Bercaw John E. Bercaw

Centennial Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology

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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 introduced 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 many awards in recognition of his scientific contributions.


John Bercaw (CalTech)
Vincenzo Busico (University of Naples)
Markus Busch (Technical University of Darmstadt)
Geoffrey Coates (Cornell University)
Vinicius Grassi (Braskem)
Jeff Fodor (Chevron-Phillips)
Jamie Hobbs (University of Sheffield)
Bun Yeoul Lee (Ajou University)
Justin G Kennemur (Florida State University)
Rhett Kempe (University of Bayreuth)
Sarah Martin (Dow)
Scott Milner (Penn State University)
Benjamin Monrabal (Polymer Char)
Barry Morris (DuPont)
Kyoko Nozaki (University of Tokyo)
Daniel Read (University of Leeds)
Greg Rutledge (MIT)
Harald Pasch (University of Stellenbosch)
Francisco Perez (SABIC Netherlands)
Megan Robertson (U. Houston)
Mike Tilston (Dow)
Karen Winey (University of Pennsylvania)


Dr. Pal Arjunan
Eureka-GlobChem Consultants
Houston, TX 77044
Phone: 832-643-0692
Email: arjunan.pal@gmail.com
Dr. Jerzy Klosin
The Dow Chemical Company
1776 Building
Midland, MI 48674-0001
Phone: 989-636-7435
Email: jklosin@dow.com
Prof. Rick Register
Department of Chemical and
Biological Engineering
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-5263
Phone: 609-258-4691
Prof. João B. P. Soares
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 1H9
Phone: (780) 492-2858
Email: jsoares@ualberta.ca
Prof. Kenneth B. Wagener
Center for Macromolecular Science & Engineering Department of Chemistry
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-392-2012
Email: wagener@chem.ufl.edu


The last “Advances in Polyolefins XI” Workshop (APO 2017) was held in September 2017, with 126 in attendance. This Advances in Polyolefins 2019 (APO 2019), will be the 12th in this series held biennially. Topics will include catalysis, characterization, physical/mechanical behavior, structure/property relationships, thermal analysis, melt rheology, processing/fabrication, applications, stability/degradation phenomena, and blends/composites. All invited speakers are experts in their areas from both industries and academia worldwide. This workshop will again bring together researchers from industrial, academic and government laboratories to discuss the state-of-the-art in polyolefin chemistry and technology. The purpose of this workshop is to address key challenges, opportunities and advances in the area of polyolefin research. We are making changes (more social and meal events) to how this workshop is run to allow maximum interactions among all participants.