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PU 2011 to Focus on Versatility in Polyurethane Chemistry to Help Meet Challenges

Published on 2011-06-20. Author : SpecialChem

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference is going green as speakers discuss ways polyurethanes can help maximize energy efficiency and reduce other environmental challenges in construction. Hosted by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council, the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference will take place September 26 to 28 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. This year's conference agenda features two technical sessions on construction-related topics, with a special issue session on building codes.

"New building codes increasingly require more stringent energy efficiency measures, and the polyurethane industry is keeping in step," said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. "Conference attendees can look forward to hearing about how innovations in polyurethane are helping the construction industry comply with these new code requirements."

Featuring more than 60 technical presentations, the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference will provide both construction and polyurethane industry leaders and professionals with an opportunity to hear about the latest technical innovations and issues affecting the global polyurethanes industry. The first building and construction technical session highlights advances in the science of polyurethane (PUR) and polyisocyanurate (PIR) construction foam insulation, and will explore how the versatility of polyurethane chemistry enables the construction industry to reduce environmental challenges and boost energy efficiency.
  • Researchers from Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation will discuss easing the transitions between blowing agents in PIR formulations through proper surfactant selection.
  • Scientists from Honeywell will explore low global-warming potential (GWP) blowing agent solutions in pour-in-place panel applications.
  • Scientists from Foam Supplies, Inc. will examine the benefits of optimization in Ecomate® blown insulating foams.
  • Scientists from DuPont Company will focus on the continued development of FEA-1100, a zero-ozone depleting (ODP) and low GWP foam expansion agent.

The second building and construction technical session will highlight how advances in formulation component technologies - specifically spray polyurethane foam insulation - can significantly increase energy efficiency and decrease environmental footprint in both commercial and residential buildings.

  • Researchers from DuPont will begin the session with a life-cycle look at spray foam expansion agents.
  • Scientists from Evonik will focus on the impact of silicone surfactants on the stability of water-blown spray polyurethane foam.
  • Scientists from Honeywell will discuss the company's next generation low GWP blowing agents for global spray foam applications.
  • Researchers from Arkema Inc. will present an investigation of a new low GWP blowing agent for spray foam.
  • Caleb Management Services Limited will end the session with an international view on trends in the selection of next generation blowing agents.

The 2011 conference also features a special issue session on building codes. Codes and standards experts from the polyurethanes industry will address a variety of issues, including recent building code changes, the standard development process and updates to green codes, standards and certifications.

CPI will also offer its popular Polyurethane Professional Development Program at the conference, with course topics ranging from introductory polyurethane chemistry and technology to physical testing and raw materials. In addition, CPI will present its annual Polyurethane Innovation Award and host tabletop exhibitions where companies can showcase their products.

About American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethanes industry. Their members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or manufacturers of polyurethane products.

Source: American Chemistry Council

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