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2013 AM Education Course Description: Synthetic Lubricants 203

December 01, 2012

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Education Course Fact Sheet: Synthetic Lubricants 203 - Non-Petroleum Fluids & Their Uses

Course content, instructors and details subject to change. This listing was last updated on March 15, 2013.

Date/Time: Sunday, May 5, 2013, starting at 8:00 a.m. For details, see course agenda

Course Chair: Beth Winsett, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Course Description: The Synthetic Fluids course is designed primarily for formulators and users of lubricating materials.  This course provides an overview of non-petroleum based lubricants, their comparison to each other and to petroleum oil.  Each section covers the chemistry, strength and weaknesses of each material and basic application.

You may also like: Basic Lubrication 101 and 102, held on Sunday and Wednesday.


Introduction to Synthetic Fluids

Overview: This presentation is an introduction and overview to the API Base-stock classification system and to the non-petroleum fluids currently in use in the lubrication industry worldwide.

Instructor: Michael Costello, BASF

Biography: Dr. Costello began his career in 1992 as a lubricant chemist at Witco Corporation, based at the Oakland Technical Center in New Jersey.  In 1996, he transferred to the Dublin, Ohio Technical Center as refrigeration oil group leader, where his group was responsible for developing new mineral oil based lubricants and conducting research in polyol ester based lubricants for use with new HFC refrigerants.  Dr. Costello then joined Infineum USA, L.P.  in their  Linden Technical Center in New Jersey as a principle investigator, where he helped launch the API GF-3 and GF-4 programs for passenger car motor oil in North America for key customers.  In 2002, he joined Chemtura Corporation as a Research Scientist and developed new products for the metalworking and industrial lubricant market.  Dr. Costello is currently the Global Technology Lead for Manual Transmission Fluids group for BASF Corporation in Tarrytown, NY developing transmission and axle lubricants for heavy duty trucks. A graduate of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, Dr. Costello also holds a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Dr. Costello is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS),  American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).


Overview: This presentation will briefly review the chemistry of PAGs, and emphasize the properties and applications of polyalkylene glycols in industrial lubrication.

Instructor: Brian Jazdzewski, The Dow Chemical Company

Biography: Coming soon.


Overview: The detailed chemistry, properties and formulation applications of silicone fluids will be described in this presentation.

Instructor: Sandra Walker, Dow Corning Corporation

Biography: Ms. Walker is an Application/Technical Service Engineer with Dow Corning Corp. based in Auburn, MI.  She is a project leader and involved in product development and technical support for Molykote Lubricants.  Sandy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Kansas.  She is currently a senior at Saginaw Valley State University where she is acquiring your second degree in Chemistry. She has worked in Research and Development for 12 years; first developing automotive coatings and later developing solid lubricant technologies for industrial and automotive applications.


Overview: This presentation will provide background on what Polyalphaolefins are with specific emphasis on their physical and chemical properties. Comparisons of their properties versus other synthetics and mineral fluids will be covered. Also, a brief review of the manufacturing process, market application, and a general supply/demand overview will be made.

Instructor: Rob Coffin, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Biography: Rob Coffin is a Polyalphaolefins Research Chemist at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP.  He was raised in western Canada and graduated from The University of British Columbia in 2002 with a degree in chemistry.  He then moved to Southern California where he earned a Ph.D. in organic materials chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  After spending two years at Wake Forest University, first as a Post-Doctoral researcher and later as a Research Faculty member, Rob joined CPChem in early 2012 where he provides customer technical support and studies the physical and chemical properties of polyalphaolefins.


Overview: This presentation will review the chemistry, properties, and typical lubricant applications of organic ester basestocks. Various classes of organic esters will be discussed, including diesters, polyol esters, dimer esters, aromatic esters and monoesters.

Instructor: Gene R. Zehler, BASF Corporation

Biography: Gene Zehler is a Technical Support Manager with the Fuel & Lubricant Solutions Division of BASF Corporation.  He has been developing and supporting synthetic lubricants since 1981.  Gene received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.  He is a member of STLE, NLGI, SAE, ACS and ASTM.


Overview: This presentation will cover the chemistry, properties and applications for fluorocarbon fluids in use in the lubricant area.

Instructor: Thomas Blunt, DuPont Chemicals

Biography: Mr. Blunt joined DuPont recently and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He has been involved in Research & Development and technical support for the lubricant industry for over 20 years, and he is currently responsible for technical service and product development for DuPont™ Krytox® performance lubricants.  Mr. Blunt is a member of the Society of Tribologists and Lubricating Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Alkylated Aromatics

Overview: This presentation will cover the chemistry, properties and applications for alkylbenzenes, alkylnapthalenes and other alkylated aromatics for in use in the lubricant area.

Instructor: Beth Winsett, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Biography: Beth is a Staff Chemist with the Synthetics Technology Division at ExxonMobil Chemical Company.  Her first 11 years in corporate research were focused on synthetic lubricants and related products. She is currently program leader for new product development and manufacturing support of Group V fluids.  She received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry at Northwestern University.


Overview: This portion of the course will review the manufacture, chemistry and properties of the different phosphate ester types used as fire-resistant fluids and lubricants and as antiwear and extreme pressure additives for both mineral oil and synthetic basestocks.

Instructor: W. David Phillips, W. David Phillips Associates

Biography: David Phillips joined the Geigy Company in 1964 after graduating in chemistry from the University of Manchester. He worked on the development of synthetic lubricants, fire-resistant hydraulic fluids and oil additives before moving into technical marketing and market support role for Ciba-Geigy on the same product groups. He remained in technical marketing through the transition to FMC Corporation in 1992 and to Great Lakes Chemical Corp. in 1999. His last position was as the Technical and Marketing Manager for the Performance Additives Business of Great Lakes. He ‘retired’ in 2005 but is currently working as an independent consultant.  He is the chairman of the UK national committee on hydraulic fluids and the past chair of the European Hydraulic Fluids Committee. He was made an STLE Fellow in 2006.

Course Agenda

8:00 AM Introduction to Synthetic Fluids
8:30 AM Polyglycols
9:15 AM Silicones
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Polyalphaolefins
11:00 PM Esters
12:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Fluorocarbons
2:45 PM Alkylated Aromatics
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Phosphates
4:45 PM Course Ends


"This was an excellent course. All of the presenters were very clear and well organized. Nice variety of speakers with technique/technology, application, business and synthesis perspectives. Course stayed on time and on schedule. Liked the course book!" - Attendee

"Overall a good summary and a good balance of theory and application. Thanks!" - Attendee

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