A Complete Review of PVC Formulation

Spring 2013
TBA – Hampton Roads area, VA USA
Stephane Girois, Ph.D., Professor, TU
Institute for Atmospheric Optics and Remote Sensing (IFAORS)


Poly(vinyl)chloride or PVC is one of the most versatile industrial polymers with applications ranging from soft blood bag or catheters used in operating rooms to very low temperature, high-impact performance profiles used in building construction or even food film packaging.  PVC is certainly the most complex polymer, considering its degradation mode, and yet it holds outstanding inherent performances, like very high chemical resistance and flame retardancy.  However, it cannot be transformed and used durably without a complete formulation process involving a large range of additives. 

The last decade has seen the development of high performance additives that allow PVC to demonstrate unique characteristics comparable to other high cost engineering polymers and be processed in complex equipment without deterioration.  The recent development of Biobased PVC (made from biomass) has launched a renewed interest in this old polymer, and the need to build high-performance applications requires a serious knowledge of additives.   

Course Description:

This two-day short course covering PVC formulation and the complex use of additives and their synergies, taught by Dr. Stephane Girois, Ph.D., reviews PVC polymerization processes, structure defects, morphology, and degradation mechanisms.  It includes a review of all additive families with formation recommendations, enabling a formulator to customize a PVC system to achieve desired performances and/or use PVC in a new process.   

Course Outline:

Day 1

08:30am – 10:00am
Review course expectations and outline
General description of PVC within polymer triangle
Review of three main PVC polymerization processes
10:00am – 10:15am
10:15am – 12:30pm
Review of all PVC structure defects
Characterization of PVC structures
PVC morphology
12:30pm – 01:30pm
01:30pm – 03:30pm
PVC degradation mechanism
Introduction to PVC formulation

Day 2

08:00am – 10:00am
PVC stabilizers
10:00am – 10:15am
10:15am – 12:30pm
Impact modifier technology
Process aid technology
12:30pm – 01:15pm
01:15pm – 02:30pm
Pigments and fillers
PVC polymer blends
02:30pm – 03:30pm
Building PVC formulation (Q&A)

Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers or technicians who are considering using PVC to replace other polymers, and need a “crash course” on PVC formulation; 
  • scientists/technicians who need to learn about new PVC additives and build on their existing knowledge to improve PVC performance in their current uses; or 
  • students in polymer science who need to learn about polymer formulation.

Registration Fees: