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Plenty of Conference Highlights

The conference offers a varied program

The American Coatings Conference 2022 will take place from April 5 – 7. The event will kick off on April 5 with the Plenary Session and the presentation of the prestigious American Coatings Show Award for the most outstanding technical presentation at the American Coatings Conference. The Keynote Address is also part of the Plenary and will be given by Chris Killian, senior vice president and CTO at Eastman. His address is titled “The Role of Innovation in the Coatings Industry When Every Color Must be Green.” After the Plenary Session, the conference sessions will commence covering the following topics: include Science Today, Coatings Tomorrow; Sustainability; Measuring and Testing; and Automotive Coatings. These sessions will be followed by the Networking Reception and Poster Session. Posters are displayed, and contributors will be present to discuss their research.

Day Two and Three

The following two days the conference program continues on April 6 with sessions on the following topics: Functional Coatings; Architectural Coatings; Epoxy Coatings; Waterborne Coatings; Polyurethane Coatings; and Tools and Systems. And on April 7 the conference will conclude with sessions on Bio-based Materials; Weathering and Corrosion Testing; Protective Coatings; and Radiation Curing. The conference will end at noon after the sessions.

Pre-conference Tutorials

Ten Pre-conference tutorials will be held prior to the official conference kick-off, on the morning of April 5, providing an introduction and overview of important topics in the coatings industry. The Pre-conference tutorials address the following subjects: Formulation and Machine Learning in the Coatings Laboratory; Biocide Selection Process for Coatings; Titanium Dioxide; Functional Films; Polyurethanes; Waterborne High-performance Coatings; Anti-corrosive Coatings; Easy-to-Clean Coatings; Rheology; and An Overview of Green Building Standards, LCA, and Aca’s Sustainability Standard for Architectural Coatings.

Keynote on the Role of Innovation

Chris Killian, CTO of Eastman, to give the keynote speech on sustainability

Chris Killian


One recurring highlight of the American Coatings Conference is the keynote address. This year, Eastman’s senior vice president and CTO Chris Killian will gives the address titled “The Role of Innovation in the Coatings Industry When Every Color Must be Green.”

One of the key trends is sustainability, a development that is perceptible in all sectors. This also influences the coatings industry to a large extent, as coatings can contribute a great deal here, from providing the protection to extend the service life of assets, to adapting formulations toward more sustainable chemistries, to re-engineering application technologies to save resources.

Killian will discuss how the resilience of technology innovation and creativity are leading the coatings industry to answer the call to carry the customers to a more sustainable future. Vital innovations here are coatings that save energy and reduce material use, coatings that reduce waste through improving the durability and lifetime of assets, coatings that improve the safety and wellness of the consumers they touch, and coatings that will drive the circular economy.

About the keynote speaker

Killian joined Eastman in 1996 as a research chemist. During his career at Eastman, he held various positions in technology and business areas. He holds a B.S. degree from University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a Ph.D degree in Organic Chemistry from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

What a Difference 10 Years Make

Facts about the American Coatings Conference in 2008 versus 2018

The ACS 2018 drew more than 9,200 attendees, while the 2018 AC Conference attracted more than 900 attendees. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 show and conference were canceled.

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