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Battelle Experts to Present at GPEC Conference

Posted on Feb 17, 2009


ORLANDO, FL. 17 February, 2009—Battelle, a Gold Sponsor at the Feb. 26-29 Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC) in Orlando, will present a session focused on bio-based and biodegradable materials.

“Plastics: The Wonderful World of Sustainability and Recycling,” offers participants and attendees the opportunity to learn about new technologies and innovations for plastics sustainability and recycling.

Five professionals in the fields of bio-based and biodegradable materials will present scientific papers during the session. Battelle’s presenters will include Jeff Cafmeyer, Principal Research Scientist, presenting “A New Class of Polyols Utilizing Cost-effective Feedstocks and their Applications” and Corey Linden, Research Scientist, presenting “Improving PLA Performance for Injection-molding Applications.”

Battelle also will sponsor the Clean Technology and Business Forum and Competition and will award the top business plan $2,000, along with $1,000 for the runner-up. Rick Heggs, Director of Biobased Materials Strategy at Battelle, will be one of the judges.

Participants in the competition were asked to submit a business plan related to the theme “Clean Technologies and the Plastics Industry.”  Finalists and alternates will be judged by professionals in the plastics and investment industries on specific criteria established by GPEC.  The ultimate goal of the competition is to allow innovators of clean technologies in the plastics industry the opportunity to showcase, discuss and develop their products.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or


Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544