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2011 AM Education Course Description: Synthetics 203

March 09, 2011

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2011 STLE ANNUAL MEETING EDUCATION COURSE FACT SHEET

Synthetic Lubricants 203

Course information and details subject to change. This listing was last updated March 28, 2011.

For more information on the course, listen to the podcast interview we did with one of the course instructors, Gregory Bell.

Scheduled for Sunday, May 15, 2011, starting at 8:00 a.m.

The Synthetic Fluids course 203 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. Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.

Course Modules

Introduction to Synthetic Fluids

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.

Taught by Stephen C. Lakes, Cognis Corp. Mr. Lakes is a Senior Scientist in the Synlubes Technology Group at Cognis Corporation. He received his BS degree in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University and his MS in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Lakes currently works in the Cognis Ivorydale Technical Center in Cincinnati. He has worked in Research & Development for the last 38 years, while the company has undergone various name changes; Emery, National Distillers, Quantum, Henkel and Cognis.  His current position involves formulating and testing of synthetic based automotive lubricants.

Polyglycols

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

Taught by Martin Greaves, Dow Chemical Corp. Martin Greaves leads application development within the UCON Fluids & Lubricants business of The Dow Chemical Company. He is based in Zurich, Switzerland and has worked for Dow for 12 years and in the lubricant industry for 18 years. Martin has also held positions in research in The Netherlands, US and the U.K. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Ph.D in Chemistry.


Silicones

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

Taught by Sandra Walker, Dow Corning Corp. Ms. Walker is an Application/Technical Service Engineer with Dow Corning and is 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 has worked in Research and Development for 11 years; first developing automotive coatings and later developing solid lubricant technologies for industrial and automotive applications.


Polyalphaolefins

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.

Taught by Cindy French, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. Cindy French is the Polyalphaolefins Product Manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, a position she has held since 2004.  Cindy was born in Michigan and graduated from The University of Michigan in 1978 with a degree in geology.  She then earned a Master of Science degree in low temperature aqueous geochemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  In 1983 Cindy began her professional career in petroleum exploration and production at Chevron USA in New Orleans, LA.  After transferring to Houston, an opportunity in Chevron Chemical related to oil-field chemicals lured Cindy away from seismic lines, well logs, and subsurface mapping.  Since 1992, Cindy has worked in several different specialty product lines at Chevron Chemical as account manager, product specialist, and now product manager.  Cindy and David, her husband of 21 years, live in Houston, Texas.


Esters

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.

Taught by Gene R. Zehler, Cognis Corp. Gene Zehler is a Research Project Leader with the Synlubes Technology Division of Cognis Corporation.  He has been with Cognis Corporation since 1977, and has worked in synthetic lubricants research since 1981.  He is currently responsible for research in the industrial and biodegradable lubricant areas.  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.


Fluorocarbons

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

Taught by Gregory Bell, DuPont Chemicals. Mr. Bell is a Technical Service Associate with Dupont Chemicals and Fluoroproducts, Performance Lubricants.  He joined Dupont in 1974 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State, Youngstown, Ohio.  His background includes assignments in R&D, production, safety, and maintenance.  He is responsible for technical service and product development for KrytoxÒ Performance Lubricants.  He is a member of the National Lubricating Grease Institute, The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, and the Society of Mechanical Engineers.


Alkylated Aromatics

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

Taught by Beth Winsett, ExxonMobil Chemical. Beth is a Staff Chemist with the Synthetics Division at ExxonMobil Chemical Company.  Her first 11 years in corporate research were focused on synthetic lubricants and related products. She is currently responsible for new product development and manufacturing support of Alkylated Aromatic lubricants and other 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.


Phosphates

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.

Taught by W. David Phillips, Great Lakes Chemical Corp. 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.

Testimonials from the 2010 Annual Meeting

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

"[This course] was very well presented." - Anonymous

Testimonials from the 2009 Annual Meeting

"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!" - Anonymous

"[Course] content and usefulness were excellent." - Anonymous

"Discussion and speakers were informative." - Anonymous
Taught by Beth Winsett, ExxonMobil Chemical. Beth is a Staff Chemist with the Synthetics Division at ExxonMobil Chemical Company.  Her first 11 years in corporate research were focused on synthetic lubricants and related products. She is currently responsible for new product development and manufacturing support of Alkylated Aromatic lubricants and other 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.
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