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Discussion to Center on Versatility in Polyurethane Chemistry to Help Meet New Challenges 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2011) - The  Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference is going green as speakers discuss ways polyurethanes can help maximize energy efficiency and reduce other environmental challenges in construction. Hosted by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council, the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference will take place September 26 to 28 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. This year's conference agenda features two technical sessions on construction-related topics, with a special issue session on building codes.

"New building codes increasingly require more stringent energy efficiency measures, and the polyurethane industry is keeping in step," said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. "Conference attendees can look forward to hearing about how innovations in polyurethane are helping the construction industry comply with these new code requirements."

Featuring more than 60 technical presentations, the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference will provide both construction and polyurethane industry leaders and professionals with an opportunity to hear about the latest technical innovations and issues affecting the global polyurethanes industry. The first building and construction technical session highlights advances in the science of polyurethane (PUR) and polyisocyanurate (PIR) construction foam insulation, and will explore how the versatility of polyurethane chemistry enables the construction industry to reduce environmental challenges and boost energy efficiency.

  • Researchers from  Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation will discuss easing the transitions between blowing agents in PIR formulations through proper surfactant selection.
  • Scientists from  Honeywell will explore low global-warming potential (GWP) blowing agent solutions in pour-in-place panel applications.
  • Scientists from  Foam Supplies, Inc. will examine the benefits of optimization in Ecomate® blown insulating foams.
  • Scientists from  DuPont Company will focus on the continued development of FEA-1100, a zero-ozone depleting (ODP) and low GWP foam expansion agent.

The second building and construction technical session will highlight how advances in formulation component technologies-specifically  spray polyurethane foam insulation -can significantly increase energy efficiency and decrease environmental footprint in both commercial and residential buildings.

  • Researchers from  DuPont will begin the session with a life-cycle look at spray foam expansion agents.
  • Scientists from  Evonik will focus on the impact of silicone surfactants on the stability of water-blown spray polyurethane foam.
  • Scientists from  Honeywell will discuss the company's next generation low GWP blowing agents for global spray foam applications.
  • Researchers from  Arkema Inc. will present an investigation of a new low GWP blowing agent for spray foam.
  • Caleb Management Services Limited  will end the session with an international view on trends in the selection of next generation blowing agents.

The 2011 conference also features a special issue session on building codes. Codes and standards experts from the polyurethanes industry will address a variety of issues, including recent building code changes, the standard development process and updates to green codes, standards and certifications.

CPI will also offer its popular Polyurethane Professional Development Program at the conference, with course topics ranging from introductory polyurethane chemistry and technology to physical testing and raw materials. In addition, CPI will present its annual Polyurethane Innovation Award and host  tabletop exhibitions where companies can showcase their products.

Registration for the Polyurethanes 2011 Technical Conference is now open. For more information on the conference or to register, visit . Opportunities for sponsorships, including table top exhibitions, are still available, and CPI will accept poster submissions through August 22. For more information on these opportunities, visit and click on "Polyurethanes Technical Conference" at the top of the page.

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