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Course Title: Analytical Pyrolysis-GC/MS; Theory and Applications
Categories: 1 - Data Analysis
2 - Polymers
3 - Sample Preparation
4 - Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Instructor(s): Thomas Wampler Course Number: 158
Course Date: 03/04/2017 - Saturday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 01:00 PM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $325 ($425 after 2/18/17) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
Analytical Pyrolysis applies exacting temperature control to sample materials to permit the analysis of insoluble, non-volatile solids by GC and GC/MS. Samples are rapidly vaporized at high temperatures, and the resulting volatiles are transferred to the analytical instrument for identification. In this way, GC/MS may be used to study polymers, plastics, adhesives, paints and a wide variety of natural polymers. This course explains the chemistry of the thermal degradation mechanisms used to prepare the volatiles, and provides applications of both simple pyrolysis techniques as well as more complex thermal sample preparation treatments.

Target Audience
This course is targeted toward analysts involved in the analysis of solid materials including adhesives, polymers, rubber, paint, fuel sources and natural materials. Typical laboratories which would benefit include forensics, automotive coatings, synthetic polymers, biomass and museums.

Course Outline
The course is divided into four sections, including:
1. Chemical theory of pyrolysis
2. Instrumentation and techniques
3. General applications of Pyrolysis-GC/MS
4. Advanced techniques including multiple temperatures, time-resolved MS analyses, oxidative studies and thermal desorption.

Course Instructor's Biography
Thomas Wampler has been involved in the use of analytical pyrolysis to study complex materials for over 30 years. He has published numerous papers in the field, and is the editor of The Applied Pyrolysis Handbook (CRC Press).