SPE Vinyltec® 2020

Steve Grunzinger

Steve Grunzinger

Idea Forge LLC

Microporous PVC: Applications in Irrigation, Aeration, Filtration, Extraction, and Catalysis


Microporous Polyvinyl Chloride (mPVC) is a rigid PVC that contains an isotropic network of micropores that can be used as a delivery medium for liquids and gases. Injection molding and extrusion are proven processing methods to manufacture mPVC parts. Parts from mPVC can be bonded to PVC, CPVC, and ABS using commercial solvent based cements. The operational range of mPVC toward water and air permeation is from less than 2 psi to greater than 60 psi. mPVC is a material developed by Idea Forge LLC and consumer products are available online through IFusionTechnology.com. We currently offer products for subterranean irrigation with additional products for aeration, filtration, extraction, and catalysis in development.

About the Speaker

Dr. Stephen Grunzinger obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Lehigh University and had post-doctoral positions at Virginia Commonwealth University and Tokyo Institute if Technology. He investigated marine anti-fouling coatings, anti-microbial coatings, and fuel cell membranes during these career stops. Steve started his own research and consulting firm (Idea Forge LLC) in 2011 to work on the development of microporous PVC.

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