Polymeric nanocellular foams for thermal insulation: challenges and promises
The Dow Chemical Company
Stéphane Costeux is a Research Leader with The Dow Chemical Company. He earned an engineering degree in Physics & Chemistry from ESPCI-ParisTech in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Physics of Liquids from University Pierre & Marie Curie in 1999 in Paris (France). He conducted post-doctoral research in the Chemical Engineering department at McGill University (Montreal) wh. He joined Dow Plastics R&D in Texas in 2002 as an expert on polyolefin molecular structure and rheology, where he focused on developing new high melt strength polyethylene and polypropylene resins. In 2006 he joined Dow’s Building & Construction business R&D in Midland, MI. His current work relates to experimental and theoretical aspects in materials science, product and process development for advanced materials for building applications, in particular thermoplastic and thermoset insulation foams. His research has resulted in over 20 patent filings and 30 publications. He serves as a director on the board of the Thermoplastic Materials & Foams division and on the New Technology Committee of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and on the Editorial board of the Journal of Cellular Plastics. He is a 3-time recipient of the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Foam Materials & Technology.