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2023 CPI Scholars: Mona Abadian, Rasoul Rahimzadeh, Subeen Kim and Divya Iyer
2023 CPI Scholars: Mona Abadian, Rasoul Rahimzadeh, Subeen Kim and Divya Iyer

Students pursuing their Masters and PhD in relevant scientific disciplines from across North America are encouraged to apply for the 2024 Travel Honoraria program. Applications and poster and paper abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts, and a limited number of students will be selected to be the 2024 CPI Scholars. Selected scholars will have the opportunity to showcase their research on polyurethane chemistry at the 2024 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.


  • Students pursuing their Masters and PhD in relevant scientific disciplines, including but not limited to, chemistry and material sciences. 
  • Applicants must be able to attend the 2024 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Atlanta, GA on Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2024.


A panel of industry experts and CPI staff will evaluate all eligible applications based on the impact on the polyurethanes industry and quality of the science and relevance in the industry.


CPI will notify all applicants on their application status by March 29, 2024.

Topics for Papers or Posters Can Include (but are not limited to):

  • Applications: Automotive, Appliances/Cold Chain, Construction, Furnishings, Recreation, Clothing, Medical, Packaging 
  • Chemistry: Chemistry & Fundamentals, Diisocyanates, Renewable Content Polyols, Biobased Materials, Recycled Content, Blowing Agents, Flame Retardants, Release Agents, Catalysts
  • Issue Areas: Fire Safety, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Energy Efficiency, Transportation, Regulatory Challenges
  • Process: Processing Innovations, Equipment, Digitalization, 3-D Printing, Modeling
  • Product Areas: Adhesives & Sealants, Coatings & Elastomers, Binders, Flexible Foam, Rigid Foam, Thermoplastic Polyurethanes, Agriculture, Composites
  • Sustainability: Recyclability, Design for Circularity, Circular Economy
  • Other: If your paper topic on Polyurethane does not fit in any of the above categories, please submit it as “other”.
  • NEW! Panel Discussions: Abstracts must be new content never presented before.

*Abstracts must be new content never presented before.


If accepted to be a travel honoraria recipient:

  • Receive a complimentary conference registration
  • $1000 to offset travel expenses
  • Networking opportunities with professionals across the polyurethanes value chain
  • Attend technical sessions, panel discussions, and regulatory roundtables
  • Showcase your research to leading companies in the PU industry and learn about the latest breakthrough technologies.


Rasoul Rahimzadeh Bafti , Case Western Reserve University 2023 CPI Scholar
Attending the CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference as a CPI Scholar was a transformative experience. As a speaker and poster presenter in the CASE category, I had the chance to share my work on high-performance TPU nanocomposites and receive valuable feedback. Connecting with fellow researchers from academia and industry expanded my network, and witnessing the cutting-edge research in the field was inspiring. This opportunity has deepened my passion for polyurethane research and equipped me to make a meaningful contribution to the field.
Subeen Kim , Northwestern University 2023 CPI Scholar
As a CPI Travel Honoraria recipient, my experience at the Polyurethane Technical Conference was eye-opening. I witnessed how the industry prioritizes technology development based on the needs of customers and society. Being a CPI scholar at this event made me recognize that sustainability research in polyurethane should be not only impactful in academia but also enticing to the market. This lesson will undoubtedly shape me during my Ph.D. and future career.