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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.


Christopher J. Karwowski - Fresh Air as Simple as a Fresh Coat of Paint

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Christopher J. Karwowski - Fresh Air as Simple as a Fresh Coat of Paint


Christopher J. Karwowski
Key Account Manager
FP-Pigments, CH-Polymers
Author: Gun Lundsten


Christopher J. Karwowski is currently a Key Account Manager for FP-Pigments and is proud to represent CH-Polymers in this presentation.  Prior to his career with FP-Pigments Christopher was employed as a Sr. Purchasing Manager for The Sherwin Williams Company for 11 years.  Prior to joining SW Christopher was the Global Key Account Executive for Ciba Specialty Chemicals with his global key accounts being PPG and SW.  Christopher started his career as a process engineer at PPG Industries and has worked with pigments, additives, and resins his entire career.  Christopher has earned a BS, BA and EMBA at Baldwin Wallace University.  Christopher has been President and Chairman of the Cleveland Paint and Coatings Association and had the same role and responsibilities with the Cleveland Coatings Society.  Christopher has been active in the Detroit Color Council, Pitt Chem Day, and the American Coatings Association in regards to legislation and regulatory for Conflict Minerals.


The increasing demand for more environmentally friendly interior paints is going hand–in-hand with more strict regulations of Volatile Organic Compounds, VOC, Semi Volatile Organic Compounds, S-VOC, and biocides in the final products. The proposed new requirements of the European Ecolabel states that the total level of residual monomers in polymers may not be more than 100 ppm.  Can the United States requirements be far behind?  Furthermore there is a discussion about reducing the allowed amount of 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one, MIT, to be used to 15 ppm. As a producer of water borne polymer binders for indoor paints we have to consider all these proposals and discussions. Therefore an acrylic binder, which meets even the proposed requirements regarding reduced levels of residual monomers and biocides has been developed. By including an opacity pigment as a replacement for titanium dioxide in the paint formulation the environmental profile of the paint can further be improved.

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