TARRC's Dr Andy Chapman gives presentation at Sustainability of Elastomers Seminar

TARRC's Dr Andy Chapman gives presentation at Sustainability of Elastomers Seminar

There is an increasing desire for products to be derived from renewable or sustainable materials. Natural rubber (NR) and its derivatives, in particular epoxidised natural rubber (ENR), are well placed to meet this demand. TARRC was invited to give a presentation on this topic at a recent UK seminar in Burton upon Trent entitled ‘Sustainability of Elastomers’.

TARRC's Head of the Advanced Materials and Product Development Unit, Dr. Andy Chapman gave the presentation entitled “The sustainability of Natural Rubber and its derivatives”. The presentation gave an overview of the green credentials of NR and NR-based polymers, their properties and applications, and focused on recent work at TARRC on application of silica-filled ENR in passenger tyre treads. TARRC’s work is demonstrating that, as well being based on sustainable resources, ENR-silica tyre treads can also provide lower rolling resistance and better wet grip, when compared with state-of-the-art passenger tyre treads. Lower rolling resistance leads to significant fuel savings and hence reduced CO2 emissions.

For more information do not hesitate to contact Dr Andy Chapman.

TARRC Scientists will also be giving papers related to this subject in 2009 and are listed below:

19th March 2009
‘Asphalt’s Carbon Footprint’

A seminar organized by the SCI/IAT/IHT at Carlton House Terrace, London. Dr Stuart Cook is to give a presentation called ‘Reducing the carbon footprint from road use’. This will concentrate on the benefits in terms of improved fuel economy from using technology for reducing rolling resistance in tyres, silica filled ENR-25 tread compounds will be mentioned.

4th - 7th May 2009
'Spring ACS - 175th Technical Meeting & 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Akron/Fairlawn Hilton in Akron, Ohio'

Dr Stuart Cook is to give a presentation entitled ‘The Response to water of silica-filled ENR-25 tread compounds’. This is about the unique behaviour of silica filled ENR-25 tread compounds in an aqueous environment’.

18th - 20th June 2009
'ASEAN Rubber Conference in Vientiane, Laos'

Dr Stuart Cook is to give a keynote presentation entitled ‘ Epoxidised Natural Rubber: A new rubber with Technical and Commercial Advantages Impacting on the Tire Manufacturing Industry’.

13th - 15th October 2009
Fall ACS - 'Rubber Expo and 176th Technical Meeting & 100th Anniversary Celebration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania'

Dr Andy Chapman is co-chairing a session on NR and is looking to present a paper which will most probably be on ENR.

These papers and conferences will be highlighted in more detail throughout the year.

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