e-Live®:2 Part Series on Polyolefins
Date: January 14 28, 2014
2 PART SERIES ON POLYOLEFINS
January 14, 10 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time
Polyolefins - Developing and Delivering Products to Address Sustainability Needs
Polyolefins represent one of the largest chemical industry products and have an important role to play in addressing sustainability needs. Today we will discuss, through the use of life cycle thinking (LCT), several ways that polyolefins contribute to sustainability. First, products should be manufactured in an environmentally responsible manner. This requires improved energy efficiency and integration in petrochemical facilities, and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of production.
Second, we will discuss product innovation. As an example, ExxonMobil's polyethylene resin innovations have enabled thinner packaging films by up to 50% over the last two decades, while also improving packaging strength and product integrity. These performance improvements benefit the entire value chain. Development of these sustainability opportunities requires a deep technical understanding and the adoption of LCT. Through the analysis of the impacts over the entire life cycle we will demonstrate the many sustainability attributes of polyolefins.
About Abdelhadi Sahnoune
Abdelhadi Sahnoune is a senior member of SPE and has served on the Board of Directors for the Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division from 2000 to 2013. He acted as the chair for the Division’s International Activities during that period. Abdelhadi received his MSc and PhD in Physics from McGill University, and then performed postdoctoral work at Queen's University. From 1994 to 1998, Abdelhadi was a Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada, where he worked on the development and applications of non-destructive techniques for the characterization of plastics.
In 1998, Abdelhadi joined ExxonMobil and has since worked in several areas of polymer research, product development, and technical support. More recently, Abdelhadi has been leading a research team on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and sustainability. He serves on the International Board of the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and has contributed to the development of the Global Guidance Principles for LCA Databases. Abdelhadi has authored over 60 technical publications and patents in physics, materials science and polymers, and has given numerous domestic and international lectures.
January 28, 10 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time
INFUSE™ Olefin Block Copolymers: Structure, Properties and Applications
Dow Elastomers is celebrating six years since the launch of their breakthrough polymers, INFUSE™ Olefin Block Copolymers (OBCs). Launched at K 2007, INFUSE™ OBCs have been adopted by innovative companies worldwide into a variety of applications. INFUSE™ Olefin Block Copolymers (OBCs) are produced via a patent-pending shuttling process that represents a new-to-the-world innovation in catalyst technology, delivering breakthrough performance by bringing new combinations of properties. The unique block architecture enables our customers to expand into a wide range of innovative market applications currently served by high performance thermoplastic elastomers, thereby adding value to fabricators and end-users alike. OBCs have highly differentiated material properties that break the traditional relationship of flexibility and heat resistance while providing significantly improved compression set and elastic recovery properties versus other polyolefin plastomers and elastomers. Importantly, OBCs also maintain the ease of formulation and processing that is expected from a polyolefin. INFUSE OBCs also represent sustainable chemistry benefits including: Atom Efficiency, Reduced Toxicity/Risk, Minimized Auxiliary Substances, Reduced Energy Requirements, Cradle to Cradle, and Broad Impact. This revolutionary material was created using INSITE™ Technology — another example of how Dow continues to invest in innovative solutions and next-generation possibilities that deliver value to customers. In this webinar we will discuss how the structure and properties of these innovative materials have led to customer success.
About Lisa Madenjian
Lisa Madenjian is currently the Global Product and Application Technology Leader for INFUSE™ OBC and Dow Elastomersl. She is responsible for leveraging technology and applications around the globe. She has been with Dow for 24 years in R&D/TS&D. She has worked on Polycarbonate and Blends, Polypropylene, Elastomers and New Business Development. Lisa graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry and Politics from Cornell College and a M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Missouri.
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