CoatingsTech to Feature Short Courses, Tech Sessions

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2021

Next week, the American Coatings Association will host its 2021 CoatingsTech Conference at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel, in Pittsburgh, June 28-29.

Embracing the theme, “Essential Coatings Technology: Supporting Tomorrow’s Sustainable Development Challenges Today,” the 2021 Conference plans to feature the latest new science and technology developments, including advance notice on technology-forcing factors.

Previously, the conference was slated to take place in April, but due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, it was postponed until June. Still billed as an in-person event, meetings will reportedly be conducted with strict health and safety measures in place, in accordance with local and CDC guidelines and the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown’s COVID-19 standards.

CoatingsTech Agenda

Throughout the two-day event, the ACA is offering a series of special lectures from notable industry experts, focused technical sessions aimed at fully exploring key topics, and critical advanced training sessions for all levels of coatings professionals to participate and learn from each other.

“The 2021 CoatingsTech Conference offers industry experts—including coatings manufacturers, their suppliers, universities and government representatives—a forum to share new research and pursue continuing education and skills development,” according to the ACA.

“In addition to technology-focused sessions, the conference will also address regulatory and legislative developments impacting manufacturing, product innovation and sustainability. Conference sessions will be categorized to provide attendees with an opportunity to focus on individual interests and specialization.”

Prior to the conference’s opening on June 28, the ACA has outlined a preliminary program, which includes three pre-conference short courses to choose from, lasting from 9-11:30 a.m., followed by a lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Note: This lunch is for short course attendees only.)

Afterward, attendees are to join Ramesh Subramanian, Director, Liquid Resins & Additives (LRA) Americas, allnex; Chair, the ACA 2021 CoatingsTech Program Subcommittee and Scott Braithwaite, Director of Product Stewardship, Science & Technology, ACA, for the conference’s welcome address.

Slated to follow is Kurt Olson, Associate Director, Center for Macromolecular Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, presenting his keynote address, “The Role of the Coatings Industry in Attaining Global Sustainability.” In his presentation, Olson will address specific actions the coatings industry can take to impact the world’s global need for Sustainability, examining the role of coatings and coatings development in the profitable attainment of a more balanced ecosystem, both now and in the future.

The rest of the day is scheduled with 30-minute concurrent technical sessions, ending at 5:15 p.m., when a networking reception is slated to follow.

On Tuesday, June 29, the conference picks back up with continental breakfast and morning address. This will then be followed by the “Mattiello Award Lecture: Driving Sustainable Development and Performance Breakthrough of Waterborne Coatings – An Industrial Chemist’s Experiences and Reflection” from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Presented by Wenjun Wu, Research Fellow and Global Waterborne Innovation Leader, Arkema Coating Resins, Wu will focus on the development of emulsion polymers to meet increasing demands for greater performance and sustainability, highlighting that emulsion polymers, encompassing vast resin chemistries, are the cornerstone of waterborne paint formulations.

Concurrent technical sessions will continue afterward from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with roughly an hour break for a luncheon, and continue again from 2-4 p.m., when the conference will officially adjourn.

Short Courses

Monday, June 28

  • “Smart & Multi-Functional Coatings” presented by Jamil Baghdachi, Professor of Polymers and Coatings at the Eastern Michigan University Coatings Research Institute;
  • “Coatings ‘101’: An Introduction” presented by Arthur C. Edward Chair in Coatings Technology and Ecology, California Polytechnic State University; and
  • “Radiation-cured Coatings” presented by Michael Dvorchak Dvorchak Enterprises, LLC, (Sponsored by RADTECH).

This series of three specially designed short courses will focus on the fundamentals and emerging developments in coatings technology and will be held concurrently. The ACA notes that the short courses are not included in the conference registration fee.

Technical Sessions

Monday, June 28

2:15-2:45 p.m.

  • “Diving Deeper into VOCs: Understanding Volatility Mechanisms and Improving Quantification Using Neural Networks” presented by Eric Sapper, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University; and
  • “Gloss Control Powder Coatings Resin for Robust Manufacturing and Processing Efficiency” presented by Cal Ezeagu, TS&D Manager, Powders, allnex.

2:45-3:15 p.m.

  • “Cooperative ASTM Development of Accelerated Dirt Pick Up Resistance Method with Correlation to Natural Outdoor Weathering” presented by Partha Majumdar, Senior Research Scientist in Coatings, R&D, ASTM; and
  • “Hollow, Plastics Microspheres as Multifunctional Pigments in Next Generation Coatings” presented by Evan Montanez, American Account Manager, Architectural and Industrial Coatings, Coadtech.

3:15-3:45 p.m.

  • “Thin Film Drying Mechanism Determination Using Non-Invasive Light Scattering Techniques” presented by Gordon Irvine, Application Chemist, Formulaction; and
  • “Novel Magnesium Pre-treatment Coatings Offering Excellent Corrosion Protection” presented by Lyanne Valdez, PhD, Research Chemist, Electrocoat & Pretreatment Formulation Capabilities, PPG.

3:45-4:15 p.m.

  • “Novel Hybrid Grinding Resin for Industrial Paints with Broad Compatibility and High Efficiency” presented by Morris Bingham, Key Account Manager – PC Defoamers, allnex; and
  • “Novel Hydrolytically Stable Silane Additives for Improving the Performance of Waterborne Acrylic Roof Coatings” presented by Jacob Shevrin, Scientist, Evonik Corporation.

4:15-5:45 p.m.

  • “UVC Exposures of Indoor Coatings and Materials: Repercussions from the COVID-19 Pandemic” presented by Sean Fowler, Senior Technical Director, Q-Lab Corporation; and
  • “Improving Indoor Air Quality with Amino Alcohols” presented by Mark Langille, Customer Application Specialist, Angus Chemical Company.

4:45-5:15 p.m.

  • “High-glass Transition temperatures from epoxy powder coatings based on BTDA (benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride).” (The presenter for this presentation has not been listed).


Tuesday, June 29

10:30-11 a.m.

  • “U.S. Soy: The Sustainable Solution for Paint and Coatings” presented by Kris Weigal, BioBased Business Senior Consultant, OmniTech International; and
  • “Low-VOC Topcoats Using Ultra High Solids Resins” presented by Gautam Haldankar, Manager, allnex.

11-11:30 a.m.

  • “Bio-based, Zero VOC Coalescent for Architectural and Industrial Coatings” presented by Zuzanna Donnelly, Principal Scientist, Arkema, Inc.; and
  • “Rheological Studies of Fully Formulated Coatings Thickened with a HEUR Associative Thickener: Effects of Surfactants” presented by Ray Fernando, Arthur C. Edward Chair in Coatings Technology and Ecology, California Polytechnic State University.

11:30 a.m.-noon

  • “Improving Coating Performance with Bio-Based Epoxy Resins Derived from Distilled Tall Oil” presented by Wumin Yu, Senior Scientist, Ingevity; and
  • “Advanced Dual-Curable Coatings Obtained from Multi-Functional Non-Isocyanate Polyurethane Oligomers” presented by Hamidreza Asemani, PhD Fellow, Eastern Michigan University.

Noon-12:30 p.m.

  • “Waterborne Antimicrobial Latex Coatings” presented by Gianni Spencer, Undergraduate Researcher, Georgia Southern University; and
  • “Novel Waterborne Formulations Using Solvent-free Polyurea Technology” presented by Arthur Bouchut, Application R&D Scientist, Vencorex.

2-2:30 p.m.

  • “How to Design and Measure Coated Materials to Correlate with Best “Human” Sense of Touch” presented by Brian Yates, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Dell Technologies; and
  • “Non-Isocyanate Coatings with Fast Return-to-Service and Excellent Appearance for Industrial Flooring” presented by Ulises Brauer, Technical Service and Business Development Chemist, allnex.

2:30-3 p.m.

  • “Smart Paint Factory – New Approaches in  Digitalization for the Paint and Coatings Industry” presented by Ralph Woerheide, Managing Partner, ORONTECH GmbH & Co. KG; and
  • “Polymeric Aziridines: Safe Waterborne Crosslinkers” presented by Ad Overbeek, Senior Science Fellow, DSM.

3-3:30 p.m.

  • “Novel High Performance Oxidatively Cured Catalyst to Maintain Coating Performance in Low VOC Formulations” presented by Allison Abbey, Co-Supplier Manager/Technical Service Chemist, Borchers; and
  • “Delivering the Future of Coatings Manufacturing -through Smart Information Processing – Industry 4.0” presented by Daniel Chaplin, General Manager, EPCM Engineering.

3:30-4 p.m.

  • “Waterborne Epoxy Coating – Lifting Performance for Tomorrow” presented by Adrian Potts, Materials Scientist, Applied Graphene Materials.

4-4:30 p.m.

  • “Achieving Health, Safety and Environmental Regulatory and Sustainability Objectives Through Lifecycle Assessment and Waste Minimization” presented by Huzaifa Matawala, CEO, Regent Paints Inc.

For more information on the 2021 CoatingsTech Conference or to register for the event, click here.


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