Focus on plastic odour and emissions

The 17th “Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials” workshop is being held by the Institute of Material Technology / Plastic Technology at Kassel University, Kurt-Wolters-Strasse 3, 34109 Kassel, Germany, on 16. and 17. March 2015.

The main features of the two-day “Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials” workshop that has been held every year since 1999 are lectures by users who are practically involved in technical applications requiring the determination of odour and emissions from plastics and other materials. The presentations are supplemented by an exhibition prepared by companies that have specialised in the testing and investigation of, for example, polymers, additives and material emissions, including well-known manufacturers of analytical equipment. The workshop is designed for all users and manufacturers who produce or process plastics. Particularly close attention is paid to objects that are used in residential and office buildings, in car interiors and in the food industry.

In the course of the total of 21 presentations and lectures, a look will, for example, be taken on the first day of the workshop at the “emission behaviour of ABS and PP after thermal oxidative stress” and at the role bacteria play in odour development in cars. The detection of odours has high priority. Reports will be presented about the results of ring tests, relating in one case “to VDA 270” and in another case “to the introduction of odour measurements in the evaluation of building products in accordance with DIN ISO 16000-28”. The workshop participants will also be given an insight into a research project that concentrates on the “sensory evaluation of construction products and interiors”. The day will end, finally, with consideration of the question whether the “Blue Angel” environmental symbol issued to low-emission products is a help to consumers and manufacturers.

The second day of the workshop will be starting off with “Concepts for the evaluation of emissions in interiors, with special emphasis on VOC emissions attributable to plastic”, followed by the determination of material emissions in clean rooms. One speaker will be highlighting “sensory odour evaluation methods”, while another will be talking about the impact of recyclates on the emission properties of plastics. Why do natural fibres smell, what influence do additives and process operations have on the olfactory impact of biobased plastics and what do mathematics have to do with smelling – the 17th “Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials” workshop at Kassel University will also be explaining how instrumental analytics can be combined with human sensory perception. Guido Deussing

Please visit If you have any questions, please contact Ms Susanne Wolff, telephone: +49 561 804-3687, e-mail:, Institute of Material Technology / Plastic Technology, Kassel University, Mönchebergstrasse 3, 34109 Kassel, Germany.

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