How To Guides

THESE GUIDES describe use of the equipment in the Polymer Analysis Laboratory. Some correspond to Chem 4010/4011, Macromolecular Studies I and II, and its Virtual Text.

Each link is to a Microsoft Word document or a PDF file; you may need Word Viewer or Adobe Acrobat Reader  to open them. Items that are not available yet on this site can be obtained directly from Professor Russo.


                    Analytical Ultracentrifugation



                   Materials Properties






                   Solutions  -  dn/dc

                   Thermal Analysis




LSU Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

                LSU's University Safety Manual

                Request for Hazardous Material Pickup & Disposal

                Chemical Inventory Management System

                Hazardous Waste Label form (3-11)

                Material Safety Data Sheet (EHS)

Vermont SIRI MSDS Collection

Link to other MSDS Collections

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Excel Trick:  Using Solver (two examples in the directory -- see "solver" titles)

Laboratory Notebooks (Powerpoint Presentation)(how to keep a decent lab notebook--more than you think)

Survival Skills (how to graph, program, keep records, identify resistors, and other useful stuff)

  Data Handling (Powerpoint Presentation)       

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Writing (advice from the macromolecular faculty)

Skillful Writing of an Awful Paper (advice from Royce Murray)    


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            SOLUTIONS - dn/dc

Making Solutions

Densitometry using the Paar DMA 58 (Word)  

Differential Refractive Index (dn/dc)   Excel Spreadsheet Template

              Brice-Phoenix Manual (PDF)

              Brice-Phoenix appendix (PDF)

Abbe Zeiss refractometer

dn/dc tables (Password Protected)

Solvent Properties

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Multiple-angle, multiple-correlator DLS (MADLS)

Guinier Plot (Radius of Gyration from Light Scattering)

Dynamic Light Scattering Minicourse

             *Final exam        *Accompanying Data File

Dynamic Light Scattering (Legacy Document)

         (Practice data for Laplace Inversion: Milk or Dow Polystyrene 1683

DLS Library

DLS Alignment

Bock/Siano Microemulsion recipe

Light Scattering Intensity Measurements

Zimm Plots

        Download Zip File for Program GuiDe

        GuiDe Manual; the Zimm Plot info is in an Appendix 

        Related J. Chem.Ed. article (Russo, Fong, Temyanko & Ricks, J.Chem.Ed. 1999, 76(11), 1534.

Learn about Laplace Inversion for Size Distribution (external; backup is saved on web; contact PR or RC if link is broken)

Malvern ZetaSizer Nano ZS


            Manuals and Tutorials (Password Protected)

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Intrinsic Viscosity

Using the Wells-Brookfield Viscometer (also requires instrument manual = LVTDCP.pdf)

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Overview Document

            (Practice data: Velocity and Equilibrium)

            (Step-by-step Instructions for Velocity Run)

            (Step-by-step Instructions for Equilibrium Run)

            (Cell Assembly Manual)

            (Video for cell assembly)


            Turnkey Software


            SedFit    SedFitHelp

            SedPhat  Also   SedPhatHelp

            HeteroAnalysis   HeteroAnalysisHelp



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Microscopy from the Very Beginning (Zeiss Copyright: see Professor Russo)

Photography Through the Microscope (Kodak Copyright: see Professor Russo)

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Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)

Gel Permeation Chromatography with Light Scattering (GPC/LS)

            Adobe Acrobat .pdf version

            Practice Data Directory

            Astra/Dawn Manuals, etc (Password Protected)

GPC Books and Links

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TA Manuals, etc (Password Protected)

Thermal Analysis Books and Links

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Anotop filter membranes

Whatman filter information

Refractive index for various polymers

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PAL Scheduling

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                SYNTHESIS* (New Section...under development)





PBLG@Silica by surface initiation

PCBL@Silica by surface initiation

PSLG@Silica by click coupling


*a checkmark P means the procedure has been tested successfully by an undergrad, usually a junior or above, who was instructed to work ONLY from the WRITTEN description; when/if the undergrad encounters a problem, the procedure itself must be rewritten--no hand-holding or verbal instructions from other students, postdocs, lab director or others.)

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