The Manchester Polymer Group, along with Rubber in Engineering Group (RIEG), have announced their next joint Seminar, the 14th in the series. The online Webinar, entitled “Elastomers and Polymers- Can the Demand for Improved Sustainability be Satisfied?” will address the latest developments showing the progress made in meeting the challenge of improving the carbon footprint of elastomers and polymers. The IOM3 PD approved webinar will be held on November 16, 2020.
The webinar will cover the challenges for those working in these sectors to meet those expectations will be covered in different applicational areas.
There is no fee for participating in the webinar, but the organizers say donations to the charity Cancer Research UK, in memory of their long-standing committee member Jan Czerski, would be greatly appreciated.
Dr. Helen Czerski, the renowned physicist, oceanographer and television presenter will open the proceedings to bring the audience her views on sustainability.
Following her speech, the provisional program will consist of five papers covering the following topics:
• AFLAS® FEPM Lamination to Other Elastomers for Automotive Hose Applications: Chris Kent, Fluoropolymer Technical Service, AGC Chemicals Europe, a leading producer of fluorochemicals and fluoro chemical materials.
• Cryogenic tire recycling and devulcanization to base elastomers for a circular economy: Rob Dent, Application Engineer (Chemistry & Energy) BOC Ltd, the UK based multi-national industrial gas company.
• An 'anti-rubber' elastomer: Ms. Shruti Mandhani, PhD Student, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
• Sustainability in the carbon black industry: Dr. Gilles Moninot, Global Director of Sustainability, Birla Carbon, a major manufacturer and supplier of high quality Carbon Black additives globally
• New developments in biodegradable agricultural films: Dr. Rob Elias, Director Biocomposites, Bangor University, UK
The format of the webinar will consist of 15 to 20 minutes presentations, followed by a five-minute Q&A session on the Zoom platform. Online registration is via Eventbrite or via QR code, which closes on November 14.