Comments from past attendees...

"This is a great course: it's well organized, the instructors are top-notch, and the course material is very informative".
       ....Research Specialist


"This has been an excellent course.  The instructors demonstrated a keen interest in the topics they presented.  I could tell that they were presenting the information to help our understanding rather than just to complete a task."                                                                             
          ....Associate Chemist


"Very well presented, handouts contained a lot of information.  The course gave a very good overview of materials and structure-properties relationship.  It provided me with knowledge that would otherwise require years of studying to become familiar with."


"Good overall scope."

           ....Chemical Engineer


Continuing Education Units:
3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be awarded for participation in this course.  This is based on 32 hours of instruction.  The CEU is a nationally accepted uniform unity of measurement in qualified courses of continuing education.

Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute at Virginia Tech
 For additional information, call Tammy Jo Hiner at (540) 231-6824 or send e-mail to