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2020 Global Symposium on Waste Plastic Technical Program

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Day 1
1:00 - 1:05 PM Opening and Welcome
1:05 - 1:55 PM

Keynote 1 &2 and Q&A

Session Chair: Narayan Ramesh, Dow Chemical Company

1:05 - 1:30 PM Mukund Parthasarathy, Dow Plastics
1:30 - 1:55 PM Phil Rozenski, Novolex
1:55 -2:00 PM Break
2:00 - 2:45 PM Panel Discussion 1: Replace - Creation of new materials
Moderator: Jennifer McGee, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
Christina Payne, NSF

Phil Rozenski, Novolex

Robert Allen, NREL

2:45 - 2:50 PM Networking Break
2:50 - 3:35 PM Panel Discussion 2: Recycle and Reuse
Moderator: Jeffrey Seay, University of Kentucky
Susan Thoman, Compost Manufacturing Alliance
James Tour, Rice University
Linda Wang, Purdue University
Ignasi Palou-Rivera, RAPID
3:35 - 3:50 PM Networking Break
3:50 - 4: 30 PM

Technical Session 1 & Live Q&A: Recycle, Reuse, Replace

Session Chair: Benson Pair, Retired from KBR

Regina Malgueiro, CeNTI, Portugal. Valorisation of Polymeric Waste for the Development of Innovative Textile Coatings
Rajni Bala Talwar, S.L.I.E.T, Longowal, India. Plastic Materials: Structures, Properties, Applications and Re-use
Tanvi Govil, SDSMT, USA. Single Step Consolidated Bioprocessing of Corn Stover to Polyhydroxyalkanoates: A New Strategy
Audrey Moores, McGill University, Canada. Mechanochemical and Aging Methods for the Fabrication of Chitosan Materials from Chitin As a Clean and Scalable Methodology
4:30 - 5:00 PM Live Q&A 1
Day 2
1:00 - 1:05 PM Welcome and Last Day's Takeaways
1:05 - 1:55 PM

Keynote 3&4 and Q&A

Session Chair: Paul Wightman, ENSO Plastics

1:05 - 1:30 PM Alex Padilla, California Secretry of State
1:30 - 1:55 PM Michael Maggio, iWrc
1:55 - 2:00 PM Break
2:00 - 2:45 PM Panel Discussion 3: Incorporating into the Consumer Market
Moderator: Jenni Brandon, Applied Ocean Sciences
Lucas Ellis, NREL
Jeff Cernohous, Interfacial Consultants
Michael Maggio, iWrc
2:45 - 3:15 PM Networking Break
3:15 - 4:00 PM Panel Discussion 4: Policy Considerations
Moderator: Rachel Meidl, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
Mike Levy, First Environment
Chever Voltmer, Ocean Conservancy
4:00 - 4:05 PM Break
4:05 - 5:05 PM

Technical Session 2 & Live Q&A: Plastic Waste Across the Supply Chain

Session Chair: Christopher Thurber, Dow

Rajni Bala Talwar, S.L.I.E.T, Longowal, India. Degradation of Polymers during Fabrication and Daily Usage
Xenia Zhao, Hamilton High School, USA. Modeling Plastic Pollution: A System Dynamics Approach to Understand and Control Macroscopic Plastic Flow Dynamics
Martin Heller, University of Michigan, USA. Plastics in the US: Material Flow Characterization and Implications of System-Wide Interventions
Lucas D. Ellis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA. Tackling the waste plastics problem – plastics supply-chain modeling and chemical catalysis efforts in the BOTTLE Consortium
Cesar Lubongo, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY), USA. Assessment of Commercially Available Automated Sorting Technology for Plastic Waste
Basuhi Ravi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Environmental and Economic Implications of US Postconsumer Plastic Waste Management
5:05 - 5:35 PM Live Q&A 2
Day 3
1:00 - 1:05 PM Welcome and Last Day's Takeaways
1:05 - 1:35 PM Short Talks + Poster
Shelby Browning, University of Kentucky College of Engineering, USA. Challenges to Combating Waste Plastic Accumulation Globally with the Production of Plastic Derived Fuel Oil (PDFO)
Gregory Biausque, Exxonmobil Chemical, Belgium. Plastic Waste Recycling By Pyrolysis: Feed Versatility and Contaminants Challenges
1:35 - 1:45 PM Break
1:45 - 2: 30 PM Panel Discussion 5: Plastic Waste Across the Supply Chain
Moderator: Brett Howard, American Chemistry Council
Joseph Machado, Alliance to End Plastic Waste
Paula Luu, Closed Loop Partners
Vanessa Coleman, Oceanworks
2:30 - 2:35 PM Break
2:35 - 3: 20 PM Panel Discussion 6: Technology Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Allie Brown, Topic Consultant
Brett Howard, American Chemistry Council
Ron Abbott, Chevron Phillips Chemical
Jennifer Lynch, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Hawaii Pacific University, Center for Marine Debris Research
3:20 - 3:25 PM Break
3:25 - 4:35 PM

Technical Session 3 & Live Q&A: Technology Challenges and Opportunities

Session Chair: Mark Weick, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Elizabeth Belden, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA. Thermodynamic Feasibility of Self-Powered Removal of Plastic Debris from the Ocean
Brett Howard, ACC, USA. Industry Efforts to Advance Microplastics Science
Seshasayee Mahadevan Subramanya, The Pennsylvania State University, USA. Valorization and Chemical Recycling of Plastic Waste Using Hot Pressurized Water
Amardeep Singh, BITS Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Implementing Edge Based Object Detection for Microplastic Debris
Ashok Vaseashta, International Clean Water Institute, USA. Nanomaterials for Mitigating Nano/Microplastics in Aquatic Envionment
Boya Xiong, University of Minnesota, USA. Strategies for Enabling Plastic Circularity and Elimination of End-of-Life Plastic Waste
Surojit Gupta, University of North Dakota, USA. Novel Biomass Based Sustainable Materials
4:35 - 5:10 PM Live Q&A 3
5:10 - 5:20 PM Closing Remarks and Next Steps