The Chemistry of Motorcycles and Cars: Lighting Fires that Move Tires

The Chemistry of Motorcycles and Cars: Lighting Fires that Move Tires

Joy of Science Channel: Extreme Chemistry Series

When it comes to speed, cars are all about the chemistry!  Learn about advances in fuel formulation and tire polymers that are used for the raceway and roadway.  Join Dr. Terry Hogan, Dr. John Manka and Dr. Matt Crowe as they share how these new concepts allow for better lubrication, fuel economy, and handling.

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Click here to see John and Terry’s slides.

What You Will Learn

  • Polymer technology utilized in tires
  • Impact of strain induced crystallization on rubber properties
  • Impact of polymer-filler interaction on rubber properties
  • Basis and function of internal combustion engine and oil
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


* Speaker slides are posted the day of the LIVE presentation and the recording will be available on this webpage one week after the LIVE  presentation date.


Meet Your Experts

Dr. Terry Hogan joined Bridgestone in 1997 as a scientist, was promoted to section manager of polymer synthesis in 2005 and currently is a Senior Research Associate responsible for coordinating academia activities. Terry has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Lewis University and a doctorate in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University and is author on 52 US Patents and fourteen journal articles.



Dr. John Manka has twenty three years’ experience in additive research, product formulation and commercial management.  His current role is Global Department Manager of the Lubrizol Additives R&D Chemical Synthesis Group based in Wickliffe, Ohio.  Dr. Manka received a BS Degree in chemistry from the Canisius College, a Ph.D. in Organic chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA from John Carroll University, Dr. Manka has 15 patents and has authored 20 peer reviewed papers.


Dr. Matt Crowe has a Ph.D. in chemistry from UT-Austin. He has served as the director of the mass spectrometry facility at UNC-Chapel Hill, as a post-doctoral researcher at UW-Seattle, and is currently working as an analytical chemist at Dow Chemical. Matt has been a member of several scientific societies over the years, including the ACS, ASMS, and AVS. Matt is currently chair-elect of the Trenton local ACS section and an avid motorcyclist.




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4 Responses to “The Chemistry of Motorcycles and Cars: Lighting Fires that Move Tires”

  1. Sima Rabiei says:

    I would be glad to participate in this great webinar.and thank you for planning such internet based congress and informing me!

  2. admin says:


    We are happy to have you. Bring your motor oil for the chemistry of motion! See you Thursday.


    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  3. mosaad says:

    اشكركم على هذا المجهود العظيم

  4. admin says:


    Thank you for the kind words! We shall “see” you during the ACS Webinar on Thursday.


    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

    Thank you for this great effort
    “اشكركم على هذا المجهود العظيم” from Arabic

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