Flammability in Textiles and Polymers

June 16, 2021 - June 17, 2021

Join AATCC for Flammability in Textiles and Polymers on June 16-17, 2021. This  two-day virtual event will feature industry leaders and academic experts discussing a variety of topics including innovation, research, technology, and challenges in the world of FR and flammability.

Registration Fees
AATCC Individual &
Corporate* Members
*Corporate members must contact Kim Nicholson to register offline.
  • Program Outline

    Flammability in Textiles and Polymers Timetable
    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2021
    1:00 PMWelcome and Opening Remarks—Bert Truesdale, TenCate Protective Fabrics, Moderator
    1:05Fire Chemistry and the Science of Flame-Resistant Fabrics—Drew Child, Milliken & Company
    1:40Examining the Role of Full and Bench-Scale Tests for Evaluating the Flammability and Thermal Protective Performance of FR Work Wear—Roger Barker, North Carolina State University, TPACC
    2:15A Review of Regulations on Textile Flammability and Flame Retardant Chemicals for Furniture—Alex Morgan, University of Dayton
    2:50Introduction to ASTM International and F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment—Mary Mikolajewski, ASTM
    3:25Development of Bench-Scale Flash Fire Cylinder/Flash Fire Hand—Brian Shiels, ArcWear
    4:00Panel Discussion—Bert Truesdale, TenCate Protective Fabrics, Moderator
    4:30Closing Remarks and Adjourn
    THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2021
    1:00 PMWelcome and Opening Remarks—Bert Truesdale, TenCate Protective Fabrics, Moderator
    1:05Water-Based and Environmentally-Benign Flame Retardant Treatments Using Polyelectrolyte Complexation—Jamie Grunlan, Texas A&M
    1:40FR coating for Nyco based on Tannic and Phytic Acid—Ramaswamy (Ram) Nagarajan, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    2:15Low Formaldehyde Flame Retardant for All-Cotton Fleece Fabrics—Ken Greeson, Cotton Incorporated
    2:50Bio-Based Flame-Resistant Polymers—Andrew Guenthner, Cambium Biomaterials
    3:25Clean FRTM Thermoplastic Compounds and Concentrates for Coated Fabrics, Fibers for Woven and Nonwoven Fabrics—Edward Gregor, Edward C. Gregor & Associates
    4:00Panel Discussion—Bert Truesdale, TenCate Protective Fabrics, Moderator
    4:30Closing Remarks and Adjourn

  • About the Speakers

    Bert Truesdale is currently the Senior Director for Dyeing & Finishing Technology for Tencate Protective Fabrics. Formerly, he acted as the Southern Regional Board Representative and President of AATCC. Bert currently serves as Chair of the Chemical Applications Interest Group and a member of the Board of Directors for AATCC.
    Drew Child joined Milliken in 1993 as a Research Chemist after receiving his PhD in polymer chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington. Since then, he has held several roles in R&D, product development, and portfolio management. Drew has been part of several major product launches and has 24 granted U.S. patents covering inventions in flame resistant and arc resistant fabrics, airbag coatings, electronic textiles, and radar absorbing materials.
    Roger Barker is an internationally recognized researcher in textile flammability, thermally protective materials and clothing comfort. He is the Burlington Distinguished Professor in the Wilson College of Textiles and Director of North Carolina State University’s Center for Research on Textile Protection and Comfort (T-PACC), a recognized world leader in the specialized area of protective materials and the comfort of textiles. He received the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal of Excellence, the highest award given to a faculty member by NC State University. He holds BS and MS degrees in physics from the University of Tennessee and a PhD in Textile and Polymer Science from Clemson University.
    Alex Morgan has over twenty three years of experience in the areas of materials flammability, polymeric material flame retardancy, fire science, fire testing, thermal decomposition chemistry, and fire safety engineering with an emphasis on chemical structure property relationships and fire safe material design. He has helped academic, government, and industrial customers solve their flame retardant and fire safety needs in a wide range of applications. Dr. Morgan is on the editorial review board for Fire and Materials, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Fire Science. He is also a member of ASTM, Sigma Xi, International Association of Fire Safety Scientists, and the American Chemical Society.
    In 2010, Mary Mikolajewski joined the Technical Committee Operations division of ASTM International. In her role as Staff Manager, she coordinates activities for multiple industries and directs the operations and strategic initiatives related to the standards work of four technical committees. She also serves as Manager of Membership, which oversees the maintenance and promotion of ASTM Membership. Mary has a B.A. in Management Marketing from Holy Family University, and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Cabrini College.
    Brian Shiels is Senior PPE Engineer at ArcWear. His professional experience includes development and testing of flame and thermal protective clothing and equipment, as well as quality management. He holds several patents for FR fabrics and PPE. Brian is a long-standing member on a variety of Standards Development Organizations, including ASTM, NFPA, AATCC, and ISO. He currently serves as Vice-Chair for ASTM Committees D13 and F23, as well as a Director on the ASTM International Board of Directors. He has previously served on the AATCC Executive Committee on Research. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Science in Textile Chemistry from North Carolina State University, with a special focus on protective clothing.
    Jaime Grunlan is the Leland T. Jordan ’29 Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from North Dakota State University in 1997 before getting his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Grunlan became an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow in 2018 and he holds joint appointments in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering. He is an Editor for Journal of Materials Science, Associate Editor for Green Materials and serves on the International Advisory Board for Macromolecular Rapid Communications and Macromolecular Materials and Engineering.
    Ramaswamy Nagarajan is a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and the Co-director of the Fabric discovery Center and the HEROES Initiative and the Center for Advanced Materials at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has a science and engineering background with bachelor degrees in chemistry and rubber technology from India and a doctoral degree in polymer science from the University Massachusetts, USA. His research interest is in the development of “greener”/sustainable routes to advanced functional materials (polymers, flame retardant additives and surfactants). Working at the interface of science and engineering his research group has been involved in translating fundamental research into engineering applications for advancing technology in new and emerging areas. He is passionate about establishing international partnerships for research and education. He is the Co-editor of Journal of Renewable Materials and has published 57 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 21 US Patents.
    Ken Greeson has been at Cotton Incorporated since 2002. He is an applications specialist for textile finishing. Most of his research focus is in durable press finishes, abrasion resistant finishes, and of course, flame retardant finishes for cotton fabrics. Prior to coming to Cotton Incorporated, Ken worked for a large textile manufacturer, and then he moved on to work for various specialty textile chemical manufacturers.
    Andrew Guenthner spent 17 years as a materials engineer and chemical engineer in US Department of the Navy and US Department of the Air Force research laboratories. He also has several years of commercial experience developing industrial materials for companies large and small. Andrew is a co-creator of Cambium’s first bio-discovered materials technologies. In 2016 he was named the US Department of Defense Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter for his contributions to the development of high-performance materials for aerospace and defense applications.
    Edward C. Gregor is Managing Director, Edward C. Gregor, & Associates, LLC. Gregor interviews company CEO’s internationally, along with related company Leaders internationally for each issue of IFN magazine (now owned by INDA Media) for the last 5 years and remains active.

    Mr. Gregor also maintains a disruptive technology business in several material areas www.egregor.com with Fortune 100 companies to smaller family- owned businesses and helps them get to market with new technologies for 27 continuous years.

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