Fall Seminar November 2nd, click for details

NESCT’s Fall 1/2 day seminar will be held November 2nd.  Registration is open!

Location:  11:30AM-5PM at the Embassy Suites, LUNCH INCLUDED!

123 Boston Post Road W,  Marlborough, MA




 David Darling, VP Health, Safety, and Environmental Affairs, American Coatings Association (ACA) 

U.S. Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) VOC Regulations


Keeping track of the constantly evolving Architectural and Industrial Surface Coating VOC regulations in the United States is a daunting task. Forecasting what these regulations might like in the future is even more difficult. However both are important given concerns over compliance and future R&D efforts to lower VOC content in coatings products.  David will provide an overview of Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) VOC regulations at the Federal, State and local level. This presentation also will provide an overview of recent AIM VOC regulatory developments that will most likely result in yet another round of lower AIM, colorant and paint thinner VOC limits in various States and California Air Quality Management Districts.


As Vice President of Health, Safety and Environmental Affairs at the American Coatings Association – during his 20 years at ACA, David has worked on coatings manufacturing environmental compliance issues, industrial surface coating and architectural coating VOC regulations and post-consumer paint issues. David has a MS and BS in environmental engineering from Syracuse University and is a professional environmental engineer.


   Dana Charron, Technical Sales Manager, Interpolymer Corp (a Zschimmer & Schwarz Company)

 A Family of Waterbased Acrylics Based on a Unique Self-Crosslinking Mechanism


A family of waterbased acrylics based on a unique self-crosslinking mechanism will be presented that offer high-performance solutions across a variety of coating applications. These acrylics are characterized by physical testing properties that are much higher than traditional waterbased acrylics.   Application formulas have also been developed for use on multiple substrates including wood, concrete, paper and plastic, offering high performance and versatility within this family of waterbased acrylics.


Dana Charron is the Technical Sales Manager for Interpolymer Corporation based out of the headquarters in Canton, MA.  He has over 25 years of experience in synthesis, formulation, and application of waterbased polymers for the coatings industry.  He also has 10 years of experience in new business development for waterbased polymers.  He has a Masters in Synthesis & Analysis of Polymers from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelors in Chemistry from Salem State University.

Stephanie Bistis, Munzing

 New Developments in Dispersant technology for Water Based Coatings              


Münzing’s new series of polymeric dispersants were developed for universal use in water based coatings to allow for a high pigment concentration with a low dispersant level.  The mechanism of pigment stabilization of the series combines both electrostatic repulsion and steric hindrance.  This is due to the chemical structure of the dispersants which are based on a high molecular weight copolymer with hydrophobic/hydrophilic character, generated by the frequency and type of introduced side chains and functional groups.  Different pigment anchoring groups are attached to provide use for organic, inorganic, and carbon black pigments.  This chemistry also has no negative influence on coatings properties like water resistance, film hardness, and scrub resistance.  Some additional advantages include high color strength development, no foam generation, and broad compatibility with various binder types.


Stefanie Bistis has hands on experience with dispersants while working as an Applications Chemist for the PCA department of Münzing since March 2014. At Münzing her role also encompasses technical service and R&D work in the lab as well as providing technical support to the sales team in the field.

Her background includes a degree in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology along with previous experience in the coatings field.


 Noel Crichton, Director of Business Development, and Mike Christy, Tech Acct Mgr, Resinate Materials Group

Recent Advances in Polyols for Performance Urethane Dispersions


Environmental, health and safety concerns continue to drive rapid growth for environmentally friendly, low VOC coatings. Although bio-based materials have provided feedstock options which are more sustainable than fossil petroleum alternatives, use of recycled content has remained relatively unexplored. With this in mind, Resinate Materials Group has developed novel technology that allows us to create multi-functional polyols- designed for the production of PUDs- using post-consumer and post-industrial content, including recycled PET.  Incorporation of recycled poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) into the polyol structure has proven to provide a nice balance of the properties that will be reviewed.


Director – Business Development Resinate Materials Group