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Sunday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pmRegistration (Campobello)
12:30 pm - 5:00 pmThoi Ho and Terry Vermass Tutorial (Salons C/D)
Moderator: Fernando Cevallos-Candau
Moderator: Bill Bodiford
12:30 pm - 2:00 pmFundamentals and Applications of Metallocene Polyethylenes
Rajen Patel, The Dow Chemical Company
Ayush Bafna, The Dow Chemical Company
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmRheology with Application to Polyolefins
Teresa Karjala, The Dow Chemical Company
Sylvie Vervoort, The Dow Chemical Company
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmBreak
3:15 pm - 4:45 pmTutorial on PE and PP Foams
Chul B Park, University of Toronto
Todd Hogan, The Dow Chemical Company
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 amOcean Plastics: Industry-Led Initiatives to End Plastics Waste
Steven Russell, American Chemistry Council
9:00 am - 9:30 amDow's Sustainability Journey
Mukund Parthasarathy, The Dow Chemical Company
9:30 am - 10:30 amBreak (Atrium)
10:30 am - 11:00 amDeveloping Sustainable Solutions in a Time of Unprecedented Growth
Jon Ratzlaff, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
11:00 am - 11:30 amLatin American Sustainability and Trade
Jorge Buhler-Vidal, Polyolefins Consulting LLC
11:30 am - 12:00 pmSustainable Nano-Fibril Technology for Polyolefins with Superior Properties and Foaming Ability
Chul B Park, University of Toronto
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch (Donatello Ballroom Upstairs)

Monday Afternoon
1:30 pm - 5:30 pmPolymer Modifiers and Additives (Salon A) [More Info]
Moderator: Rick King
Catalyst Technologies (Salon B) [More Info]
Moderator: Amaia Montoya, Grace
Moderator: Alma Dzudza, Albemarle
Film and Flexible Packaging (Salon C) [More Info]
Moderator: Donna Davis, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Pipe and Long-Term Uses (Salon D) [More Info]
Moderator: John Kurdziel, Advanced Drainage Systems
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmTwenty-five Years of Light Stabilizer Applications and Development for Polyolefins [More Info]
Joseph Fay, Technical Fellow, BASF Corporation
LyondellBasell Technology: Advancing Possible [More Info]
Steve Davis, LyondellBasell
State of the Flexible Packaging Industry [More Info]
Alison Keane, Flexible Packaging Association
Life Cycle Assessment for Corrugated HDPE Drainage Pipe [More Info]
Daniel Currence, Plastic Pipe Institute
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmOptimizing Stabilization Systems for Polyolefins Using Traditional and Specialty Antioxidants [More Info]
Rick King, Senior Technical Manager, Plastic Additives Business Unit, BASF
Borealis Sirius Catalyst Technology Enabling Factor for Sustainable Growth [More Info]
Nora Vaarne, Borealis Polymers Oy
The Performance Requirements for Recycled HDPE Materials in Various Pipe Applications [More Info]
John Kurdziel, Advanced Drainage Systems
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmDevelopment of a Polyolefin Stabilizer Blend with Predefined Properties and Food Contact Status [More Info]
Robert Sherman, Technical Director for the Special Additives Division, Baerlocher
Advanced Molecular Polyolefin Catalysis: Enabling Growth and Sustainability [More Info]
Philip Fontaine, Dow Chemical Company
A Holistic View of the Role of Flexible Packaging in a Sustainable World [More Info]
Todd Bukowski, PTIS Global
Kinetics of Slow Crack Growth in HDPE Pipes [More Info]
Jung-Wook Wee, Korea University
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmBreak (Atrium)
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmLow VOC Stabilization Systems for PP Automotive Applications [More Info]
JungDu Kim, Technical Service Manager, SONGWON International Americas
Ti AND Zr Catalysts in the Macromolecular Melt Regenerate Unfilled and Filled Virgin, Regrind and Recycled Plastics [More Info]
Salvatore J. Monte, Kenrich Petrochemicals, Inc.
Optimization of Bond Strength and Barrier Performance for Ultra-High Web Speed Metallizing Applications [More Info]
Neil Morrison, Applied Materials
Performance Validation of Recycled HDPE Pipe Materials by the Un-notched, Constant Ligament Stress Crack Test (UCLS) [More Info]
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmEffect of HALS against photo degradation of greenhouse PO film under severe sulfur fumigation [More Info]
Yota Tsuneizumi, ADEKA Corporation
Synthesis of Polyolefins with Controlled Microstructures Using Single Site Group 4 Transition Metal Catalysis [More Info]
YANSHAN GAO, Northwestern University
Biaxially Oriented Polyethylene (BOPE) Films Fabricated via Frame Process and Applications Thereof [More Info]
Justice Alaboson, Dow Chemical
Resin Blending and Variability of HDPE Recycled Pipe Materials [More Info]
Daniel Figola, Advanced Drainage Systems
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmEnhancing the Properties of Polyolefins to Accelerate Market Adoption [More Info]
Jian-Yang Cho, Solvay
Investigating and Improving MAO Activation Efficiency of Metallocenes for Olefin Polymerization [More Info]
Matthew Thorn, WR Grace
Extreme Performance Polyethylene Resins [More Info]
Mosha Zhao, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Pipe Stiffness: What it is and what it is not. [More Info]
5:00 pm - 5:30 pmStudy of the effect of ASTM and ISO testing conditions on mechanical properties of polypropylene [More Info]
Jing Zhong, W.R. Grace&Co
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 pmPolymer Modifiers and Additives (Salon A)
Moderator: Kyle Hart, Dow
Process Technologies (Salon B)
Moderator: Wen Li, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Sustainability and Packaging (Salon C)
Moderator: Judy Webb, Sasol
Non-Destructive Testing (Salon D)
Moderator: Tom Walsh
8:00 am - 8:30 amNew Opportunities for Stabilizers through Circular Economy
Rudolf Pfaendner, Fraunhofer LBF
Click Chemistry within LDPE
Jan Duchateau, SABIC
Impact of Sustainability Upsurge on Polyolefin Demand
Roberto Ribeiro, Townsend Solutions
Elevated Temperature Testing and Validation of Long-Term Performance for PE Piping Materials
Tom Walsh, Plastic Pipeline Integrity, LLC
8:30 am - 9:00 amEffect of Mold Temperature and Additive on Scratch Behavior of TPOs at Elevated Temperatures
Hung-Jue Sue, Texas A&M University
The Borealis Technologies Suite Toolbox for Innovative Solutions beyond Common Polyolefin Applications
Franz Langhauser, Borealis Polyolefine GmbH
New Balance of Polypropylene Stiffness, Heat Resistance, and Processibility for Packaging
Daniel Johnson, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Xuejia Yan, ExxonMobil Chemical Corporation
Microwave Interaction with Polyethylene and Its Use in Inspection of Joints
Bob Stakenborghs, ILD/Evisive
9:00 am - 9:30 amCompatibilizing PP and PET an approach for recycling of unseparable plastic streams
Christoph Burgstaller, Managing Director and Head of R&D, TCKT
Online Transition Between Incompatible Catalysts
Nayef AL-Enazi, SABIC
Material Reduction and Biobased Materials Use For More Sustainable Polymer Packaging
Abdellah Ajji, Polytechnique Montréal
Microwave Inspection of Composites and other Dielectric Materials
Donald McNicol, Sonomatic Inc.
9:30 am - 10:30 amBreak (Atrium)
10:30 am - 11:00 amNew Hydrogenated Styrenic Block Copolymers for PP Modification
Bing Yang, Kraton Polymers
Improved Understanding of the Impact of Alkanes when Using Condensed Mode Cooling for PE Production
Timothy F. L. McKenna, Université de Lyon
Integrating Post-Consumer HDPE Resin in Film Applications
Sandra Lewis, Envision Plastics
Qualifying a Masterbatch for Use with a Pressure Pipe Resin to Meet PE 4710 Pipe Requirements
Taha Abdulla, Sasol
11:00 am - 11:30 amNew Nano Additives Patented Technology and Recently
Howard Paul, America P & G Co.
Hyperzone PE Process Technology
Gerben Meier, LyondellBasell
Sustainable Plastics: How Plastic Additives can Enable a Circular Economy
Katrina Knauer, BASF
Ultrasonic Technology Applied to Polyethylene Pipe Butt-Fusion Joints Uses, Limits, Acceptance Criteria
11:30 am - 12:00 pmEnhanced Dispersion and Properties in Polypropylene Composites Processed Employing Extensional Mixing Elements
Chaitanya Danda, Case Western Reserve University
SMOLEFIN and SWILE - Paradigm Shift in Polyolefin R&D and Quality Control
Jos de Keijzer, Workflow Architect, Chemspeed
Biomimetic Nanocoatings with Exceptional Mechanical and Barrier Properties for Polyolefin Films
Luyi Sun, University of Connecticut
Accelerated Slow Crack Growth Resistance Tests For Characterization of High-Performance Bimodal HDPE Pipe Materials
Cliff Mure, Univation Technologies/Dow
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch (Donatello Ballroom Upstairs)

Tuesday Afternoon
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch (Donatello Ballroom Upstairs)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pmPolymer Modifiers and Additives (Salon A)
Moderator: Hartmut Siebert
Compounding and Extrusion (Salon B)
Moderator: Amit Chaudhary, Dow
Sustainability and Durable Applications (Salon C)
Moderator: Donna Davis, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Characterization (Salon D)
Moderator: Willem deGroot, Dow
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmInnovative Solutions for Film Antiblocking
Estelle Lagache, Imerys
Mike Bird, Application Development Manager, Imerys
Design Optimization of Maddock Mixers
Xiaofei Sun, Dow Chemical
Lightweight Design for Future Mobility Concepts
Maurits van Tol, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Technology, Borealis
Characterization of Nickel-Coated Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polypropylene Composites: Effects of Extrusion Processing Method
Donghwan Cho, Kumoh National Institute of Technology
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmSolid Phase Extraction for Additive Analysis in Polyolefins
Robert Bruell, Fraunhofer
New Involute Extruder Screw Elements for Improved Productivity and Quality
Paul Andersen, Process Engineering Consultant, Coperion
End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Recycling
Kevin Cronin, Ultra-Poly Corporation
Scratch Resistance of PP as a Function of MFR and fiber content
Jungsub Lee, Korea University
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmSimultaneously Extending Impact, Melt Flow, and Stiffness of Polypropylene Impact Copolymers
Nicolas Treat, Milliken and Co.
Effect of Processing on the Performance of Waterborne Heat Seal Coating
Carlos Escobar, The Dow Chemical Company
Using Agricultural Waste to Create More Environmentallly Friendly and Affordable Products
Walter Bradley, Baylor University & Texas A&M
Revealing the Chemical Composition Distribution of Polyolefins Using Crystallization Based Techniques and Interactive Chromatography
Priya Garg, SABIC
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmBreak (Atrium)
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmOn the Mitigation of Threats to Business as Usual in the World of Polymer Additives
Rob Lorenzini, Maroon Group
Managing Melt Temperature in a Twin Screw Extruder
Charlie Martin, Leistritz Extrusion
Electron Transport in Conductive PP Polymer Nanocomposites
Zhanhu Guo, Associate Professor, Univerisity of Tennessee, Knoxville
Asymmetric Flow Field Flow Variant (AF4)--An Alternative to SEC-MALS
Robert Bruell, Fraunhofer
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmNew Catalyst Neutralizer Polymer Protector Additive for Polyolefin Polymers
Donald Beuke, Mitsui Plastics Inc.
Options to Aid Extruder Screw Removal and Cleaning
John Presa, DowDupont
Intelligent Industrial Automation: Using Your Process Data to Solve Quality, Downtime, and Production Problems
Sam Cessna, Chief Revenue Officer, Oden Technologies
Hierarchical Multivariate Analysis to Map Structure-Process-Property Relationships
David Fiscus, Exxon Mobil
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmMinerals Solutions for Various Modes of Noise Reduction in Polyolefins
Prasad Raut, Imerys
Optimized Extrusion Process for developing High Performance TPOs & Lightweight Polyolefin Composites.
Tanmay Pathak, A.Schulman-Lyondellbasell
Lightweighting Strategies with Talc in Automotive TPOs
Piergiovanni Ercoli malacari, IMI Fabi Spa
Simple and Fast Methodology for Determination of Additives in Polyolefins using Dissolution/Re-precipitation and Gas and Liquid Chromatographic Analyses
Shayne Green, The Dow Chemical Company
5:00 pm - 5:30pmMaking Sense of Polyolefin Products through Sensory Science
Tanya Fry, Dow Chemical

Wednesday Morning
8:00 am - 11:15 amPolymer Modifiers and Additives (Salon A)
Moderator: John Mara
Foams and Light-Weighting (Salon B)
Moderator: Gary Wilkes, Dart Container Corp.
Design For Recycling (Training) (Salon C)
Moderator: Donna Davis, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
8:00 am - 8:30 amInsuring Plastic Additives which are used in Sensitive Applications are Fit for Use
David Horst, Senior Product Steward, Plastic Additives Business Unit, BASF Corporation
Using Rheological Measurement to Predict the Physical Foaming Windows for Polyolefin Copolymers
Hyunwoo Kim, The Dow Chemical Company
Design for Recycling: PE Film
Sandi Childs, Association of Plastics Recyclers
Curt Cozart, Common Sense Solutions
8:30 am - 9:00 amInvestigating the use of polymeric phosphites to improve processing, melt fracture and thermal stability.
Michael Jakupca, Dover Chemical
Solutions for Protective Packaging: Enhanced Expanded Polyethylene Foam
Todd Hogan, The Dow Chemical Company
9:00 am - 9:30 amPhosphite Antioxidant Kinetics and in-Polymer Performance: Part 2
Hayder Zahalka, Addivant
Structure-Property Relationships of Polyolefin Foams
Colin Li Pi Shan, Dow
9:30 am - 9:45 amBreak (Atrium)
9:45 am - 10:15 amHigh Performance Stabilizers for Colour Protection and Melt Flow Stabilization
Hartmut Siebert, Clariant
Effect of Processing Techniques on the Insulation Properties of Amorphous PLA Foams
Kayode Oluwabunmi, MEEN Dept. University of North Texas, Denton.
10:15 am - 10:45 amSelecting Metal Soaps for Optimum Acid Scavenging Performance in Polyolefins
Leonard Walp, Norac Additives
10:45 am - 11:15 amDiscoloration Mechanisms and Additive Formulation
Thi Thu Loan Doan, University of Science and Technology, The University of Danang