Polyurethanes & Foams

October 2020

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
Date: 29 October 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 4.00 pm (UK) , ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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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
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener, is the director and principal consultant in Polychemtech Ltd. – a technical and business consultancy specializing in innovative polyurethane technologies and other high performance polymeric products. From 1996 to 2008 she worked for Celotex in UK, developing first in Europe zero-ODP PIR rigid thermal insulation products. For the first ten years of her career she was an academic researcher and lecturer and worked on polymers with high heat and fire resistance. She gained her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Technology in 1992. She is the author of 8 patents and over 60 scientific papers, conference presentations and training workshops. For her contribution to the thermal insulation industry she was presented with the “Global Insulation Personality of 2014” award.

November 2020

Polyurethane Thermal Insulation
Date: 05 November 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 4.00 pm (UK) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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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.
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener, is the director and principal consultant in Polychemtech Ltd. – a technical and business consultancy specializing in innovative polyurethane technologies and other high performance polymeric products. From 1996 to 2008 she worked for Celotex in UK, developing first in Europe zero-ODP PIR rigid thermal insulation products. For the first ten years of her career she was an academic researcher and lecturer and worked on polymers with high heat and fire resistance. She gained her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Technology in 1992. She is the author of 8 patents and over 60 scientific papers, conference presentations and training workshops. For her contribution to the thermal insulation industry she was presented with the “Global Insulation Personality of 2014” award.

How Polyol Selection Affects PU Performance
Date: 05 November 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Thailand) , ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: Polyols are the largest volume raw material used in polyurethanes. Cost and Performance are the two biggest factors for determining the best polyol for a specific polyurethane application. The polyol’s reactivity, based on the position of the OH groups, the ester or ether chemistry, the linearity, and the aromatic vs. aliphatic chemistry all play a part in defining PU properties and performance for a particular polyurethane application. This webinar is designed to provide the polyurethane formulator with a fundamental understanding of how these factors should be considered when formulating polyurethanes from a Structure/Property perspective. The webinar content includes: # Discussions of molecular architecture # Polyol types and their molecular structure : Polyether polyols, Polyester Polyols, Specialty polyols # Advantages and Disadvantages of polyol types # Morphology and molecular motion # Hydrogen bonding within polyurethanes # Discussion of specific polyurethane examples and the measurement of their physical properties
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

Wood Adhesion: Isocyanate and Polyurethane Adhesives
Date: 06 November 2020 (Friday)
Time: 10.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: Wood and other lignocellulosic composites are growing in use and the adhesives used in these composites plays a major part in how these composites perform in terms of mechanical and wet exposure properties. The largest wood composites markets are for panel products like Oriented Strand Board (OSB), Plywood, Particleboard (PB) and Medium and High-Density fiberboards (MDF and HDF). Another growing area that requires high performance adhesives is Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) which is a large-scale, prefabricated, solid engineered wood panel used in building construction. This webinar will discuss the complex nature of wood adhesion and explore the use of isocyanate and polyurethane adhesives as high performance adhesives for wood composites. The mechanism of how isocyanate and polyurethane adhesives work will be discussed along with important factors to consider when using these adhesives to make wood and lignocellulosic composites. The presentation topics include: An introduction to adhesive considerations, The unique nature of wood as a bonding surface, The chemistry of isocyanates and polyurethanes, Mechanism of isocyanate and polyurethane adhesion, Summary of important concepts, Questions and discussionss
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 11 November 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 9.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This KnowHow Webinar is designed to help the polymer scientist understand how Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) can be a powerful tool for characterizing polymeric materials and polymer composits from a physical property and problem solving perspective. Discussions about important experimental considerations will be presented. In addition, discussions about viscoelasticity, the nature of transitions observed by DMA, and the influence of thermal history will be discussed. The presentation contents include: Fundamentals of DMA Instrumentation, Experimental Considerations, Understanding Viscoelasticity, Industrial Problem-Solving Case Studies
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (SSNMR): Applications & Relationships in Polymer Processing
Date: 18 November 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 9.00 am (ET) (US Time) , ~ 60 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This KnowHow Webinar is designed to introduce the industrial scientist to the spectroscopic technique of Solid-State NMR (SSNMR) and how it can be applied to polymer and material characterization and product development. Experimental considerations will be discussed along with how structural and molecular dynamic information obtained by SSNMR can be used to develop Structure/Property relationships. The presentation contents include: Basic Concepts of NMR and SSNMR, Experimental Considerations, Molecular Dynamics and Morphology, Case Studies of SSNMR used in Problem Solving and Product Development
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

Troubleshooting Problems with Flexible PU Foams Manufacturing
Date: 19 November 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Thailand) , ~90 Min
Speaker: MA Naqi
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: Everyone new to the industry or even experienced foamers come across problems sometime or the other while producing flexible PU foam. This webinar explores problems while producing on low pressure continuous foaming machines. Advise on wide ranging fault finding and diagnosing problems with flexible PU foam manufacturing. Covers chemical problems, machine issues , mechanical faults and processing problems concerning formulation issues. Common faults associated with incorrect equipment installations, metering pump, piping and other issues.
Speaker: Mr. M. A Naqi is Principal consultant and President of LinQ Tech Inc. based in Canada. A graduate in Science I started my career as ‘Production Manager ‘on a continuous Foaming machine at Poly Products LLC (Oman) between 1980 -2001 while directing the company from infancy to market leader in special foams, eventually became CTO in the company. During this period added a molded foam line as well as a rebonded foam line. I have developed formulations for all kinds of special foams, including soft and super soft grades with standard polyol, a unique pre-polymer dispensing system for rebonded foam which preludes cleaning of the pump and pouring tube. Started my own consultation company in 2001 assisting producers in Canada, Middle East and Asia, teaching foam production, adjusting formulations and talking at various shows and been involved in the industry for over 35 years.

Thermal Analysis of Polymers
Date: 25 November 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 4.00 pm (Thailand) , ~90 Min
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group: 1500 US$
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Description: This webinar is designed to help the polymer scientist characterize polymeric materials using a variety of Thermal Analytical (TA) techniques like Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermal Mechanical Analysis (TMA) Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA, and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA). Discussions about important experimental considerations for each technique will be presented. In addition, discussions about choosing the correct technique to solve a specific product development or processing problem will be presented via specific TA examples. We will also discuss thermal transitions for amorphous and crystalline polymers and how thermal history influence interpretation of TA data. The presentation agenda is as below: # Thermal Analysis Instrumentation # Experimental Considerations # Thinking Beyond Standard Analysis # Industrial Problem-Solving Case Studies
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko, Principal Scientist and President of Polymer Synergies LLC Dr. Marcinko has over 30 years of industrial R&D, research management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, bio-polymers, adhesion science, wood composites, polymer characterization, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure-property relationships. He is an adjunct professor and a developer of industrial short courses related to polyurethane and polymer chemistry and industrial problem solving. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 50 publications, and has 9 patents and 7 patents pending.

December 2020

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

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

January 2021

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