Coatings Trends & Technologies

September 10-11, 2019

Rosemont, IL

2018 Agenda

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Tuesday, September 11

7:15am - 8:15am

Registration Open
Networking Breakfast / Tabletop Exhibits Open
Sponsored by: ablerdingk-boley

8:15am - 9:30am
Welcome Remarks &
Keynote Presentation: The Importance of Coatings Science in Forensic Investigations

Skip Palenik, President and Senior Research Microscopist, Microtrace LLC 
It may not strike the coatings scientist or formulator that their daily work could have an impact on the solution of many of the crimes they hear about in the media or see on television. This presentation will show, by examples from the presenter’s casebook, the importance of paint traces as evidence in real-life cases ranging from hit and run accidents and homicides to the oldest murder re-trial in this country to the Green River Murders, the biggest serial murder case in U. S. history.

9:30am - 10:15am

Networking Break / Tabletop Exhibits Open

Sponsored by: siltech

10:15am - 10:45am

TRACK 1: Resin Innovations

A Family of Water-Based Acrylics Based on a Unique Self-Crosslinking Mechanism

Dana Charron, Technical Sales Manager, Interpolymer Corp. read description

TRACK 2: Additive Solutions

Novel Sugar-Based Neutralizing Agent

Ashley Neill, Chemist, Clariant read description

TRACK 3: New Product Development

Overcoming Obstacles in New Coating Development

Bill Weber, President, GrowthPilot LLC  read description

10:50am - 11:20am

New Epoxy/Polysiloxane Hybrid Resin for Graffiti-Resistant Coatings

Vincent Hickman, Technical Service Manager, Hexion Inc. read description

Behavior of Fibrillated HDPE Fibers in Coatings

Jeffrey Hyde, Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Minifibers, Inc. read description

Enforcing IP rights in China

William Mansfield, Director of Intellectual Property, ABRO Industries, Inc. read description

11:25am - 11:55am

Improving Exterior Architectural Paint Performance and Surfactant Leaching Through Binder Modification

D.J. Christensen, Chemist, EPS read description

Multifunctional Epoxy and Acrylic Silsesquioxane Additives for Coatings

Joseph Lichtenhan, PhD Technical Support, Hybrid Plastics read description



11:55am - 1:00pm

Networking Lunch / Tabletop Exhibits Open
Sponsored by:borchers

1:00pm - 1:30pm

TRACK 1: Pigments and Dispersants 

High-Performance Reds and Blues for Automotive Coatings

Nilanjan Chakrabarti, Technical Manager, Sun Chemical Corporation  read description

TRACK 2: Architectural Coatings

New Latex Chemistry for Low-VOC Coatings Requiring Exterior Durability with Superior Surfactant Leaching Resistance

Christine Fortener, Senior Technical Account Coordinator, Arkema Coating Resins read description

TRACK 3: Industrial Coating Technology

Novel Multifunctional Neutralizers in Waterborne 2K Polyurethane Dispersions

Richard Henderson, Senior Customer Applications Specialist, Paints and Coatings, ANGUS Chemical Company read description

1:35pm - 2:05pm

Novel Polymeric Dispersants for VOC-Free Universal Colorants

Carolina Rojas, R&D Manager, Functional Additives Innovation, Stepan Company read description

Challenges in Formulating Water-Based Clear Sealers for Concrete

Gregory Monaghan, Applications Manager, Specialty Polymers, Inc read description

Smart, Multifunctional, and Responsive Materials

Jamil Baghdachi, President, Innovative Technical Systems Corp read description

2:10pm - 2:40pm

Advancements in Inorganic Color Pigments

Mark Ryan, Marketing Manager, Shepherd Color Co read description

Exceptional Quality Architectural Coatings with Novel Silicone Additives

Tim Roggow, Technical Service Professional, Dow Chemical Company read description

Formulation/Structure/Property Relationships in Waterborne Coatings on Plastic Substrates

Sean Tang, Senior Research Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company read description

2:40pm - 3:15pm

Networking Break / Tabletop Exhibits Open

Sponsored by:evonik

3:15pm – 3:45pm

TRACK 1: Corrosion Control Technology

Organofunctional Bipodal Silanes for Enhancing the Corrosion Resistance of Heavy Metal-Free, VOC-Free, Waterborne Coatings

Jacob Shevrin, Applied Technology Scientist, Evonik read description

TRACK 2: Low-VOC/Waterborne Technology

Breakthrough Biobased Polyurethane Dispersion for Wood Coatings

Yuting Li, Senior Chemist, Polynt read description

TRACK 3: Formulating Approaches

Metallic Effect Pigments: A Review of the Impact of Particle Size Distribution and Application Methods on Visual Effects and Performance

Jon Lawniczak, Marketing Technical Service Manager, Eckart America read description

3:50pm - 4:20pm

Vapor Phase Corrosion Inhibitor Additives for Coatings

Markus Bieber, Director of Sales-Coatings/Additives, Cortec Corporation read description

Novel Functional Additives for Low to Zero-VOC Paint Formulations

Lichang Zhou, Principal Scientist, Solvay USA Inc read description

Accounting for Binder/Formulation Interactions in the Development of Low-VOC, High-Performance Anti-Corrosive, Styrene Acrylic Emulsion

Chris LeFever, R&D Chemist, EPS-Materials Inc. read description

4:25pm – 4:55pm

Improving Waterborne Anticorrosive Coating Properties With New Wetting & Dispersing Additives

Martin Kays, Product Manager, BYK read description

Zero-VOC Film-Forming Acrylic Emulsions

Paul Stenson, CEO, StanChem Polymers read description

How to Determine the True Color of Pigment Dispersions

Loulou Rozek, Global Technical Service Manager, Borchers read description

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Networking Reception / Tabletop Exhibits Open

Sponsored by:Hockmeyer Equipment Corporation




Skip Palenik,
President and Senior Research Microscopist,
Microtrace LLC

Skip Palenik has had a lifelong fascination with the microscope that began when he received his first instrument at the age of eight. Since then he has devoted himself to increasing his knowledge of analytical microscopy and microchemistry and applying it to the solution of real world problems, especially those of forensic interest. He was fortunate in having worked closely with his mentor, Dr. Walter C. McCrone, for over thirty years and to have studied forensic microscopy with Dr. Max Frei-Sulzer of Zurich, a disciple of Dr. Edmond Locard of Lyon. Skip has been teaching analytical microscopy to industrial and forensic scientists for more than forty years and has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters on the applications of chemical and forensic microscopy. His most recent contribution is a chapter on the use of heavy minerals in forensic science published by Elsevier. He has also played a significant role in numerous criminal investigations including the Atlanta Child Murders, the Air India Bombing, Jon Benet Ramsey case, Narita Airport bombing (Tokyo), Hillside Strangler cases (Los Angeles), Oklahoma City bombing, Ivan the Terrible (Jerusalem), Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King (reinvestigation by U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations), the Unabomber, the disappearance of Helen Brach, The “Kiki” Camarena Murder Case, Steven Avery matter and the Green River Serial Murders. He established Microtrace in 1992 to provide a resource for organizations and individuals in need of scientific services involving the analysis of microscopic trace evidence. His special research interests are the identification of single small particles, small amounts of complete unknowns and tracing dust and soil back to their origins. He is the 2009 recipient of the Paul L. Kirk Award, the highest award given by the criminalistics section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the 2013 Ernst Abbe Award for outstanding contributions to microscopy, the 2013 Edmund Locard Award presented by the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners, and the Chamot Medal in chemical microscopy in 2010. He is listed in American Men and Women of Science.

Presented By
PCI Magazine
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Ablerdingk Boley Borchers BYK
Silver Sponsors
Angus Sheperd
Bronze Sponsors
Arrowpoint Specialty Polymers TH Hilson

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