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Technical Track

Presenting technical discussions on PSA tape use, the Technical Track is the perfect complement to the Markets and Applications Track and is suitable for all tape professionals, including CEOs, VPs, directors, managers, engineers, sales and marketing professionals, support teams, and more.

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Tuesday, May 3

Welcome Reception and Innovation Poster Sessions – 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Wednesday, May 4

General Session Awards and Keynote Speaker – 8:00 – 9:15 am

Technical Track Sessions 9:30 – Noon / 1:00 – 4:15 pm

General Attendee Lunch – Noon – 1:00 pm

Exhibitor Networking Reception – 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Thursday, May 5

Technical Track Sessions – 8:00 – Noon

Exhibitor Showcase Lunch – Noon – 2:30 pm

Closing Reception – 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Dewey Fansler

Lead Research Specialist in the 3M Co. Safety & industrial Business Laboratory

Presentation Topic: Kinetics and Molecular Weight Distribution of Photoiniferter-Derived Polymers as a Function of Composition and Light Intensity

Dewey Fansler is a Lead Research Specialist in the 3M Co. Safety & Industrial Business Laboratory with over 20 years of experience developing novel polymer chemistry for adhesives, films, and specialty coatings. He graduated with an MS in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2000 and has worked on a variety of technology platforms from living free-radical polymers, sorbents, adhesives, and renewable materials. Dewey is the recipient of 83 granted US patents, three Genesis awards, and four Circle of Technical Excellence & Innovation awards, including the corporate level award.

Kristin Schoene

Technical Service Manager Adhesives at Synthomer Deutschland GmbH

Presentation Topic: Low VOC Water-Based Pressure Sensitive Adhesives for High Performance Automotive Tapes

Dr. Kristin Schoene studied Chemistry (B.Sc.), specializing in Materials and Nanochemistry (M.Sc.) at ‎the University of Hannover. During her PhD in Physical Chemistry (2015 – 2018), she joined numerous ‎conferences to present her research on solar-driven sustainable energy conversion.‎
In 2018, she joined Synthomer as an R&D Graduate with rotating assignments in R&D (EU & USA), ‎Technical Service and Marketing. After the program, she joined the Technical Service Adhesives, ‎working on customer- and innovation-driven technical product developments for Synthomer’s ‎adhesives portfolio.‎

Kyle Rhodes

Release Coating & PSA Market Manager for Elkem Silicones Americas

Presentation Topic: Creating differential release to avoid a sticky situation

Kyle Rhodes is the Release Coating & PSA Market Manager for Elkem Silicones Americas.  He has a Master’s Degree in Chemistry, and has been working with adhesives and pressure-sensitive materials for much of his 27-year career. In previous roles, he has been a technical service chemist for silicone pressure-sensitive adhesives, and a development chemist in release coatings for Avery Dennison.  He has worked for 2 other silicone manufacturers before joining Elkem Silicones in 2018. Kyle is also the President of CELAB North America.  CELAB, or Circular Economy for Labels, is a global consortium of companies that is focused on promoting the recycling of paper and filmic liners, as well as Matrix Waste during converting and slitting operations. 

Ryan Calton

Senior Technical Associate for Kraton Chemical, LLC

Presentation Topic: New polymer choice for UV Curable Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Ryan Calton obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Armstrong Atlantic State University, now Georgia Southern University, in 2010. While in college he was a tour guide in Savannah, Ga and had the opportunity to work as crew member on two movies filmed in Savannah.  After graduation he joined SNF Holding Company making water soluble polyacrylamide polymers. Currently he is in the applications and technical service support at Kraton Chemicals. He has been with the company for 6 years where he has devoted his time to learning and understanding solid tackifiers and how they are used in the breadth of applications in the adhesives industry. He currently supports the Americas for the solid tackifier portfolio at Kraton Chemicals.

Caroline Widdowson

‎Market Development Manager, Markes International Ltd ‎

Presentation Topic: VOC Emissions from Products and Materials: Regulations, Standard Method and Associated Technologies

Caroline Widdowson is Market Development Manager at Markes International Ltd, having started ‎her career at the company as an application specialist focusing on chemical emissions from ‎materials and products. She manages a team of experts focusing on applications related to the sampling and analysis of ‎volatile and semi volatile compounds in Air, water, soil and released from materials. ‎Today, Caroline represents the UK as an active member of ISO – Indoor and In-Vehicle standard ‎committees and Ambient Air Monitoring – and works with British (BSi), American (ASTM), Chinese ‎‎(HJ) and Japanese (JSAE) standard regulatory agencies in this field.‎ She holds a PhD in organic chemistry and earned her MBA while working at Markes.‎

Matt Baker

Product Development Chemist‎ with Franklin Adhesives & Polymers, a division of Franklin International

Presentation Topic: Removable Water-Based Adhesive Technology for Graphics Applications

Matt Baker graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013 with bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical ‎Engineering and Chemistry. Matt has been with Franklin since 2013, working first as an Associate ‎Product Development Chemist, and most recently as a Product Development Chemist in the ‎Polymer/Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Lab with Franklin International’s Adhesives & Polymers division. ‎Matt helps Franklin stay on the forefront of new technologies and chemistries, helping to develop new ‎products that meet customer needs, and innovate and expand the boundaries of current PSAs. He has ‎been instrumental in other projects such as making improvements to our legacy product line, working ‎with production to maintain high quality product, and providing technical support to customers during ‎product development projects.‎

Robert Olsen

Technical Service and Development Specialist at Dow

Presentation Topic: Towards environmentally friendly Silicone Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

‎ ‎Rob Olson is a Technical Service and Development specialist with Dow’s Consumer Solutions ‎business, supporting silicone pressure-sensitive adhesives. In this role, he brings Dow’s ‎technical expertise to support customers in North America. His responsibilities include advising ‎customers on technical performance of products, from formulation to testing and application. ‎In his previous role as a Research Specialist in Dow’s Process R&D function, Rob collaborated ‎with global teams to develop processes for new product development across a range of ‎automotive and electronic applications including thermally conductive materials, gels, ‎encapsulants and optical molding. He led scale-up initiatives for several products, supporting ‎both product transfers and innovation initiatives. Additionally, he gained experience in economic ‎evaluation and modeling for Consumer Solutions innovation projects. ‎

Chris Davis

Head of Sales – Industrial Systems at IST America

Presentation Topic: Utilizing Radiation Curing for Hot Melt Acrylics

A degreed mechanical engineer, Chris joined the industry nearly 30 years ago driving web press and converting line sales until 2015 when he joined IST. In that time Chris has held a number of senior and executive positions and has authored several articles for well-known trade publications. Areas of radiation curing expertise include web printing, converting and industrial applications.

Donovan Lujan

Applications Scientist with Arkema Coating Resins

Presentation Topic: Water Whitening Resistant Pressure Sensitive Adhesive for Clear Label Applications

Donovan Lujan is an Applications Scientist with Arkema Coating Resins. Donovan has close to a decade of experience in developing novel latexes, additives and pressure-sensitive adhesives for the architectural decorative paint and adhesives marketplace. Donovan attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for both undergraduate and graduate studies where he pursued degrees in biochemistry and organic chemistry. Donovan is also an MBA candidate class of 2022 at North Carolina State University concentrating on business analytics.

Eric Silverberg

Field of PSA’s at Henkel

Presentation Topic: Cationic Cure UV Acrylic HMPSA

Dr. Eric Silverberg earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from Northeastern University and his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University.  He has worked at Henkel for the last 23 years in the field of PSA’s with an interest in industrial and transdermal applications.  Eric has been active in trade and industry groups such as the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council and the Adhesive and Sealant Council as a presenter and as a member of the Technical Seminar Committee.  In recent years, he has been active in the Adhesion Society as a Division Chair and on the Executive Committee.  Eric has many granted patents and is a co-author of a chapter on PSA’s in the Handbook of Adhesion Technology, 2nd Ed. (2018).

Michael Batton

Overseas Sales Manager and Process Engineer at Entex Rust & Mischke GmbH

Presentation Topic: Continuous Adhesive Compounding/Mixing using Planetary Extruder

I was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on 14 Dec. 1956. My basic education was accomplished in the USA and Germany where I achieved a master’s degree in Mechanical Sciences in 1983 from Texas A&M. I severed as a Captain in the U.S. Army Special Forces Airborne Rangers from 1976 to 1983. During this time, I was transferred to Bad Tolz, Gemany where I resided until I departed the military in 1983. Directly afterwards I then started working for the Solvay Corporation in Munich, Germany. I held various positions from Research and Development to Production Manager and finally departing as Plant manager in 2002. I am presently working as Overseas sales director and Process Manager for Entex Rust and Mitschke GmbH. My areas of responsibility include not only sales but also process analysis, consulting, project management and service support for customers outside of Europe. My major hobbies are Golfing, Biking, Hunting and Fishing.

Jacob Liu

Corporate Scientist in CRML at 3M center

Presentation Topic: Low Trauma but High Adhesion Silicone Adhesive for Medical Applications

Dr. Jacob Liu is a Corporate Scientist in CRML at 3M center, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of pressure-sensitive adhesives and release materials.  Using his knowledge in material science, Jacob has developed technologies in adhesives, release liners, and LABs for automotive, display, medical, and office supply industries.  Currently, he is focusing on developing silicone adhesives.  Prior to his current position, Jacob has been working in several other areas including curing chemistries, nanotechnologies, acoustic management, and light management. Jacob joined 3M in 1993 after receiving his B.S. and M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Peking University and Ph.D. in Polymer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jen-Chieh Liu

Senior Chemist at Nitto, Inc.

Presentation Topic: Gas Detection Tape

Jen-Chieh (Jay) Liu is an experienced material engineer/scientist and is the Senior Product ‎Development Chemist at Nitto Inc. Prior to joining Nitto, Jay worked on product and process ‎development for clean energy and medical device materials. Jay has experience in establishing ‎polymer selection protocols and material evaluation. In his current role, he works on new adhesive ‎formulation development and process capability development/optimization. Jay has successfully ‎supported ammonia gas detection tape to commercialize in early 2021.‎

Yoan Simon

Presentation Topic: The art of falling apart: Using addressable bonds to create responsive materials

Yoan Simon holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de ‎Montpellier. His first contact with research was in the labs of Prof. Bernard Boutevin where he learned ‎about controlled radical polymerization. He started a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from ‎the University of Massachusetts, Amherst under the guidance of Prof. E. Bryan Coughlin working on ‎hybrid organic/inorganic materials. In 2008, Yoan got an ETH Fellowship to work on two-dimensional ‎polymers under the supervision of Prof. A. Dieter Schlüter at the Swiss Polytechnic Institute of ‎Technology in Zürich. After a year, he took on a position as junior Faculty (maître-assistant) at the ‎Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg, Switzerland where he stayed for six year developing new ‎research avenues in the field of optically and mechanically active polymeric materials. Since January ‎‎2016, Yoan has joined the School of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Southern ‎Mississippi as an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor in 2020.‎ Yoan’s research was recognized at several stages in his career being the recipient of a Leonardo Da ‎Vinci Fellowship, two Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium Grant, an ETH Fellowship. In 2015, Yoan ‎was the Hans and Marlies Zimmer International Scholar at the University of Cincinnati and now holds ‎the Southern Society for Coatings Technology Professorship in Polymer Science at Southern Miss and ‎received an NSF CAREER award in 2020.‎

Joseph Binder

Polymer Synthesis Chemist at Dow Adhesives R&D

Presentation Topic: Designed Polymer Particle Architectures for Waterborne Acrylic Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Joe Binder joined Dow Adhesives R&D in 2015 as a polymer synthesis chemist at Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Dow, he worked at BP in bio-based chemicals and fuels research. He completed a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009.

Michael Krejsa

Technical Service Manager, Pressure Sensitive Adhesives at the Henkel Corporation

Presentation Topic: Rheology as a Quality Control Test for Acrylic PSAs

Dr. Krejsa earned his college degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH in Macromolecular Science with a B.S. in 1988, an M.S. in 1990, and his Doctorate in 1992.     Upon graduation, Dr. Krejsa started with Monsanto Chemical Company as a Senior Analytical Chemist in Springfield, MA focusing on NMR spectroscopy supporting the Adhesives and Coatings businesses of Monsanto.    After moving through positions of increasing responsibility in the Analytical area under subsequent companies (Monsanto, Solutia, UCB, and Cytec), in 2007 he moved to the role of North American Tech Service Manager for Cytec’s PSA business, and in 2009 became Global Tech Service Manager for Cytec PSA.    Upon the purchase of the Cytec PSA business by Henkel in 2012, he relocated to Bridgewater, NJ as the Customer Facing Technical Service Manager for the Henkel US PSA business.   His current role is Senior Principal Applications Engineer responsible for technical service support for PSA customers across all technologies and markets.  

Steve Austin

Senior Application Engineering Specialist in 3M’s Adhesives & Tapes Division

Presentation Topic: An Evaluation of Stiffener Attachment Methods

Steve is a Senior Application Engineering Specialist in 3M’s Industrial Adhesives & Tapes Division.  His current areas of responsibility include technical leadership for the global 3M™ VHB™ Tapes Structural Glazing & Architectural Panel program and project-specific support in the United States.  He also supports pressure-sensitive adhesive tape bonding applications in the Electronics, Automotive, and Aerospace industries.  Steve has been in this role since 2004.  Prior to this, he began his technical career at 3M in 1990 working in various 3M divisions as a Product Development Engineer.  Steve is a published author including publications in the International Journal of Adhesion & Adhesives, the Journal of Architectural Engineering, Metal Construction News Magazine, the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC), and the International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components (DBMC).  He is currently a member of ASTM International, PSTC, and the National Glass Association (NGA). 

Mark Miller

Presentation Topic: Curtain Coating Technology

Mark’s first introduction to the world of slot die coating was in 1996, when he was learning the technology at 3M.  Today, Mark and Tim Marion own and operate Coating Tech Slot Dies, which supplies precision coating equipment.  In addition, CTSD provides education and consultation for improved coating efficiencies and increased coating capability.  Mark is a contributing editor to several industry trade journals and a frequent technical presenter at both domestic and international industry events.  More information can be found at www.slotdies.com.  

Roopram Ramharack

President, Adhesiology Inc

Presentation Topic: Using (Big) data Analyses to drive Operational Excellence in Converting and Coating

Roopram had been the President of Adhesive Applications, Inc and was the Vice President of R&D at tesa and the Vice President of Operations at Adchem (now Berry). He received his PhD in Polymer Chemistry at New York University. Roopram worked at National Starch and at 3M. Roopram is the only two time winner of the PSTC Dahlquist award and is also in PSTC’s Hall of Fame. Roopram has 8 patents and ~20 papers.

Greg Tew

Professor, Departments of Polymer Science and Engineering

Presentation Topic: New Chemistry Generates Novel Networks and Ultra-soft Solids

Gregory N. Tew, Professor in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the ‎University of Massachusetts, Amherst since 2001, received his B.S. in Chemistry from North ‎Carolina State University in 1995 performing undergraduate research with Prof. D. A. Shultz ‎and interning at Burroughs-Wellcome Pharmaceutical. In 2000, he earned his Ph.D. from the ‎University of Illinois-Urbana studying with Prof. Samuel Stupp in Materials Science and ‎Engineering. He spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow in William DeGrado’s laboratory at ‎the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. His current research interests include ‎bioinspired and biomimetic macromolecules, molecular self-organization, molecular design ‎of soft solids, adhesion and fracture of soft materials.‎

‎ Greg received every young investigator award offered by the Federal Government ‎including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) which ‎is the highest honor recognized by Federal Funding Agencies for young faculty and presented ‎by the White House. More recently he was elected as a member of the Defense Science ‎Study Group, founding member of the ACS Polymer Chemistry Division Fellows program, as ‎well as AIMBE and ACS Fellow. He has served as Chair of the Board of the ACS Division of ‎Polymer Chemistry.‎

Ken Olender

Global Business Manager, Mayzo

Presentation: Global Chemical and Other Requirements in Supply Chain Management

An experienced PSA tape sales executive, Ken is currently Global Business Manager for Tapes, Labels, and Adhesives at Mayzo, Inc. He obtained his B.S. in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University and has spent over 22 years of his career working in sales of tapes and adhesive related products. Prior experience includes 16 years in the B2B flexible packaging industry.