Characterization of Polymers, Elastomers and Composites

By Prof. Santanu Chattopadhyay   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 324
Introductory module will encompass the fundamentals on molecular and mesoscale organization of polymers and composites. The course embodies chemical analysis, identification of polymers, additives, elastomers and composites as per Indian and International standards. Spectroscopic techniques including IR, UV, NMR theory, principle and applications to polymers, elastomers, blends, composites and additives will be deliberated. Thermal analysis techniques including TGA, DSC, DMA, DETA will be elaborated in light of life prediction, degradation kinetics, thermal parameters as well for reverse engineering. Application of X-Ray diffraction techniques WAXS and SAXS will be covered. Surface characterization e.g. XPS, SIMS and Mass Spectroscopy will be covered. A detailed application of microscopy including optical, SEM, TEM and AFM will be elaborated along with case studies.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: 3rd and 4th year UG, 1st and 2nd Year PG/PhD students studying in Polymer Science and Technology/ Rubber Technology/ Plastic Engineering Science and Technology/ Industrial Chemistry/ Applied Chemistry/ Metallurgical and Materials Engineering/ Materials Science/ Ceramic Science and Technologyl Nanotechnology and Personals from various R&Ds of Indian Industries having the prerequisites as mentioned below.

PREREQUISITES: For students: High school knowledge in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics are required. For R&D personals: UG or PG degree(s) in any of the mentioned subjects as mentioned earlier

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Tata Steel R&D, Reliance, Tata Chemicals,IRMRA, CEAT Tyres, JK Tyres, Apollo Tyres, TATA Jamshedpur, Asian Paints, Pidilite Industries, Michelin Tyre, ALP Overseas, BKT, Ralson, Himadri Chemicals, Philips Carbon, Birla Carbon, Madhu Silica, Evonik, Momentive, Saint Gobains, Allied defense laboratories of Govt. of India
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction of structure-property-process correlation of polymer, elastomer and composites -1.
Week 2: Introduction of structure-property-process correlation of polymer, elastomer and composites -2.
Week 3: Identification by chemical techniques with reference to Indian or International standards.
Week 4: Introduction of UV-Vis and Infrared spectroscopy for polymers, elastomer and composites.
Week 5: Application of infrared spectroscopy for blends, modification of polymers, compatibilization, coupling, etc.
Week 6: Photoacoustic spectroscopy with special reference to surface to bulk characterization.
Week 7: NMR spectroscopy — principles and fundamentals. Application of NMR in polymer, elastomer and composites.
Week 8: Thermal analysis techniques and applications in polymer, elastomer, and composites.
Week 9: XPS and SIMS and its relevance with respect to polymer, elastomer, and composites.
Week 10: Introduction to microscopy (Optical, AFM) with special reference to electron microscopy (SEM, FESEM, and HRTEM).
Week 11: Application of microscopy in polymer, elastomer and composites.
Week 12: Real life application of the techniques for research and development and quality control.

Books and references

1. Organic Spectroscopy: William Kemp: 3'd Edition: Palgrave USA
2. Spectroscopy of Rubbers and Rubbery materials: Rapra: V. M. Litvinov, P. P. De
3. Characterization Analysis of Polymers: WILEY
4. Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis: Joseph I. Goldstein, Dale E. Newbury, Joseph R. Michael, Nicholas W.M. Ritchie, John Henry J. Scott, David C. Joy, 4th Edition, Springer
5. Electron Microscopy of Polymers: Springer: GH Michler
6. Transmission Electron Microscopy: A Textbook for Materials Science: David B. Williams, C. Barry Carter, Springer
7. Polymer Surface Modification and Characterization: Chi-Ming-Chan: WILEY
8. Elements of X-ray diffraction: B.D. Cullity, Pearson Education 2014

Instructor bio

Prof. Santanu Chattopadhyay

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Santanu Chattopadhyay is currently a Professor of the Rubber Technology Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. He has been serving there as a faculty member since 2004. Prof. Chattopadhyay pursued his postdoctoral research work at the Georgia Institute of Technology, from the Chemical Engineering Department. Prior to that, he did his postdoctoral studies as well at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Prof. Chattopadhyay earned his Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur working on Rubber Technology. Prior to these, he earned his M.Tech. (Materials Science and Engineering) and M.Sc. (Chemistry) from IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur, respectively. His research interests include Fracture of elastomeric composites, Life prediction of rubber products, Smart rubber composites, Biomaterials, and Polymers for health care and energy harvesting, FEA of rubbery/textile material, Rubber-based nanocomposites, Rubber compounding and modification, Viscoelastic behavior of rubbers and polymer blends, Polymer processing and rheology.
Prof. Chattopadhyay has 170+ Research articles in reputed International peer reviewed journals, 120+ International/National Conferences, 12 Book chapters, a few patents, 30+ Conference sessions chaired and invited talks. He has guided 22 PhD scholars till 2022 and currently he is supervising 18 PhD students (all figures are till 2022).

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: April 30, 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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