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Building upon CPI’s decade-long effort to expand the industry’s educational resources, CPI is excited to announce that we awarded a travel honoraria to four students pursuing their Masters or Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline to attend and present at the 2021 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

2019 CPI Scholars: Amin Nurul and Kristen Rohm attend the industry reception (not pictured CPI Scholar Rajnish Kumar)
2019 CPI Scholars: Amin Nurul and Kristen Rohm attend the industry reception (not pictured CPI Scholar Rajnish Kumar)

Applicants from across North America applied for the 2021 Travel Honoraria. Applications and poster or paper abstracts were reviewed by a panel of industry experts and four students were selected to be the 2021 CPI Scholars. Each CPI Scholar will present research pertaining to polyurethane chemistry at the 2021 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on October 5-7, 2021 in Denver, CO. CPI's Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America, will highlight the latest innovative polyurethanes technologies and discuss the most pressing issues facing the industry today.

Eligibility

All applicants must be pursuing their Masters or Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline including but not limited to chemistry and industrial hygiene. Applicants must register to attend the 2021 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Denver, CO on October 5-7, 2021, which is currently being planned as in-person event. Applications for the 2021 Travel Honoraria were due March 1, 2021.

Selection

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

Notification

CPI notified all applicants on their application status on March 30, 2021.

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

  • Applications: Automotive, Appliances/Cold Chain, Construction, Furnishings, Recreation, Clothing, Medical, Packaging
  • Product Areas: Adhesives & Sealants, Coatings & Elastomers, Binders, Flexible Foam, Rigid Foam, Thermoplastic Polyurethanes, Agriculture
  • Chemistry: Chemistry & Fundamentals, Diisocyanates, Renewable Content Polyols, Blowing Agents, Flame Retardants, Release Agents, Catalysts
  • Process: Processing Innovations, Equipment
  • Issue Areas: Combustibility, Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), Energy Efficiency, Sustainability/Recyclability, Transportation*

*Abstracts must be new content never presented before.

This opportunity provides students the forum to network and showcase their research with the leading companies in the PU industry and to learn about the latest breakthrough technologies across the industry.

Testimonials

Zhen Sang , Case Western Reserve University 2018 CPI Scholar
I wanted to know what the current TPU market looks like, and I wanted to share my current research with others. The Polyurethanes Technical Conference is the first conference I’ve ever attended, and it was very important to me to be able to learn about the current demands of the industry for TPU products. It was very valuable to see how university research connects to the real world. Any student would benefit from attending the conference because it’s an opportunity to broaden their horizons and learn some basics as well.
Vahab Solouki , Case Western Reserve University 2018 CPI Scholar
I’m planning to work in polyurethanes after graduation, so attending was very appealing to me. Having so many PU-related companies was the driving force for me to attend and learn more about the newest advancements as well as the opportunities and challenges of the industry. I really appreciated the opportunity to network with professionals, to get to know the new trends and advancements and to visit a new city. Other students should definitely apply. It’s a great and different experience compared to other conferences students normally attend. It can provide them with a real perspective of the PU industry and ultimately guide their research toward a more applied and meaningful end.
Sophia Do , San Diego State University 2018 CPI Scholar
I wanted to learn about the latest technologies and research in the field and to share our research on polyurea foams. The best part about attending this conference was experiencing how different this conference was to other conferences that I have attended. It was also nice to be able to get tips on different ways to test our foam from our moderator, who has been working with polyurethane foam for the past 40 years.
Chorong Oh , Chonbuk National University 2018 CPI Scholar
I was really glad to attend the conference because I wanted to get to know the attendees and their interests. Attending the conference also helped me to be more confident about my field of study in the future. When I accepted a travel honoraria, I thought that it would help reduce the burden of attending an overseas conferences. I was extremely happy and flattered to be accepted after applying for the travel honorarium. It was great to be able to see how research is actually applied in the real world and to see the direction the industry will be taking in the future. Other students should definitely apply. It was a wonderful opportunity.

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