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February 2023

Rigid Polyurethanes Chemistry and Technologies
Date: 6 Feb 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0017
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Technology
Date: 7 Feb 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0018
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 8 Mar 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0137
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
Date: 9 Feb 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0019
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: In the wake of sobering statistics on human life losses in fires, the issue of fire resistance of building materials is getting more important and global. Customers demand product which are good but first of all safe. Rigid polyurethanes have a lot of applications in buildings and factories and their fire resistance has become one of the first criteria taken into consideration when deciding on choosing and purchasing the products. The webinar will talk about: the nature of fire and how theoretically it can be prevented; principles of developing PU formulations and designing PU products with enhanced fire resistance; additives improving fire resistance of PURs: their types, properties and main applications
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.

Polyurethane Thermal Insulation
Date: 10 Feb 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0049
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: Due to global warming endangering our planet and growing cost of energy, the thermal insulation materials are gaining more and more importance. Polyurethane foams are one of the best commodity thermal insulation materials and most optimum choice for majority of applications, where heat or cold transfer needs to be significantly reduced. Global production of polyurethane thermal insulation products has been and will be steadily growing. To provide most useful information on specifics of these products, in the webinar we will be talking about: General theory of the heat transfer process; different thermal insulation polyurethane products, their advantages and disadvantages; methods to improve thermal insulation properties of polyurethane materials by optimising their formulations; means to improve thermal insulation capabilities of polyurethane products by applying specific principles to the products’ designing and 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.

Moisture Cured, One Component, Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives
Date: 13 Feb 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0046
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Description: Moisture cured, one component, reactive polyurethane (PU) adhesives are formulated using an isocyanate and amorphous and crystalline polyols of varying composition which are reacted to form a polyurethane prepolymers. These prepolymers can be liquid or they can be solid at room temperature. If they are solid at room temperature, they are considered reactive hot melt adhesives. All reactive PU adhesives contain residual isocyanate functionality that is reactive with moisture that comes from the atmosphere and/or the surface to be bonded. Reactive PU adhesives contain catalysts to promote the moisture cure and also contain other additives to control rheology, open time and strength of the resulting polyurethane polymer. The choice of polyols, based on performance requirements is an important factor in formulating any polyurethane system. Designing reactive, one component adhesives is no different. Understanding how isocyanate and polyol structure affect reactivity and the physical properties of the formulated adhesive is an important aspect of formulation, which this webinar is intended to provide. The presentation includes: An introduction to adhesive considerations, Comparison of PUR adhesive systems, the chemistry of isocyanates and polyols, Formulating from a Structure / Property perspective, Summary of important concepts
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

Novel Applications of Polyurethanes
Date: 13 Feb 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0138
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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
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.

Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes
Date: 21 Feb 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0344
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 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.
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

March 2023

Rigid Polyurethanes Chemistry and Technologies
Date: 6 Mar 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0017
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Technology
Date: 7 Mar 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0018
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
Date: 9 Mar 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0019
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: In the wake of sobering statistics on human life losses in fires, the issue of fire resistance of building materials is getting more important and global. Customers demand product which are good but first of all safe. Rigid polyurethanes have a lot of applications in buildings and factories and their fire resistance has become one of the first criteria taken into consideration when deciding on choosing and purchasing the products. The webinar will talk about: the nature of fire and how theoretically it can be prevented; principles of developing PU formulations and designing PU products with enhanced fire resistance; additives improving fire resistance of PURs: their types, properties and main applications
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.

Polyurethane Thermal Insulation
Date: 10 Mar 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0049
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: Due to global warming endangering our planet and growing cost of energy, the thermal insulation materials are gaining more and more importance. Polyurethane foams are one of the best commodity thermal insulation materials and most optimum choice for majority of applications, where heat or cold transfer needs to be significantly reduced. Global production of polyurethane thermal insulation products has been and will be steadily growing. To provide most useful information on specifics of these products, in the webinar we will be talking about: General theory of the heat transfer process; different thermal insulation polyurethane products, their advantages and disadvantages; methods to improve thermal insulation properties of polyurethane materials by optimising their formulations; means to improve thermal insulation capabilities of polyurethane products by applying specific principles to the products’ designing and 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.

Moisture Cured, One Component, Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives
Date: 13 Mar 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0046
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Description: Moisture cured, one component, reactive polyurethane (PU) adhesives are formulated using an isocyanate and amorphous and crystalline polyols of varying composition which are reacted to form a polyurethane prepolymers. These prepolymers can be liquid or they can be solid at room temperature. If they are solid at room temperature, they are considered reactive hot melt adhesives. All reactive PU adhesives contain residual isocyanate functionality that is reactive with moisture that comes from the atmosphere and/or the surface to be bonded. Reactive PU adhesives contain catalysts to promote the moisture cure and also contain other additives to control rheology, open time and strength of the resulting polyurethane polymer. The choice of polyols, based on performance requirements is an important factor in formulating any polyurethane system. Designing reactive, one component adhesives is no different. Understanding how isocyanate and polyol structure affect reactivity and the physical properties of the formulated adhesive is an important aspect of formulation, which this webinar is intended to provide. The presentation includes: An introduction to adhesive considerations, Comparison of PUR adhesive systems, the chemistry of isocyanates and polyols, Formulating from a Structure / Property perspective, Summary of important concepts
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

Novel Applications of Polyurethanes
Date: 13 Mar 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0138
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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
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.

Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes
Date: 21 Mar 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0344
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
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.
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

April 2023

Rigid Polyurethanes Chemistry and Technologies
Date: 10 Apr 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0017
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Technology
Date: 11 Apr 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0018
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 12 Apr 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0137
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
Date: 13 Apr 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0019
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: In the wake of sobering statistics on human life losses in fires, the issue of fire resistance of building materials is getting more important and global. Customers demand product which are good but first of all safe. Rigid polyurethanes have a lot of applications in buildings and factories and their fire resistance has become one of the first criteria taken into consideration when deciding on choosing and purchasing the products. The webinar will talk about: the nature of fire and how theoretically it can be prevented; principles of developing PU formulations and designing PU products with enhanced fire resistance; additives improving fire resistance of PURs: their types, properties and main applications
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.

Polyurethane Thermal Insulation
Date: 14 Apr 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0049
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: Due to global warming endangering our planet and growing cost of energy, the thermal insulation materials are gaining more and more importance. Polyurethane foams are one of the best commodity thermal insulation materials and most optimum choice for majority of applications, where heat or cold transfer needs to be significantly reduced. Global production of polyurethane thermal insulation products has been and will be steadily growing. To provide most useful information on specifics of these products, in the webinar we will be talking about: General theory of the heat transfer process; different thermal insulation polyurethane products, their advantages and disadvantages; methods to improve thermal insulation properties of polyurethane materials by optimising their formulations; means to improve thermal insulation capabilities of polyurethane products by applying specific principles to the products’ designing and 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.

Moisture Cured, One Component, Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives
Date: 17 Apr 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0046
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Description: Moisture cured, one component, reactive polyurethane (PU) adhesives are formulated using an isocyanate and amorphous and crystalline polyols of varying composition which are reacted to form a polyurethane prepolymers. These prepolymers can be liquid or they can be solid at room temperature. If they are solid at room temperature, they are considered reactive hot melt adhesives. All reactive PU adhesives contain residual isocyanate functionality that is reactive with moisture that comes from the atmosphere and/or the surface to be bonded. Reactive PU adhesives contain catalysts to promote the moisture cure and also contain other additives to control rheology, open time and strength of the resulting polyurethane polymer. The choice of polyols, based on performance requirements is an important factor in formulating any polyurethane system. Designing reactive, one component adhesives is no different. Understanding how isocyanate and polyol structure affect reactivity and the physical properties of the formulated adhesive is an important aspect of formulation, which this webinar is intended to provide. The presentation includes: An introduction to adhesive considerations, Comparison of PUR adhesive systems, the chemistry of isocyanates and polyols, Formulating from a Structure / Property perspective, Summary of important concepts
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

Novel Applications of Polyurethanes
Date: 17 Apr 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0138
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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
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.

Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes
Date: 18 Apr 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0344
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 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.
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

May 2023

Rigid Polyurethanes Chemistry and Technologies
Date: 8 May 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0017
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 10 May 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0137
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
Date: 11 May 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0019
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: In the wake of sobering statistics on human life losses in fires, the issue of fire resistance of building materials is getting more important and global. Customers demand product which are good but first of all safe. Rigid polyurethanes have a lot of applications in buildings and factories and their fire resistance has become one of the first criteria taken into consideration when deciding on choosing and purchasing the products. The webinar will talk about: the nature of fire and how theoretically it can be prevented; principles of developing PU formulations and designing PU products with enhanced fire resistance; additives improving fire resistance of PURs: their types, properties and main applications
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.

Polyurethane Thermal Insulation
Date: 12 May 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0049
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: Due to global warming endangering our planet and growing cost of energy, the thermal insulation materials are gaining more and more importance. Polyurethane foams are one of the best commodity thermal insulation materials and most optimum choice for majority of applications, where heat or cold transfer needs to be significantly reduced. Global production of polyurethane thermal insulation products has been and will be steadily growing. To provide most useful information on specifics of these products, in the webinar we will be talking about: General theory of the heat transfer process; different thermal insulation polyurethane products, their advantages and disadvantages; methods to improve thermal insulation properties of polyurethane materials by optimising their formulations; means to improve thermal insulation capabilities of polyurethane products by applying specific principles to the products’ designing and 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.

Novel Applications of Polyurethanes
Date: 15 May 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0138
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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
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.

Moisture Cured, One Component, Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives
Date: 15 May 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0046
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Description: Moisture cured, one component, reactive polyurethane (PU) adhesives are formulated using an isocyanate and amorphous and crystalline polyols of varying composition which are reacted to form a polyurethane prepolymers. These prepolymers can be liquid or they can be solid at room temperature. If they are solid at room temperature, they are considered reactive hot melt adhesives. All reactive PU adhesives contain residual isocyanate functionality that is reactive with moisture that comes from the atmosphere and/or the surface to be bonded. Reactive PU adhesives contain catalysts to promote the moisture cure and also contain other additives to control rheology, open time and strength of the resulting polyurethane polymer. The choice of polyols, based on performance requirements is an important factor in formulating any polyurethane system. Designing reactive, one component adhesives is no different. Understanding how isocyanate and polyol structure affect reactivity and the physical properties of the formulated adhesive is an important aspect of formulation, which this webinar is intended to provide. The presentation includes: An introduction to adhesive considerations, Comparison of PUR adhesive systems, the chemistry of isocyanates and polyols, Formulating from a Structure / Property perspective, Summary of important concepts
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

Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Technology
Date: 16 May 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0018
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes
Date: 16 May 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0344
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
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.
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

June 2023

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
Date: 8 Jun 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0019
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: In the wake of sobering statistics on human life losses in fires, the issue of fire resistance of building materials is getting more important and global. Customers demand product which are good but first of all safe. Rigid polyurethanes have a lot of applications in buildings and factories and their fire resistance has become one of the first criteria taken into consideration when deciding on choosing and purchasing the products. The webinar will talk about: the nature of fire and how theoretically it can be prevented; principles of developing PU formulations and designing PU products with enhanced fire resistance; additives improving fire resistance of PURs: their types, properties and main applications
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.

Polyurethane Thermal Insulation
Date: 9 Jun 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0049
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: Due to global warming endangering our planet and growing cost of energy, the thermal insulation materials are gaining more and more importance. Polyurethane foams are one of the best commodity thermal insulation materials and most optimum choice for majority of applications, where heat or cold transfer needs to be significantly reduced. Global production of polyurethane thermal insulation products has been and will be steadily growing. To provide most useful information on specifics of these products, in the webinar we will be talking about: General theory of the heat transfer process; different thermal insulation polyurethane products, their advantages and disadvantages; methods to improve thermal insulation properties of polyurethane materials by optimising their formulations; means to improve thermal insulation capabilities of polyurethane products by applying specific principles to the products’ designing and 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.

Novel Applications of Polyurethanes
Date: 12 Jun 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0138
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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
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.

Rigid Polyurethanes Chemistry and Technologies
Date: 12 Jun 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0017
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Technology
Date: 13 Jun 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0018
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 14 Jun 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0137
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.

Moisture Cured, One Component, Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives
Date: 19 Jun 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0046
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
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Description: Moisture cured, one component, reactive polyurethane (PU) adhesives are formulated using an isocyanate and amorphous and crystalline polyols of varying composition which are reacted to form a polyurethane prepolymers. These prepolymers can be liquid or they can be solid at room temperature. If they are solid at room temperature, they are considered reactive hot melt adhesives. All reactive PU adhesives contain residual isocyanate functionality that is reactive with moisture that comes from the atmosphere and/or the surface to be bonded. Reactive PU adhesives contain catalysts to promote the moisture cure and also contain other additives to control rheology, open time and strength of the resulting polyurethane polymer. The choice of polyols, based on performance requirements is an important factor in formulating any polyurethane system. Designing reactive, one component adhesives is no different. Understanding how isocyanate and polyol structure affect reactivity and the physical properties of the formulated adhesive is an important aspect of formulation, which this webinar is intended to provide. The presentation includes: An introduction to adhesive considerations, Comparison of PUR adhesive systems, the chemistry of isocyanates and polyols, Formulating from a Structure / Property perspective, Summary of important concepts
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

Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes
Date: 20 Jun 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0344
Registration Fee:
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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.
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

July 2023

Rigid Polyurethanes Chemistry and Technologies
Date: 10 Jul 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0017
Registration Fee:
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Technology
Date: 11 Jul 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0018
Registration Fee:
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 12 Jul 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0137
Registration Fee:
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
Date: 13 Jul 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0019
Registration Fee:
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: In the wake of sobering statistics on human life losses in fires, the issue of fire resistance of building materials is getting more important and global. Customers demand product which are good but first of all safe. Rigid polyurethanes have a lot of applications in buildings and factories and their fire resistance has become one of the first criteria taken into consideration when deciding on choosing and purchasing the products. The webinar will talk about: the nature of fire and how theoretically it can be prevented; principles of developing PU formulations and designing PU products with enhanced fire resistance; additives improving fire resistance of PURs: their types, properties and main applications
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.

Polyurethane Thermal Insulation
Date: 14 Jul 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0049
Registration Fee:
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: Due to global warming endangering our planet and growing cost of energy, the thermal insulation materials are gaining more and more importance. Polyurethane foams are one of the best commodity thermal insulation materials and most optimum choice for majority of applications, where heat or cold transfer needs to be significantly reduced. Global production of polyurethane thermal insulation products has been and will be steadily growing. To provide most useful information on specifics of these products, in the webinar we will be talking about: General theory of the heat transfer process; different thermal insulation polyurethane products, their advantages and disadvantages; methods to improve thermal insulation properties of polyurethane materials by optimising their formulations; means to improve thermal insulation capabilities of polyurethane products by applying specific principles to the products’ designing and 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.

Moisture Cured, One Component, Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives
Date: 17 Jul 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0046
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
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Description: Moisture cured, one component, reactive polyurethane (PU) adhesives are formulated using an isocyanate and amorphous and crystalline polyols of varying composition which are reacted to form a polyurethane prepolymers. These prepolymers can be liquid or they can be solid at room temperature. If they are solid at room temperature, they are considered reactive hot melt adhesives. All reactive PU adhesives contain residual isocyanate functionality that is reactive with moisture that comes from the atmosphere and/or the surface to be bonded. Reactive PU adhesives contain catalysts to promote the moisture cure and also contain other additives to control rheology, open time and strength of the resulting polyurethane polymer. The choice of polyols, based on performance requirements is an important factor in formulating any polyurethane system. Designing reactive, one component adhesives is no different. Understanding how isocyanate and polyol structure affect reactivity and the physical properties of the formulated adhesive is an important aspect of formulation, which this webinar is intended to provide. The presentation includes: An introduction to adhesive considerations, Comparison of PUR adhesive systems, the chemistry of isocyanates and polyols, Formulating from a Structure / Property perspective, Summary of important concepts
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

Novel Applications of Polyurethanes
Date: 17 Jul 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0138
Registration Fee:
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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
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.

Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes
Date: 18 Jul 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0344
Registration Fee:
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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.
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 2023

Rigid Polyurethanes Chemistry and Technologies
Date: 7 Aug 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0017
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Technology
Date: 8 Aug 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0018
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 9 Aug 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0137
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
Date: 10 Aug 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0019
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: In the wake of sobering statistics on human life losses in fires, the issue of fire resistance of building materials is getting more important and global. Customers demand product which are good but first of all safe. Rigid polyurethanes have a lot of applications in buildings and factories and their fire resistance has become one of the first criteria taken into consideration when deciding on choosing and purchasing the products. The webinar will talk about: the nature of fire and how theoretically it can be prevented; principles of developing PU formulations and designing PU products with enhanced fire resistance; additives improving fire resistance of PURs: their types, properties and main applications
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.

Polyurethane Thermal Insulation
Date: 11 Aug 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0049
Registration Fee:
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Non-Member: 250 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: Due to global warming endangering our planet and growing cost of energy, the thermal insulation materials are gaining more and more importance. Polyurethane foams are one of the best commodity thermal insulation materials and most optimum choice for majority of applications, where heat or cold transfer needs to be significantly reduced. Global production of polyurethane thermal insulation products has been and will be steadily growing. To provide most useful information on specifics of these products, in the webinar we will be talking about: General theory of the heat transfer process; different thermal insulation polyurethane products, their advantages and disadvantages; methods to improve thermal insulation properties of polyurethane materials by optimising their formulations; means to improve thermal insulation capabilities of polyurethane products by applying specific principles to the products’ designing and 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.

Novel Applications of Polyurethanes
Date: 14 Aug 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0138
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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
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.

Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes
Date: 15 Aug 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0344
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 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.
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

Moisture Cured, One Component, Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives
Date: 21 Aug 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0046
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Description: Moisture cured, one component, reactive polyurethane (PU) adhesives are formulated using an isocyanate and amorphous and crystalline polyols of varying composition which are reacted to form a polyurethane prepolymers. These prepolymers can be liquid or they can be solid at room temperature. If they are solid at room temperature, they are considered reactive hot melt adhesives. All reactive PU adhesives contain residual isocyanate functionality that is reactive with moisture that comes from the atmosphere and/or the surface to be bonded. Reactive PU adhesives contain catalysts to promote the moisture cure and also contain other additives to control rheology, open time and strength of the resulting polyurethane polymer. The choice of polyols, based on performance requirements is an important factor in formulating any polyurethane system. Designing reactive, one component adhesives is no different. Understanding how isocyanate and polyol structure affect reactivity and the physical properties of the formulated adhesive is an important aspect of formulation, which this webinar is intended to provide. The presentation includes: An introduction to adhesive considerations, Comparison of PUR adhesive systems, the chemistry of isocyanates and polyols, Formulating from a Structure / Property perspective, Summary of important concepts
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

September 2023

Rigid Polyurethanes Chemistry and Technologies
Date: 11 Sept 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0017
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Technology
Date: 12 Sept 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0018
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 13 Sept 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0137
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
Date: 14 September 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0019
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: In the wake of sobering statistics on human life losses in fires, the issue of fire resistance of building materials is getting more important and global. Customers demand product which are good but first of all safe. Rigid polyurethanes have a lot of applications in buildings and factories and their fire resistance has become one of the first criteria taken into consideration when deciding on choosing and purchasing the products. The webinar will talk about: the nature of fire and how theoretically it can be prevented; principles of developing PU formulations and designing PU products with enhanced fire resistance; additives improving fire resistance of PURs: their types, properties and main applications
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.

Polyurethane Thermal Insulation
Date: 15 Sept 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0049
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
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Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: Due to global warming endangering our planet and growing cost of energy, the thermal insulation materials are gaining more and more importance. Polyurethane foams are one of the best commodity thermal insulation materials and most optimum choice for majority of applications, where heat or cold transfer needs to be significantly reduced. Global production of polyurethane thermal insulation products has been and will be steadily growing. To provide most useful information on specifics of these products, in the webinar we will be talking about: General theory of the heat transfer process; different thermal insulation polyurethane products, their advantages and disadvantages; methods to improve thermal insulation properties of polyurethane materials by optimising their formulations; means to improve thermal insulation capabilities of polyurethane products by applying specific principles to the products’ designing and 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.

Novel Applications of Polyurethanes
Date: 18 Sept 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0138
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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
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.

Moisture Cured, One Component, Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives
Date: 18 Sept 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0046
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Description: Moisture cured, one component, reactive polyurethane (PU) adhesives are formulated using an isocyanate and amorphous and crystalline polyols of varying composition which are reacted to form a polyurethane prepolymers. These prepolymers can be liquid or they can be solid at room temperature. If they are solid at room temperature, they are considered reactive hot melt adhesives. All reactive PU adhesives contain residual isocyanate functionality that is reactive with moisture that comes from the atmosphere and/or the surface to be bonded. Reactive PU adhesives contain catalysts to promote the moisture cure and also contain other additives to control rheology, open time and strength of the resulting polyurethane polymer. The choice of polyols, based on performance requirements is an important factor in formulating any polyurethane system. Designing reactive, one component adhesives is no different. Understanding how isocyanate and polyol structure affect reactivity and the physical properties of the formulated adhesive is an important aspect of formulation, which this webinar is intended to provide. The presentation includes: An introduction to adhesive considerations, Comparison of PUR adhesive systems, the chemistry of isocyanates and polyols, Formulating from a Structure / Property perspective, Summary of important concepts
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

Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes
Date: 19 Sept 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0344
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 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.
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

October 2023

Rigid Polyurethanes Chemistry and Technologies
Date: 9 Oct 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0017
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Chemistry and Technology
Date: 10 Oct 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0018
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.
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.

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 11 Oct 2023
Time: 10am CET
Language: English
ID: KH0137
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
Date: 12 Oct 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0019
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: In the wake of sobering statistics on human life losses in fires, the issue of fire resistance of building materials is getting more important and global. Customers demand product which are good but first of all safe. Rigid polyurethanes have a lot of applications in buildings and factories and their fire resistance has become one of the first criteria taken into consideration when deciding on choosing and purchasing the products. The webinar will talk about: the nature of fire and how theoretically it can be prevented; principles of developing PU formulations and designing PU products with enhanced fire resistance; additives improving fire resistance of PURs: their types, properties and main applications
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.

Polyurethane Thermal Insulation
Date: 13 Oct 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0049
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
Description: Due to global warming endangering our planet and growing cost of energy, the thermal insulation materials are gaining more and more importance. Polyurethane foams are one of the best commodity thermal insulation materials and most optimum choice for majority of applications, where heat or cold transfer needs to be significantly reduced. Global production of polyurethane thermal insulation products has been and will be steadily growing. To provide most useful information on specifics of these products, in the webinar we will be talking about: General theory of the heat transfer process; different thermal insulation polyurethane products, their advantages and disadvantages; methods to improve thermal insulation properties of polyurethane materials by optimising their formulations; means to improve thermal insulation capabilities of polyurethane products by applying specific principles to the products’ designing and 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.

Novel Applications of Polyurethanes
Date: 16 Oct 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0138
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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
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.

Moisture Cured, One Component, Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives
Date: 16 Oct 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0046
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Description: Moisture cured, one component, reactive polyurethane (PU) adhesives are formulated using an isocyanate and amorphous and crystalline polyols of varying composition which are reacted to form a polyurethane prepolymers. These prepolymers can be liquid or they can be solid at room temperature. If they are solid at room temperature, they are considered reactive hot melt adhesives. All reactive PU adhesives contain residual isocyanate functionality that is reactive with moisture that comes from the atmosphere and/or the surface to be bonded. Reactive PU adhesives contain catalysts to promote the moisture cure and also contain other additives to control rheology, open time and strength of the resulting polyurethane polymer. The choice of polyols, based on performance requirements is an important factor in formulating any polyurethane system. Designing reactive, one component adhesives is no different. Understanding how isocyanate and polyol structure affect reactivity and the physical properties of the formulated adhesive is an important aspect of formulation, which this webinar is intended to provide. The presentation includes: An introduction to adhesive considerations, Comparison of PUR adhesive systems, the chemistry of isocyanates and polyols, Formulating from a Structure / Property perspective, Summary of important concepts
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

Structure/Property Relationships in Polyurethanes
Date: 17 Oct 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0344
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
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.
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

November 2023

Polyester Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
Date: 8 Nov 2023
Time: 10am EST
Language: English
ID: KH0137
Registration Fee:
Member: 150 US$
Non-Member: 250 US$
Group (5-Pax): 600 US$
Premium Member: 0 US$
To Register: Details & Register
Keyword: Chemsitry, Insultation, Rigid Polyurethanes
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.