POLYMER REACTION ENGINEERING XI

21AB

October 23-27, 2022
Scottsdale, Arizona

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About This Conference

Polymer Reaction Engineering XI will focus on using the tools developed over the course of the past 75 years, new and old, to design polymers for current and future applications.

It is not unreasonable to say that the specificity of Polymer Reaction Engineering (PRE) has always been the very strong relationship between the product one obtains, and the process and reactor used to make it.  As the adage goes “polymers are product by process.”  One could say that PRE is about quantitatively understanding and describing how the polymer molecules are assembled in the reactor – understanding how to make specific molecules react together to form well-defined and useful products.  This obviously implies that we are able to model the fundamental steps taking place, to monitor the reactor, to control the process operations, optimize process performance, and predict how all of this defines the structure of the products we are making.  Of course, one also needs to consider the additional constraints linked to, for instance, the exothermicity of the reaction, variable and high viscosity, non-ideal kinetics, actions of cocatalysts and kinetic mechanisms in coordination polymerization, particle nucleation and coagulation in emulsion polymerization, etc.  And of course, one cannot forget the need to include basic, fundamental science like surface chemistry, thermodynamics etc. Incorporating all these aspects are some of the basic building blocks of PRE. 

Since the large-scale manufacturing of synthetic polymers began some 80 or 90 years ago, engineers and scientists have been building a better fundamental picture of the underlying science of polymerization.  This began with what appears now to be a simple concept – the fact that a polymer is in fact a macromolecule with specific structure that we can control.  Since then, better descriptions of polymerization kinetics and methods of polymer characterization have allowed us to design better, cleaner more efficient processes to control the physical properties of these macromolecules better than ever before. In addition, advanced computational tools are allowing us to more efficiently solve the models that we are developing.  The body of knowledge pertaining to the production of polymers continues to increase, pushing some people to question whether or not polymer science in general, and polymer reaction engineering in particular are mature fields where only incremental progress is now possible.

The objective of this conference is to demonstrate that this last view is far from true. PRE tools, and the understanding they provide are essential in a modern world – not just for traditional applications, but also for emerging applications.  Polymers play an essential role in the development of emerging applications, including: cleaner energy sources such as batteries for cars, trucks and eventually airplanes; lighter, longer lasting tires for transportation; life sciences and prosthetics; biodegradable and sustainable materials from non-petroleum based sources; 3D manufacturing and many others.  PRE tools will even play an important role in designing pathways and processes for the recycling of plastics.

PRE XI provides a forum for both academic and industrial scientists to demonstrate that polymer reaction engineering tools and approaches are important in a modern economy and a modern world, and that the fundamental concepts used to create new, well-defined materials are more pertinent now than ever. The conference will be structured around traditional oral and poster presentations, with a special session for young scientists including doctoral and post-doctoral students to present their work.  We also intend to organise more informal sessions where interested companies can meet those who represent the future of this discipline to discuss employment opportunities.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Scottsdale, Arizona from the 23-27 of October, 2022.  For more information on the conference as things develop, please check back with this web site, or sign up for the PRE XI LinkedIn group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13841081/).  

If you’d like to receive alerts, to propose a topic for presentation, to learn about participating as a vendor or in the job fair, or to help sponsor the conference, please feel free to contact:

Timothy McKenna
PRE.XI.2022@gmail.com

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs

Chair: Timothy McKenna, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France
Academic Co-Chair: Claudia Sayer, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Industrial Co-Chair: Jay Reimers,  ExxonMobil, USA

William Sachs, ECI Technical Liaison

Call for Abstracts

Coming soon.

Venue Information

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort (7200 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253) is conveniently located just minutes away from art galleries, shops and restaurants of Old Town Scottsdale and world class golf courses.  The hotel is located on 40 lush acres and excellent meeting space, five pools, a full-service spa, fragrant gardens filled with desert flowers, and stunning views of Camelback and Mummy Mountain.  In addition there are outdoor tennis courts, a sauna, a 24-hour fitness center and free parking.  There is a shuttle to the local shopping center.  The entire property was renovated in late summer 2016.

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

The rooms all have a mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, flat screen TV, and an in-room safe.  There is free WiFi in rooms and throughout the property.

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is 17 miles from the hotel.

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Scottsdale area is full of visitor surprises – everything from the wide-open expanses of the beautiful Sonoran Desert to the quaint streets of Old Town.  Among the most popular area attractions are Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This vast urban preserve – the largest of its kind in the US – encompasses more than 30,500 acres and boasts over 225 miles of scenic shared-use trails in the McDowell Mountain foothills for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. 

The Gateway, McDowell Mountain

The Gateway, one of the Preserve’s 11 trailheads, is a great place to start your explorations.  There are trails for all skill levels, from the ADA accessible Bajada Nature Trail to the calorie-busting Windgate Pass Trail.

Old Town Scottsdale, AZ

Old Town Scottsdale – there are nine walkable neighborhoods that offer a variety of experiences – everything from the historic Old Town to the galleries of the Arts District to the Entertainment district.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West – Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright was so captivated by the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and sunny climate that he chose Scottsdale as the location for his winter home and architectural school.  Taliesin West.  A variety of daily tours at tis UNESCO Heritage Site, originally constructed in the late 1930s, offers guests an insider’s look into Wright’s ingenious designs and his ability to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is an ingenious renovation of an old movie theater by architect Will Bruder that celebrates modern art, architecture and design of our time through thought-provoking, changing exhibitions.

Western Spirit

Western Spirit: Scottdale’s Museum of the West is an Old Town gem that celebrates the pioneer spirit of the American West through changing exhibitions of fine art, rare historic artifacts and cultural treasures.

The Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden has five paced thematic trails to introduce visitors to thousands of arid-land plants from around the world as well as changing exhibits of large-scale art.

For racing car fans there is the opportunity to visit the Penske Racing Museum that is situated within the Penske Automotive Group car dealerships.  This 9,000 sq. ft. two story museum showcases an astonishing collection of cars (including the actual racing cars) and trophies.

Golfing in Scottsdale, AZ

In addition to golf, there are ample vendors of equipment for outdoor adventures from mountain bike rentals to desert jeep tours.

Sponsors

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, 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 conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. 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 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.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

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