Meet The Speakers
Pigment Interactions in Coatings and Colorants – Physical Chemical Principles
Jadel Baptista is currently the Technical Director at DCC LANSCO. He holds a Bachelor degree in Chemistry at PUCCAMP-Brazil and has completed graduate level coursework in Polymer Chemical Engineering.
Jadel has 28 years of experience leading global, cross-functional technical teams towards development of new technologies from discovery to its introduction in the market. Jadel has worked specifically in research & development of polymers, paints and colorants, and technical service for coatings and pigments. His experience has been equally balanced in the areas of polymeric materials, industrial/architectural coatings, colorants, and pigments.
His contribution to the coatings industry is evidenced by multiple publications on technical journals, presentations and one granted patent in the US and Europe. Jadel has also held a position as titular professor for nearly six years at Padre Anchieta University’s Associate Degree Program in Chemistry, teaching organic/inorganic chemistries, and coatings technology.
Compliant Coatings Technology I: High-Solids and Water-borne
Paul R. Baukema has been in the coatings industry for over three decades. For most of his career, he developed new polymers for paints and coatings while working for INMONT, Akzo Nobel Coatings, and Engineered Polymer Solutions. He has also formulated many types of coatings and worked on new and patented crosslinking technologies. Currently, he is the Global Product stewardship Manager for Engineered Polymer Solutions.
Dan Bloden is on a mission to create the next wave of innovative powder coatings and continue to provide solutions to end users. As Product Manager-Technical at TIGER Drylac, he is leading projects in the R&D lab and gaining automotive approvals with OEMs. Dan graduated with a BS in Chemistry from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois (Chicago). He has optimized alkaline cleaning systems for John Deere, Honda and Caterpillar. In his free time, Dan roots for the Chicago Cubs, attempts to play golf and spends family time with his wife and two children.
Dr. Tony Gichuhi is the Global R&D Leader for ICL Phosphate Solutions Division, Advanced Additives business unit. Tony manages all aspects of technology for this business unit, with an emphasis on innovation, new product development and key project management. He resides in the United States where he leads a team of 13 research scientists in three R&D centers – Hammond, Indiana, Saint Louis, Missouri and Ladenburg, Germany. His experience in the paints and coatings industry spans nearly 20 years. His multiple publications include technical papers in Coatings journals, several patents in the area of coatings for metal and plastics and the development of several additives for paints & coatings (corrosion inhibitors, adhesion promoters, rust converters, flash rust inhibitors, defoamers, dispersants, wood sealers and tannin stain blocking additives).
ANN GIOVANNITTI- JENSEN
Statistical Experiences from Industry: Product Development, Process Improvement, Business Analysis
Ann Giovannitti-Jensen leads the statistics team for the Lubrizol Advanced Materials (LZAM) R&D units and works closely with LZAM to develop and launch products and processes. In addition, she provides statistical training to scientists and engineers and works with customers in joint efforts to resolve problems and improve use of materials in their processes.
Prior to joining BF Goodrich in 1989, she was an Assistant Professor of Statistics at VA TECH. Ann received a Ph.D. in Statistics from VA TECH, an MS in Statistics from University of Rochester and a BA in Applied Mathematics from The George Washington University. She is a member of ASQ, the American Society for Quality, and the Cleveland Chapter of the American Statistical Association.
Dr. Michael Kacner is a member of the VOC compliance team for Sherwin Williams. He has worked twelve years in the paint industry and a total of thirty-seven years in the chemical industry. He is responsible for ensuring that consumer and industrial products comply with environmental, health and safety regulations around the globe. Mike works with US and Canadian federal government agencies as well as with state and provincial agencies in the development of new and amended VOC regulations and stewardship programs for recycling paint.
Mike Kacner is an active member of the American Coatings Association and the Illinois Paint Council.
Mike is a native of the Midwest, a graduate of Lake Forest (MBA, 1995), the University of Michigan (Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, 1982) and University of Wisconsin (BS Chemistry & Mathematics, 1976).
Properties & Formulations
Steve Hallberg has been an active paint formulations chemist for 35 years. His background includes Alkyd / solvent borne chemistries, as well as water borne chemistries. 1984 marked his entry into the coatings industry when ACE Hardware hired him at the newly commissioned paint plant in Matteson, IL. There Steve learned the ins and outs of paint formulation while attending night school at Kankakee Community College and Governors State University to attain a BS in Chemistry in 1999. In 2000 he left the paint side of the business to join McWhorter Technologies (to become Eastman) as a Technical Service Rep. This role gave him exposure to customer interactions that tied in closely with sales and R&D developments. In 2003 the paint side lured him back in a formulator role for Valspar Corp. In the 13 years at Valspar his role grew from a Chemist II to Group Leader / Scientist. In 2016 Steve joined EPS Engineered Polymer Solutions) located in Marengo IL. as a Technical Service Representative to support business activities. He is co-inventor on a patent submission for a High Block, Tack and Scrub Resistant Coating Composition.
Keith M. Moody is a consultant in the chemical and coatings industry. Keith’s focus is designing and delivering training on polymers, solvents, inks and coating formulations. Keith retired at the end of 2017 after working 30 years at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport TN.
Keith received his BS in Chemistry from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1976 and his MS in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1987. He has worked in the coatings industry since 1978. He has taught classes at the University of Louisville in Coating Science and is the author of both patents and technical articles on waterborne coatings. Keith has worked in resin production, polymer development, and emulsion research with BASF, Reliance Universal and Celanese before coming to Eastman in 1988. At Eastman Chemical Company, he retired as Senior Technical Service Associate in the Coatings Technical Service Lab. At Eastman, he also worked in technical service for fibers, polymer additives and plasticizers. He worked in a variety of research, development and sales positions at Eastman. He has held leadership positions as Vice President R+D Americas for Lawter International and R+D Technical Manager-Coatings Resins for McWhorter Technologies when both were subsidiaries of Eastman Chemical Company.
For the last several years, he has been the lead technical service representative for solvents. He has presented seminars on solvent technology to research groups at Akzo, Sherwin-Williams, BASF, PPG and many other coating manufacturers and chemical distributors.
Introduction to the Basics of UV & EB Curing
Dr. Mike J. Idacavage received his B.S. (Chemistry) from Drexel University in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1979 (Organometallic Chemistry). Mike’s work in the area of radiation curing started at Eastman Chemicals with the establishment of a photopolymer lab in 1985. Mike continued to work in the energy curable area since that time. In 2003, Mike received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievements to the Radiation Curing Industry from RadTech North America. Mike has served as President of RadTech North America for the 2009 to 2010 term. Currently, Mike is serving as an advisor and consultant to RadTech and several companies in the UV and EB curable market. Mike is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY teaching courses in UV and EB curing technology.
Coating Defects & Formulation Troubleshooting
Jim Reader graduated from the University of Warwick (UK) in 1988 with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He joined Air Products and Chemicals in 1988 in Manchester (UK) as a Research Chemist and later an Application Development Chemist for the Epoxy Additives business. He joined the Specialty Additives business in 1996 and has worked in Europe and Asia before becoming a Lead Chemist in Allentown in 2008. Dr. Jim Reader joined Evonik Corporation as a Lead Chemist in January 2017. He has extensive experience in the both the development and application of surfactants and defoamers in many different applications including paints, coatings, graphic arts, adhesives, concrete admixtures and the production of latex gloves. He is an inventor on 1 patent and has written over 20 technical papers.