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FTIR Spectrum and Examples

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Our DSC Training Video modules

01 DSC sample pan types : Mark Behar/ Luke Goldthorpe (2014)

02 DSC sample preparation : Sean Scarbrough/ Sara Hudson (2014)

03 DSC sample loading and the instrument : Elise Zhao/ Jared Rosner (2014)

04 DSC experiment programing basics :Scott Thiel/ Matt Cullen (2014)

05a Watch DSC autosampler for robotic sample loading :Iain Schmitt/ Harrison Chen (2014)

05b Where to get the FREE TA DSC data analysis software :Iain Schmitt/ Harrison Chen (2014)

06 DSC data export basics for excel : Harrison Ma/Anke Wang (2014)

* 01-06 Training video modules are from 2014 HS outreach program participants.

Outreach Program: Plastics are all around us (NSF Polymer Program NSF-1308617)

Download Download PPT file template for reporting

Student's Name, Affiliated School (City, State), Picture of sample, DSC result, Conclusion on which polymer materials are being used.

Research in Polymers 2014.

001 Sean Patterson, Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), Schweppes soda bottle and cap, PET and PP

002 Francis Choi, Shaker High School (Latham, NY), Soda bottles (side, bottom, and thread), PET

003a Brian Cho, RPI (Troy, NY), PVC pipe and Credit Card, PVC

003b Brian Cho, RPI (Troy, NY), Plastic sheeting for paiting, HDPE

003c Brian Cho, RPI (Troy, NY), rubber band, Polyisoprene

Research in Polymers 2015.

004 Sean Scarbrough, Shoreham-Wading River HS (Shoreham, NY), Mechanical pencil clear casing, PS

005 Mark Behar, South Side HS (Rockville Centre, NY), Chap Stick cap, PP

006 Luke Goldthorpe, Hinsdale South HS (Burr Ridge, IL), BIC Pen Cap Lid, PP

007 Elise Zhao, Hauppauge HS (Hauppauge, NY), Piggy plastic pendant of a key chain, PMMA

008 Jared Rosner, Edgemont HS (Scarsdale, NY), Ballpoint Pen Ink Cartridge, PP

009 Sara Hudson, James W. Robinson HS (Fairfax, VA), ProClear 1 Day Contact Lens, PolyHEMA

010 Scott Thiel, Lake Braddock Secondary School (Fairfax Station, VA), Clear Lab Book Cover, PP

011 Matt Cullen, Guilderland HS (Guilderland, NY), Plastic straw_White, PP

012 Iain Schmitt, Atlanta International School (Atlanta, GA), Plastic straw_Translucent, PP

013 Harrison Chen, Hendrick Hudson HS (Montrose, NY), Sidearm of Pen Cap, PP

014 Harrison Ma, Shenendehowa High School (Clifton Park, NY), Lego Plastic Piece, ABS

Research in Polymers 2016.

015 Aira Agrawal, Emma Wilard High School (NY), Plastic Toy Pretzel, PMMA with COOH additives

016 Keith Bagdon, Bethlehem Central High School (NY), Lab Silicone, PDMS with water

017 John Courtney, Bethlehem Central High School (NY), Swimming goggle packaging, ABS plastics

018 Alexander Fulcar, Coney Island Prep (NY), Bottle cap, HDPE with COOH additives

019 James Bellucci, Pawling High School (NY), Caps for hardware, HDPE with TiO2 addtives

020 Katelyn Feir, Crosspoint Academy (WA), Vitamin water bottle cap, PP

021 Allen Zhou, Bethlehem Central High School (NY), Plastics Binger Ring, HDPE with COOH additives

022 Helene Ryu, Shaker High School (NY), Pushpin, PMMA

023 Sanya Mittal, Niskayuna High School (NY), Silicone, PDMS

024 Connor Mulvey, Wakefield School (VA), Water bottle cap (translucent), HDPE

025 Julia Valente, The King's Academy (FL), Plastic bag, LDPE

026 Mehmet Sinan Yucel, Terakki Foundation Schools (Turkey), school lunch card, PVC-PVac Copolymer

027 Alvin Lee, Monta Vista High School (CA), bottle cap for hand sanitizer, PP

028 Malcolm McClymonds, Mohonasen High School (NY), 3D Printed GE Logo, ABS Plastics

029 Su Bin Choi, Shaker High School (NY), Ziplock bag, LDPE

030 Scott Rusk, Greenwich High School (CT), Aquafina Bottle Cap (Solid White), HDPE with TiO2 fillers

Research in Polymers 2017 (including Polymer 3D Printing).

001 Garrett Behrje, Hillsborough, (NJ), Packaging Foam, EVA

002 Matthew Creighton, Guilderland (NY), Collar Bar, PP

003 Joanna Guo, Niskayuna (NY), Plastic ruber, PP

004 Eliott Wright, Memphis (TN), Bottle cap, Flexi polymers from 3D Doodle, weak crystalinity with ketone

005 William Held, Delma (NY), Plastic resealable snack bag, LDPE and LLDPE

006 Michael Hyams, Mamaroneck (NY), Goldfish wrapper, PP

007 Ilgin Kocasakal, Istanbul (Turkey), Clear plastic packaging for pens, Plasticized PVC

008 Cameron Weinfurt, Verbank (NY), Travel Cup Grip, Foam rubber

009 Camille McDonnell, Voorheesville (NY), Watter bottle, PET

010 William Novak, Falls Church (VA), Earbud piece, PP

011 Sean O'Grady, Clifton Park (NY), 3D Doodle Board, PC (Polycarbonate)

012 Sophie Whiteman, Voorheesville (NY), Plastic Card Holder, PP

013 MaryClare Pikus, Saratoga Springs (NY), bottle cap for hand sanitizer, PP

014 Megan Rest, Clifton Park (NY), Styrofoam Cup, PS

015 Keegan Vannier, Clifton Park (NY), Iced Coffee Bottle Cap, HDPE

Research in Polymers 2017

Research in Polymers 2016

Students brought their samples for FTIR and DSC analysis to reveal the kinds of polymers that are being used. In depth analysis of samples has been performed to demonstrate how the combination of different techniques can provide information about the materials properties beyond the identification of plastic materials.

We thank Summer at Rensselaer, RPI Chemistry Department, Polymer Center and NSF project 1308617. People from left to right. Chang Ryu, Rafael Ramos, Ketih Bagdon, Su Bin Choi, Alvin Lee, Alexander Fulcar, Malcom McClymonds, Sanya Mittal, Aira Agrawal, Julia Valente, Brittaney Rupp, Katelyn Feir, Helene Ryu, Scott Rusk, Connor Mulvey, Allen Zhou, James Bellucci, John Courtney, Landon Kilgallon, Mehmet Yucel, Scott Thiel, Eun Ju Lee, Erin Tuttle, Adam Merkle, Sara Hartfiel-Carr, Liubo Iordanov, Jananee Narayanan.

Research in Polymers 2015

Plastic packaging films have been characterized by DSC, TGA and FTIR to reveal the kinds of polymers that are being used. In depth analysis of samples has been performed to demonstrate how the combination of different techniques can provide information about the materials properties beyond the identification of plastic materials. Technical reports have been written by the following students with different research focus.

Dr. Alex Ma and I would like to thank the following students - Ben Stovall, Sara Till, Miriam Shao, Casey Fong, and Zheqin Theodore Yang - who have closely worked with high school students to finish many sample analysis (sometime repeating the analysis) in time. We also thank Summer at Rensselaer, RPI Chemistry Department, Polymer Center and NSF project 1308617.

001 Austin Wyles, Shaker High School, NY - Thermal Analysis and FTIR Study of Plastic Films Used for Packaging

002 Ethan Roach, Mount Greylock High School, MA - Thermal Stability Analysis and Identification of Polymer Films using TGA

003 Gisela Rosa Cinko, Mother Seton Regional High School, NJ - TGA study of thermal degradation of plastic films

004 John Petrovich, SHAPE American High School, Belgium - FTIR and DSC of polymer films used for packaging: LLDPE, PP and PVDC

005 Marlene Lawston, Niskayuna High School, NY - The Effect of UV and UV-Ozone Exposure on Polymers

006 Mason Witko, Clarkstown High School North, NY - Comparison of Heat Lost and Gained During Phase Changes among Polymers

007 Stephen Sansoterra, Canfield High School, OH - The Influence of Processing-History on the Main Melting Temperature and Secondary Melting Temperature Using DSC

(c) Chang. Y. Ryu 2014