Houston, Texas-- A series of awards for the best papers and posters was presented during the closing session of the 11-13 Oct Polyurethanes 2010 conference, which ran alongside the UTECH North America exhibition in Houston.
A total of 17 papers and four posters were selected, and the award winners were recognised by the organisers, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry.
Technical Paper Award Winners, by Conference Session Topic:
Automotive 1: Advances in Emanation Reduction and Renewable Content:
"Emanation Reduction Catalysts for the Production of Flexible Polyurethanes," Courtney Thurau, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Automotive 2: Testing and Recycling:
"Long Term, In-Vehicle Polyurethane Seating Durability Performance," G. Ron Blair, The Woodbridge Group
"FilterPave Porous Paving System - An Innovative Hard Surface Pavement Using Post-Consumer Recycled Glass," David Bower, BASF Corporation
"Reactive Polysulfide Polyols and Chain-Extenders for Property Enhancement in Urethanes," Thomas Upshaw, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co LP
Chemistry and Fundamentals:
"Glycerine Carbonate, a Bio-Based Reactive Blocking Agent and Other Bio-Based PU Additives," Nicholas Kob, Huntsman International llc
Construction 1: Advancing the Science of SPF for the Construction Industry:
"Reducing Environmental Impact for Spray Foam Systems," Jean Vincent, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Construction 2: Advancing the Science of Construction Materials
"Dimensional Stability of Polyiso Insulation Boards: A Detailed Analysis," Sheila Dubs, Huntsman International, llc
Energy Critical Foams:
"Comparison of Gaseous and Liquid Low GWP Blowing Agents with HFC 134a and HFC 245fa in Rigid Polyurethane Insulating Foams," Steven Schilling, Bayer MaterialScience, llc
Flammability Performance and Flame Retardants:
"New Sprayable Polyurethane System for the Production of Fire Resistant Articles and Coatings," Heiko Tebbe, LANXESS Deutschland GmbH
"Novel Gelling Catalyst for Non-Emission Flexible Polyurethane Foam," Takao Suzuki, Tosoh Corp.
Health, Safety and the Environment: Two winners tied for first place:
"A Proposed Methodology for Development of Building Re-Occupancy Guidelines Following Installation of Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation," Brian Karlovich, Bayer MaterialScience, llc
"Monitoring of HFC-245fa Exposure in Spray Foam Applications," Kevin Blair, Honeywell
"Graco Advancements in Single-Component Precision Dispense and Shot Metering Technology," Nick Di Donato, Graco Inc.
Renewable Polyols 1: Chemistry:
"Polyether Polyols Produced from Scrap Polyurethanes - Application in Rigid and Flexible Foams," Ibrahim Sendijarevic, InfiChem Polymers, llc
Renewable Polyols 2: Applications:
"Polycard™ XFN, A Novel Class of Bio-Based Polyols for Rigid Foam Formulations," James Weir, Composite Technical Services llc
Sports and Athletic Footwear:
"Automation of Assembly Footwear Production By the Use of Reactive Hotmelt and Other Robotic Solutions," Christian Decker, DESMA GmbH
"Green Marketing and Update on the FTC Green Guides," Karyn Schmidt, American Chemistry Council
Poster Award Winnersby Topic
Additives and Chemistry:
"Next Generation SPECFLEX™ PU Foam System for Under the Carpet NVH Automotive Applications," Stephen Burks, The Dow Chemical Company
Insulation and Rigid Foam:
"245fa+Cp Application in Appliance for China Market," Ryan Qin, Honeywell Integrated Technology Solution, China
"Aromatic-Aliphatic Polyols Based on Cashewnut Shell Liquid for Rigid Polyurethane Foams," Mihail Ionescu, Pittsburg State University, Kansas Polymer Research Center
Training, Testing and Processing:
"Recovery Measurement According to IKEA® Specification IOS-MAT-0076," Erland Hofmann, Format Messtechnik GmbH.
For copies of the winning papers, or to order a copy of the Polyurethanes 2010 Technical Conference Proceedings, visit the CPI web site at www.americanchemistry.com/polyurethane. Proceedings are available in CD format.