Each year, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) issues a call for papers and a call for posters to be presented at its annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

The 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference will host paper presentations and a poster session describing the latest research and technical developments for all of the important polyurethane industry sectors. Criteria for the acceptance of technical paper and poster abstracts include originality and relevance of the topic.

CPI 2017 Call for Papers

Submission Deadlines:

  • Deadline to submit Papers and Posters is March 17, 2017
  • Final Paper and Presentations are due June 30, 2017
  • Poster Abstracts are due August 4, 2017. 

» Submissions are accepted now

Topic Areas for Papers and Posters:

Papers and posters may address breakthrough technology in any of the example topics below or other various categories:

  • Applications: Automotive; Appliances/Cold Chain; Construction; Furnishings; Recreation; Clothing; Medical; Packaging
  • Product Areas: CASE; Adhesives & Sealants; Coatings & Elastomers; Binders; Flexible Foam; Rigid Foam; Thermoplastic Polyurethanes
  • Chemistry: Chemistry & Fundamentals; Diisocyanates; Renewable Content/Novel Polyols; Blowing Agents; Flame Retardants; Release Agents; Catalysts; Additives
  • Process: Processing Innovations; Equipment
  • Issue Areas: Combustibility; Environmental Health & Safety; Energy Efficiency; Sustainability/Recyclability; Transportation
  • Other: If your paper topic on Polyurethane does not fit in any of the above categories, please submit it as other.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We know you spend a lot of time and resources preparing your technical papers, presentations, and posters for the annual Conference. That is what makes the Polyurethanes Technical Conference so valuable for you, your company, and the audience you wish to reach. In addition to presenting the best, most recent and interesting work in the field of polyurethanes chemistry, CPI works hard to help you promote your work and manage a fair process that protects your interests and the interests of the CPI membership at large. These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) should help explain the process and answer your questions.

What can I submit?

Submissions will be accepted beginning November 4, 2016 (online info coming soon!). Make sure to review the topic areas above to see which category your paper or poster will fit in, fill out CPI's online form (coming soon!), and click submit!

What should I NOT submit?

CPI wants to promote a fair and open exchange of technical information and have plenty of time for discussion. We do this in several ways. Your work must be truthful, accurate, substantiated and otherwise in compliance with the law.  By that we mean, for example, that papers, presentations and posters must avoid discussions of cost (for example, cost of materials, cost of labor, cost to comply with regulations); you must demonstrate (in writing) that you have permission to use product names  and/or images not belonging to your company (don’t worry—we have a form for that!); and you should avoid use of language that is disparaging of other products (for example, don’t say, “You can make X additive without using any of the Y materials that cause Q health effect.”). This last part can be especially challenging. Of course we want you to explain the benefits of your technical advancements. Feel free to do so without defaming someone else’s product. We are looking out for your interests, too!

How do I know if my submission is acceptable?

CPI has a review process for each paper and presentation submitted for our annual Technical Conference. The goal for this is to protect the Conference as well as each company’s image, products, and investment in time and energy. It is possible that you will be asked to edit your submission if it does not meet the criteria above. If you have questions about this kind of request, just contact us, and we’ll explain our concern.

In what format should I submit my paper, poster, or presentation?

Below are suggested formats for each type.

  • Abstract: Title of abstract; authors; 250 – 500 word description of technical developments for all of the important polyurethane industry sectors.
  • Paper: Abstract; introduction; experimental details; results and discussion; conclusion; references; biographies; American Chemistry Council Copyright information in the footer; Fair Use Statement; and Appendix (if needed).  If Fair Use Statement and Copyright information is needed, CPI can provide these to authors.
  • Presentation: Company logo; introduction; experimental details; results and discussion; conclusion; references; biographies; and Fair Use Statement. If Fair Use Statement and Copyright information is needed, CPI can provide these to authors.

What should I not include in my paper, presentation or poster?

  • Commercial names of products, and images (if not owned by your company and not accompanied by permission).
  • Information that should not be incorporated includes price, production, transportation rates, the cost of compliance with regulations, or market procedures.
  • Please refer to ACC's Antitrust Guidelines if you have any questions.

Can I submit materials that have been presented or submitted to another conference?

CPI requires all work to be original and unpublished.

Quick hints from CPI about papers, presentations, and abstracts:

  • Papers, Presentations, and Posters must be technical in nature and should not include any commercial images or product names (without written permission).
  • Submitters can use their own company images in presentations. 
  • Use generic names of competing products if needed (for example: Polyol 1, Polyol 2 or Catalyst A, Catalyst B).
  • Submissions should not contain marketing language—the focus should be scientific information.  
  • Do not include information about price, production, transportation rates, the cost of compliance with regulations, or market procedures.

If you have questions, contact Lee Krinzman @ 202-249-6605 or Lee_Krinzman@americanchemistry.com.

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