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The Waterborne Symposium

Environmentally Friendly Coating Technologies

Conference Location: New Orleans Marriott Louisiana

601-266-4475 | January 31 - February 5, 2016

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.


The Science of Formulating

"It's all in the Chemistry"

Dr. Shelby F. Thames

Dr. Shelby F. Thames

Dates: February 1 - 2, 2016 (Two Day Course)

Dr.  Shelby F. Thames
Distinguished University Research Professor - Polymer Science

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
Welcome & Introduction to Coatings
Most Important Advances in Coatings in the Last Century
Overview, Closing Remarks and Future Outlook
Waterborne Coatings

Types of waterborne coatings, advantages and limitations of each type, applications

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

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

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 Bayer MaterialScience
Formulating Polyurethane Coatings

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

Sharathkumar Mendon - The University of Southern Mississippi

Solvent type, classification, characteristics, solvency, evaporation rate, odor, flash point, VOC, HAP, MIR, formulation considerations

Coatings Calculations

PVC, CPVC, drier calculations, VOC calculations, acid value, hydroxy value, equivalent weight, epoxy-amine ratio, isocyanate calculations


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

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

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

Dr. Romesh Kumar - CLARIANT Corporation
Fundamentals of Colored Pigments

Pigment selection for waterborne coatings, color index nomenclature, pigment classification, pigment selection for industrial coatings, price and performance, waterborne traffic paints 

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, 


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