Rubber, Plastics & Polyurethanes

December 2020

Impact of Silane Coupling Agent in a Silica-based Rubber Compound Development
Date: 19 December 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 4.30 pm (India) , ~90 Min
Speaker: M. Hamid Iftikhar
Language: English
Registration Fee: FREE
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Description: The use of Silane Coupling Agent(s) is quite critical to the rubber compounds containing silica. Though the trend of using silica in various elastomer-recipes has been on the rise during the recent past because of the multiple advantages which include, but are not limited to, performance as well as service life of the finished product, green (environment-friendly) products, low rolling resistance (in case of tyres production) etc. The use of silica in an elastomer recipe, however, is coupled with various issues like the formation of agglomerates & consequently the stress-concentrated areas, adsorption of cure accelerators on silica surface, disturbance in the crosslink density of the vulcanizate etc. All these cons can be overcome by using SCAs in the elastomer recipe based on silica. This webinar aims to discuss the usage of SCA in a silica based recipe in order to achieve the said properties enhancement. A comparative study, based on the practical trials, will also be shared as on what practically happens if we do not use SCA in a silica based recipe. Lastly, a case study will also be presented.
Speaker: M. Hamid Iftikhar. Polymer Engineer by profession. Has also completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Polymer Engineering. Around 15 years’ experience in rubber compounding for tyre industry. Currently working as Senior Manager (Compounding & Development) in Panther Tyres Limited which is the leading tyres & inner-tubes manufacturing industry in Pakistan.

February 2021

From Biowastes to Bioplastics
Date: 03 February 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 3.00 pm (MEST) (Germany) , ~60 Min
Speaker: Dr.Carlos Bengoechea Ruiz
Language: English
Registration Fee: FREE
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Description: Several factors propel the transition from a fossil based to a bio-based economy, such as the depletion of non-renewable resources or the increasing need to address environmental issues. The development of bio-products from agricultural residues has a great potential, although significant improvements are still required. Almost all raw materials used for the production of plastics could be obtained from natural resources from a chemical and biothechnological point of view. The production of bio-products is not an easy task, as not all the processes are commercially feasible and/or efficient, and products obtained often possess insufficient purity or a high price. Billions of tons of biomass waste and food industry residues and by-products, also known as biowastes, are generated worldwide, which could be considered as one of the most abundant, cheap, and renewable resources available. This webinar would focus on highlighting latest research on the area of bioplastic materials, especially those rich in protein, which could be used for several applications.