Dr  Terence Cooper

Dr Terence Cooper

ARGO Group International

Why we invited Terence

Dr. Terry Cooper is CEO of ARGO Group International, which provides specialized consulting services in chemical and polymer science, materials technology and market and applications development in North America, Europe and Japan.  Areas of major involvement have included new product, process and market development in biodegradable, compostable and biobased thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers;  biobased chemicals, monomers and polymers; packaging technology and sustainable packaging; water-soluble polymers and superabsorbants;  adhesives, sealants, inks and coatings; recycling technology;  general thermoplastics, elastomers, thermosets and composites; functional and reactive polymers; polymer blends and compatibilization; fuel cells; optical polymers; and emerging nanotechnology related to the above areas;  and strategic research, development and technology portfolio analysis.

Dr. Cooper has over 48 years experience in worldwide polymer-related R&D, manufacturing and market development.  He spent 16 years as a research scientist with E.I. DuPont De Nemours and then eight years managing various polymer-related research and business groups at Arco Chemical Company, before founding ARGO Group. He is responsible for work recognized in 41 patents and applications and 78 publications and has extensive international work experience in the United States, Europe and Japan.  He holds a D.Phil in Physical Organic Chemistry from Oxford University, an MBA from Drexel University specializing in economic methods and international marketing, and held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biophysics at Yale University.

Where you can see Terence

28 Sep 2017
Time:  14:00
Main Stage
Overview of World Bioplastics Technology and Markets: Future Drivers, Developments and Trends - Dr Terence Cooper, CEO - ARGO Group International

Why you should attend this presentation

The current status and trends in the bioplastics industry worldwide are reviewed, with major emphasis on advances in biobased and biodegradable polymers, renewable carbon sourcing and end-of-life processes.  The reasons and drivers behind these developments are described along with concepts of sustainability, specifications and certifications for biobased and biodegradable materials, and the rationale for the ongoing development and adoption of both “new-molecule” renewably-based plastics (such as PLA, PHAs, PEF and polyamides) and renewably-sourced “drop-in” conventional plastics (such as PE and PET).  The rapidly expanding development of biological-, catalytic-, and thermal-based routes to chemicals, monomers and polymers from renewable feedstocks, including food and non-food crops, agricultural and other wastes, lignocellulosic, cellulosic and algal biomass and bio-methane, and non-biological feedstocks such as carbon monoxide and dioxide, is surveyed.  Examples are described of developmental and commercial partially- and wholly-biobased polymers for packaging, consumer goods, automotive and other durable applications, including polyesters, polyolefins, polyamides and novel barrier-layer materials.  Bioplastics market projections and economics are discussed together with future trends and issues, including the impact of low shale gas and petroleum prices.

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