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Wednesday, February 19 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Novel Multifunctional Coalescent for Property Improvement and Lower VOC Levels - Emerald Kalama Chemical

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Emerald Kalama Chemical has developed a new coalescent to address challenges in the industry for improving key properties of coatings while minimizing volatile organic compound (VOC) values of waterborne latex coating formulations.  Environmental regulatory groups continue to lower VOC limits in coatings, and traditional low vapor pressure coalescents can lower VOC while improving gloss values and scrub resistance.  However, block resistance, hardness development, and dirt pickup resistance can be challenging to achieve with these materials in low PVC formulations.  Emerald’s new coalescent increases coalescent efficiency, hardness development, dirt pickup resistance, and blocking resistance even when compared to commonly used high VOC coalescent aids.  With respect to specific binders, improvement in wet edge, open time and scrub resistance values have been observed.  Emerald is continuing to develop new technologies which also contribute to improved properties in deep base formulations as well as flash rust prevention.

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Stephen Foster

Applications Chemist, Emerald Kalama Chemical
BiographyDr. Stephen Foster has been an applications scientist with Emerald Performance Materials since the beginning of 2015. Stephen studied polymer science at the University of Southern Mississippi and attained his doctorate in Polymer Science and Engineering. His work at Emerald... Read More →

Wednesday February 19, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm CST
Rhythms Room I

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