Kevin Cavicchi, a professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, recently spoke with Smithers Rapra about the opportunities, challenges and innovations happening right now in the oil and gas industry. Kevin will be presenting on the second day of the conference, October 25th, on Shape Memory Polymers with High & Low Temperature Resistant Properties during the Extremes (High Pressure, High Temperature, Low Temperatures) session.
Smithers Rapra: What are some of the biggest challenges in the industry?
Kevin Cavicchi: So many new things are happening in polymer research with regard to functional materials, such as stimuli responsive polymers, organic electronics, advanced separation membranes. The real challenge is working to translate this material from the bench to practical application and spanning the valley of death in innovation.
Smithers Rapra: What are some of the most exciting innovations in the industry, right now?
Kevin Cavicchi: The oil & gas industry is a huge part of the continuing growth and success of the US economy. New advances in polymer materials, processing and design will open up great opportunities to spur cutting edge innovations in the industry.
Smithers Rapra: What are you most looking forward to at the conference this October?
Kevin Cavicchi: As a polymer specialist I am looking forward to learning what the current opportunities and challenges there are in the oil and gas industry how advanced materials, such as shape memory polymers and organogelators, will make in impact in the field.
Register today for the High Performance Polymers for Oil & Gas conference this October! Attend the networking tour of Intertek Lab with your registration. Spots are limited, so register today!