Robert Shick, BFGoodrich, Michael's at Shoreline




August Dinner Lecture


Wednesday, August 25



  " Advanced Materials for Electronic Applications by Addition Polymerization of Cyclic Olefins "


 Robert A. Shick


The BFGoodrich Company,
Electronic Materials Division, Brecksville, Ohio


Wednesday, August 25, 1999
Location: Michaels at Shoreline
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, CA

Social Hour: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm
Talk: 8:00 pm

Entree Choices:
- breast of chicken with herb butter sauce
- spinach and cheese tortellini
- blackened Mahi-Mahi Cajun style (warning: hot&spicy!)

Cost: $30 ($15 for unemployed/retired)

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entree, a desert selection and contact information (preferably email address). Please note the early deadline below. We will be charged for any cancellations after that date.

Clayton Henderson

and / or

Bruce Prime

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From 101 take the Shoreline Boulevard Exit, turning toward the bay. Drive past the amphitheater and into Shoreline Park. After a mile or so, a sign will direct you to turn left into the parking lot.
Address: 2960 N Shoreline Blvd.
Restaurant phone: (650) 962-1014

" Advanced Materials for Electronic Applications by Addition Polymerization of Cyclic Olefins "


 Robert A. Shick


The BFGoodrich Company
Electronic Materials Division
Brecksville, Ohio


Over the past few decades, there have been several reports in the literature regarding the addition polymerization of monocyclic olefins such as cyclobutene and cyclopentene or bicyclic olefins such as norbornene using catalysts related to the original Ziegler- Natta inventions. In more recent years interest in norbornene, and its derivatives, has undergone a renaissance of sorts. Undoubtedly this is due two factors: the development of new, single-site catalysts that will polymerize these types of monomers with good activity and the realization that polymers containing significant quantities of these bicyclic monomers exhibit unique properties such as high glass transition temperatures and transparency. Indeed, early work at Mitsui Petrochemicals concentrated on polymerization of the multicyclic olefin tetracyclododecene (TD), using EPDM-type, soluble vanadium catalysts that eventually led to the commercialization of Apel(TM) amorphous polyolefins. Later, the utility of metallocene catalysts for cyclic olefin polymerization was recognized by both Mitsui and Hoechst. This led to the joint development of the Topas(TM) line of amorphous polyolefins.

BFGoodrich has had over three decades of experience with cyclic olefins and polymers derived therefrom. Originally, this interest stemmed from the production of EPDM rubbers. Eventually, several businesses grew from BFGoodrich's polymerization expertise and cyclic monomer production capability. BFGoodrich is the largest supplier of dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based reaction injection molding (RIM) polymers in the U.S. Since their introduction in 1990, Telene(TM) RIM Polymers has expanded from a research program to include a
formulations business as well as a molded parts manufacturing operation. These polymers are based on the ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of DCPD to form a thermoset material that exhibits an excellent combination of stiffness, impact strength, and heat deflection temperature. In 1996, BFGoodrich started production of high purity DCPD. Markets for Ultrene(TM) 97 and 99% DCPD include specialty resins, catalyst systems such as metallocenes, and processes requiring consistent, high purity DPCD.

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