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Waterborne Symposium Announces Short Course Program

November 25, 2013

The School of Polymers and High-Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced its 2014 Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium short courses.  Full program details including abstracts and speakers bios are now available on its website at

Short courses are held February 24-25, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The school is ompletely non-profit and all of itsvfunds go back to the Polymer Science Department for scholarships and program support.   Today’s students are tomorrow’s future leaders!

Introduction to Coatings Formulation

Dates: February 24 & 25, 2014 (Two Day Course)
Dr.  Shelby F. Thames
Distinguished University Research Professor - Polymer Science
Course Purpose: To provide entry level chemists in the coatings industry an understanding of the principles involved in formulating coatings.

Course Description: Coatings manufacture is challenging in its complexity as the ingredient list could often contain more than ten items. Formulating a good coating requires a good understanding of the manufacturing technique as well as troubleshooting problems. This short course will seek to impart a comprehensive understanding of pigments, resins, solvents, additives, formulations principles, calculations, and manufacturing techniques applicable to the coatings industry.
Who should attend: This short course is a general course covering major paint types presented at a fundamental technical level, and is designed for entry-level chemists to the coatings industry.
Dr. Shelby F. Thames  - The University of Southern Mississippi
*Welcome & Introduction to Coatings
*Most Important Advances in Coatings in the Last Century
*Overview, Closing Remarks and Future Outlook
Dr. James W.  Rawlins - The University of Southern Mississippi
*Structure-Property Relationships in Polymers
Vincent Goldman - BASF Corporation
*Coatings Formulation & Manufacture
Christopher Howard - Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation
TBA - Bayer MaterialScience
*Formulating Polyurethane Coatings
Sharathkumar Mendon - The University of Southern Mississippi
*Coatings Calculations
Derek Crawford - Momentive
*Formulating High Performance Waterborne Epoxy Coatings
Paul Mills - (Wagner) and
Jerry Trostle - (Pneu-mech)
*Coatings Application & Cure
Romesh Kumar - CLARIANT Corporation
Scott Van Remortel - UNIMIN Corporation
*Mineral FIllers for Coatings
Michael Blanton - The University of Southern Mississippi
*Coatings Characterization

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