2024 American Coatings CONFERENCE

Innovations in Coatings Technology: Shaping Our Future

The 2024 American Coatings Conference followed the theme, “Innovations in Coatings Technology: Shaping Our Future,” and featured a curated, varied program across multiple topical tracks, offering some 90+ technical sessions. The American Coatings Conference brings together members of the coatings industry’s technical and scientific community with members of the academic world of coatings and their students for three days of learning and sharing the latest scientific research and advancements in coatings technology.

Keynote Speaker

Robert Roop photo

Dr. Robert Roop, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Axalta Coating Systems

Keynote Address

Coatings Innovation in the Future: Sustainability and Performance

Dr. Robert Roop, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Axalta Coating Systems, gave the keynote address at the 2024 American Coatings Conference. His lecture explored the shift in coatings innovation focus. In the past, innovation was driven primarily by the need for improved performance (durability, cure rates, consumption, etc.) while meeting regulatory compliance. In the future, innovation will be heavily focused on improved sustainability, driven by societal demands.

Dr. Roop has served in his current role at Axalta since July 2019, and in various technology leadership roles across Axalta over the preceding 10 years. Prior to those roles he spent 20 years in technology and operations positions at DuPont in various polymer and chemical businesses. Dr. Roop holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.​

American Coatings Award

American Coatings Award

The prestigious American Coatings Award recognizes the most outstanding technical presentation at the American Coatings Conference (ACC). Selected and sponsored by ACA and the Vincentz Network, the award is an attractive sculpture accompanied by a $2,500 cash prize.

The 2024 American Coatings Award was presented to Michael Krayer (second from right), BASF Senior Scientist & Global Technology Manager for Dispersions & Resins North America, and Sean William Bullis (second from left), BASF Formulation Chemist II for Architectural Coatings for their paper titled, “Novel Bimodal High Solid Polymer Dispersions for Architectural Coatings,” on April 30, during the ACC Plenary Session.


Pre-Conference Tutorials

Tuesday, April 30, 2024,  8:00 am – 11:30 am

Prior to the American Coatings Conference kickoff, nine pre-conference tutorials were offered to those seeking introductions and refreshers to topical coatings science.

Program Sessions Schedule

To view the schedule of more than 90 program presentations, choose a day below and scroll down to see the corresponding sessions; or view a PDF of the program.

April 30, 2024
1:30 PM – 6:30 PM

May 1, 2024
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

May 1, 2024
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM

May 2, 2024
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

April 30, 2024
Tuesday Afternoon Schedule
(view Pre-conference Tutorials)

Session 2
Session 3
Session 4

Session 1: Measurement & Testing

1:30 - 2:00 pm

Detecting the mass of pigment particles – toward a universal size standard

Session 1.1

Jörg Wieder

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Transmittance technique for adjusting properties in the paint industry

Session 1.2

Ernani Paludo
RMA Tech

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Improving scratch resistance and durability of deep matte plastic coatings

Session 1.3

Jim Reader

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Weathering of Coatings: New Developments in International Standardization

Session 1.4

Oscar Cordo
Atlas Material Testing Technology

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Quantitative image analysis of roller application performance

Session 1.5

Sunny Wang

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Battery production: Automated quality assurance along the entire line

Session 1.6

Jörg Mülleneisen

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception + Poster Session

Session 2: Epoxy Coatings

1:30 - 2:00 pm

Triaminononane and BHMT as curatives for high-performance epoxy coatings

Session 2.1

Karana Shah
Ascend Performance Materials

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Epoxy curing agents for superior chemical resistance in harsh environments

Session 2.2

Sudhir Ananthachar

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Sustainable CNSL-based epoxy modifiers for high-performance coatings

Session 2.3

Hong Xu

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Novel fast reacting epoxy for industrial protective coatings application

Session 2.4

Yong Zhang

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Innovative system for UV-resistance in epoxy coatings

Session 2.5

Sarah Dotzler

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Coupling agent evolution: Heteroleptic cages

Session 2.6

Joseph Lichtenhan
Hybrid Plastics

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception + Poster Session

Session 3: Industrial Coatings 1

1:30 - 2:00 pm

Low-VOC, solvent-free resin development for UV/EB cured coil coatings

Session 3.1

Elaine Ruiz

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Pathway toward self-healing latexes

Session 3.2

Mark Soucek
University of Akron

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Comparing metal-based driers in the aerobic curing of alkyd-based coatings

Session 3.3

Martin Klussmann

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Waterborne silicone resin for high temperature resistant coatings

Session 3.4

Paula Cousino
Momentive Performance Materials

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Novel formaldehyde-free and melamine-free resin for stoving coatings

Session 3.5

Robert Ober

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Novel resins and formulation approaches for challenging regulations

Session 3.6

Gautam Haldankar

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception + Poster Session