Preliminary Program


Prof. Grubbs Robert H. Grubbs
Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry

California Institute of Technology

2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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THE MCGRATH MEMORIAL LECTURESHIP: In honor of the many contributions of Prof. James E. McGrath, including the creation of the "Advances in Polyolefins" workshop series in 1997, APO 2017 is introducing a lectureship in his honor. Prof. McGrath was the University Distinguished Professor and Ethyl Corp. Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Tech. He wrote more than 400 articles and was a co-inventor of 40 patents. Prof. McGrath was the recipient of awards in recognition of his scientific contributions, including the Overberger International Prize for Excellence in Polymer Research, the ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science, and the Paul J. Flory Polymer Education Award, and was a member in the National Academy of Engineering.


Bob Grubbs, California Institute of Technology
Robert Waymouth, Stanford University
Richard A. Register, Princeton University
Nikos Hadjichristidis, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, SAUDI ARABIA
Frank Bates, University of Minnesota
Glenn Fredrickson, University of California at Santa Barbara
Stefan Mecking, University of Konstanz, GERMANY
Clark Landis, University of Wisconsin, Madison
João B. P. Soares, University of Alberta CANADA
Robert Brüll, Fraunhofer LBF, GERMANY
Susanna Scott, University of California at Santa Barbara
Roger Kuhlman, Univation Technologies
Christian Hilty, Texas A&M
David Parrillo, Dow Chemical Company
Donald Baird, Virginia Tech
Larry Sita, University of Maryland
Tobin Marks, Northwestern University
Julia Kornfield, California Institute of Technology,
T.C. Mike Chung, The Pennsylvania State University
Steve Diefenbach, Albemarle Corporation
Gurmeet Singh, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, INDIA
Adam Veige, University of Florida
Kazuo Takaoki , Sumitomo Chemical
Markus Klapper, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, GERMANY
Vasileios Touloupidis, Borealis, Linz, AUSTRIA
Maxence Valla, Lanxess, THE NETHERLANDS
Christian Paulik, Johannes Kepler University, AUSTRIA
Timothy F. L. McKenna, CNRS C2P2/LCPP, FRANCE
Jeff Brennan, ExxonMobil Corporation
Fumihiko Shimizu, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Jill Martin, Dow Chemical Company
Rufina Alamo, Florida State University
Josef Jancar, Brno University
John Severn, DSM
Eric Baer, Case Western University
Antonio Vittoria Federico II, University of Naples


* Overview of Global PO Business, Technology, and Markets Trends
* Advances in Olefins Polymerization – catalysts, processes, and reactor engineering,
* Novel PO Products and End-use Applications
* Advances in PO Characterization - tools and techniques
* Emerging Developments in PO Blends/Composites
* Sustainability and Environmental Compatibility of POs
* Innovations/IP in the PO area