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Industry and Academia Join to Present Advances in Polyurethane Chemistry at Annual Conference

Published on 2005-06-07. Author : SpecialChem

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Scientists from the global industrial and academic polyurethane communities will present recent research findings during the Polyurethanes 2005 Technical Conference & Trade Fair, October 17-19 in Houston, Texas. Sponsored by the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry (API), the conference also will offer several related educational training programs, including: Introduction to Polyurethane Chemistry and Technology; Overview of Markets and Applications; and Testing Specifications & Performance: The Myth and The Magic.

"Research and development in polyurethane chemistry is increasingly global, and API is pleased to offer an annual vehicle for the industry's leading scientists to share their progress and innovations," said Dick Mericle, executive director of API. "This year's technical sessions include presenters from around the world, with a large representation from Asia."

A researcher from Mitsui Takeda Chemicals Inc., Japan, will report on its development of flexible polyurethane foams prepared with novel polyols derived from vegetable oil. The growing demand to become a sustainable society has led to the development of materials derived from biomass, especially from vegetables, which aim to save fossil resources and decrease global warming gases.

Scientists from the National Chemical Laboratory in India will discuss the effects of acrylic acid on dispersions and the resulting dispersions' effects on the physical properties of emulsion-cast films. Researchers from the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at Shanghai Jiaotong University in China will discuss the effects of polyurethane modified with four new chain extenders. A researcher from Nippon Polyurethane Industry Ltd. will present its new technique for producing spherical-shaped polyurethane powders using a non-aqueous emulsified polymerization process.

This year's Polyurethanes Technical Conference & Trade Fair offers more than 80 technical papers on a wide variety of topics, including appliance applications; automotive interior trim and structural RIM applications; blowing agents; coatings, sealants and adhesives; combustibility issues; construction; elastomers and TPU; environmental, health and safety issues; footwear; furnishings; fundamentals; processing innovations; recycling; and regulatory updates.

API promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethane industry, in accordance with the principles of Responsible Care®, by identifying and managing issues that could impact the industry, in cooperation with user groups. Its 64 members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or are manufacturers of polyurethane products.

API is a business unit of The American Plastics Council (APC). APC advocates unlimited opportunities for plastics and promotes their economic, environmental and societal benefits. Plastics: A World of Unlimited Opportunities. Plastics Make It Possible®

Source: Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry (API)


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