Purpose & Review

This tutorial will provide practical information that will help you enhance your technical capability in foaming. It will help you develop new blowing agents to meet the growing challenges, design foam products that meet customer’s needs, improve effectiveness of your foam R&D and processing projects. The attendee will also receive updated key references on plastic foams.

Who Should Attend?

This tutorial is intended for a range of companies and individuals involved in thermoplastic foam development, production, and applications:

  • R&D scientists and engineers, formulation scientists, process engineers, quality engineers and application engineers from thermoplastic foam production and manufacturing companies.
  • Chemists and chemical engineers involved in development of foaming grade resins and blowing agents.
  • Foaming equipment manufacturing: design engineers, project engineers, and rheology specialists.
  • Development engineers and research scientists working on new foam developments.
  • Foam users and application specialists.

When & Where

Tutorial starts at 1 PM Monday, September 30 and ends at 5 PM Tuesday, October 1, 2019. The FOAMS® 2019 tutorial will be held at the Parque Cientifico building of the Scientific Park of the University of Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain. This location is inside the campus of the University and would allow the assistants to visit CellMat Laboratory which is located in the same campus.

Full address FOAMS® 2019 tutorial:
Edificio Parque Científico.
Paseo de Belén, 9
47011 Valladolid, Spain

Tutorial Outline

Sept. 30 - Prof. Chul B. Park

  1. Foam Structures
  2. Foaming Agents
  3. Fundamentals of Foaming (Cell Nucleation and Growth)
  4. Extrusion Foaming
  5. Foam Injection Molding
  6. Bead Foaming

Oct. 1 - Prof. Patrick C. Lee

  1. Biofoams: processing and properties
  2. Nanocomposite Foams: processing and properties
  3. Multifunctional Foams: Acoustic, Conductive, Functionally Graded and Aerogels

Oct. 1 - Dr. Stéphane Costeux

  1. Nanocellular foams: Challenges to achieve very high cell density
  2. Materials and processes
  3. Properties of nanofoams

About the Instructors

Prof. Chul B. Park received his PhD from MIT in 1993. He is Distinguished Professor of Microcellular Engineered Plastics at University of Toronto. He is also NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair. He is the Director of the Microcellular Plastics Manufacturing Laboratory, which enjoys the reputation of being one of the pioneering research institutions in refining various foaming technologies. He is an accomplished scientist with international recognition in the field of plastic foaming as the author or co-author of over 1300 publications including 340 journal papers. He is also active in professional activities. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cellular Plastics and serves as an advisory editorial board member of numerous journals. He has been organizing the Foam Symposiums at PPS. He also served on FOAMS TopCon 2006 and ANTEC® Thermoplastics Materials & Foams 2008 and 2009 as the Technical Program Chair. He was the Conference Chair for Biofoams 2009 & 2013 and PPS Americas Conference 2012.

Dr. Patrick C. Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He received degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (B.Sc.), and the University of Toronto (M.A.Sc. in 2001 and Ph.D. in 2006). After Postdoctoral studies at the University of Minnesota with Prof. Chris Macosko, Dr. Lee worked at The Dow Chemical Company from 2008 to 2014 as a Research Scientist and R&D Project Leader. He then joined the University of Vermont as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, where he has led a research platform on the design and manufacture of lightweight and smart composite structures, before moving to U. Toronto in July 2018. Dr. Lee has authored over 100 journal & conference papers, 2 book chapters, and 15 filed or issued patent applications in the field of polymer foam processing and characterization, and processing-structure-property relationships of nanocomposites. He is a recipient of several awards including a National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Development Award (2018), the PPS Morand Lambla award (2018), the Hanwha Advanced Materials Non-Tenured Faculty Award in 2017 and 3 "best paper" awards from SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals.

Dr. Stéphane Costeux is a R&D Fellow at DuPont in the Safety and Construction business. He holds an engineering degree from ESPCI-Paris, a Ph.D. from Univ. Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris, France), and was a Chem. Eng. post-doctoral fellow at McGill University (Montreal). He then joined Dow Chemical in 2002 in Plastics R&D and moved to Dow Building Solutions in 2006, which became part of DuPont in 2018. His work relates to experimental and theoretical aspects in materials science, rheology and polymer processing, and to product and process development for new building materials, including thermoplastic and thermoset insulation foams. Dr. Costeux has authored over 90 publications (including 30 patents). He is Fellow of the Society of Plastic Engineers, and received the Best Paper award at the SPE FOAMS conference in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He was technical program chair of SPE FOAMS 2018 conference, and chaired SPE ANTEC®'s New Technology Forum committee until 2019. He currently serves as a Director and chair of the FOAMS Conference Committee on the board of the SPE Thermoplastic Materials & Foams division. He is also on the Editorial board of several journals, including J. Cellular Plastics, and Cellular Polymers.

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