Meeting the Sustainability Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

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

A series of specially designed short courses and open forums will offer focused training on both the fundamentals and emerging developments in coatings technology. These innovative and advanced sessions will be held on March 20th, prior to the conference opening.

    2017 Conference Review   Program   Regulatory & Sustainability Session  

Short Courses

Please note that these short courses will be held prior to the conference opening, and are not included in the conference registration fee. 

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Coatings “101”: An Introduction   COATINGSTECH_Conference2017_icons-SCIENCE
Ray Fernando, Endowed Chair for Polymers & Coatings, CalPoly Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Mike Diebold
, Research Fellow, The Chemours Company

Designed for new coatings technology professionals, and intended to provide a detailed introduction to a broad range of practical coatings science topics applicable to all product categories. Taught by notable scientists from industry and academia, this half-day short course is sure to help advance your ability to apply your knowledge on research, development, and innovation challenges.

8:30 am – 12:00 pm (This session addresses the following two topics)

Paint Film Defects – Assessing Problems and Aligning Solutions R&D_ICON
Cliff Schoff,
Coatings Industry Consultant, Schoff Associates
Increasingly, paint films are subject to new performance demands, but the age-old “defects” continue to confound advances. Building on historical assessment methods, and embracing new technology and novel substrates, this course is designed to improve the ability to quickly recognize problems and implement corrective actions.
Weathering and Service Life: Challenges for Innovation R&D_ICON  

Erik Sapper, Assistant Professor, CalPoly
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Lipiin Sung, Physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Polymeric Materials Group
Outdoor weathering, indoor degradation, monitoring/modeling changes in film integrity, have become critical assessment for coatings in all markets. Industry experts will highlight current methodology and tools that help ensure viable commercial coatings products.

8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Smart & Multi-Functional Coatings: How They Are Conceived and Made COATINGSTECH_Conference2017_INNOVATION-03
Jamil Baghdachi, Professor of Polymers and Coatings at Eastern Michigan University
Many technical sessions and symposiums have been held on this topic, but this short course will provide insight on moving from research to the market, highlighting the tools and technology used to identify functional needs and apply coatings science to address them. From self-cleaning and dirt-resistant technology, to superhydrobic and ice-phobic films, this course will explore the basic research and high-throughput assessment tools that have assisted in breakthroughs.

Open Forums

Please note that  open forums are free of charge for all conference attendees.

10:00 am – 10:45 am
R&D Management – Giving Projects the Go: From Fostering Ideas to Finding Funding   
James Kassner
, ACA Senior Technical Advisor and
Center for Innovation Management Studies at NC State University

Aimed at R&D managers or those that aspire to become one, this short course will feature industry R&D managers and consultants with a proven track record of advancing successful innovation projects using collaborative techniques for funding and “open innovation.”

10:45 am – 11:30 am
Special Challenges in R&D  
Presented by ACA’s Science & Technology Committee
Coatings technology has always been focused on adding value and end-user support, but today much of the effort to be “cutting edge” requires a clear understanding of the novel materials available and how they are changing the focus of coatings R&D.