ACA Presents Awards at its 2017 CoatingsTech Conference

Washington, D.C., March 30, 2017 — The American Coatings Association (ACA) presented a series of awards recognizing both students and professionals for their innovative work in coatings technology, at the association’s 2017 CoatingsTech Conference. The conference, held March 20-22 in Cleveland, Ohio, featured the CoatingsTech Best Paper Award, Joseph J. Mattiello Award, and Student Poster Session Awards. The conference award presentations took place the morning of March 21, the second day of the technical conference.

Held every two years, the CoatingsTech Conference provides coatings professionals the most innovative technologies and applications shaping the industry, as well as regulatory trends and networking opportunities.

 kwood1 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 explained that a recently developed xenon arc-based accelerated weathering cycle, ASTM D7869-13, has been validated for automotive and aerospace coatings, but its ability to predict the gloss and color retention of premium architectural finishes was untested. Wood undertook this endeavor, the results of which were offered in his paper, selected as the conference’s best. The CoatingsTech Best Paper Award was accompanied by a cash prize.
 jamil2 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.” The Joseph J. Mattiello award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, technology, and/or engineering related to the coatings industry, honoring its namesake who did much to expand the application of science in the decorative and protective coatings field. Baghdachi, who has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of polymers, coatings, adhesives, paints, and composites, was selected through a peer-nomination process.

Student Poster Session Awards

Two Student Poster Session Awards were given to students involved in coatings research, who presented their findings during the CoatingsTech Conference’s poster competition. This forum 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.

 kyle3 First Place
Kyle Aidukas
, of California Polytechnic State University, received the first-place Student Poster Session Award 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.
 brittany4 Second Place
Brittany Pellegrene,
 of the University of Akron, received the second-place Student Poster Session Award 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.

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The American Coatings Association (ACA), co-host of the American Coatings Conference and Show, is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services.