Polyurethanes & Foams

Europe Polyurethane - KnowHow Webinars Week (08 Feb 2021 - 11 Feb 2021)

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

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

Rigid Polyurethanes with Improved Fire Resistance
On-Demand Webinars
Time Length: ~ 90 Min.
Speaker: Dr. Grazyna Mitchener
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: 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.

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

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

Troubleshooting Problems with Flexible PU Foams Manufacturing
On-Demand Webinars
Time Length: ~90 Min
Speaker: MA Naqi
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 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.

Moisture Cured, One Component, Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives
On-Demand Webinars
Time Length: ~90 Min
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Marcinko
Language: English
Registration Fee: Members: 150 US$
Non-Members: 250 US$
Group (20 Pax): 1500 US$
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Description: 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
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.