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A new course from IHS Chemical Training & Education offering critical information and insights for members of the Chemical Industry.
Introduction to Petrochemicals
"This is the most exciting time to be in the industry as there is so much change. And with change comes opportunity - if we have a good understanding of the industry dynamics driving this change” – Dr. Jeff
Understanding Petrochemical Feedstocks
Dr. Jeff Plotkin teaches the 3-day indepth training course, “Understanding the Global Petrochemical Industry”. Dr. Plotkin has 30+ years’ experience in petrochemical industry working for companies and consulting firms. Prior to IHS, he was V.P. of Nexant/Chem System’s training programs. He co-authored textbook, “Industrial Organic Chemicals, third edition” (Wiley Interscience, 2012) and is a contributing editor to American Chemical Society’s “Patent Watch”, www.chemistry.org. Dr. Plotkin holds 30+ US patents and authored over 25 journal publications. He received his PhD in organometallic chemistry from University of Pennsylvania, MBA from PACE University, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at The Ohio State University.
Introducing ethylene, propylene, and the C4 olefins (butadiene, n-butenes, isobutylene) – chemical structures, physical form, sources, logistic issues, trade balances, key players and value chains
Ethylene – The Largest of the Building Blocks
Propylene – The Second Largest Building Block, but the Fastest Growing Olefin
Cost of production methodology – learn how costs are built-up in the petrochemical industry
Ethylene Economics – A case study comparing the costs of an ethane cracker versus a naphtha cracker. Regional costs are compared over the 20 years. Understand the huge Saudi advantage stemming from $0.75/MM Btu gas. The concept of cost curves is introduced and a global cost curve for ethylene production is presented and discussed.
Introducing Benzene, Toluene and the Xylenes – Taking the Complexity out of Aromatics Complexes
Chemical structures, physical form, logistic issues, trade balances, key players and value chains. Simplifying aromatics complexes – separations techniques and rebalancing supply/demand via isomerization and interconversions
Benzene – The Largest of the Aromatics
Toluene – Learn about the Magic of Toluene Transformations – Fooling Mother Nature!
Xylenes – para-Xylene Rules!
For the remainder of the course, the derivatives of each of the seven building blocks will be discussed one by one. These discussions will include: historical origins, key players, trade, process technologies and end-use applications. In many cases, end-use application discussions will be reinforced by many “colorful and interesting” graphics and “show and tell” demonstrations.
Exploring the Ethylene Value Chain – Dominated by Four Very Commoditized Businesses
Exploring the Propylene Value Chain – Bringing Good Things to Life
Exploring the Propylene Value Chain (continued)
Exploring the C4 Olefins Value Chains – Key to the Synthetic Rubber Industry
Wrap-up and Conclusion of Course Awarding of Certificates