Meeting the Sustainability Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

March 20-22, 2017  |  Cleveland, OH  |  Westin Cleveland Downtown

Through a series of special lectures from notable industry experts, focused technical sessions aimed at fully exploring key topics, and critical advanced training sessions, the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference offered an unprecedented opportunity for all levels of coatings professionals to participate and learn from each other.

  Short Courses & Open Forums  Program  Regulatory & Sustainability Session

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2017 Conference Review

ACA’s 2017 CoatingsTech Conference was a remarkable success, bringing together a record-setting 310 attendees at the coatings industry’s leading technical event. Embracing the conference theme “Meeting the Sustainability Challenges of Today and Tomorrow,” individuals from coatings manufacturing companies, their suppliers, universities, and government shared technological advances, and information on topics critical to the coatings industry, including the regulatory landscape.

lippinsung_ctc-reviewLipiin Sung, Physicist, NIST Polymeric Group   Prior to conference kick-off, on the morning of March 20, ACA hosted a series of specially designed short courses and open forums addressing both the fundamentals and emerging developments in coatings technology. These included: “Coatings ‘101’: An Introduction,” “Paint Film Defects – Assessing Problems and Aligning Solutions,”Weathering and Service Life: Challenges for Innovation,” “Smart & Multi-Functional Coatings,” “R&D Management – Giving Projects the Go: From Fostering Ideas to Finding Funding,” and “Special Challenges in R&D
David Bem, PPG’s VP of Science & Technology and CTO

Keynote Address

David Bem, vice president of Science & Technology and chief technology officer at PPG, provided the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference keynote address, in which he discussed current and emerging markets and touched on the impact of regulatory trends on those markets. Bem emphasized that innovation at scale requires collaboration and the need to manage a product through its full life cycle. For that to happen, it is important to achieve sustainability by design — from the initial formulation to selection of raw materials, consideration of application methods and then the end-users’ needs, and exemplified how PPG has met this challenge.

chris-shubert_ctc-reviewFord’s Chris Seubert addresses “The effect of Color on the Scattering of LiDAR” Technical Conference
Following the keynote address, the conference’s technical conference opened with a two-day, multi-track concurrent format covering seven topic areas:• Advanced Analytics and Modeling Strategies
• Novel Materials
• Smart and Multifunctional Coatings
• Weathering and Service Life/Paint Defects
• Bio-based Solutions
• Industrial Coatings
• Product Stewardship

Award Presentations

The conference award presentations took place on Tuesday morning, the second day of the technical conference, recognizing both students and professionals for their innovative work in coatings technology.

CoatingsTech Best Paper Award
The inaugural CoatingsTech Best Paper Award was presented to Kurt Wood, principal scientist at Arkema, for his paper titled “Evaluation of the ASTM D7869-13 Test Method to Predict the Gloss and Color Retention of Premium Architectural Finishes.” Wood undertook this endeavor, the results of which were offered in his paper, selected as the conference’s best. A cash prize accompanied the CoatingsTech Best Paper Award.
kurt-wood_ct-paper-winner-ctc-reviewKurt Wood

Student Poster Session Awards
Closing the first day of the technical conference, the Student Poster session provided a forum for students involved in coatings research. This poster competition offered a non-commercial arena for new ideas and techniques, and showcase for preliminary results related to chemistry, engineering, human relationship, or other discipline fundamental to paint, coatings, varnish, lacquer, or related protective and decorative coatings. This was a breakthrough opportunity for young people pursuing industry study.

kyle-aidukas_ctc-review First place winner Kyle Aidukas of California Polytechnic State University, for his poster, “Graphene Oxide-Polyurethane Composites for Corrosion Inhibition.”  In this experiment, these composite films were prepared and physical properties and corrosion behavior were tested. His poster highlighted the results.
brittany-pellegrene-highlight Second Place winner Brittany Pellegrene of the University of Akron, for her poster, “Visible Light Curable Alkyd Coatings.” Alkyd resins are polyesters modified with monobasic fatty acids from renewable seed oils such as tung, linseed, and soybean oil. Her research and poster showed the development of visible light curable alkyds.
Joseph J. Mattiello Award
The Joseph J. Mattiello Award was presented to Dr. Jamil Baghdachi, who delivered the conference’s Mattiello Lecture. Baghdachi, professor at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Engineers, delivered a lecture titled, “Smart and Functional Polymers and Coatings.” Baghdachi was selected through a peer nomination process for the award and lecture recognizing outstanding contributions to science, technology, and/or engineering related to the coatings industry.

Dr. Baghdachi has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of polymers, coatings, adhesives, paints, and composites.

Regulatory & Sustainability Focus Session

The 2017 CoatingsTech Conference concluded with a full-day special session exploring the coatings industry’s role in meeting regulatory and sustainability challenges that support end users.

mikemorris_ctc-reviewSCAQMD’s Mike Morris kicked off the day with the keynote address. The day’s keynote speaker, Mike Morris, is a program supervisor for California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Air Toxics Unit of Planning, Rule Development and Area Sources. He addressed the air district’s plans for Architectural Coatings Rule 1113; Architectural Coatings Fees Rule 314; Test Method 313; and the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan.
raleighdavis2_ctc-reviewACA’s Raleigh Davis addressed “The New TSCA”  10 other speakers included leaders from regulatory agencies, coatings industry compliance experts, and staff from ACA’s Government Affairs and Environmental Health and Safety divisions. They addressed topics ranging from new predictive methods for demonstrating safety of chemical technology, to details of the ongoing implementation process of the updated federal Toxic Substances Control Act.

The Regulatory & Sustainability Focus Session was offered as part of the overall CoatingsTech Conference, but single-day attendance was also an option. Approximately 150 people attended this groundbreaking session that complemented the conference’s technical focus.