A memorial technical session was held for the late Dr. Marino Xanthos at the 2014 Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference in Las Vegas.
A memorial technical session for the late Dr. Marino Xanthos, Professor of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering and Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, was held at the 2014 Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference on April 29, 2014 in Las Vegas. Dr. Xanthos, who died unexpectedly in the summer of 2013, was an internationally recognized expert and researcher in the fields of reactive polymer processing, polymer extrusion foaming, polymer nano-composites, as well as a strong advocate of plastics sustainability issues.
The Memorial Session was organized by close colleagues from NJIT and the Polymer Processing Institute at NJIT, other universities and the polymers industry. The Keynote address entitled “On the Life of our Late Colleague Marino Xanthos and his Last Research Work on Pharmaceutical Hot Melt Extrusion” was given by Dr. Costas Gogos, CBPE distinguished research professor and board chairman of PPI, on behalf of Dr. Nonjaros Noncharm, Marino’s last PhD student, as well as his PPI associate Dr. Nicolas Ioannidis. High level technical presentations were delivered by the following distinguished colleagues of Dr. Xanthos on areas associated with his life-long research: Musa Kamal, ChE Professor at McGill University, Costas Tzoganakis, ChE Professor at the University of Waterloo; David Bigio, ME Professor at the University of Maryland; Kun Sup Hyun, CBPE research professor and PPI president emeritus; Joseph Golba, Principal Scientist, Polyone Corp; and Mark Wetzel, Lead Resource Engineer, DuPont Corporate Research. The invited presentations were interwoven with anecdotal memories of Prof. Xanthos contributing to a warm, collegial atmosphere for the scores of conference participants who attended the session. During the conference, three other technical papers were presented by NJIT/PPI researchers in the area of Pharmaceutical Hot Melt Processing.