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How to Understand Polysiloxane Technology 

Originally Presented: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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Around 25 years ago, chemists were able to create a breakthrough in the coatings industry by developing 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 2 resin types resulted in a unique coating system that offers excellent weathering characteristic to an epoxy resin system. This webinar discusses the value of the epoxy siloxane as well other resin combinations surrounding this technology and how these are utilized in corrosion prevention.

Tom Higginbotham

Tom 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.

Herman Rodriguez

Herman 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. Herman manages a team of 7 Engineering Sales Project Mangers (ESPM’s) focusing on finding New Projects and Driving Opportunities to the sales team around the world and in all market segments. Herman 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. Herman has been leading engineering teams since 1999 and has successfully grown business through implementing effective strategies, measurements and leadership. Prior to PPG Herman held several key positions in different coating manufacturing companies throughout the US.

Tom Bekemeier

Tom Bekemeier is a Research Scientist within the Silicones Product Development Group at Dow. Since beginning his career in 2007, Tom 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, Tom 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.


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