The Science of Xplorlabs: The Messy Scientific Process

Education and Outreach

Through UL Xplorlabs resources, students explore and apply the scientific process. Underwriters Laboratories’ Vice President of Research, Tom Chapin, Ph.D., will discuss how the messiness of the scientific process manifests throughout an illustrious career in science – and how we can prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers! Please join this conversation, and please invite your networks of teachers, community educators, and students in STEM degree programs to join as well.

This webinar will explore the chemistry of lithium-ion batteries and their associated hazards, including how and why failure occurs. We will consider how failure impacts the battery design lifecycle and the global battery supply chain. We will discuss activities to minimize or mitigate these risks and conclude in a Q&A session with Dr. Tom Chapin, Vice President, Research at Underwriters Laboratories.


J. Thomas Chapin, Ph.D., Vice President, Research
J. Thomas Chapin, Ph.D.

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.

18 March 2021 5:00 PM CDT

Virtual Webinar

United States
Online Event