9:00 am - 11:30 am
Innovative Components & Concepts
The Road to Sustainability in Absorbent Hygiene Products Travels through Softness
Today, disposable AHP such as baby diapers, feminine hygiene products, and adult incontinence are made of various kinds of polymer materials that often are not compatible with each other. These multi-material products create the need for complicated separation processes reducing the efficiency and output of possible recycling streams. Using design for recycle, we’re working towards creating a more “mono” material design that can simplify the recycling process and improve the chances of recyclability.
This talk will introduce the concept of Extreme PE Diaper, and demonstrate how polyethylene can be used in each component of a diaper, bringing ultimate softness and improved sustainability for AHP one step closer.
» Yijian Lin, Ph.D.
TS&D NAA Research Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company
BIOGRAPHYYijian Lin is a Research Scientist in the Technical Service and Development Department of Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business. His current role at Dow involves new polyethylene product development for Hygiene and Medical applications. His expertise includes the polymer processing and fabrication, structure property relationship of polymers. Prior to joining Dow, Yijian received his Ph.D. degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Yijian has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and holds multiple granted patents.