Webinar Archive: Polysiloxane Technology
Although Technology Publishing Co. has wrapped up PaintSquare Connect, its signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, an archived library of its featured webinars remains available to registrants until May 31.
Over the course of the next month, PaintSquare Daily News will continue to highlight some of those webinars, reminding readers to experience these educational presentations before they’re gone.
Understanding Polysiloxane Technology
Tom Higginbotham and Herman Rodriquez, of PPG Industries, alongside Tom Bekemeier from Dow, presented “How to Understand Polysiloxane Technology,” on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, as part of the conference’s protective and marine coatings track.
In their webinar, the trio discussed the breakthrough experienced in the coatings industry 25 years ago when chemists created a way to combine and react common organic epoxy resins with inorganic siloxane to create a coating that offers the distinct advantages of both resin types.
Siloxane resins tend to be resistant to higher temperatures and to maintain color and gloss attributes in external weathering. Generally, epoxies offer a myriad of valuable characteristics as a coating including excellent wetting, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, hardness, abrasion resistance and moisture resistance. The technology allowing the combination of these two resin types resulted in a unique coating system that offers excellent weathering characteristic to an epoxy resin system.
The presenters also discuss the value of the epoxy siloxane as well other resin combinations surrounding this technology and how these are utilized in corrosion prevention.
About the Presenters
Higginbotham manages a team of qualified, experienced training professionals in the Americas who train engineers, specifiers, end-users and employees of varied types on a myriad of training topics. The primary goal of the Training Team is to create competent, professionals toward success in Protective and Marine Coatings.
Rodriquez started working for PPG’s PMC business in December 2016, as the Americas Engineering Sales Manager and recently promoted to the Director of Engineering and Specifications USCA. He manages a team of seven Engineering Sales Project Mangers focusing on finding New Projects and Driving Opportunities to the sales team around the world and in all market segments. Rodriquez has been in the Paint and Coatings Industry since 1989 with a focus on Specification Selling since 1992. He has a NACE CIP # 3675 and numerous industry certifications and endorsements. Rodriquez has been leading engineering teams since 1999 and has successfully grown business through implementing effective strategies, measurements and leadership. Prior to working at PPG, Rodriquez held several key positions in different coating manufacturing companies throughout the United States.
Bekemeier is a Research Scientist within the Silicones Product Development Group at Dow. Since beginning his career in 2007, Bekemeier has made significant contributions to Dow’s product portfolio through the commercialization of numerous products into applications such as hair care, cosmetics, release coatings, electronic adhesives, lighting, industrial and architectural coatings, and textile treatments. A 2019 R&D 100 award recipient, he has also won multiple internal R&D awards and is an inventor on 11 granted patents. Prior to joining Dow in 2007, Bekemeier completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Saginaw Valley State University. In 2013, he earned a Master of Engineering degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Lehigh University.