American Coatings Conference 2022 Highlights
Tuesday, April 5
On April 5, the American Coatings Conference began with the Plenary Session. Attendees heard a Keynote address by Chris Killian, Ph.D., senior vice president and CTO at Eastman (above, far left). The presentation, titled “The Role of Innovation in the Coatings Industry When Every Color Must be Green,” discussed how the resilience of our technology innovation and creativity are leading the coatings industry to answer the call to carry our customers to a more sustainable future, from coatings that save energy and reduce material use; coatings that reduce waste through improving the durability and lifetime of assets; coatings that improve the safety and wellness of the consumers they touch; and coatings that will drive the circular economy.
Following the keynote address, the American Coatings Award was presented to Steve Block (above, center), vice president of Business Development at NXTLEVVEL Biochem for his paper titled, “The Use of Levulinates as Coalescing Agents in Water-Based Coatings.”
To see the full conference schedule, go to the Conference 2022 page.
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.
2022 Conference Program Information in Review
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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|12:00-1:30pm||Plenary Session: Welcome Address, Conference Introduction, Keynote Presentation by Eastman, Award Ceremony|
|1:30pm-4:30pm||Session 1: Science Today, Coatings Tomorrow|
|1:30pm-4:30pm||Session 2: Sustainability|
|1:30pm-4:30pm||Session 3: Measuring and Testing|
|1:30pm-4:30pm||Session 4: Automotive Coatings|
|3:00pm-3:30pm||Networking: Coffee Break|
|8:30am-12:30pm||Session 5: Functional Coatings 1|
|Session 6: Architectural Coatings 2|
|Session 7: Epoxy Coatings|
|Session 8: Water-borne Coatings|
|9:30am-11:00am||Networking: Conference Break|
|2:30pm-6:30pm||Networking: Coffee Break|
|Session 9: Functional Coatings 2|
|Session 10: Architectural Coatings 2|
|Session 11: Polyurethane Coatings|
|Session 12: Tools and Systems|
|8:00am-11:30am||Session 13: Biobased Materials|
|8:00am-12:00pm||Session 14: Weathering and Corrosion Testing|
|8:00am-12:00pm||Session 15: Protective Coatings|
|8:00pm-11:30am||Session 4: Automotive Coatings|
|9:30pm-10:30am||Networking: Conference Break|
Pre Conference Tutorials
Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chris Killian Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Eastman
The Role of Innovation in the Coatings Industry When Every Color Must be Green
Like the assets we protect, the brands we enhance, and the beauty we deliver, the coatings industry has remained remarkably strong and resilient through two years of aggressive field testing in a pandemic economic environment. Indeed, resiliency has long been at the heart of the coatings industry, and often one of the most important functions that our solutions and offerings deliver to the world around us. Today, the resiliency of coatings technology has yet another contribution to make, in leading the way toward a more sustainable future. From providing the protection to extend the service life of assets, to adapting formulations toward more sustainable chemistries, to re-engineering application technologies to save resources, our industry is once again demonstrating our resilience to adjust to a world where every color must be green.
Please join Eastman CTO, Dr. Chris Killian, as he discusses how the resilience of our technology innovation and creativity are leading the coatings industry to answer the call to carry our customers to a more sustainable future, from coatings that save energy & reduce material use, coatings that reduce waste through improving the durability and lifetime of assets, coatings that improve the safety and wellness of the consumers they touch, and coatings that will drive the circular economy. For thousands of years, coatings makers have answered the call when customers went in search of color – and that’s no different today, when the color of choice is green.
Dr. Killian joined Eastman in 1996 as a research chemist. During his career at Eastman, he held various positions in technology and business areas. These positions included technology manager, director Polymers Technology, director of the TritanTM Growth Platform, director Coatings and Adhesives Technology, VP for Advanced Materials Technology and VP for Additives and Functional Products, Chemical Intermediates and Corporate Technology, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in organic chemistry from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
American Coatings Award
The prestigious American Coatings Award recognizes the most outstanding technical presentation at the American Coatings Conference. Selected and sponsored by ACA and the Vincentz Network, the award is an attractive sculpture accompanied by a $2,500 cash prize.
The American Coatings Award 2022 was presented, on April 5, to Steve Block, vice president of Business Development at NXTLVVEL Biochem (right), during the Plenary Session on the first day of the conference.
At the end of the first day, a Conference Networking Reception and Poster Session was held for attendees. During the reception, posters were displayed and contributors discussed their research with an engaged group of conference goers.