Polyolefins 2018 "Abundant Supply=Opportunities and Challenges"
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
12:30 pm - 5:00 pmMark Demark Memorial Tutorial Lecture Series (Salons C/D)
Moderator: Bill Bodiford, Flint Hills Resources
Moderator: Thoi Ho, Flint Hills Resources
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmProperties and Applications of Polyolefin Elastomers
Seema Karande, Dow
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmProperties and Applications of Thermoplastic Vulcanizates
Craig Smith, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
2:15 pm - 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 pm - 3:15 pmMedical Applications of Polyolefins
Ben Poon, Senior Principal Engineer, Baxter
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmPP Resin for Healthcare Applications
Fabian Galindo, FHR
3:45 PM - 4:15 pmOverview of Stabilization Systems for Gamma Irradiated Polyolefins
Rick King, Senior Technical Manager, Plastic Additives Business Unit, BASF
4:15 pm - 4:45 pmStabilization Systems for Enabling Polyolefins in Building & Construction Applications
Joseph Fay, Technical Fellow, BASF Corporation
4:45 pm - 5:15 pmWhat is Your Extruder Trying to Tell You?
Michael Rutkowske, Senior Technologist, Dow Chemical
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmExhibitor Reception (Atrium)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmStudent Dinner (Galileo I)

Monday Morning
8:00 am - 8:15 amWelcome and Announcements (Salons A/B)
8:15 am - 12:00 pmPlenary: Industry Trends (Salons A/B)
Moderator: Clifford Lee, Townsend Solutions
Moderator: Luyi Sun, University of Connecticut
8:15 am - 9:00 amLeveraging Technology to Consistently Deliver Industry Leading Performance
Frank Noeltgen, Vice President - Technology Business, LyondellBasell
9:00 am - 9:30 amAccelerating Sustainability in Petrochemicals
Larry Gros, Sustainability Innovation Manager-Chemicals, Fuels, and Lubricants, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
9:30 am - 10:30 amBreak (Atrium)
10:30 am - 11:00 amGlobal Trends and Drivers for Polyolefins Demand
Richard Sleep, Senior Vice President, Energy & Chemicals Advisory , Nexant
11:00 am - 11:30 amPolyolefins: Feast and Famine
Robert Bauman, Polymer Consulting International
11:30 am - 12:00 pmMainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry
Dominique DeBecker, Deputy Sustainability Officer, Solvay
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch (Donatello Ballroom Upstairs)

Monday Afternoon
1:30 pm - 5:30 pmRecent Advances in Additives (Salon A)
Moderator: Thoi Ho, Flint Hills Resources
Recent Advances in Catalysts (Salon B)
Moderator: Amaia Montoya, Grace
Moderator: Alma Dzudza, Albemarle
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm"Managing” Regulatory Evaluations of Plastic Additives
David Horst, Senior Product Steward, Plastic Additives Business Unit, BASF Corporation
Globally, there are an alphabet soup of regulatory programs that are active in evaluating chemicals for safety. The objectives can vary from completion of information requirements to exploration to proposal for ban. Timeframes can vary as well. Some of the programs affecting plastic additives are summarized. PBT (Persistant Bioaccumulative and Toxic) assessment and assessment of Endocrine Disruptive properties are two areas that are of current concern to global authorities. Some past and present experiences with evaluations are summarized at a high level. Thoughts are provided about how additive suppliers and the plastics industry can best interpret and navigate these ongoing challenges to the business.
CONSISTA® catalyst for the UNIPOL® PP process – Six years in perspective
Manu Rego, Polyolefins Products and Analytical Science R&D Leader , W.R. GRACE
GRACE commercialized the CONSISTA® catalyst for the UNIPOL® PP process in 2012. This paper reflects on the six years of implementation that followed and offers a unique perspective of how catalyst technology enables polypropylene producers product innovation. This paper shares unmet needs uncovered before commercialization, how catalyst technology met those unmet needs, a high level summary of PP products developed for the global polypropylene market and relevant examples.
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmAspects of UV Stabilization for Thick Section Polyethylene
JungDu Kim, Technical Service Manager, SONGWON International Americas
Polyethylene (PE) will breakdown when exposed to sources like, UV radiation and heat. Such degradation of PE results in undesired effects such as cracking, chalking, color change, loss of gloss, and loss of mechanical properties. Therefore, UV stabilization is necessary for all PE weatherable applications. This paper discusses the limits of the aforementioned UV stabilization strategy and proposes new synergistic UV packages, which outperforms current UV stabilizers.
Latest Innovations in the Borstar® PE and PP Processes and Catalyst Technologies
Franz Langhauser, Director, Innovation and Technology, Borealis
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmDiAlkyl HydroxylAmine (DAHA) Anti-Oxidant as a Long Term Heat Stabilizer
Ching Fan Chiu, Chitec Technology
Evidence of Coordinated Trimethylaluminum (TMA) in MAO as the Major Active Site and Its Quantification
Lubin Luo, Polyolefin Catalyst Chemist, ExxonMobil Chemical
Methylaluminoxane (MAO) is the major commercial activator supported on silica to activate metallocenes for gas-phase polyolefin production. Commercial MAO used for supported catalyst preparation is a kinetic product dissolved in toluene that can undergo gelation even under cooling environment and change its composition, e.g., increasing gel (“perfect” MAO) and free-trimethylaluminum (TMA) contents and decreasing coordinated-TMA content. Each of the MAO components shows different interaction with the support surface functional groups and the catalyst molecules, which are related not only to the catalyst activation efficiency, but also to the finished catalyst operability, e.g., fines, heat removal efficiency, and the derived resin morphology in the reactor, and the product properties, e.g., comonomer distribution profile. Among various proposed MAO active site structures and activation mechanisms, , 2 one suggests dimethylaluminum cation (AlMe2+) precursors in MAO as the major active sites based on the reaction of EtInd2Zr(OMe)2 with MAO that forms the cationic complex [EtInd2Zr(-OMe)2AlMe2]+ (EtInd2 = ethylene-bis-indenyl), where the two 1H NMR detectable OMe leaving groups serve as a chelating agent to extract AlMe2+ from non-ionic MAO to form an Ion-pair B as the 1st step of the activation, following an alkylation with free TMA in MAO as the 2nd step to complete the activation (Reaction I). Both free and coordinated TMA are experimentally detectable in MAO solution.1, This contribution provides evidences of coordinated TMA in MAO as the precursor of the active species AlMe2+, which is not exist in non-ionic MAO until the coordinated TMA meets e-donors such as THF or leaving groups on metallocenes, e.g., Cl or Me. The coordinated TMA amount can be quantified through the irreversible reaction of MAO with a so-called “coordinated TMA remover”, such as KF, which can quantitatively precipitate MAO as an ionic compound (D in Reaction II) to form a 2nd liquid phase (or a clathrate). Both THF extractable AlMe2+ concentration and the activation efficiency decrease as the KF amount increases to replace coordinated TMA. The AlMe2+ promoted activation mechanism can also be replicated through non-MAO strong Lewis acids with free TMA, e.g., B(C6F5)3/AlMe3 or Ph3C+B(C6F5)4-/AlMe3. These systems, unable to form AlMe2+ without the present of e-donors similar to MAO, are capable of providing AlMe2+ for non-alkylated metallocene activation following the path of Reaction I.2c) Other “coordinated TMA remover” and “coordinated TMA regenerator” compounds are presented and discussed.
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmBreak (Atrium)
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmNovel Antioxidant Solutions for Polypropylene with Enhanced Colour Performance
Warren Ebenezer, Applications Research Manager, Addivant
The stability of polypropylene is typically measured as the results of colour and melt stability determined after multipass extrusion. Both properties are critical, but colour development is a visual representation or proxy of potential stability issues. When a customer first sees a resin they cannot tell how melt stable the resin is, they can’t determine the stiffness or impact resistance of the polymer, what they assess is colour. If the colour is different from their expectation, the thought is that the colour shift may be an indication of a potential quality issue. Polymer producers and stabilization providers strive to maintain colour control that is consistent throughout the life cycle of the polymer. The advent of new catalyst systems and technologies can confound the color generation of a given, well established stabilization chemistry. Scientists at Addivant have been investigating the color shift phenomenon and have developed a new patented concept leading to stabilization solutions which deliver substantial improvements in colour performance for polypropylene relative to the state of the art. Data will be presented to demonstrate these effects
High Performance PP Products with Non-Phthalate Catalyst
C.P. Cheng, Product Manger, Polyolefin Catalysts, Clariant
In 2013, Clariant and CBI Novolen joint forces to develop new catalysts for propylene polymerization. A 4th generation Ziegler Natta catalyst having improved catalyst morphology, activity and kinetics behavior was commercialized 2015. Now a new generation non-phthalate catalyst has been developed and being commercialized. This new catalyst system provides even higher catalyst activity and excellent hydrogen response, and can produce polymer with very high isotacticity not attainable with phthalate catalysts. These properties allow the production of high performance products, especially random and impact copolymers, and expand the entire product envelope. The characteristics and properties of the new generation catalyst will be discussed, together with examples of the high performance products produced with the new catalyst.
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmThe Long-Term Stabilization of Polyolefins Demanding Applications
Niall Marshall, Everspring Middle East WLL
For many applications the stabilization of polymers is taken for granted. The polymer can be processed without damaging the mechanical properties and the product retains its mechanical integrity and appearance for the service life of the plastic object – weeks, months or years. Advances in catalyst and polymerization technology are allowing the development of new polyolefins which have properties allowing them to be used in new and more demanding applications than previous generations of polymer. Examples of such demanding applications include pipes, dam-liners, cables and geomembranes where they are expected perform for decades even in harsh environments with high ambient temperatures exposed to sunlight and in contact with extractive media and, for these applications, it is important to both revisit the first principles of antioxidant selection and to benefit from recent advances in the formulation of stabilization systems.
Cycloalkyl-Bridged Metallocene Compounds and their Use as Catalysts for Olefin Polymerization
Jeremy Praetorius, Chevron Phillips Chemical
A large amount of literature exists highlighting the structure/activity relationships between metallocene catalysts and the polymers they produce. This is of great commercial importance for the development of advanced applications, as to be useful the catalyst must meet many requirements with respect to how it behaves with catalyst activator supports such as mMAO, monomer, co-monomers and chain terminating reagents such as hydrogen. For a metallocene, the simple modification of tethering the two cyclopentadienyl rings together can have profound effects on these interactions and thus, the polymer it produces. Furthermore, the identity of the bridging atom(s) and its substituents also influence these results. The following talk will highlight a series of ansa-metallocene structures featuring cycloalkyl groups and their use in ethylene and ethylene/1-hexene polymerizations. When used in combination with solid acid activators these catalysts show a variety of unique behaviors compared to their acyclic counterparts. The presence of the cycloalkyl-bridge affects a variety of important polymer properties including incorporation of 1-hexene co-monomer, molecular weight and molecular weight distribution, and long chain branching.
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmUnexpected Performance Improvements with a New Class of Liquid Polymeric Phosphites
Jacob Lance, Dover Chemical
Phosphites are widely known to act as secondary antioxidants and are added to most polyolefin formulations to protect the polymer during melt processing. However there are additional unexpected benefits that have been observed with a new class of polymeric phosphite stabilizers. This paper will discuss some of these unexpected improvements including NOx stability, gamma irradiation, and decreased melt fracture during film extrusion.
New and Improved Post-Metallocene Polyolefin Catalysts
Philip Fontaine, The Dow Chemical Company
Molecular polyolefin catalysts continue to have a large industrial impact in the growing polyolefin market. With continuing increase in product demand, new and differentiated catalysts are sought which can impart material and/or process improvements relative to the existing technology. The discovery of new catalysts involves expedient research approaches, and the subsequent streamlining of synthetic methods. Our research focuses on the development of modular frameworks, and robust synthetic methods, in order to expedite discovery and facilitate the large scale production of new polyolefin catalysts. Examples highlighting key aspects of this process will be described, including the development of advantaged catalysts, and the optimization of synthetic methods to produce key synthetic targets.
5:00 pm - 5:30 pmInfluence of Additives on Processing of Cast Films and Tapes
Tad Finnegan, Technical Manager, Plastic Additives Regional Application Center, BASF Corporation
The selection of the components of a stabilization package can impact the throughput and processing efficiency during production of cast films and tapes. One manner in which this impact can manifest is in the water carry-over behavior, where water used to quench the film / tape clings to the polymer surface. High water carry-over forces the converter to reduce the line speed to prevent defects and limiting the overall throughput. In this paper we review the influence of additive systems on water carry-over behavior and introduce an optimized light stabilizer blend that minimizes this behavior.
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmWelcoming Reception--Sponsored by PMC (Donatello Ballroom Upstairs)

Tuesday Morning
8:00 am - 5:00 pmRegistration (Campobello)
8:00 am - 12:00 pmStudent Posters (Atrium)
8:00 am - 12:00 pmRecent Advances in Additives (Salon A)Recent Advances in Characterization (Salon B)
Moderator: Willem deGroot, Dow
Recent Developments in Flexible Packaging (Salon C)
Moderator: Judy Webb, Sasol
8:00 am - 8:30 amEnd-Use Applications Drive Growth for $45 Billion Plastic Additives Industry
Peter Callais, Townsend Solutions
Recent Advances and Challenges in Polyolefin Comonomer Distribution Analysis
Brian Walther, Global TS&D Technology Leader, The Dow Chemical Company
Technical solutions for Today and Tomorrow's PE Film Production
Steve Despain, Reifenhauser, Inc.
8:30 am - 9:00 amSustainable Stabilization Solutions that Accelerate Polyolefin Market Adoption
Jian-Yang Cho, Solvay
High Temperature Liquid Chromatography – Unravelling
Robert Brull, Fraunhofer
Home Meal Kit Delivery--the Good, the Bad, the Opportunity
Jonathan Quinn, Market Development Manager, NOVA Chemicals
9:00 am - 9:30 amNovel Bio–Derived Torque Release Additive for HDPE Caps and Closures
Chetan Patel, General Manager - Tech Support, Fine Organics
Morphology and Stress Whitening of PP Impact Copolymers
Marc Herklots, Sabic
Anteo™, Borealis’ New Family of LLDPE Materials for the Global Packaging Market
Maurits van Tol, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Technology, Borealis
9:30 am - 10:30 amBreak (Atrium)
10:30 am - 11:00 amInfluence composition and compatibilisation on the properties of polyethylene based blends
Christoph Burgstaller, Managing Director and Head of R&D, TCKT
Monolayer Graphene-Reinforced Freestanding 2D Nanoporous UHMWPE Films
Ping Gao, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Coex High Clarity Shrink Films
Amy Laird, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
11:00 am - 11:30 amFlow-Induced Crystallization in Polypropylene
Saubhagya Mathur, Flint Hills Resources
Structure-Property Relationships in HDPE for Pressure Pipes
Riyadh Homoud, Researcher, SABIC
Dual Reactor Solution LLDPE Resins Used in Biaxially Oriented Shrink Film Applications
Pat Thomas, Independent Consultant, PRThomas Technologies
11:30 am - 12:00 pmAdvanced Halogen-Free Flame Retardant Technology for High Thermal Stability Polyolefin Applications
Takahiro Horikoshi, Adeka Corporation
Automatic Continuous Online Monitoring and Control of polymerization reactions (ACOMP); recent advances and plans for adaptation to polyolefins
Michael Drenski, Fluence Analytics
Save Laboratory Time and Money
Steve Mogensen, Allied Development Corp.

Tuesday Afternoon
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch (Donatello Ballroom Upstairs)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pmRecent Advances in Additives (Salon A)
Moderator: Kyle Hart, Dow
Advances in Compounding and Extrusion (Salon B)
Moderator: Amit Chaudhary, Dow
Sustainability in Packaging (Salon C)
Moderator: Donna Davis, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmUse and Utility of Metal Soaps in Polyolefins
Robert Sherman, Technical Director for the Special Additives Division, Baerlocher
Fundamentals of Twin-Screw Compounding: Kneading Block Performance Characteristics
Paul Andersen, Process Engineering Consultant, Coperion
Packaging Will Deliver Performance with Purpose
Rob Cotton, PepsiCo
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmDevelopment of Rice Husk/Polefin Composites
Thi Thu Loan Doan, University of Science and Technology, The University of Danang
Performance Evaluation of Counter-Rotating Continuous Mixer and Twin Screw Mixer for High Density Polyethylene
Sayaka Yamada, Kobe Steel, Ltd.(Kobelco)
Towards Sustainability
Robert Flores, Director of Sustainability, Berry Global
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmChallenges in Use of Polyolefin Stabilisers - Presentation
Svein H. Jamtvedt, Norner AS
New Feeding Trends to the Extruder Inlet in Polyolefin Compounding Plants
Andy Kovats, Brabender Technologie, Inc
Energy Recovery Using the EnergyBag(TM)
Jill Martin, Development Fellow, Dow Chemical Company
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmBreak (Atrium)
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmNew High Performance Mineral Products for PP/TPO Applications
Maziyar Bolourchi, Senior Manager, Polymer Applications, Imerys
Reciprocating Single Screw Compounding Technology
Brad Rogers, Buss Inc.
The Evolving Role of Packaging in the Circular Economy
Jennifer Ronk, Dow Chemical
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmNew Clarifiers Enable PP Replacement of PET, PVC, and PC
Zach Adams, Global Product Line Manager, Milliken & Company
TPO in Roofing Application
Vivian Zhang, Thermoplastics R&D Manager, Carlisle Construction Materials
Sustainable Flexible Packaging--A Resin Supplier's View
Lawrence Effler, Technical Service and Development Scientist, The Dow Chemical Co.
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmCorrelation of Initial Quality Study Scores on Scuff/Soil to the TAMU Scratch and Mar Test Methodology
Hung-Jue Sue, Texas A&M University
Effect of nucleating agent on properties of in-situ copolymer polypropylene and PP/POE Blends
Mansour AlOtaibi, King Saud University
Unilever’s Packaging Journey
Julie Zaniewski, Senior Manager, Global Packaging Sustainability, Unilever
5:00 pm - 5:30pmMultifunctional Polypropylene Nanocomposites
Zhanhu Guo, Associate Professor, Univerisity of Tennessee, Knoxville
Performance of Plastic Pipe and Chambers in Underground Retention and Detention Systems
John Kurdziel, Advanced Drainage Systems
Extractives Analysis of Recycled Polyolefins for Food Contact Applications
Autumn Rudlong, Iowa State University

Wednesday Morning
8:00 am - 11:15 amFoams and Post-Reactor Technologies (Salon A)
Moderator: Gary Wilkes, Dart Container Corp.
Sustainability Metrics and Characterization (Salon C)
Moderator: Donna Davis, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
8:00 am - 8:30 amChemical Foaming Agents: Foaming Polyolefins in Injection Molding and Extrusion
Peter Schroeck, President and CEO, Reedy Chemical Foam & Specialty Additives
Opportunities to Close the Loop with Non-Mechanical Recycling
Emily Tipaldo, Director of Packaging & Consumer Products, American Chemistry Council
8:30 am - 9:00 amCell Nucleation and Growth Mechanisms in Foam Injection Molding of Polypropylene
Chul Park, Distinguished Professor, University of Toronto
9:00 am - 9:30 amChanging Your Polyolefin Extrusion Line into a Physical Foam Extrusion Line--Key Considerations
Andy Caufman, Pro-Mix Solutions
Multivariable Regression of Recycled HDPE
Greg Curtzwiler, Iowa State University
9:30 am - 9:45 amBreak (Atrium)
9:45 am - 10:15 amEffect of the MFI of PP on the Nanofibrillation and Foaming Behavior of PP/PET System
Chul Park, Distinguished Professor, University of Toronto
In-process Monitoring of Recycled Polyethylene for Catalyst and Regulated Metals Using Novel Applications in X-ray Technologies
Keith Vorst, Iowa State University
10:15 am - 10:45 amFlexural Mechanical Properties of PP-Nanofibrillated-PET Composites and Foams
Lun Howe, University of Toronto
Influence of Post-Consumer Recycled Content (PCR) and Pigments in Polyethylene Properties
Emily Hurban, Iowa State University
10:45 am - 11:15 amNano Powders Produced and Utilized as a Drop-in Process Technology for Commercial Polyolefins Upgrade
Howard Paul, America P & G Co.
Model Validation for Composite Railroad Ties Using Micro-Mechanics Modelling and Experimental Four-Point Bend Testing Made from Recycled Polyolefins
Daniel Pulipati, PhD Student, Baylor University
11:15 am - 11:45 amIn-Situ Melt Catalysis--The Ultimate Answer to Compabilizing Addition and Condensation Polymers
Salvatore Monte, President and Co-Owner, Kenrich Petrochemicals, Inc.