The International Polyolefins Conference draws prominent and distinguished speakers in the polyolefins industry from around the world. We safely assert that the science and technology presented at the IPOC will have great impact on the future of the industry.

We are pleased to announce our plenary speakers for the International Polyolefins Conference 2023

Dr. Tobin Marks-Northwestern University

Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytical Chemistry and Chemical/Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Marks is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Notable awards include National Medal of Science and Priestley Medal among numerous accolades and honors. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from MIT. Among the themes of Dr. Marks’ research are synthetic organo-f-element and early-transition metal organometallic chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, molecule-based photonic material, superconductivity, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, and biological aspects of transition metal chemistry.

Diane Chamberlain-Baystar Polymers

President with over 27 years of experience in refining and petrochemical industries with Chevron Texaco, Chevron Phillips, and Shell holding a wide spectrum of positions and varying responsibilities. Educated at University of Utah graduating with dual degrees in chemical engineering and economics and she received her MBA at Rice university.

Nick Vafiadis-Chemical Market Analytics, Dow Jones

Vice-president – Plastics. Nick was with IHS for 20 years with the expertise and insight of global polyolefin business and market analysis and forecast. Educated at the University of Texas (Austin), graduating with a degree in Business Administration.

Paul Homik-Manager, Polypropylene Commercial Services, Heartland Polymers, Canada.

Prior to Heartland Polymers, Paul had over 30 years of experience in polymers, petrochemicals and feedstocks with a variety of companies including Bonar Plastics, Winpack Limited, Nova Chemicals, Atco Midstream, Williams Energy Canada. Paul was educated at the University of Manitoba (BSC in engineering) and the University of Western Ontario (advanced management training at Ivey School). 

Clifford C. Lee-Founder of Lee Plastics Consulting, LLC.

He had worked for four major polyolefin producers (CP Chem, Ineos, Lyondell/Basell, and Formosa Plastics) in various capacities before moving to take the leadership role at two consulting firms: Chemical Market Resources and later Townsend Solutions.  At both firms he was noted for innovation and effectiveness in spearheading new businesses.  In 2020, he left the presidency of Townsend to strike out on his own.  Clifford received a Ph.D. from Rutgers University followed by polymer research at Cornell and Purdue.  He has 13 U.S. patents to his credit.   In consulting, his clientele has included the world’s top 20 polyolefin producers.  In conferences, he ran the touted FLEXPO conference 8 times in 5 nations.   Currently he co-chairs the plenary session of SPE IPOC and also co-organizes the annual International Olefin and Polyolefin Conference in Ningbo – the preeminent 300+ participants polyolefin technology summit in China since 2016.

Call for Proposals

2023 SPE International Polyolefins Conference
March 5, 2023 – March 8, 2023
Galveston Island Convention Center (Galveston, TX)

The SPE International Polyolefins Conference is soliciting abstracts from speakers interested in presenting at the 2023 event.  Presentations are 30 minutes long, including Questions and Answers.  
Speakers accepted will receive complimentary registration for the event.

The PO2023 organizers anticipate over 100 presentations at the 2023 event.  Topics include:

  • High Through-Put Experimentation
  • Catalyst Developments
  • Characterization and Analysis
  • Structure/Property Fundamentals
  • New Additives
  • Process Innovations
  • Product Innovations and New Polyolefin Platforms
  • Compounding and Extrusion Advances
  • Application Developments in Automotive
  • Applications in Building and Infrastructure
  • Flexible Packaging Applications
  • Pipe Applications
  • Regulatory Dynamics
  • Recycling and Sustainability
  • Business Environment Issues
  • Supply Chain Challenges


Abstracts are due November 21, 2022; and authors will be notified of the acceptance of their abstracts by December 2, 2022. 
Final papers, presentations, and recordings are due Feb. 6, 2023. 
Presentations can be submitted as PPT files for audio-visual, but will be published in PDF format.  Permission to publish will be required from authors, including all formats. 
While no compensation is offered to speakers, they do receive complimentary registration.

IPOC speakers may use the following logo to promote their company’s presence at the event.

Program/Technical Chairs

Donna Davis
Preston McDaniel

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