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Course Title: Practical Pyrolysis-GC-MS for Polymer and Material Characterization
Categories: 1 - Polymers
2 - Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Instructor(s): Terry Ramus Course Number: 134
Affiliation: Diablo Analytical, Inc.
Course Date: 03/10/2016 - Thursday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 12:30 PM
Fee: $300 ($400 after 2/12/16) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
The proposed half-day course is designed for the scientist or engineer who is already familiar with the basics of GC-MS. The course is a practical guide to analytical pyrolysis for polymer and material characterization analysis. The topics include pyrolysis hardware, GC-MS platform options and software for interpretation of results. However, the emphasis of the course is the application of these technologies for qualitative and quantitative sample characterization by Pyrolysis-GC-MS. Topics include practical strategies for unknowns, failure analysis and quality assurance.

Target Audience
The ideal attendee is familiar with the basics of GC-MS. The ideal attendee has interest in the characterization of polymer and other materials using gas phase analytical techniques.

Course Outline
Overview and History of Analytical Pyrolysis.
Pyrolysis Instrumentation Descriptions with Practical Considerations.
GC-MS platform options for Pyrolysis.
Analytical Strategies.
Interpretation of Results with an emphasis on polymers.
Evaluation of Product Failures and Production Quality.
Overview of Advanced Techniques for Pyrolysis-GC-MS.

Course Instructor's Biography
Terry L. Ramus, Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry. 30 years of experience in the use of these techniques in a wide range of companies and application areas. Principal of Diablo Analytical, Inc., a technology and development laboratory in Northern California. Established as a hands-on instructor for these analytical techniques.