Polyurethanes & Foams

December 2020

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 02 December 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 4.00 pm (UK) , ~60 Min
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: Polyester polyols have several advantages over polyether polyols. They make polyurethane foams with better strength and fire resistance. They are also easier and cheaper to manufacture and manufacturing plants require relatively low investment. All these properties make the polyester polyols the first choice for rigid polyurethane formulations. The webinar will present: • The general chemical structure of polyesters polyols • Their advantages and disadvantages versus polyethers • The types of the polyols and their properties • Raw materials for production of the polyols • Additives improving properties of the polyester based foams • Main principles of polyols manufacturing • Basic setup of a plant for polyester manufacturing
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener, is the director and principal consultant in Polychemtech Ltd. – a technical and business consultancy specializing in innovative polyurethane technologies and other high performance polymeric products. From 1996 to 2008 she worked for Celotex in UK, developing first in Europe zero-ODP PIR rigid thermal insulation products. For the first ten years of her career she was an academic researcher and lecturer and worked on polymers with high heat and fire resistance. She gained her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Technology in 1992. She is the author of 8 patents and over 60 scientific papers, conference presentations and training workshops. For her contribution to the thermal insulation industry she was presented with the “Global Insulation Personality of 2014” award.

Applications of FTIR in Polymer Process Development
Date: 10 December 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~60 Min
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Parker
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax) : 1500 US$
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Description: FTIR spectroscopy is a powerful technique for studying the effects of polymer formulation and process factors on surface chemistry, component compatibility, and morphology; all of which relate to end-use performance characteristics like adhesion and mechanical properties. Of the many techniques available, surface attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy (SATR-FTIR) is arguably one of the most versatile FTIR methods, enabling the study of neat liquids, solutions, dispersions, solid films, solid powders, adhesives, adherends, and countless other multi-component systems. Aside from being fast, SATR can be applied in problem-solving situations pertaining to cure reactions (liquid and dispersion states), surface compositions & adhesion, process history & surface heterogeneity (e.g., extruded films), material structure, and product/process control. This seminar, although focused on SATR, will be the first in a series pertaining to applications of spectroscopic methods in product and process development. Those attending can expect to learn how SATR-FTIR can be applied to their own real-world product development & problem-solving situations. The webinar presentation includes: • Overview of FTIR spectroscopy & methods; • Description of the SATR technique; • Example Applications - Adhesion, Surface migration, Extruded film heterogeneity, Polymerization reactions, Material structure & composition
Speaker: Anthony Parker, Ph.D. is a Principal Scientist and founder of A. A. Parker Consulting, LLC. Dr. Parker has 35 years of industrial experience in research, development, and management. He has been involved in multiple start-up businesses ranging from medical devices and musical instrument strings to packaging adhesives, pharmaceutical delivery systems, and cosmetics. His interests and expertise are in the areas of surface chemistry and adhesion, bio-based materials and adhesives, mechanical properties of polymers, structure-property-process relationships in polymers, thermal analytical methods, spectroscopic methods (NMR, FTIR), UV curable coatings, and musical strings/ instruments. Dr. Parker has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications, including 30+ journal articles and technical reviews as well as 40+ patents with several patents pending.

Rigid Polyurethanes Chemistry and Technologies
Date: 11 December 2020 (Friday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Thailand) , ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax) : 1500
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Description: Rigid polyurethanes account for over a quarter of total global output of polyurethane industry. These materials can be used in endless applications, the number of which is still growing in many new and sometimes unexpected areas. The webinar aims to highlight business opportunities offered by the products and technical background which will help taking advantage of these opportunities. The webinar will provide a good overview of: Types of rigid polyurethanes and their applications, rigid polyurethanes chemistry theory, raw materials used in rigid polyurethanes, formulating of rigid polyurethanes, manufacturing methods used in make different products from rigid polyurethanes.
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener, is the director and principal consultant in Polychemtech Ltd. – a technical and business consultancy specializing in innovative polyurethane technologies and other high performance polymeric products. From 1996 to 2008 she worked for Celotex in UK, developing first in Europe zero-ODP PIR rigid thermal insulation products. For the first ten years of her career she was an academic researcher and lecturer and worked on polymers with high heat and fire resistance. She gained her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Technology in 1992. She is the author of 8 patents and over 60 scientific papers, conference presentations and training workshops. For her contribution to the thermal insulation industry she was presented with the “Global Insulation Personality of 2014” award.

How Polyol Selection Affects PU Performance
Date: 22 December 2020 (Tuesday)
Time: 10.00 am (UK) , ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: Polyols are the largest volume raw material used in polyurethanes. Cost and Performance are the two biggest factors for determining the best polyol for a specific polyurethane application. The polyol’s reactivity, based on the position of the OH groups, the ester or ether chemistry, the linearity, and the aromatic vs. aliphatic chemistry all play a part in defining PU properties and performance for a particular polyurethane application. This webinar is designed to provide the polyurethane formulator with a fundamental understanding of how these factors should be considered when formulating polyurethanes from a Structure/Property perspective. The webinar content includes: # Discussions of molecular architecture # Polyol types and their molecular structure : Polyether polyols, Polyester Polyols, Specialty polyols # Advantages and Disadvantages of polyol types # Morphology and molecular motion # Hydrogen bonding within polyurethanes # Discussion of specific polyurethane examples and the measurement of their physical properties
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

January 2021

Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Technology
Date: 10 January 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 4.00 pm (UK) , ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 pax) : 1500 US$
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Description: Polyisocyanurate foams (PIR) are polyurethane products with exceptional properties. They have excellent fire resistance, superb thermal insulation capability for protection from cold or heat and very good mechanical strength, despite being extremely light. Their mass production is quick and economical. All these make them the best building materials (but not only) in applications where fire safety of people and reduction of energy usage matters. The webinar will present: Properties and main applications of PIR products, basic polyisocyanurate chemistry theory, specifics of PIR formulations and raw materials choices in comparison to standard polyurethane (PUR) technologies, manufacturing equipment for PIR production.
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener, is the director and principal consultant in Polychemtech Ltd. – a technical and business consultancy specializing in innovative polyurethane technologies and other high performance polymeric products. From 1996 to 2008 she worked for Celotex in UK, developing first in Europe zero-ODP PIR rigid thermal insulation products. For the first ten years of her career she was an academic researcher and lecturer and worked on polymers with high heat and fire resistance. She gained her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Technology in 1992. She is the author of 8 patents and over 60 scientific papers, conference presentations and training workshops. For her contribution to the thermal insulation industry she was presented with the “Global Insulation Personality of 2014” award.

Novel Applications of Polyurethanes
Date: 28 January 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 4.00 pm (UK) , ~60 Min
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: Polyurethane chemistry is certainly more complex than of any other plastic material, however this fact also presents endless opportunities to create materials with extraordinary properties and for very surprising applications. Polyurethanes can be very soft and bulletproof hard, very heavy and feather-light, solid and foamed, rigid and elastic. The sky is the limit. This webinar will give you a glance of what is possible to achieve with this humble and pretty easily manufactured materials
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener, is the director and principal consultant in Polychemtech Ltd. – a technical and business consultancy specializing in innovative polyurethane technologies and other high performance polymeric products. From 1996 to 2008 she worked for Celotex in UK, developing first in Europe zero-ODP PIR rigid thermal insulation products. For the first ten years of her career she was an academic researcher and lecturer and worked on polymers with high heat and fire resistance. She gained her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Technology in 1992. She is the author of 8 patents and over 60 scientific papers, conference presentations and training workshops. For her contribution to the thermal insulation industry she was presented with the “Global Insulation Personality of 2014” award.

February 2021

Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes
Date: 18 February 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 8.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~60 Min
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: There is no polyurethane monomer leading to polyurethane polymers. This is in contrast to a polymer like polyethylene which is derived from the polymerization of ethylene monomer and results in a homopolymer of linear or branched structure. Polyurethane polymers result from the addition reactions of isocyanate molecules of different types reacting with active hydrogen functional molecules or polymers that result in phase separated, block copolymers. The size, the shape and the intermolecular interactions of the isocyanates and the polyols used to make polyurethanes affects how phase separated segments will order themselves and how they will move in relation to each other, which will dictate the physical properties of that polyurethane polymer. This webinar is designed to provide an overview of how the selection of isocyanate structure and reactivity, combined with the proper selection of polyols, allows the polyurethane formulator to design and tailor the physical properties of polyurethanes for specific applications.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

March 2021

Isocyanates and How They are Made
Date: 10 March 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 8.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~30 Min
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1000 US$
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Description: Isocyanates are a family of relatively low molecular weight, reactive chemicals used in the making of polyurethanes. They are primarily derived from amine molecules which are phosgenated to convert the amine into an isocyanate group. Other non-phosgene methods of making isocyanates are an area of active research. This webinar will discuss the raw materials and chemical process used to make the most common isocyanates used in polyurethanes.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

April 2021

Polyurethane Adhesives, Sealants and Binders
Date: 22 April 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 8.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~60 Min
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: Polyurethane (PU) adhesives, sealants and binders are used in a variety of structural and non-structural applications. The wide use of PU adhesives, sealants and binders results from the multitude of formulating options available which allow polyurethanes to be tailored to have specific performance for specific applications. Understanding the difference between adhesives, sealants and binders is one aspect of this webinar. In addition, understanding how isocyanate and polyol structure affect reactivity and the physical properties of the formulated PU adhesives, sealants and binders is an important aspect of formulation, which this webinar is intended to provide.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

May 2021

Understanding the Viscoelasticity of Polyurethanes
Date: 25 May 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 8.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~30 Min
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1000 US$
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Description: Viscoelasticity is a term used to describe materials that exhibit both viscous flow and elastic spring back when a force is applied to them. Viscous flow is a time dependent phenomenon, and an elastic response is instantaneous after a stress has been removed from a material. Viscoelastic materials exhibit both of these properties. The rigid and flexible domains of polyurethanes contribute to their viscoelastic behavior. This webinar is designed to give a fundamental understanding of viscoelasticity as it is related to polyurethane morphology and the isocyanate and polyol building blocks which make up polyurethane polymers.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

June 2021

Understanding Polyurethane Catalysts and How They Work
Date: 24 June 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 8.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~30 Min
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1000 US$
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Description: A catalyst is a compound used to affect the rate of a reaction from reactants to final product. Catalysts lower the activation energy required to achieve an excited molecular state, which allows the reaction to proceed more easily and with less energy. The primary job of the catalyst or combination of catalysts in a polyurethane reaction is to control the reaction profile. Polyurethane (PU) catalysts can be generally divided into two types, gelling catalysts and blowing catalysts. Gelling catalysts promote the reaction of the isocyanates with hydroxyl groups, and blowing catalysts are used in polyurethane foam systems and are more selective to catalyzing the reaction of the isocyanate with water to produce foam. This webinar is intended to give a fundamental overview of how PU catalysts work.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

July 2021

Understanding the Use of Surfactants in Polyurethane Formulations
Date: 29 July 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 8.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~30 Min
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 100 US$
Non-Members: 175 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1000 US$
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Description: Polyurethane surfactants are utilized across a broad range of polyurethane applications including footwear, mattresses foams, automotive interiors, and foam insulation used in refrigerators and construction. The function of a surfactant can be to enhance chemical compatibility of isocyanates and polyols, improve cell nucleation and stabilization and to prevent coalescence. Surfactants work by preserving the thermodynamically unstable state of a foam while it is rising by affecting surface forces until the polyurethane polymerizes far enough to maintain the cell structure. This webinar is intended to give a fundamental overview of how polyurethane surfactants work.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.