ACA Honors Top Coating Research of 2013


The latest progress on accelerated testing, renewable materials, and organic coatings took top honors this year at the American Coatings Association's 2013 CoatingsTech Conference.

The ACA, which represents coating manufacturers, presented awards to researchers and students last month at the conference in Rosemont, IL. The awards included best paper, lecture, student posters, and Roon Awards.

The conference included a multi-track technical forum, and this year's theme was "Leaps and Bounds: Re-energizing the Coatings Industry," underscoring the importance of education and networking for continued innovation in the coatings industry.

Best Paper Award

ACA presented the John A. Gordon Best Paper Award to Brian Hinderliter, associate professor in the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department of Virginia Commonwealth University.

The award recognizes the best conference paper for new and original scientific research that advances coatings technology. Submissions are judged on technical merit, including objectivity and experimental design; relevance to coatings technology; and written and oral presentation.

Hinderliter's paper, "Water Concentration Distribution in Coatings during Accelerated Weathering," discussed research that aims to provide a more accurate method of accelerated weathering protocols for testing protective coatings.

CoatingsTech Conference

Brian Hinderliter received the Best Paper Award at CoatingsTech 2013 in March.

The research solved Fick's law of diffusion using Laplace transforms, followed by time rescale, to predict the asymptotic water concentration at the coating to metal interface. This solution to Fick's law also allows water concentration at the substrate coating interface to be predicted and can be used to more directly compare corrosion and adhesion loss between various accelerated weathering protocols and natural weathering conditions.

Before joining VCU in 2010, Hinderliter was a research assistant at North Dakota State University for a decade, where he investigated coating's transport of water with associated ions and coating degradation.

Lecture Award

ACA presented the Joseph J. Mattiello Memorial Lecture Award to Dr. Dean Webster, chair of North Dakota State University's Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, for his lecture, "Coatings Based on Renewables: The Promise, Potential, and Pitfalls."

Webster lectured on identifying new renewable alternatives to petrochemicals in polymer and resin binder systems, including research on using seed oils and other oils for polymers. He discussed the myths surrounding biobased polymers that need to be challenged, how the overall process used should be sustainable itself, and how the cost should be comparable to the materials being replaced. 

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Dr. Dean Webster received an award for his lecture on finding renewable alternatives to petrochemicals for polymer and binder resin systems.

Webster, a well-respected member of the coatings industry, has been recognized for several awards throughout his career. He is a five-time recipient of the Roon Foundation Award and won the American Chemical Society's Roy W. Tess Award in 2011. He has published 86 peer-reviewed articles, contributed six book chapters, and holds 167 patents. He holds a BS in chemistry and a Ph.D. in materials engineering science from Virginia Tech.

Webster began his career in 1984 at The Sherwin-Williams Company, where he was involved in resin development for industrial coatings, long-range research in new resins, and crosslinking chemistry. He has been chairman at NDSU since January 2012.

Roon Awards

The Roon Award recognizes the best technical papers representing original scientific and innovative research directly related to the protective coatings industry and presented by an individual associated with the organic coatings industry.

This year, the first-place Roon Award went to Dr. Kamakshi Christopher, who currently works in the polymer development group of Asian Paints, a large coating manufacturer in India.

Christopher's paper, "Ambient Curing Scratch-Resistant and Flexible Clear Coatings with Multi-Polar Solvent Repellency," discusses a simple and economical apprach to prepare an ambient-curing, clear coating that exhibits liquid repellency for both water and organic liquids.

Christopher has a Ph.D. in applied organic chemistry from the University of Madras, India, under the CSIR fellowship program. She has authored 14 publications and several patents.

Erik Sapper

Erik Sapper, of The Boeing Company, received a Roon Award for his paper, "A Hybrid Computational Approach for Simulating the Scattering of Electromagnetic Radiation in Coatings and Composite Materials."

Erik Sapper, a computational chemist with The Boeing Company's Chemical Technology Advanced Research Team in Seattle, won the second-place Roon Award.

His paper, "A Hybrid Computational Approach for Simulating the Scattering of Electromagnetic Radiation in Coatings and Composite Materials," studied the effects of transport properties using a computational code that simulates the color and appearance of a given surface with nanoscale surface roughening. 

Sapper's work at Boeing is focused on computational methods applied to radiation and species transport phenomena pertaining to aerospace applications and material needs. He holds a master's degree in polymers and coatings science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Ph.D. in coatings and polymeric materials from North Dakota State University.

Student Awards

ACA presented five student awards at CoatingsTech; one award was for presenting and the other four were for posters.

The student awards included:

  • Student Presenter Award and First-Place Student Poster Award: Niteen Jadhav, North Dakota State University;
  • Second-Place Student Poster Award: Alice Ching-Hsuan Chang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan/NIST;
  • Third-Place Student Poster Award: Mahshid Miknahad, Eastern Michigan University; and
  • Honorable Mention Student Poster Award: Ali Kiamanesh, Eastern Michigan University.

About ACA

ACA is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the paint and coatings industry and the needs of the professionals who work in it.

The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals.


Tagged categories: Accelerated laboratory testing; American Coatings Association; Awards and honors; Bio-based materials; Coating Materials; Coatings education; Conferences; Organic Coatings; Polymers; Resins; Sustainability

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