Webinars Illustrate the Science and Practice of Xplorlabs
June 30, 2020

The Science of Extraction to E-waste


Tom Chapin at a presentation

On June 30, 2020, the webinar series launched. The first webinar of the series included a presentation by Tom Chapin, Ph.D., vice president of research. In this presentation, Dr. Chapin spoke about lithium-ion batteries, the phenomenon of thermal runaway, and the issue of e-waste. Then Kelly Keena, Ph.D., director of education, walked through the new UL Xplorlabs module built on that science, Extraction to E-waste: The Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain.

View the webinar recording and learn more here.

Dr. Tom Chapin
Vice President, Research
Underwriters Laboratories

Dr. Chapin is a UL William Henry Merrill Society Corporate Fellow and past chairman of the UL Fire Council.  Tom currently focuses on emerging technologies, safety trends, plastics aging, failure and forensic analysis, fire dynamics and the “evolving” definition of safety.  

Tom joined UL in 2001 after a 21-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and three years at The Upjohn Co.  He has 17 patents and made over 300 domestic and international technical presentations and 150 publications in chemistry, materials and polymer science. 

Chapin received his BS in Chemistry with Honors in 1974 from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science in 1977 from the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut.