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Business and Technology of the Global Polyethylene Industry

An In-depth Look at the Technology, Catalysts, and Modern Commercial Manufacture of Poyethylene and its Products
By Thomas E. Nowlin
Copyright: 2014   |   Status: Published
ISBN: 9781118945988  |  Hardcover  |  
413 pages
Price: $150.00 USD
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Plots the history of the business and technology that was responsible for the enormous growth of the global polyethylene industry from the laboratory discovery in 1933 to reach an annual production of over 75 million metric tons in 2012 and become the leading plastic material worldwide

The book will be of interest to a number of categories in the petrochemical Industry: research staff of companies in the manufacture of polyethylene, polyethylene research scientists and engineers; business managers involved in polyethylene industry; petrochemical and polyethylene consulting companies; academic centers involved in polymer chemistry; scientists interested in the history of chemical technology.

This book is an in-depth look at the history of the scientists and engineers that created the catalysts and the methods used for the modern commercial manufacture of polyethylene and its products
Business and Technology of the Global Polyethylene Industry is an in-depth look at the history of the polyethylene industry from the discovery of polyethylene in 1933 to the present day and the important technical developments that took place over the past eighty years that were responsible for the enormous growth of the polyethylene industry. Polyethylene will most likely remain in the growth phase of the product life cycle throughout the 21st century. The impact of the shale gas revolution on the cost of ethane as the important feedstock for the manufacture of ethylene and polyethylene in North America and the significant decline in the feedstock cost advantage for the production of ethylene in the Middle East is discussed.
In addition, the history in the development of each of the catalyst types used for the low-pressure manufacture of polyethylene is outlined which includes titanium-based catalysts, chromium-based catalysts and single-site catalysts is summarized and the effect of each catalyst type on the introduction of new products and applications for polyethylene is covered. The processes used for the manufacture of polyethylene are reviewed which include the high-pressure process and the three low-pressure processes; slurry, solution and the gas-phase methods.
The techniques used to fabricate polyethylene into end-use products are reviewed with a discussion of blow-molding, injection molding, rotational molding, blown-film, cast-film and thermoforming. In addition, Business and Technology of the Global Polyethylene Industry discusses the design and operation of a laboratory for developing ethylene polymerization catalysts, as well as looks at the future of the global polyethylene industry.

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Thomas E. Nowlin received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University in 1971 and an M.B.A. degree from Rutgers University in 1982. He retired as a LTC from the USAR Chemical Corps in 1989 with 20 years of service. Dr. Nowlin was a research chemist for Union Carbide Corporation from 1973-1979 in Bound Brook, New Jersey, and worked for Mobil Chemical company, Edison, New Jersey, as a research chemist from 1980-2000. He investigated olefin polymerization catalysts from 1977-2000 and received over 65 U.S. patents for Mobil Oil Corporation, mostly in the area of Ziegler and metallocene catalysts for ethylene polymerization. He has published more than 30 papers in chemical journals from 1971-2009.

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