The First International Conference on Polyolefin Characterization (ICPC) held in Houston, Texas, in October 2006, was organized to fill the important industrial and academic need for a discussion forum on the characterization and fractionation techniques of polyolefins. These proceedings represent an excellent and up-to-date overview of recent advances in this important area, providing much information and facts that are not available elsewhere. The result is a collection of top quality contributions by experienced editors and international authors on such fields as separation and fractionation, high throughput processes, thermal and crystallinity analysis, spectroscopy and rheology. Equally of high interest for the polymer industry.
Joao Soares is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Before moving to Canada, he worked during four years as an R&D engineer for Pronor, COPENE, and Polibrasil (Brazil). He did his PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor A.E. Hamielec, in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University and joined the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1995. Professor Soares's research interests are: polymerization reactor engineering for Ziegler-Natta, metallocene, late transition metal, free-radical and living free-radical polymerization, polymer microstructural characterization and fractionation, mathematical modeling of polymer microstructure, and in-situ polymer nanocomposites. Professor Soares is recipient of the Premier's Research Excellence Award (2000), the Union Carbide/Dow Innovation Recognition Program (2000,2001), and the Syncrude/CSChE Canada Innovation Award (2001).