Webinars Illustrate the Science and Practice of Xplorlabs
November 10, 2020

Battery Transportation Safety – Is the System Adequately Prepared?

Tom Chapin at a presentation

This webinar was led by Underwriters Laboratories Vice President of Research Tom Chapin, Ph.D.

In this interactive webinar, Dr. Chapin described the chemistry of lithium-ion batteries and their associated hazards, including how and why failure occurs. He explained how failure impacts the battery design lifecycle and the global battery supply chain. He discussed activities to minimize or mitigate these risks.

View the webinar recording and learn more here.


J. Thomas Chapin, Ph.D.
UL Corporate Fellow
Vice President, Research
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

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.