Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

October Technical Meeting

Chicago Section of STLE Presents:
"Current Trends in Synthetic Base Stocks"
Dr. Ken Hope
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Thursday, October 19th, 2017



A brief overview of synthetic base oils will be presented. As difficult formulation challenges continue to evolve in our industry, it is a good time to take a fresh look at the different types of synthetics that are available. The key features, advantages and disadvantages of these fluids will be presented in the aim of providing a look into their physical and chemical properties. Understanding the benefits that synthetics offer will serve us all well as our industry seeks improvements in energy efficiency, friction reduction, safer operations and extended oil life.


Ken graduated with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1988 and has over 26 years of experience in the lubricant industry. Current position is the Global PAO Technical Services Manager with Chevron Phillips.

He served on the Board of Directors of STLE from 2007 to 2017 and has taught STLE Lube Schools and educational courses for many years. He currently serves as chair of the STLE Editorial & Publications Committee, STLE Communications Advisory Group, holds a CLS and seventeen US patents.


Door prizes will also be drawn at the conclusion of the Technical Presentation. You need to be present at the drawing in order to win!


341 75th Street, Willowbrook, IL
North of I-55 on Route 83
Turn Left on 75th St.
Enter off Clarendon Hills Road

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STLE Members: $35.00; Non-Members: $45.00; Retirees: $20; Students: $5.00 (Student ID required); Unemployed Members: $20.00


Thursday,  October 19th, 2017
5:15PM-Social Hour (Beverages and hors d’oevres)
6:15PM-Dinner (please specify dinner choice w/ reservation - Pork Loin or Salmon)
7:15PM-Technical Presentation


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September Menu

We look forward to seeing you at this month’s meeting! Business Casual attire is acceptable.

Numerous sponsors have provided their generous support by taking ads in our 2017 Chicago Section Directory & Yearbook. Such support makes it possible for the Section to continue to offer a yearly program of technical meetings.

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