28 – 31 October, 2012

The Woodlands

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia  USA



Professor Kenneth J. Wynne
Virginia Commonwealth University
Chemical Engineering
601 West Broad Street
Richmond VA 23284
Phone: 804-828-9303
Fax: 804-828-3846
Email: kjwynne@vcu.edu
Professor Jim McGrath
Virginia Tech
Dept. of Chemistry
2108 Hahn Hall
Blacksburg, VA, 24061
Phone: 540-231-5976

Fax: 540-231-8517
Email: jmcgrath@vt.edu


Professor Iskender Yilgor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 338 1418

Email: iyilgor@ku.edu.tr

Professor Garth L Wilkes
Department of Chemical Engineering
142-C Randolph Hall (0211)Blacksburg, VA  24061
Phone:  (540) 231-5498
Fax:  (540) 231-5022
Email:  gwilkes@vt.edu



























In 2000 and 2002 two successful workshops were held on Polyurethanes, organized by Jim McGrath and Garth Wilkes and located at Annapolis, MD.  The topics covered the state-of-the-art of polyurethanes and featured speakers from academia, industry, and government labs.  Representative topics included structure-property relationships, triglyceride-based polyurethanes, designed structures with specific segments, water-borne systems, surface properties, and applications in coatings, foams, elastomers, biomedical, and medical devices.



As before, "Polyurethanes 2012" will integrate 30-45 minute oral contributions from industry, government and academia, as well as a poster session. Fundamental aspects of polyurethanes and polyureas, including synthesis, characterization, processing and performance (together with durability/stability) in areas including films, textile fibers, elastomers, foams, biomaterials, specialty coatings, adhesives, etc. will be featured. Thus, presentations focusing on catalysis, new diisocyanates, polyols and chain extenders, latex or waterborne systems, surfaces active agents, and surface phenomena will be encouraged.





Fundamental properties: Tutorial session on polyurethanes

Structure-property relationships in applications: Polyurethanes (and polyureas) constitute a major class of polymeric materials that have found applications in a wide array of end products.  Examples are flexible, high-resilience foam seating; rigid foam insulation panels; microcellular foam seals and gaskets; durable elastomeric wheels and tires; automotive suspension bushings; electrical potting compounds; high performance adhesives; surface coatings and surface sealants; synthetic fibers (e.g. Spandex); carpet underlay; and hard-plastic parts (i.e. for electronic instruments); biomedical applications (catheters, coatings, artificial organs).


Research topics: Surface science; tailoring chemistry for applications; hybrids