Conference Agenda - Oil & Gas US 2016

We are excited to announce the  High Performance Polymers for Oil & Gas 2016 conference attendees will enjoy a networking reception and tour at the Intertek Lab in Deer Park, Texas.  Network with companies such as ExxonMobil, AGC Chemicals Americas, PPG Industries, AkzoNobel, Baker Hughes and more. Spots are limited, register today and reserve your spot for the tour!

For questions about the tour, contact Autaum Kendle at +1 330 762 7441 or

*Only attendees of the High Performance Polymers for Oil & Gas 2016 conference can attend the tour. If you are not a registered delegate for the conference, you will not be able to attend the tour. *​


Day 1: October 24

Registration | Morning Coffee | Exhibit Hall Opens

  1. Registration & Welcome | Exhibit Hall Opens

  2. Opening Remarks

Applications of High Performance Polymers

Session Chairs:  Avi Gadkari, Ph D, Technical & Business development Manager, Functional Chemicals, AkzoNobel

  1. Considerations for Seals in Oil & Gas Applications

    Steve Jagels | HM Royal, Inc. of Territory Manager

    The Oil and Gas market continues to demand increasing performance from high performance polymers. The presentation will discuss market needs and technical requirements for non-metallic seals such as fluid resistance, high and low temperature performance, Rapid gas decompression and lifetime prediction.  

  2. Polymer Design to Optimize Enhanced Oil Recovery by Polymer Flooding

    Ton Broekhuis | Department of Chemical Engineering and Product Design of University of Groningen

    Polymer flooding is considered as the most important technology to enhance oil recovery by chemical methods. Usually, the method is applied following water flooding of a reservoir and is based on flooding with a semi-dilute solution of a high molecular weight polymer, such as hydrolysed poly-acrylamide (HPAM) or xanthan gum. Although recovery enhancements up to 8% have been reported with these systems, significant practical problems occur due to unpredictable viscosity-changes caused by polymer shear instability, gradual hydrolysis, and sensitivity to brine composition and concentration. To tackle these issues a series of new polymers have been designed and tested with the aim to generate basic understanding regarding the relation between molecular structure and reservoir performance.

    Linear, star and comb-like polyacrylamides (PAM) have been prepared by atomic transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The influence of the molecular architecture of PAM on the rheological properties in aqueous solution has been investigated. The theory of increased entanglement density by branching for polymers in the melt has been applied to polymers in the semi-dilute water solutions. We demonstrated this by investigating the rheological properties of PAM of similar molecular weights with different molecular architectures. Interestingly, the solution viscosity of a comb-PAM is higher compared to its linear and star analogues  In addition to the pure viscosity, we also demonstrate that the visco-elastic properties of the polymeric solutions depend significantly on the molecular architecture of the employed PAM.

    Likewise a series of block copolymers of acrylamide and N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) characterized by different ratios between the length of the two blocks have been prepared. The solution properties of the block copolymers were correlated with their chemical structure. The effect of the hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance on the critical micelle concentration (CMC) was investigated. CMC increases at higher values for the solubility parameter, thus indicating a clear relationship between these two variables. In addition, the solution rheology (in water) of the block copolymers was studied to identify the effect of the chemical structure on the thermo-responsiveness of the solutions. An increase in the length of the pNIPAM-block leads to a more pronounced increase in solution viscosity.

  3. Networking Refreshment Break

  4. High Performance Polymer Designs for Cementing Applications

    Peter Boul | Senior Research Scientist of Aramco Services Company

    Designing polymers for cementing applications is dependent on the cementing phase during which the polymers need to be operative. Polymers that are operative during slurry phase will have to be designed differently than the ones that are expected to perform in set cement. To date, majority of the polymers for cementing applications are designed to function in the slurry phase. Polymer design for use in slurries or in set cement needs to be based on Performance-on-Demand concepts, as well as on stability considerations under harsh alkaline conditions, in order to minimize counter productive consequences when present in a slurry. Additionally, a chemist also needs to incorporate the environmental ratings of the final product in mind while developing new polymer-based products. Although, biopolymers, in natural or modified forms, offer an attactive option, they may not be suitable for all situations. Polyelectrolytes, with suitable ionic functional groups may be preferred in some formulations, but may be in effective in fluids which have high ionic strengths.

    The talk will look into a chemist’s tool box and compare pros and cons of different combinations of polymer backbones, functional groups, inherent biodegradability and other molecular charecteristics that can be put to use in designing smart and robust, high performance polymers in cementing applications.

  5. Networking Reception: “Quick Connections” (1.5 hours)

Day 2: October 25

Registration | Morning Coffee | Exhibit Hall Opens

  1. Registration | Morning Coffee | Exhibit Hall Opens

  2. Opening Remarks

  3. Innovating in a Dynamic Environment

    Steven Henning | Global R&D Director of Total USA

    As the global producers of ethylene look to capture the full advantage of the cost and abundance of shale gas, ethylene crackers, led by the United State but increasingly in Europe and Asia, are producing less of the coproducts which are so valued as raw materials for specially polymers.   Innovating in this environment requires the specialty polymers industry to anticipate the availability and cost drivers of competing raw material over the next five to ten years.  Creating a differentiated product portfolio needs to involve consideration of non-traditional and even non-petroleum based feedstocks in order to successfully compete.


This session will discuss various HPP polymer based coatings used in the industry.

  1. Fluoropolymer Coatings for Offshore and Marine Applications

    Winn Darden | Business Manager of AGC Chemicals Americas

    Air dry fluoropolymer coatings used for maintenance of structures were developed in the early 1980’s.  The largest use for these coatings is in the architectural market, where their long term gloss and color retention maintain the appearance of a building for 30 years or more.  Fluoropolymer coatings of this type also have excellent corrosion resistance especially in marine environments, where corrosion can be enhanced by high levels of UV radiation and salt.  This presentation will discuss the structure and physical characteristics of fluoropolymer coatings, including data on weatherability.  Both laboratory and field corrosion test results on fluoropolymer coatings will be presented.  A life cycle cost analysis will be used to demonstrate the long term financial benefits of using fluorinated coatings.  Finally, a number of specific case studies and projects on offshore structures will be discussed.

  2. Novel Polymer Chemistry and Its Application to High Performance Coatings in Oil and Gas

    Daniel Connor | Associate Director, Global Synthesis, Architectural, Protective & Marine of PPG

    Coatings are crucial to many aspects of durability and performance of almost all surfaces in the oil and gas industry.  Novel coatings performance is usually driven by fundamental innovations in the polymers that constitute the majority of the final coating.  This presentation will cover a range of emerging coatings technologies and the polymer chemistry behind the performance.

  3. Networking Refreshment Break

  4. Myth Dispelling Discoveries in the Science of Wear & Tribology in High Performance Polymers

    Tim Bremner | Vice President of Materials Technology of Hoerbiger Corporation of America, Inc.

    The science of tribology and the study of wear in polymer systems is indeed complex and multivariate. The end users have always sought more predictive or directly applicable guidance in material selection for a wide range of wear environments, spanning traditional high displacement cyclic wear through micromotional random displacement fretting. The complexity of the tribological systems and the many factors which contribute to the ranking or quantitation of wear performance make trial and error or even structured, systematic approaches to formulation optimization a daunting task in terms of both time requirements and suitability of the test equipment. If one approaches the evaluation of lifetime prediction in a wear dominated environment by initially eliminating non-contributing factors, thus reducing the number of variables of concern in the testing space, the effort in time and cost in preparation or optimization of new wear materials is  reduced and confidence is increased. This paper will present some of the recent discoveries in the field of tribology and wear for a number of different high performance polymer systems that erase many existing assumptions about how polymer based materials perform in demanding industrial applications. The intent is to provide some new approaches to create useful wear testing results, and to demonstrate gaps and gross errors in long held beliefs in tribological science.

  5. Networking Lunch

Round Table Panel Discussion: Challenges & Opportunites

  1. Upstream Pipeline Rehabilitation

    Neerav Verma | Senior Research Engineer in Materials & Fabrication field of ExxonMobil

    Corrosion of carbon steel pipeline is a major cause of premature failure of pipelines. Such failed pipelines either need to be remediated or replaced. Rehabilitation using non-metallic pipe technologies has the potential to lower costs relative to replacement, especially for offshore pipelines. Presentation will focus on the opportunities and challenges which exist in the pipeline rehabilitation scope.

  2. High Performance Elastomers of Enhanced Compatibility to Tougher Oil & Gas Environment

    Ming Yu Haung | Principal Engineer of GE Oil & Gas

    Tougher oil and gas environment is a great challenge for the elastomers that are exposed to it. In addition to high pressure and high temperature, aggressive   chemicals make the environment even more bullying. For example, a wetted drilling elastomer packer or seal can be attacked by chemicals used in muds, as well as H2S if exposed to sour gas. Several R&D efforts to improve the elastomers’ compatibility for oil and gas applications will be briefly discussed.

  3. Baker Hughes

    Presented by: Betty Huang, Research Scientist – Polymer, BAKER HUGHES, INC., United States

  4. Q&A

New Technology/Trends

  1. Novel Polymers Enable Step-Changing Development of Brine-Based HP/HT Drill-In Fluids

    Bill Zhou | Principal Scientist-Chemist of Halliburton

    As conventional sources of oil and gas decline, operators are increasingly turning their attention to unexplored or underdeveloped areas.  New targets in these areas often present the challenges of harsh downhole conditions involving high temperatures and pressures. Conventional practices in the completion of HP/HT wells usually involve cased completions.  Associated with set casing or liners, production is usually initiated using perforation or fracturing techniques.  The reservoir can be drilled with high density non-aqueous fluids and avoiding formation damage is not a high priority.  However, the challenges associated with designing and validating casing and cement barriers in HPHT environments has led to the consideration of open hole completions, which calls for HP/HT drill-in fluids. Traditional drill-in fluids utilize biopolymers as viscosifiers and fluid-loss control additives.  These polymers suffer from severe thermal degradation at temperatures higher than 300˚F, making the drill-in fluids unsuitable for wells with bottom hole temperature higher than 300˚F.  This talk presents the development of two novel polymers as dual-functional viscosifiers and fluid-loss control additives for high temperature drill-in fluids.  Drill-in fluids formulated with these polymers showed similar thixotropic behavior compared to biopolymer-based fluids, yet they exhibited excellent thermal stability and maintained viscosity and fluid-loss control even after static aging at 400˚F for 3 days.

  2. 3D Printing for Oil and Gas

    Rigoberto Advincula | Professor of Case Western Reserve University

    While 3D printing is well known for rapid prototyping, there is a high interest in advancing the method for lightweighting and reduction of complexity in assembly. This presentation will focus on the methods and materials for additive manufacturing beyond their current understanding and application. More popularly known as 3D printing, the distinction is that additive manufacturing is a broader term that encompasses "addition or fusion" of materials to create the object. This is in contrast to subtractive manufacturing that involves machining, lithography, or, in general, removal of material to generate the object. 

  3. Networking Refreshment Break

Extremes (High Pressure, High Temperature, Low Temperatures)

  1. Shape Memory Polymers with High & Low Temperature Resistant Properties

    Kevin Cavicchi | Professor of The University of Akron, Department of Polymer Engineering

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are a class of materials that can be deformed into an arbitrary shape and then reverted back to their initial shape through the application of an external stimulus, such as heat. This ability to program shape changes offers opportunities to fabricate a variety of responsive materials including remote actuators or sensors. This talk will present a new approach to fabricate shape memory polymers by blending an elastomer and crystalline small molecule, such as a fatty acid salt. This approach provides a route to convert high performance elastomers into responsive SMPs. In addition, this method provides the flexibility to broadly tune the responsive stimuli through the blend formulation. Two examples that will be discussed are the fabrication of natural rubber SMPs by swelling with fatty acids and the blending of ionomers and fatty acid salts to prepare high temperature shape memory polymers.

  2. Leave for Offsite Tour

    We are excited to announce the High Performance Polymers for Oil & Gas 2016 conference attendees will enjoy a networking reception and tour at the Intertek Lab in Deer Park, Texas.

    *Only attendees of the High Performance Polymers for Oil & Gas 2016 conference can attend the tour. If you are not a registered delegate for the conference, you will not be able to attend the tour. *​

Day 3: October 26

Registration & Welcome

  1. Registration | Morning Coffee | Exhibit Hall Opens

  2. Opening Remarks

Plastics, Elastomers & Composites in Oil and Gas Application

  1. High Performance Elastomer Compounds Containing Graphene Based Materials

    Limeng Chen | Senior Engineer of Cabot Corporation

    The application of elastomer compounds in oil and gas field have unique and stringent performance requirements including high temperature and high pressure (HTHP) resistance, low gas permeability and broad chemical resistance due to the harsh atmosphere in the oil/gas field. There is an increasing demand for rubber compounds to have higher performance under these demanding conditions. Cabot has developed graphene based materials as reinforcing additives for oil/gas elastomers that were shown to greatly enhance properties of rubber compounds at both room temperature and high temperature. The impact of graphene based materials on the mechanical, rheological and gas barrier properties of HNBR compounds and FKM compounds will be presented and the benefits of using graphene based materials in oil/gas elastomer compounds will be discussed.

  2. HPHT Hot-Wet Thermomechanical Characterizations of Thermoplastic PEEK and Its Composites for Oilfield Applications

    Yusheng Yuan | Technical Advisor of Baker Hughes, Inc.

    Advanced thermoplastic polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer is known to possess excellent resistance to elevated-temperatures in a broad range of severe chemical environments. One of the most challenging oilfield downhole environments to most engineering polymers is the high-pressure/high-temperature (HPHT) hot-wet environment. PEEK resin is proven to be capable of resisting steam and water at elevated temperatures above 204°C. However, when various reinforcement fibers are incorporated in the PEEK resin to form PEEK matrix composites, their HPHT hot-wet thermomechanical property retentions can be very different, depending on the type of reinforcement, fiber/resin interface bonding strength and the reinforcement geometry. In this study, virgin PEEK and its glass and carbon fiber-filled composite compounds were investigated, including a 30% glass-bead filled PEEK compound. The characterization methods involved HPHT hot-wet exposure in NaCl brine up to 232°C under 34.5 MPa, microstructure and fiber/resin interface examination, thermal analysis and mechanical testing before and after the HPHT hot-wet exposure. Degradation mechanisms were found involving hygrothermal material structural damage, moisture-induced thermomechanical degradation and even hydrolysis. Experimental results and analytical data are presented. Tensile deformation and the related deformation mechanisms are also discussed.

  3. New Frontiers for High Molecular Weight PEEK Polymer in HPHT applications

    Nishant Negandhi | Business Development Manager of Evonik

    The need for high performance polymers is constantly growing and customized solutions are needed, not only because of higher temperatures and higher pressure, but also because of demanding environmental conditions and long lifetime expectations. Evonik’s Vestakeep ® PEEK grades have been developed for maximum reliability in these conditions. One example is the unique ductility of our high molecular weight PEEK, VESTAKEEP ® 5000, that provides a broader application window under HPHT and high sour gas conditions. Thus, extending the frontiers of application for a PEEK polymer. In the presentation, we will provide the overview of technical differentiation of this unique ductile PEEK polymer and its performance related to oil and gas industry needs. 

Energy Law & Testing related to High Performance Polymers

Energy law, policy and regulation is constantly changing in the industry.  This session will discuss new developments

  1. Energy Law, Policy, Regulation, Risk Management

    Bryan Wollam | CEO of Wollam Petroleum Advisory Group, LLC

    API Q1, 9th Edition the NEW Industry Specification for Manufacturing.  Following the Macondo disaster, industry developed and released the NEW process and Risk Based API Q2 Specification for Service Supply Organization in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry.  Following the release of this specification, Industry revised API Q1 8th Edition to align it to API Q2 in order to close the gaps between manufacturing and the service sector.  This presentation will cover the new expectations of the standard, the significance and importance between these two specification, and how they will impact manufacturers in the future.  This presentation will not only cover the difference but highlight the controls that will improve manufacturing processes.

  2. Networking Refreshment Break

Challenges & Opportunities

This session will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the use of high performance polymers in the oil and gas industry

  1. Elastomer Challenges and Opportunities

    Betty Huang | Research Scientist - Polymer of Baker Hughes, Inc.

    Oil&Gas industry Downhole application is a very challenging environment for polymeric materials. With the depth and complexity of the wells increasing, high pressure high temperature of the reservoir, plus the requirement to protect metal from corrosion and multiple well intervention actions involving keep pushing the polymer material usage to the limit of this type of materials. The emerging technology for fast completion also generate the needs for dissolvable polymer materials. This presentation will share some research results obtained by Baker Hughes polymer team. And open the channel to explore this great opportunity.

  2. Polymers to Replace "Classic" Fracking Fluids?

    Phil VanTrump | CTO of Meredian Holdings Group

    Abstract coming soon! 

  3. Conference Concludes