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Scientific Director for Materials at Arkema
Dr Michel Glotin was born on the 20-10-1952 in Nantes, France. He holds a Master’s degree in Science and Technology, University Bordeaux 1, France (1975), and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Southampton, G.B. (1978). He was a Post-doctoral Fellow, Florida State University, USA , 1979 to 1981
Joined ARKEMA (previously ATO-Chimie, Elf-Atochem, Atofina) in 1982 and held successive positions as:
Dr. Glotin holds more than 20 patents and has 50 polymer science related publications and invited lectures.
Former President and current member of the board of the Groupe Français des Polymères (GFP- French Polymer Society).
Main themes of interest: Polymer Crystallization, Polymer Blends, Nanostructured Polymer Materials, High performance Polymers, Thermoplastic composites.
Read more about Michel’s work here.
Abstract Title: Market introduction of nanostructured polymer materials: some lessons learned.
Abstract: In the late 90s and early 2000s, Arkema has led R&D initiatives targeting the commercial development of nano-materials based on architectured copolymers or multiwall carbon nanotubes, both on the basis of early R&D results originating from academic laboratories. Up-scaling the production of these materials and developing commercial applications has been a long process that is still in progress.
As the 21st century began, rising concerns over energy security, global warming and eventual fossil fuel depletion led to an increased interest in all available forms of renewable energy, an opportunity for industry to develop “market driven” innovative material solutions to meet the needs of these high growth markets. As an example, we will discuss the case of the introduction of new materials for the manufacturing of Wind Turbine rotor blades, today a 1 Million metric Tons per year composite materials market.
The early development phases of innovative materials is nowadays often led by start-up companies and SMEs as most large industries are turning away from these long term/high risk activities, a change for the better or is the “Valley of Death” getting wider for new materials?