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  • 197th Technical Meeting Conference Recordings

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    A Selection of Presentations from the 197th Technical Meeting, Rubber Division, ACS

    The following presentations from the Rubber Division, ACS, 197th Technical Meeting, are now available. 

    New Reinforcing Materials for Rubber

    • Novel Crosslinking Strategies Toward Strengthened and Malleable Rubbers - Baochun Guo, South China University of Technology
    • Preparation and Properties of Natural Rubber with Nanodiamond Nanomatrix Structure - Seiichi Kawahara, Nagaoka University of Technology
    • Micro- Vs. Macro- Dispersion: Payne Effect as Indirect Micro-Dispersion Measurement for Silica-Reinforced Elastomer Compounds - Ayush Kharel, University of Twente
    • Joint Hybridization of Secondary Fillers and Secondary Polymers Towards Improved Silica-Reinforced NR Tire Tread Compounds - Wisut Kaewsakul, University of Twente

    Fracture Mechanics

    • Numerical Leak Prediction of Elastomeric Seals - Travis Hohenberger, Queen Mary University of London
    • Intrinsic Strength and Tearing Behavior of Tread Rubber Compounds - Nihat A. Isitman, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    • Polymer Tack and Interfacial Crack Mechanics - Xiaorong Wang, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Institute for Advanced Study, Tongji University, Shanghai

    3D Printing with Elastomers

    • Additive Manufacturing of Elastomers (AME, Rubber 3D) - Lion Sundermann, German Institute of Rubber Technology e.V.
    • Breakthroughs in 3D printing - Matthew White, American Additive Manufacturing

    Sustainability Developments in the Tire Industry

    • Sustainable Rubbers from Renewable Biomass - Anil Bhowmick, The University of Houston
    • Technical Approaches for the Continuous Devulcanization of ELT Material - Mathias Zabel, KraussMaffei Extrusion GmbH

    Materials Research/Characterization

    • Flow and Aging of Silicone Rubber for Fuel Cell Sealing Applications - Anita Luong, University of Michigan
    • Characterisation of Friction Behaviour for Dynamic O-ring Seals During Cyclic Testing Under Extreme Pressure and Temperature Conditions - Eduardo Yanes, Queen Mary University of London


    Anil Bhowmick

    University of Houston

    Professor Anil K. Bhowmick is currently a Research Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston and a former Professor of Eminence at IIT Kharagpur. He was previously associated with the University of Akron, Ohio, USA,  London School of Polymer Technology, London and Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. His main research interests are: Sustainable Materials, Nanocomposites, Thermoplastic Elastomers and Polymer blends,  Polymer modification, Rubber Technology, Failure and Degradation of Polymers, Adhesion and Adhesives. 

    Baochun Guo

    Head of Department of Polymer Materials and Engineering, South China University of Technology

    Baochun Guo obtained his PhD degree in 2001 at South China University of Technology (SCUT), the birthplace of rubber discipline in China. His current research involves hierarchical design of rubbers and rubber composites, development and applications of high-performance and functional elastomers.

    Travis Hohenberger

    Queen Mary University of London

    After graduating from University of Oklahoma with an MSc in 2007, Hohenberger worked for Schlumberger, Ltd. from 2006 to 2017 designing downhole oilfield equipment. He is currently pursuing a PhD studying leak prediction in high pressure seals.

    NIhat Isitman

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

    Dr. Nihat Isitman has held a variety of scientist positions in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's two innovation centers, Luxembourg and Akron, OH. He worked as a technical leader of fundamental technology projects as well as application development programs for winter, all-season and light truck tire compound technologies. Dr. Isitman`s current research interests are viscoelastic properties, tribological performance and durability of tire rubber compounds. He holds 14 US and European patents and has co-authored over 60 publications in journals and conferences on properties of plastics and rubber. Dr. Isitman holds a PhD degree in Materials Engineering with specialization on Polymer Nanocomposites from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

    Wisut Kaewsakul

    Assistant Professor of Elastomer Technology and Engineering, University of Twente

    Department of Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces and Systems (MS3), University of Twente, The Netherlands

    Seichi Kawahara

    Nagaoka University of Technology

    An expert on natural rubber science and technology, Professor Seiichi Kawahara has spent the last two decades investigating a relationship between structure and properties of natural rubber. He received his doctorate in Engineering from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in 1992 and joined the rubber research group of Prof. Alan Gent and Prof. Gray Hamed at Akron University in 1996-1997 as a visiting scientist. Currently, he is professor at Nagaoka university of Technology. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including received the Science and Technology Award in 2015 from the Society of Rubber Science and Technology, Japan, and the Sparks-Thomas Award in 2014 from the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society, USA.

    Ayush Kharel

    University of Twente

    Department of Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces and Systems, University of Twente, The Netherlands

    Anita Luong

    University of Michigan

    Anita Luong is pursuing a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at University of Michigan while working as a Materials Engineer in the Fuel Cell Group at General Motors.  Her research focuses on the degradation of sealing materials in automotive fuel cell environments.

    Lion Sunderman

    German Institute of Rubber Technology / Deutsches Institut für Kautschuktechnologie e. V.

    Sunderman received his M.Sc. Chemistry in 2019 at Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany and is currently a PhD Student in the Processing department of DIK.

    Xiaorong Wang

    Professor Tongji University, Shanghai

    Dr. Xiaorong Wang is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Chemical Science and Engineering and Institute for Advanced Study at Tongji University in Shanghai. Dr. Wang earned his Ph.D. in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in 1994 from Syracuse University and worked as a Research Associate at Princeton University. He joined Bridgestone/Firestone Americas in 1995 and worked in rubber industry for many years. In 2013 Dr. Wang joined Tongji University as a professor and renewed his research on living polymerization, complex fluids, reinforcement, micro-phase engineering, rolling resistance and traction. 

    Matthew White

    Application/Sales Engineer, American Additive Manufacturing

    Eduardo Yanes

    Queen Mary University of London

    Mathias Zabel

    Product Manager; KraussMaffei Extrusion

    Dr. Zabel studied of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering at the University of Hanover and received his PhD on the subject of "Cellulose fibres as reinforcing filler in rubber". He is currently a Product Manager at KraussMaffei Extrusion.

  • Impact of COVID-19

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    What impact will the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have on our industry?

    Did you miss our free webinar on Wednesday, April 1st? 

    Dr. Mahesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management and Director of the Institute of Global Business in the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron, reviewed potential economic, logistic and sourcing impacts we may see and experience. View the recording of his presentation and learn what impact the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will have on our industry and how to best position your company for these potential impacts.

    For anyone who may have attended the webinar, we thank you for your patience and understanding of the intermittent sound issues we experienced. We wanted to ensure you didn’t miss anything, so Dr. Srinivasan graciously rerecorded the presentation, including addressing questions presented during the webinar. 

    Brought to you in partnership by: Rubber Division, ACS and ACE Products & Consulting

    Dr. Mahesh Srinivasan

    Associate Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management and Director of the Institute of Global Business in the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron

    Dr. Mahesh Srinivasan is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain and Operations
    Management and Director of the Institute of Global Business in the College of Business
    Administration at The University of Akron, Ohio. He has a Ph.D. in Supply Chain
    Management and a master’s degree in Business Logistics from The Pennsylvania State
    University and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of
    Pune, India. Dr. Srinivasan’s interests are in the areas of Supply Chain and Operations
    Management, including global supply chains, supply chain risk management and supply
    chain disruptions.

    His research articles have appeared in many prestigious peer review journals, including
    the Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Production
    Economics, Transportation Journal, Supply Chain Forum: An International
    Journal, Business Horizons Journal, Management Research Review, European
    Management Journal and International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems. He
    serves on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Business Logistics and Journal
    of Transportation Security. He was a part of the Working Committee of President
    Obama’s initiative on Advance Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) 2.0. He also has
    multiple years of industry experience working for a major German multinational
    company, in addition to consulting with companies in the areas of Supply Chain and
    Logistics Management.