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Epoxy resin and curing agent chemistry is focus of April Virtual Learning Conference.

The FSCT continues its 2006 schedule of Virtual Learning Conferences with an important conference on "Epoxy Resin and Curing Agent Chemistry for the Coatings Industry," to be held on April 27 at 2:00-3:30 pm (ET). Instructors for the course are Dr. Frederick H. Walker and David A. Dubowik, Air Products & Chemicals Inc.

Epoxy Resin and Curing Agent Chemistry for the Coatings Industry

Thursday, April 27, 2006 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (ET)

This course begins with a description of the most commonly used epoxy resins and their properties and reactivity. After a description of the mechanism of reaction of epoxide groups with amines, the chemistry of the various classes of amine curatives is introduced, along with practical information regarding their advantages and drawbacks.

The second part of the course focuses on formulating strategies and issues associated with epoxy coatings. Selection of curing agents and epoxy resins for specific substrates, cure schedules, and service conditions will be discussed along with the benefits and consequences of high solids and waterborne epoxy coatings. Test methods commonly used in characterizing epoxy coatings will also be covered.

Learning Objectives

* The properties of the most common epoxy resins, and why they are suited for applications in which they are utilized

* The basic mechanism of the reaction of epoxide groups with amines, and how that mechanism relates to the proper formulation of epoxy coatings

* The basic chemical structure and performance properties of the main classes of epoxy curing agents

* Curing agent and epoxy resin selection for specific applications

* Formulation design considerations and limitations

* Test methods for effective evaluation of coating performance

Who Should Attend

R & D personnel, technology managers, quality control chemists, and marketing and sales professionals involved in the formulation and distribution of epoxy coatings. In addition, the course is designed for suppliers of raw materials who wish to broaden their understanding of how epoxy coatings work so as to supply products such as pigments and additives that meet the requirements of this segment of the industry.


David Dubowik is a principal applications chemist in the epoxy additives technical service group at Air Products & Chemicals in Allentown, PA. His responsibilities include new product development and applications support for solventborne and waterborne epoxies. He received the B.A. Degree from Northeastern University and has 30 years experience in the manufacture, design, and use of epoxy curing agents. Mr. Dubowik has authored numerous presentations and papers, holds several patents, and is active on several technical committees.

Fritz Walker, research associate for Air Products, received the B.A. Degree in Behavioral Biology from Bloomfield College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Physical-Organic Chemistry from Yale University. He started his industrial career in 1982 with Rohm and Haas, and in 1988 became director of the Michigan Polymer Laboratory for Akzo Coatings. In 1993 Dr. Walker joined Air Products and Chemicals.

He has broad experience in the synthesis and development of novel polymeric materials for use in coatings and related products. Most recently his efforts have been focused on the development of new amine curing agents for high solids and waterborne epoxy coating applications, the study of the process of film formation in waterborne epoxies, the synthesis of acrylic/urethane hybrid dispersions, and the development of new methods for the polymerization of epoxy resins.

A first place winner of the FSCT's Roon Award, Dr. Walker holds numerous patents in diverse areas of coatings technology, authored chapters in two ACS Symposium Series, and lectures regularly. A Past-President of the FSCT, Dr. Walker currently sits on the Board of Directors, the Publications Committee, and the editorial review board for JCT RESEARCH. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and SSPC.


EARLY BIRD FEES: Register by April 21 to receive the discounted rate of: $349 FSCT member; $399 nonmember.

REGULAR FEES: After April 21, the registration fees are: $399 FSCT member; $449 nonmember.

To register online, visit the FSCT website, To register by phone, call 877.894.6876.

For more information, contact Education, FSCT, 492 Norristown Rd., Blue Bell, PA 19422-2350; voice: 610.940.0777; fax: 610.940.0292; email:
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Date:Apr 1, 2006
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