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June 26 – 28, 2023
Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
Cleveland, OH


Coatings Technologies: Adaptation in a Complex World

Through a series of specialized lectures from notable industry experts and focused technical sessions, ACA’s 2023 CoatingsTech Conference will offer an unprecedented opportunity for all levels of coatings professionals to participate and learn from each other. Embracing the theme, “Coatings Technologies: Adaptation in a Complex World,” reflects current challenges and trends, from increased bio-sourcing, to supply-chain unpredictability and manufacturing onshoring. The 2023 conference will feature the industry’s latest science and technology developments, including advance notice on technology-forcing factors to help the industry set a sustainable trajectory for meeting future market challenges.

Concurrent Technical Short Courses

MONDAY, JUNE 26 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

This series of five specially designed short courses will focus on the fundamentals and emerging developments in coatings technology, and will be held concurrently. NOTE: These short courses will be held prior to the conference opening, and are not included in the conference registration fee.

8:30 am – 12:00 pm | Smart, Active & Multi-Functional Coatings: How They are Conceived and Made

Jamil Baghdachi
Professor of Polymers and Coatings
Eastern Michigan University Coatings Research Institute

This short course will provide insight on bringing research to market, highlighting the tools and technology used to identify functional needs and apply coatings science to address them. From self-cleaning and direct-resistant technology, to superhydrophobic and ice-phobic films, this course will explore the basic research and high throughput assessment tools that assist in breakthroughs.

9:00 am – 11:30 am | Coatings “101”: An Introduction

Ray Fernando
Arthur C. Edward Chair in Coatings Technology and Ecology
California Polytechnic State University

Designed for new coatings technology professionals to provide an introduction to a broad range of practical coatings science for all product categories. Led by notable scientists from industry and academia, the short course will advance application of knowledge on research, development and innovation challenges.

9:00 am – 11:30 am | Radiation-Cured Coatings

Michael Dvorchak
Dvorchak Enterprises, LLC, Sponsored by RADTECH

This course will highlight the fundamental principles of free radical chemistry as it centers around 100% solids, UV-cure aromatic/aliphatic polyurethane, epoxy, polyester, polyether oligomers and their use with monomeric acrylates in combination with specific photoinitiators. The short course will focus on how these UV coatings are formulated and used/applied in new and emerging markets and examine some of the newest innovations that offer significant advances for green coatings technologies.

9:00 am – 11:30 am | Low-Temperature-Cure Powder Coatings

Kevin Biller
ChemQuest Powder Coating Research

Considerable technical effort has been devoted to introducing low-temperature cure of powder coatings for wood-based substrates. As powder applications for medium-density fiberboard and hardwoods become commonplace, low-temperature powder coating technology is evolving as an option to finish a variety of non-traditional substrates, such as plastics, composites and molding compounds. Students will learn about emerging powder technologies and the application techniques that serve these innovative end-uses.

9:00 am – 11:30 am | Corrosion-Resistant Coatings

Eugene Caldona
Assistant Professor of Coatings and Polymeric Materials
North Dakota State University

Rigoberto “Gobet” Advincula
UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair of Advanced and Nanostructured Materials
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

What principles govern the corrosion of metals, and how can protective coatings help in preventing corrosion? This short course will review the fundamentals of electrochemical processes, and the typical ingredients and formulation characteristics of anticorrosive coatings will be outlined and discussed.


Subject to Change

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8:00 am – 9:00 am | Continental Breakfast

For Short Course Attendees only.

8:30 am – 12:00 pm | (5) Pre-conference Technical Short Courses

The Pre-conference Short Courses will begin at 8:30 am and conclude at noon.

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9:00 am – 10:00 am | ACA S&T R&D Management Subcommittee Meeting

For members of ACA's Science & Technology Committee only.

10:00 am – 11:30 am | ACA Science & Technology Committee Meeting
For members of ACA's Science & Technology Committee only.
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm | Luncheon & Welcome Address

Welcome Address 

Ramesh Subramanian, Director, Liquid Resins & Additives (LRA) Americas, allnex; Chair, the ACA CoatingsTech Program Subcommittee

Scott Braithwaite, Director of Product Stewardship, Science & Technology, American Coatings Association

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm | Keynote Address: Developing Coatings for a More Sustainable Future

Dr. John A. Gilbert, Chief Research and Development Officer
Behr Process Corporation

What makes a coating sustainable? How will we adapt coatings research and development to provide products for a more sustainable future? The keynote presentation will address some of the recent advances in coatings formulation that provide sustainable choices for the end user. Key topics for future development will be discussed, including advanced waterborne formulations, lower carbon footprint formulations and strategies for more efficient use of coatings. Finally, future needs in the research and development workforce will be discussed.


Session 1 and Session 2 will run concurrently. Please click a Session topic track below to see the complete list of presentations.

Session 1: Protective and Industrial Coatings

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Carbon-Michael Addition: Single vs. Dual Cure
Stephanie Vanslambrouck, EMCO-Inortech

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Fast Reacting Epoxy Resin with Excellent Adhesion and Good Stability
Yong Zhang, Huntsman Corporation

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Polyolefin Thermosets Provide Unique Properties for Coatings
Madhura Pade
, Materia Inc.

Session 2: Biobased and Sustainability

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Transformation of the Coating Resin Industry to Natural and Biobased Building Blocks
Shandi Ramirez
, Covestro

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Novel Functional Coatings and Inks Fabricated with Biobased Polymers
Shan Jiang
, Iowa State University

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Architectural Coatings as a Tool for Combating Urban Heat Islands
Audrey McGarrell and Stacy Weister, Cool Roof Rating Council

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Incorporation of Sustainability and Circular Economy Principles in Product Development
Mike Jeffries, Covestro

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Break and Hanging of Posters

A break from lectures

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Networking Reception and Poster Session

During this break from lectures,attendees will have an opportunity to network and view 20+ posters and engage with their authors.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Student Tour of The Sherwin-Williams Company Breen Technology Center

For students only.

8:00 am – 8:30 am | Continental Breakfast & Welcome


Scott Braithwaite, Director of Product Stewardship, Science & Technology, ACA

8:30 am – 9:30 am | Mattiello Memorial Award Lecture: Visualizing How Coatings “Fail” – Service Life Viewed through the Lenses of Coatings Science

Dr. Kurt A. Wood, Consultant in Coatings and Service Life Prediction

The structures and processes that determine organic coating performance — and the causes of performance failures — range in scale from the molecular to the macroscopic. To adequately capture the full range of phenomena, “coatings science” synthesizes principles from multiple disciplines. This talk will focus on several case studies where simple chemical, physical and mechanical models were used to “picture” essential elements of particular coating systems, illuminating factors potentially critical in determining coating service life. Once these factors are understood, novel approaches for extending service life may more easily be identified. Decorative and protective service lives beyond twenty years are now a realistic goal for many coating systems.


Session 3, Session 4, and Session 5 will run concurrently. Please click a Session topic track below to see the complete list of presentations.

Session 3: Advanced Resins and Formulations

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Multi-objective Optimization of Automotive Clearcoat Resins
Erik Sapper, California Polytechnic State University

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Next Generation Self Matting Resin Technology
Gautam Haldankar
, allnex

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Abrasion of Polymer Coating on Thin Substrate
Chinmay Saraf
, PPG Industries

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Ultra-Low Bake Coatings for Automotive OEMs
Kevin Turley

Session 4: New Application Methods and Functional Coatings

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Epoxy Resins, Monomers and Derivatives, as well as their Formulations without Crosslinkers, as Functional Coatings
Weih Lee, Sherwin-Williams

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Precision Application Technology: Potential Benefits and Current Challenges
Brian Rearick
and Ron Kralic, PPG Industries 

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Inkjet Printing of Aerospace Decorative Liveries
Kjersta Larson-Smith
, Boeing

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Easy Ice-removal through Heterogeneous Surfaces from Self-segregating PU-PDMS Coatings
David Boucher
, North Dakota State University

Session 5: Novel Additives, Pigments and Colorants

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Many Shades of Green: The Use of Bio-sourced Materials in Waterborne and 100% Solids Colorants
Andrew Bartlett
, Vibrantz Technologies

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Pigments: Optimizing Opacity, Performance & Sustainability in Powder Coatings
Romesh Kumar, Heubach Colorants

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Sustainable Direct to Metal Nanocomposite Coatings
Sukanya Gangopadhyay
, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and John Deere India

11:30 am – 12:00 pm | Break

Break from lectures prior to lunch

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm | Luncheon & Presentation of the CoatingsTech Best Paper Award & Student Poster Awards

Lunch break from lectures, with presentation of the CoatingsTech Best Paper Award, recognizing the best overall paper contributed to the CoatingsTech Conference, as well as Student Posters Awards

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm | Panel Discussion on the Future of Laboratory Work

Will Tashman, Co-Founder of Uncountable

Stephen Zigari,
Director of Business Development at Chemspeed Technologies

Jun Liu
, Senior Marketing Manager, PerkinElmer Informatics

Bill Buschle, Global Segment Director, Alchemy Technology Group

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm | Plenary Address: A Heat Map of New Technology in a Post-Pandemic World

Victoria Scarborough, Ph.D., Vice President of Collaborative Innovation, The ChemQuest Group, Inc.

The recent pandemic, the war in Ukraine and a possible coming global recession have transformed customer demands and needs, resulting in a shift in technology focus. New megatrends suggest strong market pull for specific innovations within Sustainability, Digital Transformation, Transportation, and the Built Environment segments. Using tools that include market intelligence, Scarborough will share views on a current heat map to forecast which innovation gaps are likely to yield greater revenue faster.


Session 6, Session 7, and Session 8 will run concurrently. Please click a Session topic track below to see the complete list of presentations.

Session 6: Waterborne Technologies

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Improved Performance in a Waterborne All-Acrylic Latex without PFAS
Mary Chervenak, Arkema

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: A New Robust Acrylic Engineered for Architectural Deep-base Formulas with Low to Zero VOC and Exceptional Blocking Resistance
Ivan Tyre, Alberdingk Boley

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Next-generation Antimicrobial Waterborne Polyurethane
Emma Wrigglesworth
, Inhibit Coatings

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Novel Highly Water-Resistant Flexible Cementitious Coatings
Zhenping He, Oriental Yuhong North American

Session 7: Analytical Measurements and Curing Studies

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Mapping Rheological and Morphological Responses of Stimuli-responsive Systems
Chao Wang, PPG Industries

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Monitoring Drying, Curing, and Thermal Properties of Acid-catalyzed Alkyd-aminoplast Wood Coatings by Evaporative Dynamic Oscillation and Automated Dynamic Drying Time Recorder
Ronald Obie, Wood Coatings Research Group

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Thermally, UV, and Moisture Curable Novel Family of Versatile Oligomers
Neda Hayeri, Eastern Michigan University

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Real-time, Accurate, Non-contact In-process Thickness Measurement of Paint, Automotive and Other Industrial Coatings
Vivek Komaragiri
, Sensory Analytics
Margaret Harrison, The Sherwin-Williams Company

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Resource Efficiency: Coating Thickness Measurements
Jörg Mülleneisen, OptiSense

Session 8: Computation, Machine Learning and Equipment

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Using AI to Rapidly Develop New and Improved High-Performance Coatings
Marlene Cardin, ProSensus

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Combined Machine Learning and Computational Approach to Predict the Fouling Release Properties of Silicone Oil Modified PDMS Coatings
Anas Karuth, North Dakota State University

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Obstacles to Quality Control when Dealing with Sustainable Properties
Alistair Kerrigan
, Industrial Physics

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: The Advent of Digital Color Standards in Automotive and Industrial Coatings
Rae Roby, BYK Gardner USA

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Enhanced Formulation and Optimized Curing Process
Léa Choury, Formulaction

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Networking Reception

Posters are allowed to remain on display

8:00 am – 8:35 am | Continental Breakfast & Welcome: EHS Drivers & Considerations for the Paint and Coatings Industry


Heidi K. McAuliffe, Vice President, Government Affairs
American Coatings Association

8:35 am – 9:20 am | U.S. EPA Activity under the Toxic Substances Control Act

Jeffrey S. Gallagher, Acting Chief, Risk Assessment Branch 1
New Chemicals Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

9:30 am – 10:30 am | PFAS Maine Legislative/Regulatory Update & PFAS State Overview and Compliance Strategies

Ben Lucas, Senior Government Relations Specialist
Maine State Chamber of Commerce 

Javaneh Tarter, Senior Attorney
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

10:30 am – 10:45 am | Break

A short break from conference presentations

10:45 am – 11:30 am | OSHA HazComm Implementation

Lawrence Halperin, Partner
Keller and Heckman

11:30 am – 12:00 pm | SCAQMD Treatment of PCBTF/VOC Activities

Doug Raymond, Founder
Raymond Regulatory Resources

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Lunch & Presentation of the David F. Darling Prize

During lunch, ACA will present its inaugural Darling F. Darling Prize. This prize recognizes individuals who, through coatings science, technology, and research, demonstrate innovation in the areas of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm | PCBs in Paints and Inks/Anti-Fouling Activities at Washington State Department of Ecology

Kimberly Goetz, HWTR Legislative Coordinator
Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
Washington State Department of Ecology

2:20 pm – 3:00 pm | Evaluation of Biocides at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

José Gayoso, Senior Regulatory Advisor
Reevaluation Branch, Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticide Programs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

3:00 pm | Adjournment

End of CoatingsTech Conference


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Dr. John A. Gilbert is Chief Research and Development Officer at Behr Process Corporation.

He joined Behr in 2007. Under his direction, the Behr team released the Ultra, Marquee and Dynasty paint lines. Recent product releases from his group include several pro-contractor paint lines, a stain-blocking ceiling paint, a deck restoration product, a roof coating line, and an all-acrylic exterior stain line.

Gilbert’s industry career began in 1985 when he joined BASF Corporation in Southfield, Mich. He spent 22 years in the automotive coatings area at BASF, working in various product development roles in electrodeposition coatings, primers, basecoats and clearcoats. From 1990 to 1992, Gilbert was assigned to BASF’s European automotive coatings group in Muenster, Germany.

Born and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area, Gilbert attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, receiving a BA in Chemistry in 1980. He continued his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving the Ph.D. in 1984.

He and his wife Carol live in Orange, Calif., as happily displaced Midwesterners, enjoying occasional visits from their three sons, two daughters-in-law and seven grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys running, biking, nature observation and playing acoustic guitar and electric bass.

Dr. John A. Gilbert
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kurt Wood retired in 2022 from Arkema, Inc. as senior principal scientist. He has over 30 years of experience in the coatings industry, where his research and work have garnered numerous accolades.

He began his career in the coatings industry in 1989, working in Industrial Coatings R&D for the Rohm and Haas Company. In 1996 he joined the Coatings R&D group of the KYNAR® PVDF business of Elf Atochem (now part of Arkema, Inc.), where he worked until his retirement in 2022.

Wood is the recipient of several industry awards for his research, including the 1994 Eurocoat 2nd Prize Best Paper; the 2004 John A. Gordon Best Paper Award; the 2014 American Coatings Conference Best Paper Award; the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference Best Paper Award; and the 2021 SSPC Technical Achievement Award. Wood received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981.

Dr. Kurt Wood
Mattiello Award Lecturer
Dr. Victoria Scarborough, Vice President of Collaborative Innovation, The ChemQuest Group, Inc., will deliver a plenary address on Tuesday titled, "A Heat Map of New Technology in a Post-Pandemic World."

Dr. Victoria Scarborough specializes in the commercialization of in-demand new technology that leverages open innovation. Over the course of her career, she has advanced technology in the public and private sectors, ranging from the government and federal laboratories, universities, and multinational corporations to individual inventors and startups. Scarborough earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Mary Washington; Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; and completed the Sherwin-Williams Leadership Excellence Program at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University.

Dr. Victoria Scarborough
Plenary Speaker
Will Tashman, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Uncountable, will be joined by other industry representatives in a panel discusson, "The Future of Laboratory Work."

Uncountable is a market software provider helping laboratories manage their entire R&D lifecycle. Will holds a degree in Materials Engineering from MIT and has a background in engineering at Apple, and over a decade of technical expertise in materials informatics and enterprise technology development.

At Uncountable, Will leads strategic initiatives for new business development and oversees the customer solutions teams. He has worked closely with customers across various fields and industries, helping them transform their unique vision for material informatics into a scalable technology solution. He is passionate about driving innovation and advancing the field of material informatics, and his work at Uncountable is shaping the future of laboratory technology.

Will Tashman
Jun Liu is Senior Marketing Manager at PerkinElmer Informatics, a software solutions provider that specializes in scientific research and R&D data management. Their software tools are designed to help coatings and formulations development team manage and analyze complex data sets, streamline workflows and make data-driven decisions more efficiently.

Jun is responsible for the Industrial Chemistry segment marketing activities at PerkinElmer Informatics. Jun has over 10 years of marketing and business development experience in the Specialty Chemical industry and worked as a software engineer in the semi-conductor industry. He has an MBA degree and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a BS in Computer Engineering from Michigan Technology University.

Jun Liu
Stephen Zigari is Director of Business Development at Chemspeed Technologies, a global provider of high-throughput and high-output automated workflow solutions for formulation, application and testing solutions. Stephen has over five years of experience discussing automation and digital strategy with top paint and coatings companies, working to quickly identify areas where automation and digitization of manual workflows can bring accelerated development and innovation.
Stephen Zigari
Bill Buschle is Global Segment Director at Alchemy Technology Group for coatings, adhesives, specialty chemicals and elastomers. For the past 12 years, he has worked in technology companies across specialty chemicals, power generation and manufacturing. Prior to Alchemy, he worked with paint and coatings companies to provide analytical instrumentation for surface preparation analysis that was used during automotive, industrial and electronics manufacturing. Bill holds BSc and MSc degrees in Materials Science and a PhD in Chemical Engineering.
Bill Buschle


ACA has secured special hotel rates of $174.00++ (single room) ​for attendees for reservations made by May 31, 2023.
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ACA’s 2023 CoatingsTech Conference offers myriad sponsorship opportunities for your company to maximize its exposure before industry’s leaders. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact ACA’s Dorothy Brawner.

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$2,000| BRONZE SPONSORSHIP includes:

  • Company logo on main CoatingsTech Conference page
  • Listing in onsite program materials
  • Signage at event

$3,500 | SILVER SPONSORSHIP includes the above +

  • one (1) complimentary registration to attend one short course

$6,500 | GOLD SPONSORSHIP includes the above +

  • Linked company logo on CoatingsTech Conference registration page
  • one  (1) complimentary registration to attend full conference

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$3,500 | Meeting Room WiFi

$3,500 | Short Course Continental Breakfast
$2,000 | Short Course Refreshment Break
$6,500 | Welcome Address/Luncheaon
$6,500 | Networking Reception & Student Poster Session

$6,500 | Continental Breakfast & Mattiello Award Lecture
$2,000 | AM Refreshment Break
$6,500 | Conference Luncheon
$2,000 | PM Refreshment Break
$3,500 | Networking Reception

$3,500 | Continental Breakfast
$2,000 | AM Refreshment Break
$6,500 | “EHS Drivers & Considerations” Session Luncheon
$2,000 | PM Refreshment Break

Conference Program

Scott Braithwaite
Director, Product Stewardship, Science & Technology


Dorothy Brawner
Director, Events & Conferences