IMX Talks - How to make a make a small fortune using Frontal Polymerization


Event details

Date 12.07.2024
Hour 14:0015:00
Speaker Prof. John A. Pojman, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge USA
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

The goal of cure-on-demand polymerization is to create one-pot systems that have a long shelf live but will react rapidly when curing is desired.  We will explore frontal polymerization in which a localized reaction zone propagates from the coupling of thermal transport and the Arrhenius dependence of the reaction rate of an exothermic polymerization. We demonstrate that frontal polymerization can be used to create a cure-on-demand wood filler.  The filler has a months-to-years shelf life, is a one-pot formulation, can be applied leisurely and then cured rapidly with a flat heat source. We will explore the commercialization of “QuickCure Clay” for the arts and crafts market and consider how frontal polymerization can be used for additive manufacturing and coatings.

Bio: Dr. John A. Pojman, a native of North Royalton, Ohio, received his B. S. in Chemistry (with a minor in Classics) from Georgetown University in 1984.  He earned his doctorate in Chemical Physics in 1988 at the University of Texas at Austin.  Pojman then worked for two years at Brandeis University with Irving Epstein.  In 1990 he joined the Chemistry & Biochemistry department at The University of Southern Mississippi, where he taught for 18 years.  Dr. Pojman joined the Department of Chemistry at Louisiana State University in August 2008, where he is the Patricia Senn and William Senn, Jr.,  Distinguished Professor & Chair
Pojman co-authored one monograph, An Introduction to Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics, and co-edited two others.  He has served four times as a guest editor for the journal Chaos and authored 185 peer-reviewed publications and ten book chapters. Over his academic career, he made 315 presentations and received three patents.  Since 1990 he supervised 192 undergraduates. His research expertise is in nonlinear dynamics in polymer systems and materials of art. Additionally, he is an avid bass fisherman, trout fisher and amateur herpetologist with a special interest in the aquatic salamanders of Louisiana  (  He also boasts the world largest collection of pocket protectors. John is the President and CEO of Pojman Polymer Products, LLC (
He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Dionne Rousseau.


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  • General public
  • Free


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