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Dr. Rigoberto Advincula, Professor at Case Western Reserve University,
Director of the PETRO Case Consortium at CWRU.

The demanding applications of materials for the oil & gas industry will greatly benefit from what AFM methodologies and analytics provide." Dr. Advincula , Park Systems Presenter, Oil & Gas Workshop

Houston, TX September 04, 2014
Park Systems, a leading manufacturer of atomic force microscopy (AFM) products just announced they are sponsoring a complimentary Oil and Gas Industry AFM Imaging and Characterization Workshop that will be held in Houston Texas on Oct 27 and 28, 2014 at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, 13210 Katy Fwy. Participants at this free seminar will get an enhanced overview of the needs for AFM characterization in the oil & gas industry and explore the vast advantages of using AFM to understand phenomena on colloids-surfaces and predicting failure.

The seminar titled Nanoscale Characterization for Oil & Gas will be given by Dr. Rigoberto Advincula, a leading expert in polymer materials and surface science. Additionally, Dr. Byong Kim, Director of Park Systems Applications Group and an authority on AFM analysis, will be conducting on-site AFM imaging on a limited number of pre-qualified samples provided by the participants.

Currently, the Oil & Gas Industry depends on Nanotechnology to ensure optimum performance of chemical interfaces during production using AFM in numerous applications to ensure the highest degree of efficiency in manufacturing. Some of the applications commonly applying AFM to the oil & gas industry are highlighted in these industry research papers.

"Failure analysis in materials requires a deeper understanding of the nanoscale cascade of events," explains Dr. Advincula. "The demanding applications of materials for the oil & gas industry will greatly benefit from what AFM methodologies and analytics provide."

This exclusive Oil and Gas Industry workshop sponsored by Park Systems, is intended for engineers, scientists and researchers from both industry and academia, specifically those working on high performance coatings, elastomeric materials, sealants, proppants, drilling fluids and cements, corrosion mitigation, scaling mitigation and other petro applications.
To reserve you place at the seminar and to submit your sample for AFM analysis, please go to http://www.parkafm.com/events/oil .

The seminar format will be a 2-day workshop and will highlight methods of characterization unique to AFM and other surface probe microscopy (SPM) techniques used for investigating materials property and degradation phenomena related to oil & gas including:

• corrosion inhibition
• coatings degradation
• proppants morphology
• scaling mechanism
• sealant
• elastomer RGD
• morphology degradation under HTHP condition

Park's seminar is designed to be interactive and educational as well a great way to meet others in the industry with shared interests. The presenter's backgrounds are described below.

Dr. Rigoberto Advincula, Director of the Petro Case Consortium, is recognized industry-wide as an expert regarding polymer and materials challenges of the oil-gas industry. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and is the recipient of numerous awards including Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Herman Mark Scholar Award of the Polymer Division, and Humboldt Fellow.

Dr. Byong Kim, Director of Park's Applications Group is the head of technical support and applications engineering at Park Systems. He received his PhD in Applied Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on thin film growth and AFM characterization. Byong, with over 15 years of AFM experience, has authored 27 publications and 20 patents in the areas of AFM applications and related nanotechnology.
Lunch is provided and space is limited at this event so early registration is suggested, as well as submission of your sample for consideration for the complimentary analysis. For more details please contact Gerald Pascal at 408-986-1110.

About Park Systems
Park Systems is a world-leading manufacturer of atomic force microscopy (AFM) systems with a complete range of products for researchers and industry engineers in chemistry, materials, physics, life sciences, semiconductor and data storage industries. Park's products are used by over a thousand institutions and corporations worldwide. Park's AFM provides highest data accuracy at nanoscale resolution, superior productivity, and lowest operating cost thanks to its unique technology and innovative engineering. Park Systems, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Clara, California with its global manufacturing, and R&D headquarters in Korea. Park's products are sold and supported worldwide with regional headquarters in the US, Korea, Japan, and Singapore, and distribution partners throughout Europe, Asia, and America. Please visit http://www.parkafm.com or call 408-986-1110 for more information.

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