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The RSC Symposium 2018

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Enhanced Performance using Additives

Choosing the Best Additive

The ability to tailor product performance is a major competitive advantage, hence the use of additives to enhance desirable properties has received great attention in recent years. Many industry applications have benefited from the introduction of advanced additives and this symposium will highlight through industrial examples the wide range of chemistry involved.

There will be a programme of internationally acclaimed speakers, mostly from industry and from companies making pioneering advances in the science, understanding and development of new additives.

Topics to be covered include the mechanisms of actions and use of additives in:

  • Lubricants and fuels
  • Coatings, inks and paints
  • Adhesives and sealants
  • Plastics and polymers
  • Fibres and textiles
  • Cosmetics
  • Detergents


Presentations at the RSC Symposium 2018 include:


10:00 How Graphene Can Make a Real Difference
Lewis Chard, OQEMA (Official Distributor of Versarien™ plc)
10:15 Solving the Graphene Scale-up Problem
Stephen Hodge, Versarien™ plc
11:00 Supraparticles – Complex Particles as Additives for New Properties in Advanced Materials
Karl Mandel, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC
11:45 Sulfosuccinic Acid: A New Cosmetic Ingredient / Intermediate
Martin Häubl, ESIM Chemicals GmbH
13:00 Flame Retardants Additives: A Sustainable Approach
Albert Jeyakumar, ICL Europe Coöpertief U.A
13:45 Non Hazardous Fire Retardant Synergists for Plastics
Robert Leeuwendal, William Blythe Ltd
14:30 Nanotribology for the Design of Speciality Chemicals
Zhenyu Jason Zhang, University of Birmingham
15:15 Textiles Functionalization with Additives for Health & Wellness Benefits
Isabel Martins, Devan Chemicals


10:00 Improving the Performance of Resins through Nanoparticle Engineering
Yang Zhigang, Sinopec Europa GmbH
10:45 Novel Functional Additives for Advanced Coatings and Resins
Alan Taylor, TWI
11:30 Formulation Preservative and Deodorizing Efficacy Across Broad pH Spectrum 
Tracey Ross, Vertellus
12:15 How to Evaluate the Performance of Additives to Reduce or Mask Odour
Charlotte Tournier, Sensenet by Odournet
13:00 PTFE Lubricant Powders – a Guide to Applications, Properties and Processing
Helen Thompson, AGC Chemicals Europe

Please note that the programme is subject to change and will be updated continuously in the run up to the conference.

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The RSC Symposium Archive

To view and download previous presentations that have been presented within the RSC Symposium at Chemspec Europe and Chemsource Exhibitions, simply click on the links below.

The RSC Symposium 2018

The RSC Symposium 2017

The RSC Symposium 2016

The RSC Symposium 2015

The RSC Symposium 2014

The RSC Symposium 2013



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