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INTC Conference Names Winners Of Best Papers Competition

The International Nonwovens Technical Conference (INTC) - co-sponsored by the Cary, N.C.-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) and the Norcross, Ga.-based Technical Association of the Pulp, Paper, Packaging and Converting Industries (TAPPI) - has announced 13 winners of its Best Papers competition, which focuses on research in the nonwovens industry. The winners were selected from more than 70 technical papers presented at INTC 2008, held last September in Houston.

"Research from both academia and industry is vital to the future of our business, and the papers that have been selected as recipients of this recognition represent the 'Best of the Best' in the vital research that will bring our industry into the future," said Steve Ogle, technical director, INDA.

John Flood, Kraton Polymers, received the overall Best Paper award for "Styrenic Block Copolymers for Elastic Fabrics and Yarns."

The other winners are:
•    Binders & Additives I: Haksu Lee, Rohm and Haas, "Acrylic Thermosets: A Modular Technology";
•    Binders & Additives II: Uwe Meisenburg, BASF SE, "New Specialty Acrylate Monomers via Biocatalysis";
•    Polymers & Processes: Mike Budai, ITW Dynatec, "Breaking Through a Paradigm-New Technology for Coating & Laminating";
•    Filtration I: K-J Choi, AAF International, "Energy Efficient Air Filter Media";
•    Filtration II: Christine Sun, Freudenberg Nonwovens, "Mechanical or Electret Filters?";
•    Nanotechnology: S.S. Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, "New Observations: Nanolevel of Plasma Etched Polypropylene Spunbonds";
•    Insulation I: Helene Hardy Pierce, GAF Materials Corp., "Trends Within Commercial & Residential Roofing Markets";
•    Insulation II: Nazire Yilmaz, North Carolina State University, "Biodegradable Nonwoven Composites as Noise Control Elements";
•    Melt Blowing & Spunbonding Technologies I: Alistair Westwood, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., "Effect of Spinning Conditions on Mechanical and Elastic Properties of Propylene Based Fibers";
•    Melt Blowing & Spunbonding Technologies II: John Flood, Kraton Polymers, "Styrenic Block Copolymers for Elastic Fabrics and Yarns";
•    Nonwoven Markets and Applications II: Matthew Pickett, BASF Corp., "Eco-Efficiency Analysis: Powerful Decision Making Tool for Optimum Performance, Economy and Environmental Protection";
•    Flame Retardants: Thomas Fabian, Underwriters Laboratories Inc., "The Science of Fire & Heat Resistance"; and
•    Antimicrobials: Robert Monticello, AEGIS Environmental Management Inc., "An Eco-Friendly Antimicrobial for Today's Nonwoven Needs".

March 3, 2009