Tracking odors and emissions from Polymers

On March 6 and 7, 2016 producers, users, experts from government agencies and independent experts meet in Kassel, Germany for the “18th Conference on Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials“ at the University of Kassel Institute for Material Technology. This year, the venue has been moved to the University of Kassel Campus Center at 18 Moritzstrasse, 34109 Kassel, Germany. Anyone interested in participating or learning more can contact Mrs. Susanne Wolff by phone (+49 561 804-3672) or Mail ( Further information including the conference program can be found under:

The two-day conference has been held annually since 1999, involving presentations by analysts, material producers, regulatory agencies, contract laboratories and independent experts on the topic of emissions and odors from polymers and other materials. Oral and poster presentations are given accompanied by an industry exhibition focusing on the analysis of polymers, additives and emissions and on analytical instrumentation. The conference focuses on providing updated information to users and producers of polymers and polymer based products for industries such as automotive, building materials, packaging, consumer products and recycling among others. Lectures are held in German or English, simultaneous translation services are offered.

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The two conference days offer a total of 20 lectures by experts and experienced users.

Day one brings details on the final stage of the pilot phase of implementing odor testing into the AgBB test scheme. Another topic is the harmonization of analysis methods, assessment concepts and accepted limits in the determination of vehicle indoor air quality as well as on monitoring quality and safety of food packaging. Reducing VOC emissions from leather is presented as well as Micro-extraction techniques for sampling volatiles and off-odors along with a study on whether off-odors in products for children are just a nuisance or if they could maybe cause additional physiological effects.

Day two includes lectures on taints from food contact materials followed by the Emission behavior of PP Talcum compounds during the injection molding process, analysis of the curing process of liquid silicone rubber with respect to emissions, odors from natural dye coated cotton products and sensory evaluation of construction materials for indoor use. Further themes are the determination of odor perception thresholds and whether odor compounds in indoor air can be evaluated using determined acceptance thresholds along with why some odors are found to be pleasant while others are repugnant and Polyurethane Foams with Reduced Odor and VOC Emissions among other interesting topics.

Programm 18th Conference Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials

A detailed program for the "18th Conference on Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials" can be downloaded.

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For more Information and registration details, please go to or contact Dipl.-Ing. Mrs. Susanne Wolff by telephone (+49 561 804-3687) or E-Mail (

Susanne Wolff