October 9-11, 2018 Kentucky International Convention Center
Brought to you by: Rubber Division | American Chemical Society
October 9-11, 2018 Kentucky International Convention Center

Technical Meeting

194th Technical Meeting 

October 9-11, 2018 – Kentucky International Convention Center

Technical Meeting price includes entry to the expo.

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194th Technical Meeting Symposia:
- Heat, Fluid and Flame-Resistant Elastomers
- Thermoplastics and Specialty Elastomers
- Advances in Material and Processes of Car and Truck Tires
- Aging and Stability of Rubber - Additives & Mechanisms
- Contributed Session
- Plasticizers and Processing Promoters
- Biobased and Renewable Materials
- Advances in Synthetic Elastomers
- New Commercial Developments
- Nano Fillers for Rubber Reinforcement
- Rubber Testing & Characterization
- Reducing Carbon Footprint
- Rubber Friction and Abrasion
- Standardization

Keynote Address
October 9, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Florian Schattenmann, The Dow Chemical Company - Vice President - Performance Materials & Coatings R&D

Using Fundamental Polymer Science to Accelerate Elastomer Innovations 
The rapid pace of global growth demands unparalleled innovation. This mandate is critical for true progress on leading megatrends, such as globalization, urbanization, digitalization and sustainable development. It is also a significant driver shaping today’s material science capabilities. Recent advancements in high-throughput research, analytical sciences and material modeling have enriched our capabilities to apply fundamental polymer science to discover next-generation materials.  In particular elastomers research has experienced an acceleration of innovation. Three examples will highlight how such advancements have resulted in new elastomer technologies meeting increasingly more challenging customer and market requirements:
High-throughput catalyst research techniques enabled development of a new EPDM rubber that offers tailored molecular-design structures.
Enhanced analytical science regarding material optical properties resulted in unique moldable optical silicone elastomers for creating complex lighting designs that cannot be achieved with plastics or glass.
Advanced material modeling and application simulations demonstrated the relationship between elastomer seal performance and specific material properties to help accelerate the rubber part design process.
Florian Schattenmann is the Vice President for Performance Materials & Coatings R&D at The Dow Chemical Company, where he oversees innovation across a diverse set of businesses leveraging unique chemistries and advanced technology to drive market-focused product development. Prior to taking on this role, he was the Vice President for Corporate R&D at Dow, where he led a broad portfolio of corporate research programs and world leading innovation capabilities. Florian joined Dow in 2010 from SulphCo Inc., where he held the position of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer from 2008 to 2010. Prior to joining SulphCo, he was the technology director for GE-Bayer Silicones, a joint venture of General Electric and Bayer AG based in Leverkusen, Germany, and globally for the Silicone Elastomers Business. He continued in that position after the business was acquired by Apollo Management L.P. and renamed Momentive Performance Materials in 2007. Earlier in his career, Florian managed several research laboratories at GE’s Global Research Center. Schattenmann is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, holds 7 U.S. patents and has numerous publications. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards for Oakridge National Laboratories Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorates, the Department of Chemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA and his Diplom Chemiker degree from the Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany.