pinfa awards

pinfa sponsors prizes for three best oral presentations on PIN Flame Retardants by young researchers

  • The best paper will receive CHF 1500 , the runner-ups CHF 1000 and CHF 500 each
  • A committee with members from pinfa companies and the scientific committee of the conference will pick the winners
  • Students and researchers are eligible up to 5 years after their final academic degree (e.g. PhD)
  • Criteria for being selected: exciting research on non-halogenated phosphorus, inorganic or nitrogen flame retardants with some chance of commercial implementation; covering both flame retardants performance and sustainability aspects; excellent oral presentation


We thank the pinfa for their financial support to the above mentioned awards.

Conference program

Tentative FRPM23 program 

  • Monday, 26 June 2023
    17:00: Reception and pre-registration in NEST at Empa, Dübendorf
  • Tuesday, 27 June 2023
    08:00: Start of the conference at Empa Academy, Dübendorf
    18:00: Poster session
  • Wednesday, 28 June 2023
    18:00: Gala Dinner at 
    UTO Kulm – Top of Zurich
  • Thursday, 29 June 2023
    17:00: End of conference at Empa Academy, Dübendorf

The detailed program can be found here.

Instructions for the presenters can be found here.

Invited lectures

Plenary talks


Prof. Dr. Serge Bourbigot, ENSCL, Lille, France
Materials in extreme fire: design, evaluation and characterization


Prof. Dr. Xin Wang, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
Cardanol as a versatile building block for fabrication of bio-based flame retardant epoxy thermosets


Prof. Dr. T. Richard Hull, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Fires caused by electric vehicles: flammability and smoke toxicity


Prof. Dr. Teng Fu, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
Programmable design on demand: quantitative contribution of molecular motifs in flame-retardant thermoplastic polymers


Prof. Dr. Jaime Grunlan, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA
Water-based and environmentally-benign flame retardant surface treatments for polymeric materials


Prof. Dr. Francois Tournilhac, ESPCI, Paris, France
Epoxy based vitrimer materials and composites


Prof. Dr. Hao Wang, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia
Development of biobased and nanoscale flame retardants


Prof. Dr. De-Yi Wang, IMDEA Materials Institute, Madrid, Spain
Progress of flame-retardant technologies to electrolytes in lithium-ion battery:  strategies and challenges






Prof. Dr. Laurent Ferry, École des Mines d’Alès, Alès, France
Flame retardancy of engineering polymers using ionic liquids


Dr. Alexander B. Morgan, University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, USA
Reactive Flame Retardants for Aerospace-Grade Epoxy Flame Retardants:  Design Considerations and Example Chemistries


Prof. Dr. habil. Bernhard Schartel, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM), Berlin, Germany
Sustainability finding its way into flame retardancy: food for thought between fake fiction and future


Prof. Dr. Aurelio Bifulco, University of Naples, Naples, Italy
Aliphatic silica-epoxy systems containing dopo-based flame retardants, bio-wastes, and other synergists


Prof. Dr. Sheng Zhang, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China 
Advances on Flame Retardant Materials for Batteries in New Energy Vehicles


Prof. Dr. Sabine Fuchs, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Hamm-Lippstadt, Germany
From flame retardant polystyrene foams to intrinsically flame retardant styrenic copolymers without halogens


Dr. Jürgen H. Troitzsch, Fire and Environment Protection Service (FEPS), Ascona, Switzerland 
Passive fire safety in conventional and e-vehicles: status and trends


Prof. Dr. Baljinder Kandola, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK 
Fully bio-based versus carbon/glass epoxy composites: scope and limitations in fire and physico-mechanical performances


Prof. Dr. Chris Slootweg, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sustaining the CHNOPS building blocks of life, but Phosphorus-based flame retardants first!


Prof. Dr. Manfred Döring, Germany
The Potential of Phosphorus-Containing Flame Retardants for Current Application


Prof. Dr. Yuan Hu, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
Synthesis and Application of Flame Retardant Organophosphine Compounds


Prof. Dr. Hai-Bo Zhao, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
Recyclable and Durable Flame-Retardant Materials


Dr. Richard Lyon, FAA, USA
The physical chemistry of kinetic compensation


Mr. Martijn Beekman
Chemicals strategy for sustainability, towards zero pollution




Social Events

26.06.2023 - Registration & welcome reception in NEST


Yodeling is a form of singing that involves singing with repeated changes in pitch from the chest register to the head register. Yodeling uses sounds and not words with meaning. It is used in mountainous and inaccessible regions where natural yodeling communication forms have developed in order to communicate from one hill to the other or to bring in the cows. We are very honored and excited to welcome the Jolderklub Teufen. Wearing the traditional Appenzeller "Tracht", this group will treat us to traditional Swiss yodeling. 



27.06.2023 - Poster session with cultural event in NEST

Taste some Swiss Chocolate while viewing exciting posters. During the poster session, Konditerei-Café Kunz, a family-run business from the Toggenburg region will treat us to a chocolate tasting. Learn interesting facts while enjoying different types of chocolate. If you need a gift or just want to treat yourself, Konditorei-Café Kunz will have a selection of gift chocolates for sale which will easily fit into your suitcase. Please note that credit card payments as well as Swiss Francs are accepted.


28.06.2023 - Gala dinner in association with Clariant at UTO-Kulm - Top of Zurich

Come and enjoy a pre-dinner drink while listening to traditional Swiss alphorn players. The Alphorn originated in prehistoric times and various versions of it can be found all over the world. The alphorn can produce a limited series of natural tones. Playing this instrument has changed very little from its inception and has become a Swiss tradition. We are honored and excited that the Alphornbläser Vereinigung Zürich-Stadt will open the Gala Dinner evening with the lovely ring of the Alphorns. In their traditional garb, the group will treat us to their repertoire of typically Swiss melodies.

Gala dinner at UTO-Kulm with a view over Lake Zurich and the Alps