Conference Information

The American Coatings CONFERENCE brings industry professionals together to expand their knowledge of the latest technology trends for the coatings industry. Sharpen your skills by attending the pre-conference tutorials, gain valuable insight during in-depth conference sessions, and network with peers at this vital industry event.


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Monday, April 9, 2018
8:30 am – 10:00 am Pre-Conference Tutorials 1-5
10:00 am – 10:30 am Networking: Coffee Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Pre-Conference Tutorials 6-10
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Networking: Welcome Lunch
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Plenary Session,  Welcome Address and Conference Introduction, Keynote Presentations Award Ceremony.
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Networking: Coffee Break
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Session 1: Science Today – Coatings Tomorrow
Session 2: Wood Coatings*
Session 3: Functional and Smart Coatings*
Session 4: Grinding & Dispersing*
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Poster Session/Networking: AC Conference Networking Reception
  *Sessions with an asterisk end at 5:30 pm.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Session 5: Architectural Coatings I
Session 6: Polyurethanes I
Session 7: Radiation Curing
Session 8: Measuring & Testing
 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm  Networking: Conference Lunch
 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm Session 9: Architectural Coatings II
Session 10: Polyurethanes II
Session 11: Epoxy Coatings
Session 12: Measuring, Testing & Automation
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
 7:15 am – 8:30 am  5K Fun Run to support student participation at AC CONFERENCES
 8:30 am – 9:30 am  Mattiello Lecture
 8:30 am – 9:30 am Session 13: Protective Coatings
Session 14: Novel Materials
Session 15: Biobased Coatings
Session16: Bio-Fouling & Microbial Protection
 1:00 pm End of Conference and Lunch on the Show Floor


Registration is now open for the AC CONFERENCE 2018!

AC Conference 2018 Program

Access the AC CONFERENCE 2018 Program online or download the PDF (click on the image on the left). Use this valuable resource to plan which sessions you will attend, make note of speakers, review topics for the poster session and make the best of your time at this must-attend event!

Pre-Conference Tutorials

Monday, April 9, 2018,  8:30 — 12:00 pm

Plenary Session

Monday, April 9, 2018, 12:15 — 1:30 pm

12:15 pm Welcome Address and Conference Introduction – Steve Sides, American Coatings Association – Sonja Schulte, Vincentz Network

Keynote Presentation

Monday, April 9, 12:30 — 1:00 pm

Dr. Barry Snyder Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Axalta Coating Systems

The human experience that comes from the coatings industry is vast and driven by color! Color is personal. It’s individual. It’s emotional. It is a huge part of our everyday lives. It can be playful or can make a statement. It’s part of who we are as humans. Artists and advertisers have long understood the role color plays in conveying a mood or a message. People buy color, not “protection” or “low-temperature cure” and their preference for colors has become more diverse and more rapidly changing than ever before. Our response to this need for color has been traditional versus being proactive and visionary. And, while we react to societal evolution and changing tastes by delivering new tones, new textures, and new effects, change is often far too slow to keep up with new tastes and behaviors. We tend to think of trends lasting years and the delivery of color in the same manner. Today’s trends, in reality, may last only a few months or even just one month. This “trend among trends” has left gaps and unmet needs in our industry that are being fulfilled by alternative sources and “band-aid” technologies from companies that may be the first movers but, hopefully, are not long-term solutions. That’s the opportunity our industry must seize and become leaders in shaping. We must become nimbler and more in tune with our customers and their customers. In other words, how can we fulfill the color needs of end-users in a world of fast fashion and Snapchat? In his address, Snyder will discuss the challenge of reimagining coatings technology and learning from other industries that have already evolved toward servicing a millennial generation that is constantly in search of that next big trend.

Conference Awards

American Coatings AWARD

The prestigious American Coatings AWARD for the most outstanding technical presentation at the American Coatings CONFERENCE was presented to a DuPont Industrial Biosciences team on April 9, during the Plenary Session. DuPont Industrial Biosciences’ Christian Lenges and Monica Harvey accepted the award on behalf of the team, which included Natnael Behabtu, along with SYNPO’s Richard Milič and Jarmila Vlasakova, for their paper titled, “Enzymatic Polymerization for Engineered PolySaccharides in Coatings.” The team was presented a sculpture and a $2,500 cash award.

Mattiello Award

2018 Mattiello Award recipient Dr. Ray Fernando, Arthur C. Edwards Chair in Coatings Technology and Ecology at California State Polytechnic University, delivered the Mattiello Lecture on the last day of the American Coatings CONFERENCE. The Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture was designed to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to science, technology, and engineering related to the coatings industry. Dr. Fernando’s lecture was titled,”Rheological and Colloidal Aspects of Latex-Associative Thickener Formulations: overcoming the Remaining Challenges.”

Poster Session

Monday, April 9, 2018, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

Posters were on display during this newly extended session, where poster contributors were available to discuss the results of their research. This session was held concurrently with the AC CONFERENCE Reception.

Ray Fernando, Ph.D. Arthur C. Edwards Endowed Chair in Coatings Technology and Ecology California Polytechnic State University


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:30 — 9:30 am

Rheological and Colloidal Aspects of Latex-Associative Thickener Formulations:
Overcoming the Remaining Challenges

Waterborne latex paints are complex colloidal systems that present major challenges against establishing universal governing mechanisms of their stability and rheology. The complexities emanate from the wide variability of ingredients that make up the dispersed phase (latex, pigments, and fillers) as well as the continuous aqueous phase (thickeners, surfactants, dispersants, other additives, and electrolytes) of fully-formulated paints. A uniformly mixed latex paint that comes off of a mixing vessel, once poured into a container and stored, can undergo many changes such as flocculation, aggregation, sedimentation, and syneresis. Over the past four decades, associative thickeners have enhanced the formulating latitude towards circumventing some of these problems. However, a thorough understanding of these thickeners’ multicomponent interactions and their sensitivities to variables in fully-formulated coatings is still lacking. In this lecture, an overview of the current level of knowledge on the subject matter will be given, as well as an outline of what remains to be done in order to fill the existing knowledge gaps.

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