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UV Stabilization of Organic Coatings

This webinar is archived and recorded from a live presentation on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
Cost: FREE

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As the world’s leading chemical company, BASF helps formulators of architectural, industrial and transportation coatings deliver sustainable, innovative solutions that meet or exceed performance requirements. We provide virtually every ingredient that a coatings manufacturer needs. Among our priorities is a focus on sustainable solutions – e.g. low VOC products, APEO-free and formaldehyde-free materials, low energy curing, replacement of heavy metal pigments and latex with minimal environmental impact. BASF provides a depth and breadth of technologies and cross-functional teams with expertise in chemistry, applications and formulations. We offer local support capabilities from sites in Charlotte, NC and Southfield, MI. Learn more by visiting

Organic substrates such as coatings, inks, adhesives and sealants with aesthetic, protective and other functional properties are exposed to a variety of environmental and artificial factors such as solar radiation, humidity, temperature change, microbiological attack and air pollutants. Light- or heat-induced oxidation of organic materials is a complex radical process characterized by initiation, propagation, chain branching, autocatalytic chain and termination reactions. UV absorbers (UVA) prevent the degradation of both coatings and substrates by filtering out the harmful UV radiation during the photolysis cycle and before subsequent photo-oxidation can take place. This webinar will explore the mechanisms of stabilization and different molecular classes of UV absorbers and hindered amine light stabilizers, as well as how these molecules are used for the stabilization of coatings. Participants will be eligible to receive credit from SSPC.


Mervin G. Wood, Technical Expert

Mervin Wood is part of the BASF’s Transportation and Industrial Coatings & Plastics Technical Service Team located in Southfield, Michigan. As a Technical Expert, he is responsible for technical support for UV absorbers, light stabilizers, and antioxidants for the NAFTA region. Previously, Dr. Wood has held positions in Process Development, Coatings Research, Toll and Stilbenics Manufacturing, and Intellectual Property Management at the McIntosh, AL and Tarrytown, NY sites, all within Ciba/BASF since 1988.

  He has over 80 US patents, 20 technical publications and given tutorials on the degradation of organic coatings at the International Coatings Exposition. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemistry from University of Kentucky, Lexington, and a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the Emory University.

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