Academia will showcase their research in plastics innovation.
Who Should Attend:
Leaders in innovation, research, manufacturing, sales, marketing and finance; who are interested in exploring NEW areas of product and business development.
To inspire innovation in the Canadian plastics industry, by facilitating effective communication of academic applied research to Canada's plastics industry, including the identification of the unmet needs and opportunities of the industry.
Increasing Sustainability and Competitiveness with Natural Fibre Thermoplastics Composites
Much has been said about using materials that contribute to a more sustainable environment. However sustainability goes beyond addressing only environmental issues, it should also consider the economics of the process and assure that it is socially responsible. This presentation will discuss recent advances in bringing thermoplastics composites to the market. The case of recycled thermoplastics reinforced with natural fibres will be presented and how the research collaboration between the university and industrial partners was carried out to remove barriers and bring the product closer to commercialization. It will consider the selection of raw materials, optimization of formulation and careful evaluation of molding parameters to assure new products are developed in a sustainable manner addressing both the environmental benefits and the economics
Leonardo C. Simon, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
Microcellular Foaming Technology: Invention, Lab Trial and Technology Transfer to Industry
This talk will present a microcellular foaming technology that has been invented in a lab, transferred to industry, and practiced and utilized in various industries. It will introduce the Microcellular Plastics Manufacturing Laboratory which has been focused on the fundamental aspects of the microcellular foaming technology, as well as the Centre for Industrial Application of Microcellular Plastics as a commercialization centre. It will address his own experience in this technology development and transfer to industry using polymer foam processing.
Professor Chul B. Park, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Microcellular Plastics, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Ontario
Novel Catalyst for Producing Biodegradable High-Performance Polyester