ASM Cleveland May 2017 Meeting

Awards Night – Monday, May 22nd  2017

Dear Members and Friends of the ASM Cleveland Chapter, 

Join us Monday May 22nd  for our next technical meeting.


Registration link:  Meeting Registration Link


Guest Speaker:      

Dr. David Schiraldi

Case Western Reserve University, Macromolecular Science & Engineering

Lecture Title:

“Using Nature to Prevent Plastics from Burning


5:45 Social/Networking
6:30 Dinner
7:00 Awards Begin

Lecture to Follow

Meeting Location:

ASM International Headquarters

9639 Kinsman Rd

Novelty, OH 44073

Dinner Selections:

Dinner will be a buffet

To ensure your attendance please register by noon on Thursday May 18th using the registration link above or through the Chapter’s website.


Most commercial plastics are produced from petroleum and/or natural gas, and therefore tend to be highly flammable.  Flame retardants which historically have been added to reduce this flammability have often been based on polybrominated aromatic compounds, metal salts, such as antimony oxide, and organophosphates.  Many of these additives have been phased out because of toxicity concerns, but we nonetheless require fire safety in an increasingly polymer-rich, electronics-laden world.  Research at Case Western Reserve University is focused on the use of bio-based flame retardants, in some cases obtained from the food chain.  Examples and limitations of this approach will be discussed.

David A. Schiraldi, the Peter A. Asseff Professor and Chair of Macromolecular Science & Engineering at CWRU is a chemist by training (BS UC San Diego; PhD U of Oregon), who worked in the chemical/polymer industry for 20 years before moving to academia in 2002.  Dave is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the author of 200 peer-reviewed papers, 20 issued U.S. patents, and has led the “Macro” department for the past 8 years.