Bristol, UK - Applied Market Information Ltd (AMI) is to hold its first 'Green Polymer Chemistry' event in 2012, focusing on the production of thermoplastics and elastomers - including polyurethanes - from renewable resources.
AMI said the conference will provide a forum for environment and sustainability managers, business development professionals, chemical engineers, plastics manufacturers, researchers, and suppliers to the industry to debate the latest developments in producing conventional polymers from sustainable sources such as plants, waste and carbon dioxide.
AMI said that as well as using bio-sources as feedstock, there is a growing trend to use production methods from nature, particularly enzymes, which opens up a variety of potential chemical pathways in combination with established thermocatalytic chemistry.
The programme will include sustainability papers from Unilever and the Ford Motor Co. alongside expert presentations from majors in the chemical industry including BASF, Süd-Chemie, Braskem, Chemtex Italia, DSM and Merquinsa, AMI said. There will be market papers on potential sources of monomers and polymers including an economic review of the availability and competition for bio-products.
The Green Polymer Chemistry conference will take place from 20-22 March 2012 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany.