● Monday April 28, 11:15 am -12:30 pm: Challenges in Nanocomposites: Mixing Obstacles and Opportunities, by Professor Ica Manas-Zloczower. Nanofillers have attracted much attention due to their remarkable mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties, which make them ideal fillers for advanced polymer composites. Evaluating methods to characterize the state of filler dispersion at different length scales enables us to look at the potential of applying mixing fundamentals to tailor properties in advanced materials. Professor Manas-Zloczower is the Thomas W. and Nancy P. Seitz Professor of Advanced Materials and Energy in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
● Tuesday April 29, 11:15 am -12:15 pm: Sustainability and Plastics: Innovation from Dow Performance Plastics Drives Sustainable Solutions, by Dr. Robert Maughon. Polyolefins are used in a wide array of products and likely will remain the polymers of choice for many applications. The sustainability of plastics is a growing area of discussion, requiring an understanding of the life cycle and integrating knowledge of production, processing, use, and end-of-life. Successful developments in process and product development in The Dow Chemical Company's Performance Plastics Division will be highlighted. Dr. Maughon is a Global R&D Director at The Dow Chemical Company.
● Wednesday April 30, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Looking Forward into a 21st Century Plastics Age, by Dr. Donald V. Rosato. This presentation will focus on current technical market trends, material advances, processing technologies, and road-ahead applications. It will look at the plastics world of the 21st Century - automotive weight saving, barrier packaging, green building, electrical/electronic devices, medical plastics, bioplastics, alternative energy, conductive polymers, high heat plastics, advanced composites, specialty additives, nanopolymers, and more. Dr. Rosato is the president of PlastiSource, Inc.