COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — A new polyolefins film consortium established at Texas A&M University in College Station is striving to improve advanced materials.
The group is part of the Polymer Technology Center in the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, a state agency with close ties to Texas A&M research. Charter members include Exxon Chemical Co., Lyondell Petrochemical Co., Phillips Petroleum Co. and Texas Eastman Chemical Co. The consortium coordinates collaborative research and accelerates technology developments in the polyolefins area.
``Current research focuses on the production of higher-quality polyolefin blown film, which is widely used for carryout and trash bags and many other consumer goods,'' said Walter Bradley, consortium director and head of the Polymer Technology Center.
Consortium membership and participation in specific research projects are open, and firms with substantial polyolefin interests are encouraged to join, Bradley said. Members also conduct industrial short courses and symposiums, and fund research projects.