The Detroit Society for Coatings Technology presents:

Future Of Coatings Under Study

Future Of Coatings Under Study

41st Annual

MSU Education Center
Troy, MI

FOCUS 2016—Technology In Motion, Paint It Forward

Click on each speaker below to reveal an abstract and biographical sketch.

  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Reception Area

    Registration, Coatings Products Showcase & Continental Breakfast

  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. Main Auditorium

    Keynote: Michael McKee & Daniel Chojnowski Howard & Howard

    Increasing the Likelihood of Obtaining Patent Protection on Coating Formulations


    Obtaining patent protection on coating formulations can be a challenge when the coating formulation is a combination of existing (i.e., “old”) raw materials. However, as coating formulators are well aware, developing coatings by combining existing raw materials in a new way can lead to synergistic interactions and yield an unexpectedly improved coating. The manner in which a newly developed coating formulation is presented to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can be critical in determining whether a patent will ultimately be issued.

    This presentation will detail the challenges of obtaining a patent on a coating formulation, including the USPTO’s typical rejections of patent applications directed at coating formulations. This presentation will also detail various strategies for obtaining a patent on a coating formulation with an emphasis on designing laboratory experiments and presenting experimental data to the USPTO. Finally, this presentation will also discuss the process of eventually compromising with the USPTO on a particular claim scope, and how strategically designed laboratory experiments have the potential to shape the compromise.

    Biography – Michael McKee

    Mr. McKee concentrates his practice in intellectual property with a focus on patent preparation, prosecution and product clearance in the chemical arts. More specifically, he focuses on the chemistry of silicon(es), photovoltaic cells, industrial lubricants, polyurethane foams and elastomers, and automotive and industrial coatings. Mr. McKee also focuses on the development of intellectual property surrounding the synthesis of organic compounds, analytical practices, pharmaceutical design, and food science.

    Biography – Daniel Chojnowski

    Mr. Chojnowski focuses his practice in building and maintaining intellectual property value for his clients. In particular, his practice includes global patent procurement and opinion preparation with an emphasis on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. Mr. Chojnowski also counsels clients on clearance/freedom-to-practice issues, as well as on strategies for management of their global intellectual property portfolios.

  • 9:30–9:45 a.m. Reception Area

    Break, Student Poster Session & Coatings Products Showcase

  • A.M. Moderator Main Auditorium

    Mark Nichols Technical Leader Paint Research Ford Motor Company

  • A.M. Moderator Room A

    Rudy Pomper Senior Manager, Manufacturing Engineering General Motors Company

  • 9:45–10:20 a.m. Main Auditorium

    Peter Visser AkzoNobel Specialty Coatings

    Lithium-salts as a New Class of Corrosion Inhibitors for the Protection of Aluminum Alloys


    Over the years, a wide range of corrosion inhibitors has been studied to find suitable alternatives for hexavalent chromium to protect high strength aluminum alloys. Recently, lithium salts have been proposed and patented as a potential corrosion inhibitor in coatings. This work presents the use of lithium salts as potential corrosion inhibitor in coatings. Lithium carbonate and lithium oxalate salts were incorporated as pigments in model organic coatings and applied on aluminium alloys. It was found that the lithium species were able to leach from the coating and promote the formation of a protective layer on the alloy in the coating defect. The development of the protective properties of the layers has been studied with electrochemical techniques. The chemistry of the developed layers was studied using Microscopic and surface analytical techniques. The results demonstrate that lithium salts can represent a potential new class of corrosion inhibitors replacing hexavalent chromium in coatings for the protection of aluminum alloys.


    With a background in organic chemistry, Peter joined AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings in 1997. In the global product development group, he was responsible for the development of several high solids primers and topcoats for the aerospace industry. In 2007, Peter shifted his focus and started to work on the chromate free primer technology for the protection of the high strength aluminum alloys that are used in the aerospace industry. Since then, he developed several chromate free products for exterior applications. Today, Peter is responsible for the search, assessment and development of new chromate free coating technology for aluminum alloys. Since 2012, he has been working with Delft University of Technology to investigate the mechanism and development of the lithium based coating technology.

  • 9:45–10:20 a.m. Room A

    Michelle Dyke Axalta Coating Systems

    Defect Identification Utilizing Analytical Methods


    No matter the size of the paint shop, dirt defects in paint coatings are virtually impossible to eliminate. One of the most effective ways to control dirt is through a comprehensive dirt program, which is outlined in Dirt Identification to Elimination (Subda 2005). This program outlines a seven step program and the step by step guidelines for execution of dirt elimination. A crucial step in this program is identifying the dirt so that the source, or multiple sources, can be identified and reduced or removed. Typically a microscope is the most efficient and practical way to handle dirt identification. From hand held to bench top models, there are a wide variety of microscopes that could assist with pinpointing a dirt source. Only after the dirt particle is identified as an environmental defect, like a bug or fiber, or an application defect, like paint spit or flocculated pigment, can the source begin to be controlled. Bench top microscopes that can be connected to a computer can also assist in building a dirt database that can be used to compare defects from various parts or lines. Various microscopes, additional equipment, and methods for sample preparation and utilization will be discussed. Other identification methods outside of microscopy will be touched on, including expected test results and explanations.


    Michelle Dyke is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and minor in Polymer Science and Engineering. She has been with Axalta Coating Systems for 4 years, with the entirety of that time in Electrocoat working on projects from product optimization to production cycle times. Currently, she leads the Electrocoat Quality Assurance and Customer Response Teams.

  • 10:25–11:00 a.m. Main Auditorium

    Matthew Luchansky PPG Industries, Inc.

    Easy-to-Clean Clearcoats


    Dirt mitigation coatings are becoming increasingly attractive to diverse industries ranging from automotive to architectural to aerospace. In the automotive industry, clearcoats that are easier to clean and to keep clean are of value to both the OEM and the final consumer. PPG is developing a premium scratch-resistant 2K isocyanate clearcoat technology that resists adhesion of common environmental contaminants such as dirt, road tar, bug splatter, and pine sap. Using a variety of novel hydrophobic resins, excellent dirt mitigation performance has been demonstrated while still providing premium clearcoat attributes. Early prototypes have shown the ability to substantially alter the wetting characteristics of the clearcoat to promote dirt mitigation, but retention of the property in the field remains an intense area of focus. In order to improve the durability of the easy-to-clean properties during field exposure, a recent emphasis has been on understanding the surface chemistry and hydrophobicity balance as a function of clearcoat depth. Recent prototypes based on a combination of surface-active additives and proprietary hydrophobic binder systems are showing promise for extending easy-to-clean clearcoat functional lifetime.


    An analytical chemist by training, Matthew Luchansky joined PPG in 2012 as a research chemist at the Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park, PA. After spending 3 years focusing on the development of next-generation waterborne basecoat and compact process formulations, he moved into his current role as team leader for solventborne topcoat R&D in 2015. His team’s research focuses on generating innovations in automotive OEM clearcoats, solventborne basecoats, and solventborne primers. Matthew holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and economics from the University of Richmond. Matthew resides with his wife, Anna, and two children in Wexford, PA.

  • 10:25–11:00 a.m. Room A

    Joe Subda Axalta Coating Systems

    Dirt Identification to Elimination


    Dirt, everybody has it, nobody wants it. Small shops with two people up to large shops with a hundred people have dirt in their coatings. With an infinite number of sources and a variety of shapes and sizes, dirt in paint is hard to control and nearly impossible to eliminate. Controlling and or eliminating dirt can only be accomplished through a comprehensive dirt program.

    Learn what a comprehensive dirt program is comprised of and how to apply it. One methodology, that has been used successfully to identify and eliminate dirt, is covered in an easy to follow step by step format.


    Joseph (Joe) Subda is a Senior Product Specialist at Axalta Coating Systems. In this role at Axalta’s Mount Clemens, Michigan, manufacturing location, he provides facility and process support to the central offices of Axalta’s largest OEM customers. He is regarded as an electrocoat (E-coat) industry expert.

    He is the author of more than 20 papers on paint-related topics at worldwide conferences and more than 15 global magazine articles. Additionally, he is the co-author of the book “Electrocaoting: A Guide Book for Finishers.” His work has been patented in multiple countries.

    For 2016, Subda has been named a Brewer Award winner from the Electrocoat Association. The George E.F. Brewer Award has been presented since 1990 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of electrocoating in the categories of technology, application and promotion.

    Joe holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Solar Engineering from Colorado Technical College. He and his wife are the parents of five grown children and two grandchildren.

  • 11:05–11:40 a.m. Main Auditorium

    Niamh Hosking Ford Motor Company

    Corrosion Protection for Lightweight Automotive Body Structures


    The automotive engineer must design a vehicle that meets an array of performance, safety and quality targets and that can also be produced robustly at volume, meet the needs of customers and deliver profit to the company. Increasingly stringent fuel economy requirements pose further challenges to the engineer but also the opportunity to apply new materials and technologies that might otherwise be considered “over-engineering”.

    One strategy to enhance fuel economy performance is the use of materials that result in a lightweight vehicle body compared to traditional designs, exemplified by Ford Motor Company’s 2015 F-150 truck with all aluminum body. Although known for their passivating characteristics, aluminum and its alloys may form a galvanic corrosion cell with an adjoining dissimilar material and aluminum alloys themselves are susceptible to localized corrosion manifest as pitting and (in painted condition) blistering and/or filiform corrosion.

    This presentation describes some of the new approaches adopted for laboratory assessment of lightweight materials’ corrosion performance. Cyclic corrosion tests are compared to filiform corrosion tests for scribed, painted aluminum. Electrochemical characteristics of aluminum alloys are compared to those of steel, magnesium and carbon fibre reinforced polymer. Experimental approaches to corrosion assessment for mixed material joints are described and initial results are presented.


    Niamh Hosking is a research engineer at Ford Motor Company, specialising in corrosion mechanisms and testing of lightweight automotive materials. She has 16 years automotive experience, having worked for Ford in the UK, Germany and Australia, before moving to the US in 2013. Niamh graduated from the University of Nottingham with a PhD in Materials and Mechanical Engineering and has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick in her native Ireland.

  • 11:05–11:40 a.m. Room A

    Kurt Best Covestro

    Balancing the Haptic Feel and Performance Properties of Waterborne and Solventborne Polyurethane Coating


    In this presentation we describe the results of a study to balance coating performance and feel characteristics of polyurethanes used on automotive interior rigid plastic parts. Achieving a good balance of performance and soft feel can be difficult because of the seemingly divergent properties needed to achieve a rubbery polymer feel (low Tg) and chemical/scratch resistance properties (high crosslinking of the polymer). Further complicating coating development in this area is the subjective nature of feel when humans try to describe the interface between their finger and the polymer coating.

    We used a Design of Experiment (DOE) approach to map haptic feel of polyurethane coated plastic substrates against key coating performance targets. The results yield a coating formulation space for hundreds of potential coating formulations and their predicted haptic feel rating overlaid with performance properties.

    We conclude the discussion by presenting our attempt to quantify three different haptic ranges, and how this knowledge will impact the coating development. The initial coating feel ratings were obtained via survey of human subjects knowledgeable in soft feel coating applications. We then correlated this data with polymer physics analysis test data which included surface friction and micro-indenter measurements. Some correlation was observed which allows us to provide a quantification of feel and to give direction to the coatings development.


    Kurt started his career in 1984 at Mobay as an Iron Oxide Chemist. In 1989 Kurt moved to the polyurethane coatings and became a Senior Chemist developing military coatings utile moving to the protective coatings group. In 2013 Kurt assumed a new position in General Industrial Finishes, focusing on coatings for plastic substrates.

    Kurt received his BS in Chemistry from Thiel College in 1982 and through Bayer’s Educational Assistance Program, received an MS in Chemistry from Duquesne University in 1991.

    Kurt and his wife, Ann, reside in Marshall Township, PA. They have two children, Katie a senior at Case Western University and Jeremy a freshman at Elmira College. Kurt enjoys most sports and is an avid home brewer.

  • 11:40–11:50 a.m.

    Student Poster Session

  • 11:50 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Main Dining Room & Reception Area

    Lunch, Student Poster Session & Coatings Products Showcase

  • 12:45–1:45 p.m. Main Auditorium

    Panel Discussion: Technology in Motion, Paint it Forward

    • Deep Bhattacharya

      Global Coatings Technology Director, Eastman Chemical Company
    • Jack Burgman

      Associate Director, PPG Industries, Inc.
    • Eric Degenfelder

      Vice President of Global Product Management, Axalta Coating Systems
    • Ankil Shah

      General Manager of Materials Engineering Department, Toyota
    • Anne Shim

      BASF Corporation
    • Kenny White

      Global Paint Director for Manufacturing Engineering Vehicle Systems, General Motors Company

    The Conference theme this year is “Technology in Motion, Paint it Forward.” The FOCUS Committee recognizes that new technologies, manufacturing options, mixed materials, regulations, and even attitudes toward car ownership and mobility are driving development of new ideas to improve quality, appearance, cost, and environmental impact. As automotive decoration options evolve, what will be expected of paint and decoration materials? What will the paint of the future be like? What innovations need to come from paint suppliers?

    The purpose of the panel discussion is to talk about how recent changes in painting processes and body materials have presented challenges to the industry and how coatings need to adapt.

    • Deep Bhattacharya

      Dr. Deep Bhattacharya is currently the Global Coatings Technology Director at Eastman Chemical Company. He has been with Eastman for thirteen years and his previous assignments include roles in applications development and coatings innovation. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities Deep was the Global Marketing Leader for Transportation Coatings and spent over three years working out of Eastman’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Shanghai. He is a member of the Editorial Review Board for Journal of Coatings Technology and Research and also serves on the Publications Committee for the American Coatings Association. Deep has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai and a MS in Polymer Engineering from the University if Kolkata. He obtained his PhD in Polymer Science from the State University of New York. Deep has published over a dozen technical papers in peer reviewed journal and holds five US patents.

    • Jack Burgman

      Jack Burgman is currently an Associate Director at PPG Industries, Inc. where he has been employed for 28 years. He leads the Automotive Coatings R&D at PPG. Dr. Burgman received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    • Eric Degenfelder

      Eric Degenfelder is Vice President, Global Product Management for Axalta’s Light Vehicle Business. In 2013, he had a special assignment as Vice President, Transformation during Axalta’s separation from DuPont. Eric was based in Shanghai from 2008 through 2012 for three roles including Vice President for all Asia Pacific. From 2004 to 2008 he was the North American Business Manager for Industrial Coatings and was responsible for business in heavy duty truck, fleet, bus, and other transportation markets. He joined the coatings business in 2002 as Director, New Business Development and Strategy Planning (based in Wilmington, Delaware).

      Prior to joining Axalta Coating Systems, Eric was Director of Strategic Planning for Millennium Chemicals. He spent a total of 12 years with Air Products and Chemicals where he had a variety of engineering, operations management, and marketing management positions.

      Eric earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1986 and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School in 1992.

    • Ankil Shah

      Ankil Shah is the General Manager of Material Engineering at Toyota Technical Center (TTC) located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. TTC is Toyota’s North American R&D center under Toyota N.A.

      Mr. Shah is responsible for managing Paint design, Organic materials, Anti-corrosion materials, and Lightweight materials development for Toyota vehicles.

      Mr. Shah joined TTC in 1991 as a Paint Engineer and over the past 20 years he has worked in material engineering advancing to Paint Design Group Manager, Paint and Resin Materials Development Group Manager, and Materials Development General Manager, and Materials Vehicle Development General Manager.

    • Anne Shim

      Dr. Anne Shim is the Director of Technology and Quality for BASF’s Coatings division in North America. Anne’s responsibilities include, technical service for existing products, identifying and innovating novel products to meet customer’s needs for the future as well as continually improving our quality performance.

      Anne joined BASF in January 2013. During this time, Anne has focused on successfully integrating the North American technical teams in Mexico, India and the US into a “One Team” concept. In 2015 Anne assumed responsibility for the Quality group. Anne serves as a leadership team member of the global technology steering committee as well as the regional business.

      Anne received her PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Akron, Ohio. She also holds a Masters in Polymer Science from the University of Akron and a Master of Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. She holds 14 issued patents and 19 patent applications.

    • Kenny White

      Kenny White is the Director for Manufacturing Engineering Vehicle Systems for General Motors Company. GM is a leader in global vehicle design, manufacturing and sales.

      During his General Motors career, Kenny has held various positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing and manufacturing engineering. Kenny helped start the joint venture between Toyota and General Motors in Fremont, CA. He has held manufacturing leadership positions in body, paint and general assembly. He was Director in General Assembly Manufacturing Engineering, responsible for new product program launches, tools and processing for all of North America. He was the assistant plant manager at the Flint truck assembly plant. He managed the conveyor and tooling group for all North America facilities.

      Kenny holds a Graduate Certificate from Stanford University in Product Creation and Innovative Manufacturing and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (Kettering University).

  • P.M. Moderator Main Auditorium

    Tracy Morrer Sr. Advance Process Specialist, Paint Operations Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

  • P.M. Moderator Room A

    Mike Mulligan Global Product Manager, Automotive OEM Clearcoats PPG Industries, Inc.

  • 1:50–2:25 p.m. Main Auditorium

    Yuko Gidcumb Toyota

    Development of Robust Anti-chipping Performance Primer for Various Process Conditions


    Chipping performance of body paint on a vehicle has become increasingly important in harsher climates such as North America and Russia. Stones can cause body paint to chip down to substrate and expose bare metal, which can then lead to corrosion. The primer layer serves not only as the adhesion promoter between metal substrate and topcoat, but also secures overall chipping performance of the coating system.

    The benefits of a softer body primer have been established and described in Bock and Engbert’s SAE paper “Waterborne Polyurethane Based Paint Materials for the Automotive Industry – Present Situation and Future Possibilities,” however, the challenge exists in accommodating various application process conditions.

    This paper describes the balancing of developing a robust high chipping performance body primer with lower glass transition temperature (Tg) and higher damping efficiency (tan delta), while maintaining critical process parameters such as reparability and indirect material compatibility performance.


    Yuko Gidcumb is a Senior Engineer at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), a division of Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America in the Materials Engineering division. Ms. Gidcumb is currently responsible for paint development specializing in body primer technology and evaluating the feasibility of emerging technologies within the industry.

    Yuko joined TTC in 2003 in the paint design group. In 2008, Ms. Gidcumb moved to her current position.

    Yuko is a graduate of University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

  • 1:50–2:25 p.m. Room A

    Jim Reader Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

    Optimized Aqueous Dispersion Through Surface Active Additive Triangulation


    The formulation of aqueous pigment dispersions can be a challenging and time consuming endeavor as the proprietary nature of additives and varied pigment surface chemistries limit a chemist’s ability to consistently apply theory and experience. Lifting the veil of ‘trade secret’ may be a losing effort for the formulator, but estimating additive performance and interactions based on general chemistry offers potential shortcuts and reductions in wasted lab time. Such shortcuts will be discussed in this paper through categorization of the common surface active chemistries utilized in aqueous pigment dispersion, discussion of formulating strategies to optimize performance based on empirical testing and observation, and a detailed approach that limits formulation dead-ends.


    Jim Reader graduated from the University of Warwick (UK) in 1988 with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He joined Air Products and Chemicals in 1998 in Manchester (UK) as a Research Chemist and later an Application Development Chemist for the Epoxy Additives business. He joined the Specialty Additives business in 1996 and has worked in Europe and Asia before becoming a Lead Chemist in Allentown in 2008. His hobbies include soccer, tennis and board games.

  • 2:25–2:40 p.m. Reception Area

    Break, Student Poster Session & Coatings Products Showcase

  • 2:40–3:15 p.m. Main Auditorium

    Linqian Feng Eastman Chemical Company

    Weathering Performance Of TMCD Polyester Polyols In Automotive Coating Application


    Polyester polyols containing TMCD (2,2,4,4-tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol) have shown unique physical properties that increase the overall performance of automotive coatings. A comparative study between traditional polyols used in automotive and industrial coating applications versus TMCD based polyesters is reported in this study. Some of the key performance attributes that were taken into consideration as a part of this investigation are weathering, mar resistance, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content and coating appearance. Our study has shown that TMCD based polyols exhibit significant enhancement in weathering with an improved abrasion resistance and solids content as compared with some of the commercial resins currently used in the market. Two accelerated weathering techniques were employed in combination with photo – oxidation value (POV) testing to fully demonstrate the improved weathering performance and determine that the photo degradation of the resins are significantly improved with TMCD based polymers. An aggressive UV integrating sphere accelerated weathering method that strongly correlates with the well-established SAE J2527 Xenon Arc method was also able to provide meaningful results 3–5 times faster to predict failure. TMCD-based polyester polyol resins have also shown good weathering in QUVB testing where traditional polyester resins do not.


    Lin currently serves as an Advanced Scientist in Coating Application Development Group at Eastman Chemical Company focusing on coating application development and new product development. In 2010, Lin received a Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology in Beijing, China. She went on to receive a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2014.

    Lin has worked as PhD intern in Beauty Technology at Procter & Gamble in 2013 and now she has been working with Eastman Chemical for two years with a focus on polymer science and coating fundamentals. She has published more than 15 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings.

  • 2:40–3:15 p.m. Room A

    Michael J. Dvorchak Dvorchak Enterprises

    UV Cure in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing


    Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing (3DP) have become buzz words in new technology development for UV cure. Even though patents dating back to 1986 have shown the use of such processes recent interest has accelerated the use of this type of technology. A recent RADTECH conference brought forth the latest developments in UV technology oligomers and new equipment designs.

    The paper will attempt to review the current state of the art on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing as it relates to the use of UV cure oligomers and monomers. This review will cover the positive aspects of using a thermoset technology vs the use of thermoplastics. In addition the paper will review proper UV oligomer polymer designs that will decrease the shrinkage levels that are currently being seen using traditional UV cure oligomers. These high shrinkage levels can be the Achilles heel for this technology.


    Mike retired after 28 years with Bayer Material Science and recently left Allnex USA, INC. He has worked in the UV cure area for over 25 years.

    Mike has authored over 24 peer reviewed publications and 9 US and international patents.

    He is also past President elect and Secretary for RADTECH North America.

    The author is currently consulting for the coatings industry via Dvorchak Enterprises, LLC. In this role Mike will use his vast background of over 40 years of experience in helping coating suppliers with issues as they relate to 100% solids UV Systems, 1K & 2K dual cure UV systems, UV Polyurethane Dispersions, thick section UV cure elastomers, 1K, 2K 100% solids aliphatic and aromatic polyurethanes and 2K water based polyurethanes.

    His background in the following coatings market areas will also be valuable to the coating industry: 1K & 2K UV A pigmented automotive and aerospace systems, 1K UV cure conformal coatings for the electronics market, 1K UV DTM coatings and 1K & 2K solvent based polyurethanes for the wood coatings industry.

    In addition, Mike has taught both the UV and polyurethane courses on a regular bases at ACS and CalPOLY. He also has experience in development and implementation of a leading edge APPs for the iPads for use by coatings sales, technical and marketing disciplines. He was awarded the prestigious Presidential Green Chemistry along with other colleagues in 2000 for the development of ultra-low VOC and VHAPS 2 K Water Based Polyurethanes for the wood coatings market.

    Mike retired from the USAF Reserves with over 39 years of experience specializing in military intelligence and doing multiple deployments globally. He is married to his wife Ruth Ann and has four children and four grandchildren.

  • 3:20–3:55 p.m. Main Auditorium

    Vince Goldman BASF Corporation

    Formulating Water-Based, High-Gloss DTM Topcoats with the Aid of High Throughput Screening


    The industrial coatings market in North America is continually looking for ways to introduce efficiency into the coating process. One way to achieve this is by the use of direct to metal (DTM) topcoats that do not require the use of a primer. The formulation of water based high gloss DTM topcoats requires the manipulation and optimization of many ingredients including: binders, coalescing agents, dispersing agents, thickeners, etc. In this paper we explain how the use of high throughput screening (a robot) aided in the optimization of a water based high gloss DTM topcoat formulation. The factors of the formula that were manipulated were dispersant agent level and coalescent agent combinations (seven ternary combinations). In total, we looked at 210 different formulation combinations. We tested for: color, gloss, salt spray, water and chemical resistance. Favorable formulation space was realized for the performance parameters tested.


    Undergrad at MSU, graduate studies at U of Detroit.

    Over 25 years formulating automotive and industrial coatings for: Akzo Sikkens, Transtar Autobody Technologies and BASF.

    Currently focused on the science of formulation namely enumerating structure property relationships in multiple component systems.

  • 3:20–3:55 p.m. Room A

    Vijay Mannari Eastern Michigan University

    Novel Silane-precursors and Their Sol-gel Coatings: Customizing Chemistry for Value-added Performance


    In the recent years, organic-inorganic hybrid (OIH) coatings have emerged as very promising candidates for myriads of advanced applications. One of the most efficient routes for deriving such coatings is via sol-gel chemistry. Organo-silanes are among the most common starting materials (precursors) for making OIH coatings via sol-gel route. The most interesting and useful aspect of sol-gel derived coatings is our ability to manipulate coating microstructure at nano/micro scales, by use of suitable precursors and processing parameters.

    This presentation will highlight some of our research work involving development of novel silane precursors and their applications in advanced coatings. Two families of silane precursors – epoxy-silane and bis-ureasil – have been prepared and used as primary components of OIH coatings. Chromate-free OIH pretreatments have been developed and studied for their corrosion resistance performance on aluminum alloy substrate. Such coatings, when incorporated with nano-silica particles and corrosion inhibitors in optimum amounts, outperformed chromate-based pretreatments that are currently used but targeted for replacement due to their high toxicity and environmental burden. In another study, we have designed and developed super hydrophobic coatings by leveraging the potential of sol-gel chemistry and nano-technology. By manipulating the surface energy and topography, super-hydrophobic coatings (water contact angle >140°) have been prepared. Our design strategy and key highlights of the study will be discussed.


    Vijay Mannari is a distinguished professor of polymers and coatings at Eastern Michigan University since 2002. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in the field of polymeric materials and coatings, encompasses industrial R&D management, and in academia.

    Prof. Mannari, a gifted teacher and accomplished researcher, has a number of awards and accomplishments to his credit. He is co-author of more than 45 research papers, 5 patents, 5 book chapter, and one book. His research interest includes bio-based materials in coatings, sol-gel coatings, Photo-curable coatings and study of structure-property relationship in polymeric materials. Currently he is active in many professional service activities and also serves on FOCUS conference committee of Detroit Society for Coatings Technology.

  • 3:55–5:00 p.m. Reception Area

    Post-conference Reception