Each year, CPI recognizes the best technical paper presentations and posters presented at our Polyurethanes Technical Conference. The list of winners is announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Closing Session of the conference. This year, CPI is proud to announce the 12 technical papers and 4 posters our judges selected as the best of their session or category.

Best Paper Winners:

  • Automotive I: Novel Methods on VOC Reduction, Lightweighting, and Adhesion
    Tad Finnegan of BASF Corporation for: Irgastab® PUR 70: Novel Anti-Scorch Package for Polyol & PU Foams Significantly Reducing Emissions in Automotive Interior

  • Automotive II: Improved Methodology in Hardness/Durability Testing
    Brian Neal, Covestro LLC for: Molded Flexible Foam Durability Testing Optimization  
  • Blowing Agents:
    Fernand Saad of BASF Corporation for: Optimization of Appliance Foams Blown with Opteon™ 1100 & 1150 Expansion Agents
  • CASE: Adhesives & Elastomers:
    Scott Thomas of UBE America, Inc. for: New Waterborne Polyurethane Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PUD PSAs) Synthesized with Polycarbonate Diol
  • CASE: Coatings:
    Sean Gahan of DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Co., LLC for: Evaluation of 1,3-Propanediol Based Polyester and Polyether Polyols in Polyurethane Water Dispersions (PUDs) for Textile Coating Applications
  • Circular Economy: A Sustainability Concept:
    Michel Baumgartner of EUROPUR for: End of Life of Mattresses and Furniture - An Update from Europe
  • Environment, Health & Safety Issues:
    Scott Ecoff of Covestro LLC for: EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Data Reporting Trends for Diisocyanates
  • Flexible Foam:
    Matthew Blais of Southwest Research Institute for: Comparative Room Burn Study of Furnished Rooms from England, France and the United States
  • Fundamentals & Modeling:
    Paul Gillis of Dow for: Fundamental Polyurethanes Foam Flow Simulations using Bubble Nucleation and Growth Models
  • Rigid Construction:
    Ganapathy Viswanathan of Hexion for: A Fundamental Study on Aromatic Polyether Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
  • Rigid Foam:
    Simon Toth of Dow for: Improved Thermal Insulation Performance of Rigid Polyurethane Foam Using Low Molecular Weight Silicone Additives
  • Spray Foam:
    Mayank Singh of Evonik Corporation for: Next Generation of Stabilizers for Low Density Open Cell Spray Foam Systems

Best Poster Winners:

  • Automotive:
    Shen Chen and Tao Yu of Wanhua Chemical (America) Co., Ltd. for:The Development of Innovative Low Emission PU Materials

  • Elastomers:
    Stephen Cavender of Patcham USA LLC for:Best Mercury Catalyst Replacement

  • Rigid Foam:
    Mai Hashimoto of AGC Inc. for:Properties of AMOLEA 1224yd as a Rigid Polyurethane Foam Blowing Agent

  • Sustainability:
    Jian Hong of Kansas Polymer Research Center, Pittsburg State University for:Polyurethane Foams Based on Cost Effective Soybean Oil-based Poyol


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