The course is an in-depth study of the synthesis, characterization, and properties of high polymer latexes. The subject matter includes a balance of theory and practical problems. Lectures will begin with introductory material and will progress through recent research results. Lectures will be given in English, and are held in the morning, the late afternoon, and the evening, with a large break in the afternoon to enjoy the recreational activities of the area and allow for interactions between the participants. See schedule for details. Organized hikes and visits to points in interest in and around Davos will be arranged for some of the afternoons.
The course is designed for engineers and scientists who are actively involved in emulsion work, as well as for those who wish to develop expertise in the area. A basic background in chemistry will be assumed. All participants will receive a set of course notes for the lectures.
The course will be held at The Hotel Belvédère in Davos Platz in the Graubunden resort area of Switzerland. Numerous recreational opportunities are available to both participants and their guests during the short course. (See photographs below.)
The Steigenberger Belvédère Hotel, Promenade 89, 7270 Davos-Platz, Switzerland is a five-star hotel located in the center of Davos, 0.8 km from the railway station. The hotel, built in 1875, is a harmonious combination of grand past with lively present, of international standards with traditional Swiss hospitality. The view is magnificent in any season in this sumptuously appointed hotel centrally located near all of Davos's many attractions and sports facilities. Spacious, comfortable rooms decorated in romantic-rustic fashion with wooden paneling or in an elegant, modern style, wish you a warm welcome. Large commons areas allow informal conversations between course participants and course lecturers outside of the formal sessions.
Information on the Davos area may be found by accessing the Davos Tourist Bureau at their web site.
Davos is about 100 km north of St. Moritz in Southeastern Switzerland. It can be reached by air by flying into Zurich, and then taking Swiss Rail to Davos Platz, with a change of trains in Landquart. From Northern Europe, the most common rail route is via Zurich and Landquart to Davos Platz. From Italy the best routing is probably from Milan via Zurich to Davos Platz. Driving to Davos should be no problem, since the roads into Davos, although mountainous, are good.