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The 4th International Conference on Polyolefin Characterization (ICPC) will to be held on 21–24 October 2012 in The Woodlands, Houston, Texas, USA.
Being co-organized by Polymer Char, ICPC covers different aspects on polyethlyene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) molecular architecture characterization, including molar mass distribution (GPC/SEC), comonomer incorporation and distribution, long chain branching, crystallinity and rheological properties.
ICPC is targeted at researchers typically working at polyolefin producers and processors, contract research organizations, government laboratories, academia, analytical and testing laboratories and instrumentation developers.
The 4th ICPC will take place in The Woodlands, located 32 miles north of Houston, Texas, USA, a thriving downtown in the forest that has become a regional destination for business, culture and entertainment.
The technical programme will consist of lectures and posters in separation and fractionation, molecular structure and properties, morphology, thermal analysis, rheology and spectroscopy.
A short course on analytical and preparative separation techniques is scheduled for 21 October. This one-day course complements the meeting by providing new researchers an opportunity to engage the world's experts to share their knowledge and experiences of polyolefin characterization. Topics covered are introduction to polyolefin microstructure, GPC/SEC practical considerations and applications, chemical composition distribution (TREF, CRYSTAF and CEF), cross fractionation, high temperature HPLC and preparative fractionation.
Previous conferences have been held in Houston, Texas, USA, in 2006, in Valencia, Spain, in 2008 and in Shanghai, China, in 2010. In this way the event has covered the whole world map and become a truly international conference on the field of polyolefin characterization. With attendees from over 20 countries and from the leading polyolefin players, ICPC unifies the participation of researchers from both industry and academia throughout the continents.
The ICPC technical committee is represented by Dr Benjamin Monrabal (Polymer Char, Spain), Dr Colin Li Pi Shan (The Dow Chemical Company, USA) and Prof João Soares (University of Waterloo, Canada), who founded it together. Later, in 2008, the committee was pleased to welcome Prof Minoru Terano (JAIST, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan) and Prof Dujin Wang (ICCAS, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), in 2010.
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