Non Halogenated Flame Retardants Workshop

Non-Halogenated Flame Retardants Workshop

Dates Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Monday, June 21, 2021
Workshop Format: Four 3-hour sessions
09:00-10:15 Presentation
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-10:45 Supplier Spotlight
10:45-12:00 Presentation
12:00-12:30 REMO networking event (day 2 & 4 only)


PINFA AND SPE Members: $400
Nonmembers: $550
Multipack — 4 Attendees $1200
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Benefits of Attending This Course

  • Gives an Overview of the Regulatory Environment and the Need for FRs
  • Provide Basic Understanding of Flame Retardant Mechanisms, Ingredients and Tests
  • Improve Understanding How Formulators Design Systems to Meet Application Needs
  • Viewing of Actual Flammability Test Videos and Discussion on What They are Measuring
  • Insight into New NHFR Technology Developments
  • How Sustainability is Affecting NHFR Technology

The Course Will be Taught By:

  • Instructors Who Have Decades of Industrial Experience in Formulating and Compounding
  • Personnel with Real Experience in Commercializing NHFR Formulations/Technologies

About the Speaker

Roger W. Avakian, Owner of Avakian PolyChem Consulting LLC, is currently consulting in the graphene, specialty chemicals, polymer blends and non-halogen flame retardant additives fields for several clients.

Roger Avakian retired from PolyOne (now Avient) after 19 years in May 2019. He was PolyOne’s first CTO and retired as their first PolyOne Fellow. His group contributed to the commercial development of many PolyOne’s developments including biomaterials, high temperature polymers and non-halogen flame retardant technologies.

Prior to joining PolyOne, Roger was employed at GE Plastics for 20 years in various technical and technology management positions. He has 86 issued U.S. Patents, including 12 that are on flame retardant compositions. Roger has given numerous presentations globally and has several publications. He became a Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Fellow in 2020 and has held leadership positions in the SPE including his most recent position as the Chairman of the Business Development and Technology Committee. Roger is a member of the American Chemical Society, SAMPE and is a professional member of PINFA-NA, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating consumers and stakeholders on the benefits of sustainable flame retardants.

Roger Avakian earned his B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from the University of California, San Diego in 1973. He is a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma.

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