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Join Us For a Complimentary Webinar

Overview of Flame-Retardant Research in the United States 

Wednesday, June 12th, 2024
11:30am-12:30pm EST (USA)


A wide variety of opportunities exist for academic research to positively impact human wellbeing and standards of living. Academic research ranges from curiosity-driven to external needs-driven, and many universities are known for a healthy balance across this spectrum. Turning attention to flame-retardant research, there is plenty of opportunity for longer-range, fundamental studies for example detailed on mechanistic understanding and development of new and sustainable additives, though very applied research intent on solving a specific practical problem in a relatively short time.  A few examples of each will be highlighted.  How is such work funded? The presentation will end with overview of research support and an appeal to broaden participation by a variety of stakeholders.

Who Should Attend
Fire Safety professionals, technical marketing & sales, material scientists, academia, historians, government authorities and all interested stakeholders.


About the Speaker

Gary Wnek is the Joseph F. Toot, Jr., Professor of Engineering and Professor and Chair of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.  Gary's research interests include fibrous polymers and gels for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine, synthetic macromolecular constructs that mimic physiological functions, processing of multi-layer and polymer fiber/matrix composites, and flammability mitigation of common polymers. He has authored or co-authored over 210 publications and holds 37 US patents.

Gary earned his Ph.D. In Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He received the SPE John W. Hyatt Award (benefit to society) in 2007. 


There will be a Q&A session during the webinar session.

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