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We are pleased to announce our 2016 Symposium Plenary and Opening Session Speakers and Panel Discussion

Wednesday Morning, February 3, 2016

Kurt Olson
Fellow, Coatings Research and Development
PPG Industries
Address:  Coatings Innovation Center
4325 Rosanna Dr.
Allison Park, PA, 15101, USA

Phone: 412-492-5272
Website:  www.ppg.com


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Kurt Olson received his B.S. in Chemistry at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. He then joined PPG at Allison Park as a Research Chemist in 1981. After progressing through the technical hierarchy he was promoted to Associate Director, Automotive Coatings in 1999 and Associate Director, OEM Polymer Synthesis in 2010. Kurt was assigned to his current role of R&D Fellow in 2011. His accomplishments include numerous awards and recognition including: Quality Employee of the Year 1987; PACE Award CeramiClear 2003; IR 100 Powder Clearcoat 2002; Carnegie Science Award Powder Clearcoat 2002; elected to PPG Collegium 2004; elected president of the PPG Collegium 2010. Kurt is highly respected within the R&D organization for his fundamental chemical expertise, analytical problem-solving skills, technical leadership, and tireless work ethic. Kurt is an accomplished diplomat and patient teacher.

Abstract Title:
"Environmentally Friendly Coatings: Historical Perspectives and Future Outlook"


Over the past 50 years, much progress has been made in making coatings more environmentally benign, largely due to the collective efforts of coatings technologists around the world.  The volatile organic content of coatings formulas has steadily decreased, heavy metals have been reduced or eliminated, and coating longevity has dramatically improved (mitigating the need for frequent repainting).  Compact coating processes have reduced the amount of energy required to cure thermoset  coating systems.  Indeed, coating technologists can be proud of the progress made to date, but much work remains to be done. Currently, formulators are dealing with new regulatory issues like removal of BPA, n-methyl pyrrolidone, cobalt driers, formaldehyde, and isothiazolones from coatings.  Corrosion  leading to crumbling infrastructure is still a global issue, and chromium remains  one of the most effective corrosion inhibitors.  Sustainability of coatings products and processes is receiving renewed attention.  During this talk, we will evaluate the progress made in the reduction of coating environmental impact  to date, and look forward to the most important opportunities for future improvement.

John Gilbert
Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Behr Process Corporation
3400 W. Segerstrom Ave.
Santa Ana, CA92704


Speaker Bio:

John Gilbert was born and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area.  He attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, receiving BA degree in chemistry in 1980.  He continued his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving the Ph. D. degree in 1984.  After a one-year postdoctoral assignment at the University of Michigan, John joined BASF Corporation in Southfield, Michigan in 1985.  John spent 22 years in the automotive coatings area at BASF, working in various product development roles.

In 2007, John joined Behr Process Corporation in Santa Ana, CA.  His current position is Senior Vice President of Research and Development.  Under John’s direction, the Behr team released the Premium Plus Ultra Interior, Marquee Interior, and Marquee Exterior lines.  Other recent product releases from his group include several pro contractor paint lines, a stain-blocking ceiling paint, a deck restoration product and an all-acrylic exterior stain line.

John and his wife Carol live in Orange, California.

Abstract Title: Recent Trends in the Architectural Coatings Industry

The architectural coatings industry has gone through many changes in the last ten years.  Some of the factors influencing these changes are economic conditions, technical advances in raw materials, changes in consumer preferences and buying behaviors and new environmental regulations.  This paper examines some of the primary drivers of change and the resulting outcomes.


The Sidney Lauren Memorial Lecture
And winner of the 2015 Siltech best paper award for innovation

Speaker Bio:
Kristen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Evansville (Indiana).  She has spent the last 16 years in the coatings industry working for various coating, chemical, and material manufacturing companies.  In January of 2013, she accepted the position of Technical Service Chemist for the LUMIFLON product line at AGC Chemicals Americas, located in Exton, PA.



Kristen Blankenship
Technical Service and Development Chemist
AGC Chemicals America, Inc
55 E. Uwchlan Ave. | Exton, PA 19341
Phone: 610-423-4347
Website: www.agcchem.com | www.lumiflonusa.com

Abstract Title: Formulation and Performance Evaluation of Waterborne 2K Polyurethane Coatings for Industrial Applications

Abstract: Performance, cost, and safety drive the coatings industry.  Safer and environmentally friendly coatings continue to be a hot topic of discussion globally; however, the adoption of greener coating technologies is slow, especially in the US.  This could be attributed to many factors, but from the formulator's perspective, performance is key.  Waterborne coatings have been used in architectural applications for decades, but typically these coatings are valued mostly for aesthetics, ease of use, and low cost.  The use of waterborne coatings in industrial applications, where higher performance is required, is still uncommon.  A study of two- component or 2K waterborne polyurethane coatings based on FEVE fluoropolymer resins was performed.  This study focused on formulating with catalysts, which are uncommon in waterborne 2K coatings as compared to their widespread use in solventborne coatings.  The impact of catalysts on performance was explored.  The resulting data shows how they improve performance by favoring the isocyanate- polyol reaction over the isocyanate- water reaction.  Long- term weatherability (QUV-A and Xenon Arc) and corrosion resistance (Prohesion) were also tested.  The final results offer a comparison of performance between waterborne 2K coatings and solventborne 2K coatings.