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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference

Winning Papers and Posters from the 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference

This year’s Polyurethanes Technical Conference featured 14 technical sessions and 59 technical presentations. The presentations spanned a range of topics, including: 

  • Appliances and energy critical foams
  • Automotive
  • Chemistry and fundamentals
  • Coatings and footwear
  • Construction, including PUR/PIR construction foam and spray polyurethane foam
  • Elastomers
  • Environment, health and safety, including general and specific to spray polyurethane foam
  • Flame retardants and combustibility
  • Flexible foams
  • Processing innovations
  • Renewable content polyols
  • Sustainability

Below is a list of all of the winning technical papers and posters presented at the 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference. Learn more about Dow and Preferred Sands, who won the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award, here.

 List of paper and poster winners from the 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference is below:


Blowing Agents:
Joseph Costa, Arkema for Forane® 1233zd – Continued Improvement in Resin Shelf Stability with this Low GWP Liquid, Non-flammable Blowing Agent

Chemistry and Renewables:
Bhajendra Barman, Huntsman International LLC for Determination of Aldehydes in Amine Catalysts

Coatings and Adhesives:
Wayne Willkomm, Novomer Inc. for Novel CO2-based Polycarbonate Polyols for High Performance Polyurethane Hot Melt Adhesives

George Combs, Bayer MaterialScience LLC for Production of PIR Laminate Boardstock Insulation with Non-Halogenated Flame Retardants

EHS: General:
Ryan Trainer, International Sleep Products Association for Mattress Recycling Update

John Sebroski, Bayer MaterialScience LLC for Development of ASTM Standards for Measuring Emissions of Volatile and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs and SVOCs) from Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation Products

Allyson Beuhler, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. for Thermoplastic Polyurethanes from Renewable Long Chain Diacids

Flame Retardants and Combustibility:
Steve Risotto, NAFRA for NAFRA Update – Regulatory & Legislative Developments

Flexible Foams:
Ruediger Landers, Evonik Industries AG for Influencing the Cell Structure of Flexible Polyurethane Foams by Additives

Processing and Composites I:
Karsten Stoebener, KLOCKNER DESMA Schuhmaschinen GmbH for Integrated Footwear Design with Polyurethanes

Processing and Composites II:
James Shoup, Hennecke Inc. for JFlex: New Slabstock Foaming Technology

Sprayed Polyurethanes:
Mary Bogdan, Honeywell for Results of Latest Field Evaluations of Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent Spray Foam



Zhenya Zhu, Chemtura Corporation for Development of a Novel Thermoplastic Polyurethane Via Low Free Monomer Technology

Chemistry & Fundamentals:
Kubra Ortac, Anadolu University for Effect of Montmorillonite Based Organoclay Addition on the Microstructure of Rigid Polyurethane

Process and Equipment:
Karsten Stoebener, KLOCKNER DESMA Schuhmaschinen GmbH for Integrated Footwear Design with Polyurethanes

Emissions/Catalysts/Renewable Materials:
George Klumb, Dow for New Additive Active Polyol for Low Amine Emission Molded PU

Testing & Safety: It’s a tie!
Carl Powell, Great Lakes Solutions, a Chemtura business for Furniture Fire Safety Solutions: A Study on the Open Flame Ignition Resistance of California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 Compliant Upholstered Furniture


Kimberly Pricenski, Morphix Technologies, Inc. for Validation of Direct-Read, Colorimetric Aromatic Isocyanate Detection System

Rigid & Spray Foams/Blowing Agents:
Ernest Wysong, DuPont for Formacel® 1100: A Unique, High Performance, Next Generation Foam Expansion Agent for Polyurethane Foam Applications

Modeling & Simulation: It’s a tie!
Yusheng Zhao, University of Missouri for Simulation of Catalyzed Urethane Polymerization–An Approach to Expedite Commercialization of Bio-Based Materials


Galen Suppes, University of Missouri for Use of Simulation to Engineer Rigid Foams with Reduced Residual Isocyanates