WASHINGTON, DC — The American Coatings Association (ACA) presented its CoatingsTech Mattiello Memorial Lecture Award to Dr. Danny C. Rich, Manager of Sun Chemical Corp.’s Color Research Laboratory. Rich delivered the Mattiello Memorial Lecture, “Solid State Lighting and its Impact on the Marketing and Production of Decorative Coatings,” at ACA’s CoatingsTech Conference, held March 9-11, in Louisville, KY.

The Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to science, technology and/or engineering related to the coatings industry. ACA’s Mattiello Memorial Lecture Committee selects recipients based on standards of technical accomplishment, service to the coatings industry and leadership.

The ACA presented five individuals with the Roon Award, which recognizes exceptional technical papers in the protective coatings field, at the conference. Dr. Wenjun Wu and Dr. Christopher Miller of Arkema Coating Resins, Dr. Jihui Guo of The Dow Chemical Co., Dr. Gang Pu of Exponential Business and Technologies Co., Dr. Jilin Zhang of Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Dr. Steve Severtson of the University of Minnesota received the Roon award for their paper titled “Alkali-Soluble Resins (ASR) and Acrylic Blends: Influence of ASR Distribution on Latex Film and Paint Properties.” Recipients were presented with a plaque and honorarium at the conference award ceremony.

The Roon Award is designed to recognize technical papers representing original scientific and innovative research directly related to the protective coatings industry and presented by an individual associated with the organic coatings industry. Award competition presenters are individuals associated with the organic coatings industry, including manufacturers, raw material suppliers, educational institutions and research laboratories.