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May 8-10, 2018                                                                                              
Livonia, MI
Instructor: Vijay Mannari, Ph.D.


Resins and polymers are the most important components of paints and coatings. Final properties and applications of coatings are mainly dictated by the type of resin, their chemistry, crosslinking, beside other factors. With availability of different coating technologies today– water-based, powder coatings, high-solids, UV-cure – the chemistry formulation and applications of resins used becomes more complex. This course is designed to provide fundamental understanding of major resin types, how are they prepared and how resins are designed for specific end-use applications. As such, the course will cover all major resin types used in solvent-based, water-borne, high-solids, and UV-cure coatings and their cross-linking technologies will be discussed.

Who should attend?

This course is useful for those personnel involved in resin /coating/ ink/ adhesive product development, formulators, technical service personnel, coatings / resin specifiers, technical sales and customer support staff, research and development chemists and all others who seek knowledge in this specific area.

What you will learn

  • Develop overall understanding of resins and polymers and their currently used technologies.
  • Learn how resins are designed (formulated) and prepared, and how one resin type is different from another. (e.g. water-borne vs high-solid resins)
  • Learn what those numbers means in resin Technical Data Sheets (TDS).
  • Gain valuable understanding of cross-linking techniques and how they are leveraged for property development in coatings.  
  • Learn how resins are designed for low VOC and green and sustainable coatings, and their future trends. 

Course outline:

Day one:

  • Overview of global paint and coatings market and technology trends.
  • Global coating market and trends
  • The basic role of paint ingredients.
  • Resins – trends, emergence of new technologies, sustainability
  • Resins for Coatings, inks, adhesives
  • Fundamentals of polymer chemistry
  • Polymerization reactions
  • Requirements of resins for coatings
  • Technology of resins
  • Solvent-based, Water-borne, high-solids, power coatings, UV-cure systems
  • Acrylic Resins technology
  • Chemistry, raw materials, resin technologies, and applications
  • Formulations of Water-borne and HS acrylics and their coatings.
  • Understanding commercial product data-sheets for acrylics 

Day two:

  • Polyurethanes Resins and technology
  • Chemistry, raw materials, resin technologies, and applications of PU
  • Design principles, and calculations for resin formulations
  • PU coating types and their resin systems
  • Stoichiometric calculations for resins, pre-polymers and 2K-PU coatings
  • Understanding commercial product data-sheets for PU raw materials
  • Epoxy resin and technology
  • Chemistry, raw materials, technologies, and applications of epoxy resins
  • Epoxy coating types and their resin systems
  • Stoichiometric calculations for resins, and 2K-epoxy systems
  • Understanding commercial product data-sheets for Epoxy resins

Day three:

  •       Polyesters and Alkyds
  •       Chemistry, technologies, and applications of Polyesters and Alkyd resins
  •       Design principles and calculations for formulation
  •       Understanding commercial product data-sheets for Epoxy resins
  •       Understanding coating formulations based on Alkyds and polyesters
  •       Cross-linking technologies
  •       Water-borne, HS and solvent-based systems
  •       Technical and environmental benefits
  •       Comparison
  •       Polymer synthesis: Discussions on detailed lab and commercial                         processes.
  •       Polyester resins
  •       Aqueous dispersion of PU (PUDs)
  •       2K-PU coating formulations from commercial raw materials
  •       Discussion, Q & A

Daily Program Schedule

Class times are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.  

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

The fee for the 3-day course is $1,250 which covers a course-book, lunch each day and all class supplies. Lodging and other meals are not included. A certificate of participation is presented to each registrant.

For more information, call Beth Stoner at Eastern Michigan University, 734.487.8285 or .


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In the event you are unable to participate, substitutions are welcome at any time – just let us know. Please notify us IN WRITING of cancellations and transfers five (5) business days prior to the start date of the seminar in order to avoid a processing fee of $150. Please email cancellations to If you do not attend the seminar and do not cancel or transfer prior to the start date, the seminar fee is non-refundable.

Please note that it is our policy to hold all seminars. However, EMU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any seminar, if necessary, and to substitute presenters. We will gladly issue seminar fee refunds if cancellation is necessary, but we cannot be responsible for any airfare penalties or other travel expenses that may be incurred due to these changes.