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ANTEC plenary speakers.

Monday, April 22 | 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (immediately following the SPE Annual Business Meeting)

Fractal Structuring in Polymer Processing

Han Meijer Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Technology Eindhoven University of Technology

For a multitude of high-end applications such as photovoltaics and membranes for fuel cells or gas separation, creating large internal surfaces via fractal structuring during polymer processing can result in unique possibilities for enhancing performance. Structuring is possible even in processing techniques like injection molding. Inspired by microfluidic practice, an optimized splitting and recombining static mixer is realized on the parting surface of a mold. Different geometries are used to multiply, rotate, and add stratified structures. After the obvious structuring of a number of parallel layers, attention is focused on layers perpendicular to the product surface. A combination of the two allows complex hierarchical fractal structures to be obtained.

Han Meijer is full professor in Polymer Technology at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Twente in 1980, and then joined DSM research, where he was active in the areas of basic research, polymer processing modeling and explorative research. In 1985, he became visiting professor at TU/e in the department of Polymer Chemistry and Technology in the area of Applied Rheology. In 1989, he became full professor in Polymer Technology in the Fundamental Mechanics group of the department of Mechanical Engineering. Over the years, he supervised more than 60 Ph.D. students. His present interests include structure development during flow and structure-property relations, micro-rheology and microfluidics, micro-macro-mechanics, modeling of polymer processing and design in polymers, and America's Cup sailing.

Monday, April 22 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

New Polymer Materials Developed in SINOPEC

Dr. Jinliang Qiao Vice President SINOPEC Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Industry

This presentation will give a brief introduction on new polymer materials developed in SINOPEC Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Industry, including new polyolefin materials, new polymer nano-composite and new conductive polymer composites. In addition to industrialized polymer materials, fundamental research also will be included.

Dr. Jinliang Qiao was born in Beijing and has been working with SINOPEC since 1985. Currently, he is the Vice President of SINOPEC Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Industry. Dr. Qiao has published more than 100 papers, and is credited for over 60 patents.

Tuesday, April 23 | 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Abundant U.S. Shale Gas Supplies are Revitalizing the Plastics Industry

Dwight N. Tozer Vice President, Adhesion Industry Business ExxonMobil Chemical Company

The enormous increase in domestic natural gas production is spurring a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S., particularly for energy-intensive industries like the chemical and plastics businesses. ExxonMobirs Outlook for Energy to 2040 indicates that the chemicals subsector of industrial energy demand will be the fastest-growing area over the next 25 years, with demand growing more than 50 percent, largely due to increased demand for plastics and other advanced products. An abundant, competitive natural gas supply in the U.S. provides a very strong foundation for increasing economic output, opening up new and valuable opportunities in many regions and sectors of the economy, including industrial sectors such as steel, auto manufacturing, and plastics. Expanded natural gas production is allowing chemical and plastics manufacturers to create jobs and increase sales to domestic and global markets. The shale gas advantage comes in the form of lower cost energy, increased supply security, creation of new jobs and enhanced global competiveness.

Dwight Tozer is vice president of the Adhesion Industry Business of ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Houston, Texas. Mr. Tozer joined the company in 1991 as a design engineer before working in a series of supervisory, corporate analyst and operations management roles in England, New Jersey, Texas and California. In 2004, Mr. Tozer was appointed technical manager at ExxonMobil's Joliet Refinery in Illinois. He was named process manager of the Baytown Refinery in Texas in 2006. Mr. Tozer was then appointed Port Jerome Refinery manager in Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon, France in 2008. Mr. Tozer moved to Houston to serve as vice president of the global Adhesion Industry Business unit in July 2012. Mr. Tozer received a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's of business administration from Columbia University.

Wednesday, April 24 | 11:15 a.m.--12:15 p.m.

Driving Innovation in the Wire and Cable Industry

Gregory J. Lampert Executive Vice President, President & CEO, The Americas General Cable North America

The wire and cable manufacturing industry designs, manufactures, and distributes cable products by extruding metallic or fiber optic material and covering them with some form of polymeric jacket. The global market is valued at $185B. Specific requirements for wire and cable products vary greatly based on the extensive diversity of applications which use them. Primary industry drivers are energy related legislation and investments, infrastructure spending, construction cycles, industrial activities, and emerging markets and population growth. General Cable, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of copper, aluminum, and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy infrastructure, construction, retail, telecommunications and original equipment manufacturer markets. Mr. Lampert's presentation will provide an overview of the state of the wire and cable industry, key business indicators and market trends for the near future, General Cable's approach to technology innovation to drive new products and applications, new material advances such as low smoke zero halogen compounds and lead free compounds, General Cable's commitment to green products through the 17 Free[TM] Platform and new product launches to establish leadership in the growing Renewables Energy segment.

Mr. Lampert is Executive Vice President, President, and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable North America. He is responsible for all of the North American business and functional organizations including sales, technology, manufacturing, supply chain, information technology, and human resources. Mr. Lampert joined General Cable in 1998 and has worked in a number of capacities, including product management, sales, and business team leadership. Prior to joining General Cable, he held engineering and commercial management positions with The Dow Chemical Company and Cintas Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and has a Master's degree in Strategy, Finance, and Marketing from the University of Chicago.
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