Polyolefin 2018

We attended the Polyolefin Conference in Houston Texas again this year. While the number of student posters was down, the attendance and number of talks was up considerably. Talks covered a range of topics on polyolefins from global overviews of market trends to specific issues like non-halogenated slip agents.  Again, the shared meals and mixers allowed one to make contacts and talk to a lot of people. The conference again had a local school group come in for the entertainment at the last mixer: this year it was a mariachi band. (The conference normally also makes a sizeable donation to the school).

 

One disappointment is  Wiley-Scrivener did not have a booth with Andy Chatterjee’s Industrial Polyethylene.  Andy reached out to a lot of the chapter authors at the previous Polyolefin Conferences and that was where he first approached Noah and me to write the thermal analysis chapter. Thanks to Mark Spalding’s work, the book got finished after Andy’s death.

And the IAH cowonaut just because “Texas Y’all:”