Polymer Chemistry Research Experience | Kids Out and About Albany

Polymer Chemistry Research Experience

Experience one week of intense research in Rensselaer's state of the art polymer center and enhance your awareness of plastic recycling issues.

Who: Open to rising 10th-12th graders
Where: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
When: July 23-27, 2018 | Duration: 1 Week
Cost: Commuters: $850.00 Residential: $1835

This program offers an introduction to polymer chemistry, exploring the real-world, everyday uses of different types of plastic materials ( e.g. soda bottles, bottle caps, milk jugs, grocery bags, etc.).  The program combines hands-on lab work with lectures aimed at expanding students' understanding of organic chemistry subjects.

Students will learn the proper use of thermal analysis equipment to identify the glass transition and melting temperatures of plastic materials.  Specifically, during the laboratory sessions, students will acquire hands-on experience to operate and obtain data from specialized differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) equipment.  Many different types of plastic materials will be analyzed with DSC under the supervision of graduate students and faculty instructors.




Summer@Rensselaer - Office of Undergraduate Education 110 8th Street, Walker Lab
Troy, NY, 12180-3590
United States


Contact name: 
Heather Carroll
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