Polyurethanes & Foams

June 2021

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 23 June 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 10.00 am ET (US Time) , ~60 Min
Expert: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener
Language: English
Format: Recorded
ID: KH0137
Registration Fee: Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5 Pax) : 600 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
Expert: 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.

Isocyanates and How They are Made
Date: 23 June 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 2.00 pm ET (US Time) , ~30 Min
Expert: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Format: Recorded
ID: KH0345
Registration Fee: Member: 100 US$
Non-Member: 175 US$
Group (5 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.
Expert: Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has over 35 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, adhesion science and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, and has 17 patents and 2 patents pending. Educational Summary: Ph.D. - Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1992; M.S. - Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990; B.S. - Chemistry; B.S. - Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1983

Molded Flexible PU Foam: Process Review
Date: 30 June 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 10.00 am ET (US Time) , ~50 Min
Expert: MA Naqi
Language: English
Format: Recorded
ID: KH0508
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (5 Pax): 600 US$
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Description:
Expert: Mr. M. A Naqi is Principal consultant and President of LinQ Tech Inc. based in Canada. A graduate in Science I started my career as ‘Production Manager ‘on a continuous Foaming machine at Poly Products LLC (Oman) between 1980 -2001 while directing the company from infancy to market leader in special foams, eventually became CTO in the company. During this period added a molded foam line as well as a rebonded foam line. I have developed formulations for all kinds of special foams, including soft and super soft grades with standard polyol, a unique pre-polymer dispensing system for rebonded foam which preludes cleaning of the pump and pouring tube. Started my own consultation company in 2001 assisting producers in Canada, Middle East and Asia, teaching foam production, adjusting formulations and talking at various shows and been involved in the industry for over 35 years.

July 2021

Understanding Polyurethane Catalysts and How They Work
Date: 01 July 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 8.00 am ET (US Time) , ~30 Min
Expert: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Format: Live
ID: KH0348
Registration Fee: Member: 100 US$
Non-Member: 175 US$
Group (5 Pax): 400 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.
Expert: Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has over 35 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, adhesion science and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, and has 17 patents and 2 patents pending. Educational Summary: Ph.D. - Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1992; M.S. - Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990; B.S. - Chemistry; B.S. - Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1983

Q & A Session 1 : Polyurethane Elastomers - Structure / Property / Performance
Date: 08 July 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 3.00 pm Germany , ~60 Min
Expert: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Format: Live
ID: KH0411
Registration Fee: Member: FREE
Non-Member: 150 US$
Private Session (5 Pax): 750 US$
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Description: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, an Experienced Polyurethane Expert will be sharing his advice , experience and responses appropriately on the questions and issues raised in the "Q & A Session : Polyurethane Elastomers - Structure / Property / Performance". Registered participants can send questions in advance that they want to ask or they can ask their questions in the live session. If participants wish to have a private session with Dr. Joseph Marcinko, it will be arranged at mutual convenient time. Private Session length is 90 minutes maximum.
Expert: Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has over 35 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, adhesion science and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, and has 17 patents and 2 patents pending. Educational Summary: Ph.D. - Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1992; M.S. - Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990; B.S. - Chemistry; B.S. - Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1983

Understanding the Use of Surfactants in Polyurethane Formulations
Date: 29 July 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 8.00 am ET (US Time) , ~30 Min
Expert: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Format: Live
ID: KH0349
Registration Fee: Member: 100 US$
Non-Member: 175 US$
Group (5 Pax): 600 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.
Expert: Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has over 35 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, adhesion science and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, and has 17 patents and 2 patents pending. Educational Summary: Ph.D. - Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1992; M.S. - Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990; B.S. - Chemistry; B.S. - Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1983

August 2021

Rigid Polyurethanes : Science & Technology (MasterClass)
Date: 18 August 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 2.00 pm (UK) , ~360 Min
Expert: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener
Language: English
Format: Live
ID: KH0465
Registration Fee: Member: 550 US$
Non-Member: 750 US$
Group (5 Pax): 1800 US$
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Description: # Applications of rigid polyurethanes
# Types of rigid polyurethanes
# Rigid polyurethanes chemistry theory
# Raw materials
# Formulation principles
# Processing methods
# Testing procedures
# Recycling of rigid polyurethanes
Expert: 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.

October 2021

Fire Resistant Polyisocyanurates (PIR) and Polyurethanes (MasterClass)
Date: 13 October 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 2.00 pm (UK) , ~360 Min
Expert: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener
Language: English
Format: Live
ID: KH0466
Registration Fee: Member: 550 US$
Non-Member: 750 US$
Group (5 Pax): 1800 US$
To Register: Registration Form
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Description: # The Nature of Fire and Theoretical Ways to Prevent it.
# Principles of Developing PU Products with Enhanced Fire Resistance
# Raw Materials Improving Fire Resistance of PU’s
# Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Properties
# PIR Formulations and Raw materials
# Manufacturing Equipment for PIR production
# Fire Resistance Testing and Standards
Expert: 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.