Foams 2018

Technical Program


DAY 1 : Sept 13, 2018

7:30-8:15 On-site Registration - Badge Pick-up
8:15-8:25 Welcome
8:25-9:05 Keynote: Outstanding Achievements Award Lecture
Jim Throne, Sherwood Technologies (USA)
Session 1: Extrusion foaming process
9:05-9:30 Design Considerations for Physical Foam Extrusion with CO 2 and N 2
Andy Caufman, Promix Solutions (USA)
9:30-9:55 Insights into the process and equipment to produce microcellular PET foams using extrusion foaming
Daniele Tammaro , Sulzer Chemtech (Switzerland)
9:55-10:20 CO 2-assisted foaming of PLA by using a planetary roller extruder for an enhanced mass and heat transfer
Judith Winck, Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)
10:20-10:45 Morning Break
Session 2: In-mold Foaming
10:45-11:10 Advances in high performance thermoplastic foams
Isa Fonseca, BASF (Germany)
11:10-11:35 Thermoplastic Sandwich Structures with Bead Foam Core – Novel Processing Approaches
Volker Altstaedt, University of Bayreuth (Germany)
11:35-12:00 Non-isothermal crystallization of hard segment in poly(ether-block-amide) (Pebax®) and the impact on foam injection foaming under N2
Ruosong Li, University of Toronto (Canada)
12:00-13:20 Lunch
Session 3: Foam Structure and Properties
13:20-13:45 High Energy Return Foam of Thermoplastic Polyester Elastomers (TPEE)
Andre Oosterlaken, DSM Engineering Plastics (USA)
13:45-14:10 Tailor-made polyurethane foam morphology for defined thermal conductivity
Gisbert Riess, Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria)
14:10-14:35 Thermal properties of highly loaded piezo-composite foams
Gayaneh Petrossian, Washington State University (USA)
14:35-15:00 Thermal Properties and Morphology of Polyamide 6 Blends Foam Shu Kai Yeh, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan)
15:00-15:25 Afternoon Break
Session 4: Chemical Foaming Agents and Additives
15:25-15:50 Chemical foaming of Copolyamide by reactive extrusion for automotive applications
Mathilde Auclerc, University of Lyon (France)
15:50-16:15 Extruded PS foams nucleated by novel supramolecular additive to enhance foam morphology and properties
Merve Demir, University Bayreuth (Germany)
16:15-16:40 Advances in Polyolefin Foaming Technology
Colin Li Pi Shan, Dow Plastics (USA)
17:00-19:00 Reception / Poster session
19:00-21:00 Award banquet

DAY 2 : Sept 14, 2018

8:00 Welcome
8:00-8:40 Keynote: From 10 bubbles to 10,000 bubbles across a human hair: Transparent Foams in Polyetherimid
Vipin Kumar, University of Washington (USA)
Session 5: Nanocellular foams properties
8:40-9:05 Developing Transparent Insulating Polymeric Nanofoam for Energy Efficient Window Application
Jie Li, Argonne National Laboratory (USA)
9:05-9:30 Nanocellular polymers based on PMMA: Recent approaches to produce these materials with improved cellular structures and properties
Miguel Rodriguez Perez, University of Valladolid (Spain)
9:30-09:55 Scalable process for the economical production of lightweight polymer nanofoams
Roland Oberhoffer, Sumteq (Germany)
09:55-10:20 Morning break
Session 6: Nanocellular foams and fundamentals
10:20-10:45 Low-density bimodal nanocellular PMMA/PVDF foams for super-insulating applications
Guilong Wang, Shandong University (China)
10:45-11:10 Stress-induced cell size decrease in PMMA foams – the importance of hydrostatic stress in solid state foaming
Angelika Beinert, Cambridge University (UK)
11:10-11:35 Graded and layered foams by gas foaming using periodic mass transport boundary conditions
Ernesto di Maio, University of Naples (Italy)
11:35-12:00 Modelling Percolation Threshold of Conductive Polymer Composite Foams with Multi-cell Growth
Sai Wang, University of Toronto (Canada)
12:00-13:20 Lunch
13:20-14:00 Keynote: Challenges and solutions in the recycling of polystyrene foams
Mario Grenier, Dyne-A-Pak (Canada)
Session 7: Sustainable foams
14:00-14:25 Influence of Repeated Recycling of Polystyrene on Morphological Attributes during Solid-State Microcellular Foaming
Abhishek Gandhi, CIPET, Bengaluru (India)
14:25-14:50 Polystyrene Recycling by Dissolution
Solenne Brouard, PolystyVert
14:50-15:15 Sustainable Nanocellulose Additives for Enhanced Polyurethane Foams
Geoff Fisher, Performance BioFilaments Inc. (Canada)
15:15-15:45 Afternoon Break
Session 8: Nano-composite foams
15:45-16:10 In-Situ Shrinking Microfibers Enhanced Strain Hardening of Linear Polymers
Patrick Lee, University of Vermont (USA)
16:10-16:35 Dispersion of carbon additives in styrenic polymer blends and its impact on foaming with CO 2
Anson Wong, DowDupont Specialty Products Division (USA)
16:35-17:00 Physical Foaming: A Facile Platform to Enhance Thermal Conductivity and Electrical Properties of the Polymer-Graphene Nanoplatelets Composites
Mahdi Hamidinejad, University of Toronto / NanoXplore (Canada)
17:00-17:10 Conclusion and next conference announcement