2018 Call for Papers and Posters

Conference Wrap-up

“The conference helps tell the inspiring story of the polyurethanes industry,” remarked 2018 conference committee chair Laura Schreiner during the opening session of the 2018 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. 

Laura Schreiner: Polyurethanes have helped shape our history and technology-and they will continue to do so long into the future.
2018 Conference Committee Chair Laura Schreiner, of Stepan Company,
opens the conference and welcomes attendees.

“Polyurethanes have helped shape our history and technology-and they will continue to do so long into the future.” 

Keynote CPI 2018 Conference
Keynote speaker, Jim Dickie addresses conference attendees at the Opening Session

Education Center

The CPI Education Center helps professionals understand developments in the polyurethanes industry.

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CPI Travel Honoria

Building upon CPI’s decade-long effort to expand access to the industry’s educational resources, CPI is thrilled to offer a travel honoraria for students pursuing their Masters of PhD in polyurethane chemistry. Student recipients of this award present a technical paper or poster and attend the Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Promoting PU-specific education programs and encouraging students to consider careers in in the polyurethane industry is critical for the future of the polyurethanes industry.

Travel Honoraria recipients
Travel Honoraria recipients Chorong Oh, Chonbuk National University; Zhen Sang, Case Western Reserve University; Vahab Solouki Bonab, Case Western Reserve University attend the Industry Reception.

Travel Honoraria recipients
Travel Honoraria recipient Sophia Do presenting at the Chemistry & Fundamentals Technical Session.

2018 Polyurethane Innovation Award

The competition for the 2018 Polyurethane Innovation Award highlighted the latest innovations and technologies within the industry over the past year. Each finalist, listed below, made a 3-minute presentation at the Opening Session, after which the audience cast their vote for their favorite innovation.

CPI is proud of our industry’s continued leadership in innovative solutions and advances in technology. Each year, CPI sponsors the Polyurethane Innovation Award program, which highlights the role that innovation plays in the polyurethane industry and recognizes companies and individuals whose vision and perseverance bring new products, technologies and initiatives to the marketplace.  


  • Demilec (USA) Inc.’s Heatlok® HFO: Heatlok® HFO delivers a zero ODP, ultra-low GWP and high renewable/recyclable closed-cell foam for the insulation industry. Heatlok® HFO High Lift, with its R-7.5/inch, provides breakthrough alternatives for the residential builder. Heatlok® HFO Pro, at R-7.4/inch, creates an air barrier, vapor retarder, water barrier and thermal insulation at 1 inch, ideal for commercial buildings.
  • ICL-IP America, Inc.’s VeriQuel R100: VeriQuel R100, a phosphorus-based, reactive flame retardant uniquely addresses the building and construction market’s desire for chemistries that provide fire safety and eliminate exposures during product use. VeriQuel R100 leaves no foot print and alleviates concerns about exposure to people and potential harm to the environment.
  • SWD Urethanes’ Quik-Shield® 108YM: Quik-Shield® 108YM, the “Yield Monster,” is an ultra-low-density open-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation product. It is the first 0.36 pcf density spray foam, and it provides up to 39 percent more yield.

Demilec (USA) Inc. Named Winner of 2018 Polyurethane Innovation Award

Demilec’s winning entry is Heatlok® HFO, which the company describes as delivering a zero ODP, ultra-low GWP and high renewable/recyclable closed-cell foam for the insulation industry.

Demilic Innov Award Winner 2018
Demilec receives the 2018 Polyurethane Innovation Award.

Papers and Posters

The 2018 Polyurethanes Technical Conference concluded with the Best Paper and Poster Awards which recognized 14 technical papers and 6 posters from every session or category. This year, four CPI Distinguished Leadership Awards were conferred to Dr. Cynthia Graham of Huntsman, John Sebroski of Covestro, Richard Skorpenske of Covestro, and Rick Wood, founder of Wood Industrial Health Associates for their leadership and advancement of CPI’s goals and the interests of the industry.

Distinguished Leadership Award 2018
2018 Distinguished Leadership Award Recipients: Rick Wood,
John Sebroski, Richard Skorpenske, and Dr. Cynthia Graham.

2019 Call for Papers and Posters

Present at the 2019 Conference! Technical papers and poster submissions will be accepted starting November 2, 2018.

2019 Conference Save the Date

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