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Stefan Bon – Stefan A. F. Bon is a full professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick (UK). He is a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), an invited member and 2013-2015 chair of the International Polymer Colloids Group (IPCG), and was elected as the Royal Society of Chemistry Materials Division Outreach Lecturer for the academic year 2015-2016. He did his PhD in Eindhoven University of Technology (1993-1998) under supervision of Prof. Anton L. German. Bon has a strong and longstanding background in free radical polymerization and heterogeneous polymerization methods, such as emulsion polymerization.

His research focuses on supracolloidal chemical engineering. In the BonLab (www.bonlab.info) colloidal systems in which molecular and/or colloidal entities can be assembled into more complex supracolloidal structures are studied. The BonLab is interested in the synthesis of particles and macromolecules with a design tailored to trigger and control motility and assembly, the development of methods to (self)-organise colloidal matter, the understanding of the interactions involved between molecular and colloidal building blocks and macroscopic substrates.

Prof.dr.ir. Stefan A. F. Bon
BonLab, Department of Chemistry,
the University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 7AL, UK.

carsonTerri Carson – Dr. Terri Carson graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her graduate work focused on the use of supercritical carbon dioxide as a reaction medium in synthesizing fluoropolymer block copolymer surfactants and dispersion polymerizations of water soluble monomers. She worked for The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas for six years in the Epoxy and Polyurethane business as a Functional Development Specialist. She joined Alberdingk Boley Inc. in 2006 as the Product Development Manager. Alberdingk Boley is a global manufacturer of waterborne resins, including acrylic emulsions and polyurethane dispersions. Presently, Terri serves as the Director of Technical Service and Quality Control. She also supports Sales applications and product development and manufacturing in all aspects of chemical processing.

Terri Carson
Alberdingk Boley Inc.
6008 West Gate City Blvd.
Greensboro, NC 27407

cunninghamMichael F. Cunningham
Professor within the Department of Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  He received his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Waterloo where he studied chemical engineering with Prof. K.F. O’Driscoll. Prior to his joining Queen’s University, he was with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada for six years. While there he conducted research into the design of composite polymer particles.  This work has led to 25 U.S. patents.  Among his research interests are the areas of polymer reaction engineering, emulsion/miniemulsion polymerization, and living radical polymerization.

Michael F. Cunningham
Professor, Ontario Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Queen’s University
99 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 Canada

Mohamed S. El-Aasser

Mohamed El-Aasser, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University. Served Lehigh over the past 45 years as Vice President for International Affairs, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, Chairman of Chemical Engineering Department, Director of Emulsion Polymers Institute, Director of Center of Polymer Science and Engineering, and   Director of the NSF Polymer Interfaces Center.

Areas of research interest include polymer colloids, emulsion polymerization, latex particle morphology, film formation, surfactants and colloidal stability. Pioneered the field of miniemulsions and related polymer latex systems. Authored more than 400 articles, edited 5 books and holds 9 U.S patents. Advised 65 & co-advised 32 PhD students, 53 Masters and 31 postdocs. Delivered numerous invited lectures at national and international conferences.

Degrees include BS & MS from Alexandria University, Egypt; Ph.D. from McGill University, Canada. Awards include 1984 NASA Inventor of the Year Award , 2002 Tess Award in Coatings ACS – Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE), the 2007 Fellow of the ACS – PMSE, the 1988 Eleanor and Joseph Libsch Research Award, in recognition of outstanding research at Lehigh University, and Lehigh University’s 1999 Hillman Extraordinary Service Award.

Mohamed S. El-Aasser
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Lehigh University
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015

erdemBedri Erdem

Earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry from Karadeniz (Blacksea) Technical University. He has completed his Ph.D. at Lehigh University with a Degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Emulsion Polymers Institute. He worked for Dow Chemical Company for 11 years working in Polyurethanes, Emulsion Polymers and finally in Dow Coating Materials Businesses as Global Technology Leader for Automotive Coatings. He joined Epoxy Specialty Business of Hexion Specialty Chemicals as technology leader in 2010 leading NA R&D team for global new technology development and becamey Global R&D Director of Hexion’s Epoxy Specialties Business for Coatings, Civil Engineering and Fiber Sizing segments. Dr Erdem currently is Vice President of R&D at Rust-Oleum Corporation. Dr. Erdem has about 40 publications in various peer-review journals and prestigious trade and conference articles. He has been invited speaker in key Polymer Colloids conferences. He has over 10 granted patents and about 40 patent applications.

Bedri Erdem
Vice President of R&D
Rust-Oleum Corporation
8105 95th Street Pleasant Prairie WI 53158-2225

lovellPeter A. Lovell

Professor of Polymer Science in the School of Materials at The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He was founding Chairman of the UK Polymer Colloids Forum, which was established in 1993, and was Chairman of Macro Group UK from 2004-2007. His research focuses mainly around aspects of emulsion polymerization and related processes.  Prominent in this research has been synthesis of core-shell and multi-layer particles (for applications in toughening plastics and as soft adhesives) and studies of the chemistry (and extent) of branching and grafting, including grafting to water-soluble polymeric colloid stabilizers. Recent research includes a novel chemistry for room-temperature crosslinking during latex film formation, synthesis of new nitroxides for use in controlled miniemulsion polymerization, development of click chemistry for latex particle functionalization and the lead role in a European collaborative research programme for development of high-performance water-borne pressure-sensitive adhesives.

Peter A. Lovell
Professor of Polymer Science
MSS Building
School of Materials
The University of Manchester
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

luYing-Yuh Lu

Ying-Yuh Lu–Ying-Yuh Lu graduated from Emulsion Polymers Institute at Lehigh University with Ph.D. degree in Polymer Science and Engineering in 1988, and joined 3M the same year. He has been working in waterborne pressure sensitive adhesives, primers and coatings for applications including Scotch® Tapes and Post-it® Notes for 29 years. Ying-Yuh has 49 U.S. patents. He is currently a Corporate Scientist in 3M Stationery and Office Supplies Division and was inducted into 3M Carlton Society, 3M’s Hall of Fame for Scientists, in 2010.

Ying-Yuh Lu
Corporate Scientist
3M Company
3M Center, 250-2W-01
St. Paul, MN 55144

poehleinGary W. Poehlein
Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. Member of the Chemical Engineering Faculty at Lehigh University 1965 – 1978. Organizer of the first Emulsion Polymers Short Course in 1970 and founding Co-Director (with John Vanderhoff) of the Emulsion Polymers Institute at Lehigh University. Industrial experience with the Procter and Gamble Company. Research interests include kinetics of emulsion polymerization and continuous reactor systems.

Gary W. Poehlein
407 South Henry Street
Alexandria VA 22314-5901

schorkJoseph Schork

Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology.  Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin working in the field of emulsion polymerization reactor dynamics. Industrial experience with E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company in the areas of emulsion polymerization and digital process control. Research interests in emulsion polymerization, polymerization reaction engineering, digital control of polymerization reactors, system dynamics and nonlinear control. Consultant to various companies in the area of polymerization reaction engineering.

Joseph Schork
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
311 Ferst Dr
Atlanta GA 30332-0100

silebiCesar A. Silebi

Professor of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University. Ph.D. from Lehigh University. Research interests include particle separation processes, rheological and colloidal properties of latexes, multi-component transport in emulsions, and stability of colloidal systems.



Cesar Silebi
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Lehigh University
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015

taylorJames W. Taylor

James   W. Taylor—received his   Ph.D.   Degree   in   Chemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1982, after which he joined Union Carbide Corporation. From 1992 to 1997   he   worked   at   Eastman   Chemical   Company   as   Research   Scientist   where   he developed   architectural   and   industrial   coatings.   From   1997   to   2008   he   served   as Research Scientist   at   Johnson   Polymer   where   he developed applied   film   formation techniques for the coatings industry. He was appointed Principal Scientist in 2011 and served as the senior research scientist in the Emulsion Research group for BASF   located   in   Wyandotte,   MI.   Dr. Taylor’s   current   interests   include   crosslinking technology, emulsion   design, and film   formation.   He   currently   holds   more   than 40 patents   in   monomer development   and   crosslinking,   emulsion,   and   photoresist technology.

James W. Taylor
429 Brookview Dr.
Gallatin, TN 37066

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