Polymer Reaction Engineering X (PRE 10)

An ECI Conference Series

May 20-25, 2018
Paradisus Punta Cana Resort
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Important Information for Participants

Register Now!                  Final Program with Posters

List of Posters                   

Poster Size:  3 ft W x 4 ft H (1m W x 1.2m H)  The width cannot exceed 1 meter

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About This Conference

Engineering Conferences International is sponsoring the tenth conference in the series on “Polymer Reaction Engineering.”  The conference will take place May 20-25, 2018 at the Paradisus Punta Cana, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

This conference provides a forum for presentation of emerging technologies and scientific advancements in the area of polymer reaction engineering.  The speakers and attendees come from various sectors of academia and industry, as well as other research organizations. This format has been adopted for the last nine PRE conferences and continues to be successful.

The program chair is Professor John Tsavalas (University of New Hampshire, USA); co-chairs are Professor Fouad Teymour (Illinois Inst. of Technology, USA), Dr. Jeffrey Stubbs (HP Inc., USA), and Professor José R. Leiza (University of the Basque Country, Spain).

The Poster Session co-chairs and Oral Session co-chairs will be announced and posted soon, with updates to our website.

Program Outline

Conference (lecture) sessions (no parallel sessions) are being developed from the following topics:

Session 1. Product Engineering I: Developing Trends in Polymer Chemistry in PRE

  1. Polymers from biological or renewable sources
  2. Biodegradable and biosourced polymers
  3. Dendritic, hyperbranched and non-linear polymers
  4. Enzymatic polymerizations
  5. Conductive polymers
  6. “Smart” polymers, amphiphilic, structured/block polymers and “Nano Objects”
  7. Single chain nanoparticles (SCNP)
  8. Dynamic crosslinking systems

Session 2. Product Engineering II: Heterogeneous Polymerizations & Processes

  1. Emulsion, miniemulsion, and microemulsion polymerizations
  2. Controlled radical polymerizations in dispersed phases
  3. Hybrid organic-inorganic materials synthesis
  4. Controlled aggregation processes
  5. Polymerization induced self-assembly & polymerization induced phase separation
  6. Polymer based admixtures
  7. Mechanisms for crosslinking or curing during film formation

Session 3: Enabling Research in PRE I: Kinetics and Thermodynamics

  1. Measurement and estimation of rate coefficients
  2. Non-linear polymerizations and crosslinking systems
  3. Influence of solvent (water or organic) on polymerization or polymer properties
  4. Influence of hydrogen bonding on kinetics and/or thermodynamics
  5. Advances in analytical techniques
  6. Rheological and diffusion impact on polymerization kinetics

Session 4: Enabling Research in PRE II: Advances in Polymerization & Process Modeling

  1. Advances in the modeling of physico-chemical phenomena in polymerizations
  2. Modeling of multiple-phase polymer systems
  3. Multi-scale modeling
  4. Polymers at Surfaces and Interfaces
  5. Molecular modeling and PRE
  6. Structure-property-performance relationships

Session 5: Process Engineering: Production Issues & Process Control

  1. Dispersed phase polymerization processes
  2. Controlled-radical polymerization processes
  3. Rubber process and technology
  4. Polyolefin production processes
  5. Mixing and scale-up of polymer processes
  6. New sensors and technology for online monitoring
  7. Monitoring, optimization and control of polymerization processes

Session 6: PRE in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications

  1. Polymers in 3D printing
  2. Polymers for tissue engineering and/or biomaterials
  3. Surgical and wound healing applications of polymers
  4. Polymer-based biosensors
  5. Polymers applications in cancer treatment
  6. Drug delivery and controlled release
  7. Polymers in the pharmaceutic industry and biopharmaceutic polymers
  8. Polymer applications for nutrition and health

Additional oral presentations will be selected based on abstract submissions for the poster session.

Conference Plenary Lecture

The conference plenary speaker will be announced at a later date.

Conference Organization

Chair:  John Tsavalas, University of New Hampshire, USA

Fouad Teymour, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Jeffrey Stubbs, HP Inc., USA
Jose R. Leiza, University of the Basque Country, Spain

PRE 10 Conference Sponsors

Sponsors will be posted here as they are confirmed.  If your company would like to be a sponsor, please contact either Fouad Teymour (teymour@iit.edu) or John Tsavalas (john.tsavalas@unh.edu).

Wiley-VCH has graciously offered to award three poster prizes, each with a book voucher to the value of 200EUR and prize winners will also be featured on their Awards webpage.

There will be opportunities for sponsor table displays, along with the poster sessions.

Poster Sessions and Abstract Submission

Poster Sessions

The Poster Session co-chairs will be announced and posted here, shortly.

Poster Size:  3 ft W x 4 ft H (1m W x 1.2m H)  The width cannot exceed 1 meter

Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.  Participants are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts for the poster sessions as they form an integral part of the meeting.  Additional oral presentations will be selected based on abstract submissions for the poster session, so please do submit your Abstract also with intention to become a selected oral speaker.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:                     Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:                Closed

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.


The meeting notes will include copies of all presentations (short abstracts and copies of the slides; only those approved by the speakers). The notes will be distributed to all participants.

As was done in previous PRE conferences, more details will be given later for the deadline for submission of papers resulting from PRE X.  In contrast to typical symposia proceedings, however, conference participants will be encouraged to submit papers to Macromolecular Reaction Engineering.  Several special issues will be proposed related to topics covered at the conference.

Conference Venue

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, is where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet.  It is a region known for its 32-km stretch of beaches and clear waters. The Bávaro area and Punta Cana combine to form what is known as La Costa del Coco, or the Coconut Coast, an area with many resorts.

Conference participants will stay at Melia’s Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, right alongside the beautiful Bávaro Beach with its fine white sand, crystal clear water, lush vegetation and endless palm trees.  This AAA Four-Diamond all-inclusive resort is the same location where the technical sessions will be held. The portion of the resort for the technical sessions is also somewhat protected from the traffic of guests simply there to enjoy the beach or the casino, so we have the “best of both worlds” in a site for both relaxation and technical enrichment!

The resort’s public spaces are open and airy, constructed from local materials and brightened by indigenous flora. This particular Paradisus resort is especially beautiful as it has mangrove trees throughout with walking paths that allow you to enjoy the natural element. Suites are fully equipped and have private balconies or terraces. Between sessions, or for accompanying guests who travel with you, you can enjoy one of the six swimming pools, the beautiful Bávaro beach, snorkeling, volleyball, tennis (4 courts), the YHI Spa (with a 20% discount on spa treatments), fitness center, or golf.  There is one complimentary round of golf per person; however, a golf cart is mandatory at an extra charge of US $75 per round per person.

The Cocotal Golf and Country Club and Palma Real Shopping Village are a few minutes away from the resort. For tourist activities beyond the resort, a brand new highway now puts tourists less than an hour away from the attractions of La Romana, and two and a half hours from Santo Domingo.  Rental car services are available at the resort.


Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is the best-connected airport in the Caribbean and Central America, with flights from 26 countries.  The conference site/resort is merely 24 km away.  The airport is modern and clearly marked with bilingual signs for arrivals, departures, gates, immigration and restrooms.  A visa is required for entry, yet can be purchased on-site at the PUJ airport just prior to customs for $10 USD (purchase at the airport is the typical method). For more specific information if you are from outside the US, Canada, or the EU, please contact the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in your home country.

Taxis–There are typically many taxis available at the airport.

Shuttle–If you wish to make pre-conference reservations for either a shared shuttle or a private transfer vehicle, one of the companies that provides this service is Dominican Airport Transfers (https://dominicanairporttransfers.com).  Cost for a round-trip transfer in a shared shuttle is approximately US$35 per person.  A private transfer per vehicle is approximately US$62 and is a good value for a group coming together.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

The resort is all-inclusive.  Conference fees include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights), all meals, drinks, non-motorized water sports, and taxes from dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday. (Note: One restaurant has a surcharge for diners). The hotel will bill Incidental fees (faxes, laundry, etc.) to your personal account.

All Participants (including Members of the Organizing Committee and Invited Speakers) are required to register.

The conference fees are:

Register on or before April 18, 2018 Register after

April 18, 2018

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional**) US $2,130.00 US $2,330.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,735.00 US $1,935.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to Kathy@engconfintl.org) US $ 1,320.00 US $1,320.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (A guest badge will be issued and this fee Includes all conference meals.) US $ 360.00 US $360.00
Note: The hotel is all-inclusive.  Each registered guest will be issued a wrist band to wear throughout their stay.

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI (info@engconfintl.org) for pricing.

Conference Registration

You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it.

If you are not certain if you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we do not have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were located. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email kathy@engconfintl.org.

Pre- and Post-Conference Reservations:  If you are planning to arrive early (before May 20) or to stay after the conference (after May 25) you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

Please forward this announcement to interested colleagues.

Register Now!

Please use This Link to register for this conference.

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis and late registrants may be housed in a nearby hotel.

All participants are encouraged to register before April 17, 2018.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (kathy@engconfintl.org).

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to kathy@engconfintl.org.  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (Kathy@engconfintl.org).

Final Program and Posters

Please click HERE to view the final program and posters.

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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