Huntsman manager to talk on engineering polyurethanes

Published: Mar 11, 2009 2:42:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Rafael Camargo, manager of CoreScience USA with the polyurethanes division of Huntsman, will present "An Introduction to Polyurethanes: A World of Opportunities" on Thursday, March 12, at 2 p.m. in 104 Textile Building. His lecture is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering.

Camargo's presentation will give an overview of the chemistry, applications, materials and challenges in further creating ideas for polyurethane research and development, from academia to industrial applications. The term polyurethanes applies to a large family of polymers, such as thermoplastics; high-strength, full -density materials; and lightweight foams used for furniture and insulation. The adaptation and various applications of these products create a challenge to chemists, polymer scientists and engineers.

Camargo has been part of the polyurethanes field for more than 20 years and has served multiple technical and commercial roles. He is author and co-author of numerous publications in the field. Camargo received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia, and his doctoratea doctoral degree in chemical engineering and materials science from the University of Minnesota.