London -- A session titled 'Green Chemistry,' detailing the latest advances in sustainable manufacturing processes for key polyurethane raw materials, will open the technical programme of the prestigious UTECH Europe 2012 conference on Tuesday 17 April.
The session comprises 12 papers, which are expected to announce developments in the production of useful raw materials from natural and renewable resources from specialists working on several key technologies at research establishments throughout Europe, in the Middle East and in North America.
'Green Chemistry' is the first of 11 different sessions in the conference, which runs 17-19 April at the MECC in Maastricht, the Netherlands, alongside a major exhibition where more than 100 companies will be showcasing their latest offerings for the polyurethanes industry.
This combination of a high-level conference with a major exhibition gives the UTECH events a unique appeal: in just three days delegates and visitors can come up to speed in every significant area of technical and commercial development in this still fast-moving technology.
Of particular interest in the Green Chemistry session will be the two opening presentations from Bayer MaterialScience detailing the latest state of play in their fascinating work converting waste carbon dioxide into useful polyurethane raw materials.
Christoph Gurtler will present 'From Waste to Value: CO2-based Polyols,' while colleague Hans-Georg Pirkl considers 'CO2-based Polyols: A Future New Product Class for the Flexible Foam Market?'
Erwin Honcoop of Purac will also discuss his company's work in a paper titled Products Based on Renewable Materials with a Minimum Impact on CO2-Emission.
A further nine presentations in the session will highlight advances in other areas of 'green chemistry,' including the latest work from Green Urethanes Ltd of the UK in raising incorporation levels of renewably resourced polyols in flexible foam formulations to 100-percent, while other specialists will detail their latest developments using a wide range of natural and renewable resources.