Preliminary Program

Polymer Reaction Engineering IV

March 19-24, 2000
Palm Coast Golf Resort and Conference Center
300 Clubhouse Drive
Palm Coast, Florida
Phone: 1-904-45-3000 -- Fax: 1-904-445-9685

Conference Co-Chairs
M.F. Cunningham
Department of Chemical Engineering
Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
K.W. Leffew
DuPont Central R&D
Wilmington, DE, USA
K.B. McAuley
Department of Chemical Engineering
Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

United Engineering Foundation, Inc.
Three Park Avenue, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10016-5902
Phone: 1-212-591-7836 Fax: 1-212-591-7441
E-mail: engfnd@aol.com Website: www.engfnd.org

Sunday, March 19, 2000

04:00 pm - 06:30 pm Registration (Lobby)

06:30 pm - 08:00 pm Opening Dinner (Pavilion, weather permitting)

08:00 pm - 08:30 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
Conference Chairs
UEF Liaison

08:00 pm - 09:00 pm Opening Reception (Foyer outside Ballroom)

Monday, March 20, 2000

07:00 am - 08:30 am Breakfast

08:30 am - 12:00 noon Session I
Recent Developments in Polymerization Kinetics (Reaction Fundamentals I)
Session Chairs: M. Buback (University of Goettingen, Germany), J. Soares (University of Waterloo, Canada)

"Individual Rate Coefficients for Free-Radical Polymerizations in Bulk and in Solution of Carbon Dioxide"
Sabine Beuermann
Institute for Physical Chemistry, University of Goettingen, Germany

"Modelling of Long-Chain Branching and Molecular Weight Distributions in Free-Radical Polymerization"
Robin A. Hutchinson
DuPont International, Geneva, Switzerland

Coffee Break

"Mathematical Modelling as a Tool for LDPE Process and Product Development"
Paul W.J. van den Heuvel
DSM Research, Polyolefins Process Technology, The Netherlands

"Reaction Engineering Aspects of Polyolefins"
Timothy McKenna
LCPP-CNRS/ESCPE-Lyon, France

12:15 pm - 01:30 pm Lunch

01:30 pm - 06:00 pm Ad hoc Discussions/Free Time

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm Social Hour

06:00 pm - 07:30 pm Dinner

07:30 pm - 10:00 pm Session II
Approaches for Developing Process Understanding (Reaction Fundamentals II)
Session Chairs: M. Kersting (Targor, Germany)
M. Villalobos (SC Johnson Polymer, Wisconsin, USA)

"Continuous Monitoring of Critical Reaction Parameters in Emulsion Polymerization Reactors"
L. H. García-Rubio
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida, USA

"Analysis and Optimization of Polyesterification Processes"
R. Bachmann
Bayer AG, Germany

"Stopped-flow techniques for the understanding of Basic Polymerization Kinetics"
M. Terano
School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

"Understanding Complex Degradation Chemistry of Polymers through Experiment and Mechanistic Modeling"
L.J. Broadbelt
Department of Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, USA

Discussion

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Social Hour

Tuesday, March 20, 2000

07:00 am - 08:30 am Breakfast

08:30 am - 12:00 noon Session III
Commercial Viability of Processes and Products
Session Chairs: G. Dougherty (Rohm and Haas, USA)
G. Ko (Mitsubishi Chemical, Japan)

"Attainable Region Approach for Feasible Products and Polymerization Reactor Configurations"
M.F. Malone
University of Massachusetts, USA

"Gel Formation Hydroxylalkyl Polymers: Techniques for Gel Reduction in CSTRs"
J.D. Campbell
S.C. Johnson Polymer, Racine, Wisconsin, USA

Coffee Break

"The Twin Screw Extruder - "A Known Black Box?"
M. Mours
BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, Germany "Sustainable Composites from Renewable Resources"
R.P. Wool
University of Delaware, USA

12:15 pm - 01:30 pm Lunch

01:30 pm - 06:00 pm Ad hoc Discussions/Free Time

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm Social Hour

06:00 pm - 07:30 pm Dinner

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm Poster Session with Social Hour
Session Chairs: J. Puskas (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
G. Weickert (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

NOTE: Posters will be listed on the UEF website in
February.

Wednesday, March 22, 2000

07:00 am - 08:30 am Breakfast

08:30 am - 12:00 noon Session IV
Scale-up of Polymerization Processes
Session Chairs: C. Barron (Clemson University, USA)
A. German (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

"Batch Semi-continuous and Continuous Emulsion Polymerization Processes: Some Key Factors for Scale-up"
J. Meuldijk, M.F. Kemmere, J.G. Wijers, and B.A.H. Drinkenburg Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

"Scale-up in Emulsion Polymerization with Focus on Coagulum Formation"
A. Klein
Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA, USA

Coffee Break

"Micro- and Macromixing Phenomena in High Pressure Polyethylene Reactors"
L. Smit
DSM Research, Geleen, The Netherlands

"Scale-up of Gas-phase Metallocene Polymerizations"
F. Morterol
BP/DOW, France

"Pilot Scale Polymerization Loop Reactors, the Right Size to Scale-up"
T. Meyer
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

12:15 pm - 01:30 pm Lunch

01:30 pm - 06:00 pm Ad hoc Discussions/Free Time

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm Social Hour

06:00 pm - 07:30 pm Dinner

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm Poster Session with Social Hour
Session Chairs: J. Puskas (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
G. Weickert (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

NOTE: Posters will be listed on the UEF website in
February.

Thursday, March 23, 2000

07:00 am - 08:30 am Breakfast

08:30 am - 12:00 noon Session V
Process Modeling
Session Chairs: K.-D. Hungenberg (BASF, Germany)
M. Wulkow (Computing in Technology, Germany)

"Analysis and Synthesis of Condensation Polymerization Processes"
K. Marchildon
DuPont Canada Inc., Kingston, Canada

"Modeling and Simulation of Branched Polymer Formation"
H. Tobita
Fukui University, Japan

Coffee Break

"Modeling of Polyolefin Processes"
U. Nieken, F. Mähling, T. Dröge, A. Daiß, and M. Busch
BASF AG, Germany "Computational Fluid Dynamics and Multidimensional Distribution Modeling in Polymer Reaction Engineering"
P.D. Iedema, H.C.J. Hoefsloot, and E. Fourcade
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

12:15 pm - 01:30 pm Lunch

01:30 pm - 06:30 pm Ad hoc Discussions/Free Time

06:30 pm - 07:00 pm Social Hour

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm Conference Dinner

09:00 pm - 10:30 pm Open Forum
Topic to be announced - suggestions are welcome

Friday, March 24, 2000

07:00 am - 08:30 am Breakfast

08:30 am - 12:00 noon Session VI
Control and Monitoring of Polymerization Processes
Session Chairs: J. Asua (Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain)
J. Congalidis (DuPont, USA)
J. Richards (DuPont, USA) "Quality Control of Polymerization Processes" M. Ohshima Department of Chemical Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan

"Comparison of Statistical and Mechanistic Models for Process Monitoring and Improvement of Batch Polymerization Processes"
P. Nomikos
Dupont Canada Inc., Kingston, Canada

Coffee Break

"Multi-rate Control of Polymerization Processes"
M. Soroush
Department of Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, USA "Model-based Control of an Emulsion Polymerization Reactor"
F.J. Doyle III
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, USA

12:00 Noon Lunch and Departure

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