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The Waterborne Symposium

Environmentally Friendly Coating Technologies

Mission Statement:

To administer the preeminent educational/technical forum in the United States directed to the science and technology of surface coatings and  to provide revenue to support and advance the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi.


NOTICE: Due to the NBA All Star game being moved to New Orleans the city is SOLD OUT for February 18, 2017. We have an extremely limited number of rooms on hold and ALL reservations for rooms on Saturday, February 18, must be made directly with melanie.heusser@usm.edu or 601-266-4575. If you call the hotel they will tell you there are NO ROOMS AVAILABLE. If you plan to arrive on February 19 please book directly with the hotel. However, there are still very limited rooms so please book as early as possible.

The Science of Formulating

"It's all in the Chemistry"

Dr. Shelby F. Thames

Dr. Shelby F. Thames


(OPENS NOV 2016)

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Dates: February 20 - 21, 2017 (Two Day Course)

Dr.  Shelby F. Thames
Distinguished University Research Professor Emeritus, Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering Professor Emeritus

Course Purpose: To provide entry level chemists in the coatings industry an understanding of the principles involved in formulating coatings.
Course Description: Coatings manufacture is challenging in its complexity as the ingredient list could often contain more than ten items. Formulating a good coating requires a good understanding of the manufacturing technique as well as troubleshooting problems. This short course will seek to impart a comprehensive understanding of pigments, resins, solvents, additives, formulations principles, calculations, and manufacturing techniques applicable to the coatings industry.
Who should attend: This short course is a general course covering major paint types presented at a fundamental technical level, and is designed for entry-level chemists to the coatings industry.

Our Speakers 

Dr. Shelby F. Thames  - The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. James W.  Rawlins - The University of Southern Mississippi
Advanced Structure-Property Relationships in Polymers

Molecular weight, critical entanglement molecular weight, crosslink density, crystallinity, hydroplasticization, polymer aging, enthalpy relaxation

David Fasano - Dow Chemical Company
Use of Latexes in Coatings

Latex types, properties, applications, factors governing choice of latexes for different applications, formulation guidelines, additives used with latexes

Christopher Howard - Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation
Additive Technology – Principles and Formulation

Defoaming and deaeration, surface control, substrate wetting, adhesion, pigment wetting and stabilization, rheology control, specialty additives, optimization of additives, coatings defects

Pete Schmitt - Covestro
Formulating Polyurethane Coatings

Moisture cure polyurethane coatings, 2K polyurethane coatings, formulation variables that affect weathering, 2K polyaspartic coatings, 1K and 2K waterborne polyurethane coatings

Rebecca Ortiz- Dow Chemical Company
Isocyanate-free Technology

Traditional 2K PU vs Isocyanate-free 2k PU chemistry, isocyanate-free 2K solventborne PU chemistries, coatings properties

Daniel Calimente - Wacker
Silicone Chemistry and their Utility in Coatings Applications

Silicone resins, form of silicon usage in coatings, applications, formulation guidelines, examples

David Fasano - Dow Chemical Company
Methods to Reduce Dependence on TiO2 While Maintaining Properties 

Why is TiO2 the pigment of choice, inherent efficiency in practical use of TiO2, hiding technologies to reduce TiO2 usage

Micah Black-The University of Southern Mississippi
Formulating High Performance Waterborne Epoxy Coatings

Establishing requirements, formulation process, choice of epoxy resins and curing agents, solvent choice, pigments and fillers, additive selection, coating manufacture, testing and application

Corey Cohen - BYK Gardner USA

Causes of color, hue, lightness, chroma, L*a*b* color space, color measurement

Michael Blanton - The University of Southern Mississippi
Coatings Characterization

Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, Confocal Scanning Laser Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, Infrared Spectroscopy, Confocal Raman Microscopy,