Polyolefins 2016 "Global Interdependence"
12:30 pm - 5:00 pmMark Demark Memorial Tutorial Lecture Series (Salon C)
Moderator: Thoi Ho
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmOverview of Rheology and Fabrication Processes of Polyolefins
Rajen M Patel, Associate Research Fellow, Dow Chemical Company
1:30 pm - 2:20 pmScrew Design for Polyethylene Resins and Smooth-Bore, Single-Screw Extruders
Mark Spalding, Fellow, Dow Chemical Company
2:20 pm - 3:10 pmTroubleshooting the Blown Film Process
Wes Hobson, Senior Engineer, Dow Chemical Company
3:10 pm - 3:20 pmAfternoon Break
3:20 pm - 5:00 pmPolyolefins 101 for Blow Molding
Robert DeLong
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmExhibitor Appreciation Reception -- Exhibit Area
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmStudent Dinner

Monday Morning
7:00 am - 8:30 amMonday Speaker's Breakfast -- Salon 10
8:00 am - 8:15 amWelcome and Announcements (Salons A and B)
Conference Chair: Chuck Crosby
8:15 am - 12:00 pmPlenary Session: Current Trends in Markets, Technology and Investments (Salons A and B)
Moderator: Tom Walsh
8:15 am - 9:00 amGlobal Polyethylene: Issues and Trends
Nick Vafiadis, Global Business Lead: Polyolefins and Plastics, IHS
9:00 am - 9:30 amOverview of Polyolefin Industry – Asia/India
Ajay Shah, President – Polymer & Cracker, Reliance Industries, Inc.
9:30 am - 10:00 amPolyolefins Technology for the New Millennium
Randall Wu, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, INEOS
10:00 am - 10:30 amMorning Break -- Sponsored by Croda
10:30 am - 11:00 amRecent Development of Polyolefin Technology
Jinliang Qiao, Chief Scientist and VP Res. Inst., SINOPEC
11:00 am - 11:30 amInnovation as Growth Driver – a European Perspective
Maurits van Tol, Vice President Innovation & Technology, Borealis Group
11:30 am - 12:00 pmPE and PP Market Update
James Ray, Senior Consultant, ICIS

Monday Afternoon
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch -- Sponsored by OmyaStudent Poster Judging
Innovation, Strategies and Case Studies (Salon A)
Moderator: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal
Catalyst and Process Advances I (Salon B)
Moderators: Fernando Cevallos-Candau and Aaron Rhee
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmInnovative Polyolefin Based Natural Fiber Filled Alloy Composition for 3D Printing
Robert Joyce, President, Innovative Plastics and Molding Inc
Using DOE to Optimize ICPs Polymerization Recipes
Moisés Werlang, PP Product Development Engineer, Braskem
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmFashion Innovation: Printing as a Driver
Gwendolyn Hustvedt, Associate Professor, Texas State University
Recent Developments in Silica Supported Silyl Chromate Based Ethylene Polymerization Catalysts
Kevin Cann, Director, Kevin Cann Polyolefin Consulting Sevices
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmSynthesis of Polyolefin Vinyl Terminated Macromonomers, Their Properties, and Utility
Patrick Brant, Chief Polymer Science Advisor, Global Chemical Research, ExxonMobil Chemical
PP Catalyst Advances to Enable Low Content of Volatile Organic Compounds
Manu Rego, Polyolefins Products and Analytical Science R&D Leader, GRACE
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmAfternoon Break -- Sponsored by BASF
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmBridged Metallocenes as Cancer Therapeutics
Mark Hlavinka, Team Leader, Exploratory Catalysts, Chevron Phillips Chemical
Designed Synthesis of Polyethylenes of Novel Chain Architectures with Pd-diimine Catalysis
Zhibin Ye, Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Canada Research Chair, Bharti School of Engineering of Laurentian University
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmThe Case for On-Demand Peer Learning
Raja Subramanian, VP and Head of Energy and Natural Resource Practice, GLG
Non-Single Site Metallocenes
Roger Kuhlman, Catalyst Chemist, Univation Technologies
5:00 pm - 5:30 pmDisruptive, Open, and Lean. A Primer on Innovation Buzzwords
Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, Global NP Solutions
Recent Advances of Metallocene Polypropylenes by LG Chem: From Catalysts to Products
Sang-Jin Jeon, General Manager / Project Leader , LG Chemical Ltd.
5:30 pm - 6:00 PMPolyolefin Trends: A Licensor’s Perspective
Harald Schliepe, Mechanical Engineer, CB&I
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmReception -- Sponsored by PMC Biogenics

Tuesday Morning
7:00 am - 8:30 amTuesday Speaker's Breakfast -- Salon 10
Advances in Polyolefin Stabilization I (Salon A)
Moderator: Thoi Ho
Catalyst and Process Advances II (Salon B)
Moderators: Fernando Cevallos-Candau and Aaron Rhee
Applications in Building and Construction (Salon C)
Moderator: Lei Rao
Polylolefins and Sustainability (Salon D)
Moderator: Dana Gier
8:00 am - 8:30 amPolymer Stabilization – A Journey Through Weathering Methods, UV & Thermal Stabilization Solutions
Rob Lorenzini, Cytec Industries
Fundamentals of Twin-Screw Compounding Scale Up: The Bump in the Road Between Develoment and Commercialization
Paul Andersen, Director of Process Technology, Coperion Corporation
Dispersion of Polypropylene in Ethylenic Polymers to Enhance Sag-Resistance of Power Cable Insulation Compounds
Bharat Chaudhary, Principal Research Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company
Thermally Stable Biobased Additives for Polyolefin Compounds
Bob Montgomery, Genarex
8:30 am - 9:00 amA High Performance Stabilizer for Improved Performance Features of Polyolefins
Ryoji Soma, Sumitomo Chemical
Performance of a Counter-Rotating Continuous Mixer for Bi-modal High Density Polyethylene
Sekiyama Kazuhide, Kobe Steel
Strain Hardening Modulus and Natural Draw Ratio for Polyethylene Pressure Piping Applications
Bryan Hauger, President, Bryan Hauger Consulting, Inc.
Polypropylene Based Olefin Block Copolymers as Compatibilizers for Polyethylene and Polypropylene
Yushan Hu, Senior Research Scientist, Dow Chemical Company
9:00 am - 9:30 amRegulatory Challenges Associated with Innovation
Hayder Zahalka, Addivant
Recent Technologies to Improve the Counter Rotating Twin Screw Mixer
Satoshi Takami, Area Sales Manager, The Japan Steel Works, LTD.
Solid State Die Drawing of Polypropylene Composites-From the Laboratory to the Building Materials Marketplace
Kevin Nichols, Research Director, Eovations, LLC
Sustainability: The Many Paths Forward
Stanley Dudek
9:30 am - 10:00 amManufacturing Excellence in Production of High Performance Ziegler Natta Catalysts
C. P. Cheng
9:30 am - 10:30 amMorning Break -- Sponsored by Ingenia
10:30 am - 11:00 amAdvanced Radical Generators as Efficient Flame Retardants
Rudolf Pfaendner, Division Director, Plastics, Fraunhofer Institute of Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF
Efficient Use of Indirect Heat Transfer For Degassing PE Pellets
Farah Skold, VP, Product Development, Solex Thermal
Borealis Borlink™ – Step change Wire and Cable Innovation Towards Sustainable Power Supply
Sandeep Tyagi, Borealis Group
Sustainability of Polyethylene
Thomas Nosker, Principal Investigator, Center for Advanced Materials via Immiscible Polymer Processing at Rutgers University
11:00 am - 11:30 amNovel Effect Additives for Polyolefins; Alternative Approaches to Static Dissipation, Crystallization and Controlled Rheology
Rick King, Senior Technical Manager, Plastic Additives Business Unit, BASF
Advances in Phthalate-Free Spherical ZN PP Catalysts
Ling Yang
Oxidative Stabilization of Cross-Linked Polyethylene for Wire and Cable Applications
Marty Paisner, Vanderbilt Chemicals
“Caps-On” for Polyolefin Recycling Along with PET Bottles
Jaime Camara, Director General, PetStar
11:30 am - 12:00 pmResidual Stability: Evaluating Polymer Stability under Real-Life Conditions
Niall Marshall, Technical Director, Everspring Middle East
Understanding and Improving Activation Efficiency of Metallocene Catalysts for Olefin Polymerization
Matt Thorn, Albemarle
TPO in Roofing Applications
Li-Ying Tammy Yang, Sr. Principal Scientist, GAF
Getting Maximum Value From Plastic Scrap
Grant Gilmore, Business Development Manager, Butler MacDonald

Tuesday Afternoon
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch -- Sponsored by Omya
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmStudent Poster Judging
Advances in Polyolefin Stabilization and Modifiers (Salon A)
Moderator: Rick King
Advances in Characterization and Properties (Salon B)
Moderator: Willem DeGroot
Innovative Reinforcements of Polyolefins (Salon C)
Moderator: Dan Berg
Recent Advances in Fibers and Nonwovens (Salon D)
Moderator: Michel Daumerie
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmMeeting the Challenges of the High End Stabilization of Polyethylene
John Mara, Songwon
Multidimensional High-Temperature Liquid Chromatography
Robert Brüll, Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability
New Development of Bentonite Nanoclay and Use as Additives in Plastics
Tie Lan, General Manager , Nanocor, LLC
Polyolefins in Nonwovens: Development History and Future Needs
David Jackson, Sr. Research Technical Leader, Global Nonwovens Enterprise, Kimberly Clark Corp
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmEnhance Value for Polyolefins With Specialty Additives
Hartmut Siebert, Business Development Manager - Polyolefin Additives, Clariant International Ltd
Novel High-Resolution GPC Column
Mark Jordi, President, Jordi Labs
New Developments in Talc and Cellulose Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Compounds for Automotive Interior Weight Savings
Vive Apte, Manager of Polyolefins Research and Development, Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.
Challenges Facing the Global Nonwovens Industry 2016 and Beyond
Karen McIntyre, Editor, Nonwovens Industry
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmNew Methodology for Evaluating Mar Damage in TPO Systems
Hung-Jue Sue, Plastics Technology Industrial Consortium, Texas A&M University
Bottom Up Approaches to Improved Polyolefin Measurements
Sara Orski, Polymers & Complex Fluids Group, NIST
Magnetic Polyolefin Matrix Nanocomposites with Multi-Functionalities
Zhanhu Guo, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Recent Trends in Fibers and Nonwovens
Eunkyoung Shim, Assistant Research Professor, Textile Materials, North Carolina State University
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmExhibitor Celebration -- Sponsored by Baerlocher and Ribelin
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm“New North American” Talc Products for Polyolefins
Maziyar Bolourchi, Polymer Application, Lab Manager, Imerys North America
Fully-Automated Intrinsic Viscosity Measurement in Polyolefins
Pilar Del Hierro, Polymer Char
Vehicle Indoor Air Quality in Automotive
Laura Shereda, Asahi Kasei Plastics, North America
New Styrenic Block Copolymers for Elastic Nonwoven Applications
John Flood, Sr. Staff Research Scientist, Kraton Polymers
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmSurface Modification of Fillers and Reinforcements for Improved Performance in Polypropylene Compounds
Christoph Burgstaller, Managing Director and Head of R&D, Transfercenter für Kunststofftechnik
Monitoring the Durability of Polyolefins by Imaging Techniques – the Key to Structure-Property Relationships
Tobias Schuster, Scientific Assistant, LBF Fraunhofer
New SEBS Polymers for High Melt Flow
Yonghua Zhou, Senior Scientist, Kraton Polymers
Recent Advances in Melt Blown Polyolefin Nonwovens
Gajanan Bhat, Professor - Materials Science and Engineering, Director – UT Nonwovens Research Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
5:00 pm - 5:30 pmCreating Value in Polyolefins Through Performance Additives
Keith Keller, R&D Manager, Plastic Additives, Milliken Chemical
Observation of the Tear Behavior of Polyethylene Blown Films Using High-Speed Essential Work of Fracture Tests
Byoung-Ho Choi, Professor, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Korea University
Opportunities for Lightweight Reinforced Polyolefins Utilizing Mixed-Morphology Clays
Dan Berg, Market Manager of Thermoplastics Additives NAFTA , BYK Additives
CETI: A Unique Place for Innovation
Anne Gonthier, R&D Engineer, CETI
5:30 pm - 6:00 pmThe Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Terry Creasy, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Dinner On your Own

Wednesday Morning
7:00 am - 8:30 amWednesday Speaker's Breakfast -- Salon 10
Innovative Polyolefin Stabilizers (Salon A)
Moderator: John Osby
Advances in Film and Flexible Packaging (Salon B)
Moderator: Luyi Sun
Foams and High Melt-Strength Polymers (Salon C)
Moderator: Ananda Chatterjee
8:00 am - 8:30 amBalancing the Properties and Performance of Polyolefin Stabilizer Packages
Mick Jakupca, Director of Research and Development, Dover Chemical
Antifog Performance with Slip Additives
Anthony Chang, Senior Project Engineer , Techmer PM
A New and Unique High Melt Strength Polypropylene
Leonardo Cortes, Product Development, Total Petrochemical and Refining
8:30 am - 9:00 amAdvanced Antioxidant Technology for XLPE Insulated Power Cables
Takahiro Horikoshi, Polymer Additives R&D Laboratory, ADEKA Corporation
Effect of Polyolefins Molecular Structure on Their Films Seal Characteristics
Abdellah Ajji, Chemical Engineering Department, Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal
Use a Crystal-Nucleating Agent as a Bubble-Nucleating Agent for Preparing High Expansion Microcellular Polypropylene Foams by Injection Molding
Masahiro Ohshima, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Kyoto University
9:00 am - 9:30 amNew Synergistic GRAS Stabilizer for Polyolefins
Robert Sherman, Baerlocher
Nanocoatings on Flexible Films for Superior Barrier, Mechanical, and Flame-retardant Properties
Luyi Sun, Inst. of Mat'l. Science, University of Connecticut
Light-Weighting with Bimodal HDPE
Sarah Southmayd, INEOS
9:30 am - 10:00 amMorning Break -- Sponsored by Cytec
10:00 am - 10:30 amDiscoloration in Polyolefins; Causes, Effects on Applications and Remedies
Joseph Fay, BASF
Successes and Challenges in the Development of Active Packaging
Cynthia Ebner, Senior Research Fellow, Sealed Air Corporation
Sports Surfaces Underlayment Impact Management using Expanded Polyolefin Particle Foam
Steve Sopher, Technical Director, JSP
10:30 am - 11:00 amControlled Life Plastic Packaging- oxidative degradation
Nivaldo Bosio, Symphony Environmental Ltd.
Food-Contact Compliance at the Speed of Innovation
Mitch Cheeseman, Managing Director Environmental and Life Sciences, StepToe
The Effect of Resin Choice on Polyolefin Foam Performance
Todd Hogan, Packaging and Specialty Plastics, The Dow Chemical Company
11:00 am - 11:30 amPanel Discussion on Current Issues in AdditivesWater Barrier Properties of Chitin-Polypropylene Nanocomposite Films
Aaron Guan, Founder, Director and General Manager, BOCO Technology
Improved Formula Dispersion Creates Finer Cell Structures
Peter Schroeck, President and CEO, Reedy Chemical Foam