2021 CTT Agenda

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7:30 am - 8:30 am
Exhibit Hall Open

Networking Breakfast

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8:30 am - 9:30 am

Fundamentals to Ensure Sustainable Growth: Strategic Insights for Mid-Decade Business Planning. Are you Ready for 2025?

Daniel Murad, Chief Executive Officer, The ChemQuest Group

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9:30 am - 10:15 am
Exhibit Hall Open

Networking Break

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Formulating Strategies

Resin Developments

Low-VOC Technology 1

10:15 am – 10:45am

Performance Triangle for Carbon Blacks

Richard Abbott, Principal Scientist – Coatings, Birla Carbon

Advances in Polyurethane Dispersions

Laurie Morris, Senior Chemist, Alberdingk Boley, Inc.

Recent Advancements in Low-VOC Waterborne Polyurethane Dispersions for Wood Flooring Applications

Nitin Patil, Ph.D., Senior Chemist, Polynt-Reichhold

10:50 am – 11:20 am

Novel Flame Retardant Solutions for Water-Based, Clear Wood Coatings

Jakub Lison, Technical Manager, ICL

1K Silicate Binder-Based Systems

Briggitte Emmons, Research and Development Specialist, Nawkaw Inc.

Stable, Lower Particle Size Multifunctional Silanols

Wayne Juda, Principal Investigator, DyStar LP

11:25 am – 11:55 am

Formulating Tips for Dealing with Paint Defects

Michael Praw, Senior Applications Scientist – Paints, Coatings and Inks, Indorama Ventures

Alkoxysilane Functional Silicones and Their Applications

Bob Ruckle, Marketing and Sales Director, Siltech Corp.

Silicone Water-Based Elastomers – Waterborne Silicone Latex for Coating Formulations

DJ Widmer, Global Sales Director, ICD High Performance Coatings + Chemistries

11:55 am – 1:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Networking Lunch

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Architectural Coatings 1

Industrial Coatings

Coating Process Engineering

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Novel Hydrolytically Stable Silane Additives for Improving the Performance of Waterborne Acrylic Roof Coatings

Jacob Shevrin, Applied Technology Manager, Evonik Corporation

DTM Isocyonate-Free Innovation

Cynthia Baricos, Director - R&D, Sheboygan Paint Co

An Overview of Emission Control Equipment Features, Components and Capabilities

Jason Schueler, Senior Application Engineer, Anguil Environmental Systems

1:35 pm – 2:05 pm

Emulsions for High-Performance Exterior Paints with Increased Efflorescence Resistance and Reduced Biocide Leach-Out

Marcelo Herszenhaut, Market Development Manager Americas, Versatics, Hexion Inc.

Next Generation Coatings Through Self-Assembly and Nanotechnology

Shan Jiang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

More Accurate, Non-Contact In-Line Thickness Measurement Method for Architectural and Industrial Coatings

Vivek Komaragiri, Chief Technology Officer, Sensory Analytics

2:10 pm – 2:40 pm

Why is Wood Such a Difficult Substrate? And How to Protect It!

Latoska N. Price, Technical Service Manager, Coatings - Americas, Synthomer

Improving Performance of Waterborne Industrial Coatings with Amino Alcohols

Mark Langille, Customer Application Specialist, ANGUS Chemical Company

High-Quality and ‘Greener’ Coatings with Automated Viscosity Monitoring and Control

Manpreet Dash, Development Engineer, Rheonics GmbH

2:40 pm – 3:15 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Networking Break

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Additive Advancements 1


UV/EB Technology

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Next-Generation Matting Agents for Highly Durable Waterborne Coatings

Steve Broadwater, Lead Technical Service Manager, Americas, W. R. Grace

Biomass-Derived Coatings Using Renewable 1,5-Pentanediol-Based Polyester Polyols

Lei Zheng, PhD Research Assistant, Pyran-UMass Amherst

Robust UV-Curable Coatings Technology to Enhance LVT Flooring Properties

Jason Ghaderi, Technical Srvice Specialist, iGM resins

3:50pm – 4:20pm

New Defoaming Surfactants

Smriti Arora, Technical Specialist, BYK USA

Evolution of Paint Recycling in the Circular Economy

Sanjeev Bagaria, CEO/Founder of GDB International Paint Recycling

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UV+EB Coatings Technology With 1.5-Nanometer Heteroatom Titanates and Zirconates

Salvatore J. Monte, President, Kenrich Petrochemicals, Inc.

4:25pm – 4:55pm

Luminescent Additives for Brand and Liability Protection and Process Control

Jose Gasque, COO, Stardust Materials, LLC

From Waste to Raw Material

Dwayne Behrens, President, Surplus Coatings

1,5-Pentanediol Diacrylate, a Bio-Based Alternative for UV-Curable Coatings

Dr. Mike J. Idacavage, Advisor, NAGASE Specialty Materials

5:00pm – 6:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Networking Reception

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7:30 am - 8:30 am
Exhibit Hall Open

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:45 am
Panel Discussion

Ongoing Digital Transformation: It’s About People, Processes and Technology

Sharon Feng, Director, Corporate Science and Technology, PPG
Sasha Novakovich, President and CEO, Alchemy Cloud, Inc.
Paul Sanderude, Senior R&D Leader, Dow
Nick Tito, Modeling Expert, Model Development Lead, RheoCube
Paul Vragel, President, 4aBetterBusiness, Inc.
Moderated by: Kristin Johansson, Editor-in-Chief, PCI Magazine

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Exhibit Hall Open
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Additive Advancements 2

Bio-Based/Renewable Technology

Architectural Coatings 2

10:15 am – 10:45am

The Non-Migration Study of Reactive UV Absorbers

George Mauer, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Chitec Technology Co., Ltd.

Bio-Based Multi-Functional Stabilizer for Waterborne Coatings

Randall D. Lewis, Product Manager (Specialty)/Sales Manager EMCO Chemical Distributor Inc.

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Novel Acrylic Polymers for Use in Swimming Pool Paint

Gregory Monaghan, Applications Manager, Specialty Polymers, Inc.

10:50 am – 11:20 am

New Development in Coatings Applications

Royce Mathews, Business Development Manager, Munzing

Tall Oil Fatty Acid: a 100% Bio-Based Building Block for Alkyd Emulsions

Patrick Van Waes, Market Development Manager, Kraton

High-Performance Acrylic Latex Technologies for Low-VOC Concrete Sealers

Neal Rogers, Business Development Manager, Vinavil Americas

11:25 am – 11:55 am

Stabilized Colloidal Silica and Its Migration in Coatings

Evan Montanez, Account Manager, Coadtech

Renewable, Zero-VOC Solutions for Bio-Based Epoxy and Polyurethane Flooring Coatings

Hong Xu, Technical Service Manager, Cardolite Corporation

Novel Fluoro-Free and Silicone-Free Blocking Resistance Additives for Waterborne Coatings

Susan Dong, Research Fellow, Stepan

11:55 am – 1:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Networking Lunch


Dispersion Techniques

Current Trends

Low-VOC Technology 2

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Choosing the Right Grinding Media

Daniyel Firestone, President, Norstone, Inc.

Slow-Release and Non-Release Antimicrobial Coatings with Enhanced Protection

Amir Kazemi, R&D Manager, TriMiS Inc.

APE-Free Additive Solutions for Improved Stability and Open Time in Water-Based Coatings

Linda Adamson, Technical Service Manager, Solvay

1:35 pm – 2:05 pm

Bead Milling Wet Grinding Principles for Color Suspensions

Jennifer Noyes, Sales Account Manager, Buhler Inc.

Surface Coatings that Inactivate SARS-CoV-2 and Kill Other Microbes

William Ducker, Professor, Virginia Tech

Novel Pre-Treatments for Aluminium

Paul Lewis, Technical Manager, Univar Solutions

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Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

Alberdingk Boley BYK

Silver Sponsors

Angus azelis shepherd color

Bronze Sponsors

Comec Dromont Hall Technologies Hexion ravago Siltech Specialty Polymers