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 14 technical papers and 6 posters our judges selected as the best of their session or category.

2018 Best Technical Papers By Session: 


  • Fast Demolding Technology Via New Chemistries for Insulation Foam in Appliances
    Steve Aprahamian, Covestro LLC

Automotive: Solutions for Reducing VOCs: Emissions, Odor, and Fog

  • Newly Developed Polyol with Low Mono-ol Content for Flexible Polyurethane Foams
    Takashi Ito, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.


  • Meeting Automotive OEM Specification with New Additives
    Stephan Wendel, Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH

Blowing Agents & Flame Retardants

  • Novel Robust Methodology for Quantitative Estimation of Blowing Agents in Polyol
    Sudipto Chakraborty, Honeywell India Technology Center

CASE: Coatings and Binders

  • Further Development of Low Viscosity Polyester Polyols for High Solids 2K Polyurethane Coatings
    Jeffrey Janos, Stepan Company

CASE: Elastomers

  • An Overview of the Similarities and Differences of Cast and TPU Polyurethane
    R. Scott Archibald, COIM USA Inc.

Chemistry & Fundamentals

  • Novel Nitrogen Containing Aromatic Polyols for Rigid Polyurethane Foams
    Ganapathy Viswanathan, Hexion Inc.

Environment, Health & Safety Issues Part 1

  • Industry-wide Longitudinal Study of Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) Exposure and the Incidence of Occupational Asthma in the Production Environment
    Patrick Conner, BASF (retired)


  • Diisocyanates Panel Perspective: Evaluation of ACGIH Decision to Lower TDI TLVs
    Tim Feeley, Covestro LLC

Environment, Health & Safety Issues Part 2

  • Status Report for Developing Consensus Methods at ASTM International for Measuring Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation
    John Sebroski, Covestro LLC
    Rick Wood, Wood Industrial Health Associates, LLC

Flexible Foams

  • NUVOLVE Engineered Polysaccharides as Sustainable Isocyanate-Reactive Components in Viscoelastic Polyurethane Foams
    Christian Lenges, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Troy Polymers Inc.

Materials for Spray and Rigid Foam: Two Important Additives

  • Performance Benefits of CO2 Containing Polyols for Rigid Foam Applications
    Mark Andrews, Econic Technologies Ltd.

PIR Additives and Rigid Foam Modeling

  • Novel Rheological Method to Investigate Foaming Kinetics for Improved Demold
    Long Han, Huntsman Corporation

Sustainability and Circular Economy

  • Performance Advantages of CO2 Containing Polyols from Tunable Catalyst Systems
    Michael Kember, Econic Technologies Ltd.

2018 Best Posters By Category:

Bio-Based Materials

  • Synthesis and Characterization of Biobased Polyols Produced from Spent Coffee Grounds’ Performance in Polyurethane Foams
    Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Troy Polymers, Inc.

Blowing Agents

  • Enhancement of Insulation Properties of Rigid Polyurethane Foams via Synergistic Opteon™ Hydrofluoroolefin/Hydrocarbon Blends
    Saadat Ata, The Chemours Company


  • Microcellular Eastomers Based on Kuraray MPD Adipate Polyester Polyols
    Kunio Mayahara, Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Environment, Health & Safety

  • Evaluation of Thresholds for Respiratory Effects of Toluene Diisocyanate
    Julie Goodman, Gradient Corporation


  • Thermally Healable Graphene-Polyurethane Network Composites via Diels-Aler Reaction
    Chorong Oh, Chonbuk National University

Rigid Foam

  • Effects of Sulfur-Containing Aromatic Diamine on the Flame Retardant Properties of Polyurethane Rigid Foams
    Yong Tang, Albemarle Corporation

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