Thursday, October 27, 2011

November Webinar: Base Oils - Their Manufacture, Properties, Performance, and Applications with John Rosenbaum

Join us on November 22, 2011 for this month's webinar on Base Oils: Their Manufacture, Properties, Performance, and Applications with Dr. John Rosenbaum, Senior Product Development Engineer at Chevron Global Base Oils.

Abstract: This presentation will feature a discussion of the new types of base oils that have been introduced in recent years. These include high quality mineral oils, specialty PAOs and vegetable oil-derived esters, as well as gas-to-liquid (GTL) base oils. See the event listing for more.

Bio: Throughout his 30-year career at Chevron Global Base Oils, STLE member Dr. John Rosenbaum has stayed on the cusp of technological development for producing higher performing fuels and lubricants. In his early days as a research engineer in synthetic fuels and mineral-processing programs, he managed projects in coal cleaning, tar sands, extraction of complex sulfide ores and direct reduction of iron ores. After 3 years in minerals research, John spent the next 17 years research catalysts and process technologies for improving the chemical and physical properties of fuels and lubricant base oils. During that time, he also spearheaded Chevron's experimental program to make liquid fuels and lubricant base oil from natural gas. John has served as a member of the original development team for Chevron's ISODEWAXING Catalyst System that revolutionized the production of cost-effective, high-purity, premium base oils, so he is well-versed in base oils and all they are associated with. John received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from San Diego State University and a doctorate in materials science and mineral engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author and co-author of over 50 U.S. patents and several publications.

The registration deadline is November 21, 2011. With your purchase, you will be able to attend the live event (and ask all the questions you can think of), receive a copy of the recording, a transcript of the Q&A Session, access to reading/reference materials on the subject, presentation slides, and access to the assessment for use in the recertification process. Cost to attend is $39 for members and $59 for non-members.

See the event flyer for more information or click here to visit the event listing on To register and secure your seat, click here. This link will take you to the STLE Store, and once there, you will need to log in and then click "add to your products" to start the purchase process. If you have any questions or would to register multiple people, please contact us at (847) 825-5536 or at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Space Tribology with Chris DellaCorte, Senior Research Tribologist, NASA

In this interview, we talk to Chris DellaCorte, Senior Research Tribologist at NASA's Glenn Research Center. We cover some background and definitions including the difference between solid and liquid lubricants, as well as research updates - his work on Nitinol, a new material for bearings, the S.A.R.J. relubrication project (pictured at right), new developments in the field, and what changes might come about as a result of the conclusion of the Shuttle Program. Listen to the episode for more details (click the link to open or save the file), click the play button above, or read/translate the transcript.

Visit our website for more information on space tribology, including two articles that Chris has written: History's Ultimate Lube Job, and A Blue Moon for Tribology. If you're interested in more information on space tribology, you can listen to the previous interview we did with Brandon Krick, a graduate student working on MISSE7 (Materials on the International Space Station Experiment).

Monday, October 3, 2011

October Webinar: Synthetics - Existing and Emerging Materials with Ken Hope

Join us on October 19, 2011 for this month's webinar on Synthetics: Existing and Emerging Materials given by Dr. Ken Hope.

Bio: Ken has almost 20 years of experience in the lubricant industry. Ken is the PAO Technology Research Fellow at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and is responsible for the product development, process improvement and technical service for PAO Technology. With STLE, among many other activities, he has organized the Lube School in Houston and participated as an instructor at the Houston, Chicago, and Oklahoma sections as well as instructed the synthetics module of the Basic Lubricants course at the Annual Meeting for the last 13 years.

Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of the synthetic base oils that are currently in use, including a brief history of synthetics, the physical and chemical properties of synthetics, and advantages/disadvantages with regard to current and potential applications. Ken will also cover several new products that have come to the market within the last year such as polyalphaolefins and polyalkalene glycols, and take a look at future trends in lubricant applications as it applies to synthetics.

For more details, view the event flyer or event listing. Registration deadline is October 17. The event will take place on October 19, 2011, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. CDT with a bonus Q&A session from 1-1:30 p.m. - this means you get more content for your time, and all the time you need for questions. If you need to leave at the end of the hour, you can always access the additional questions and answers through your Training Menu as we make the transcript available for the Q&A portion. You will attend this event through your STLE University Training Menu. Access information is sent to you upon purchase. Pricing is $39/$59 for members/non-members. You must log in to see the correct pricing. Your purchase includes access to the live event, reading/reference materials, presentation slides, a recording of the event, the Q&A Session Summary (for easy reference later), and access to the assessment, which allows you to earn Education Credits (ECs), which can be applied in the recertification process.

Be sure to join us for this educational event featuring an expert in the field. We hope to see you online! Click here to register and secure your seat today. To register, visit the STLE Store, find the event listing and click "Add to your products" to start the purchase process. If you have any quesitons or would like to register multiple people, please contact us at (847) 825-5536 or at