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Dr Jia Tang, The Dow Chemical Company

Novel Acrylic Epoxy Hybrid Technology for Metal Protection Applications

Two component water-borne epoxy systems have been used for many years to provide protection over various substrates including metal and concrete. However, current water-borne epoxy coatings are generally slow drying with poor UV stability. Herein, an acrylic epoxy hybrid system based on Designed Hybridization technology will be introduced which allows fast drying, long pot-life, and improved UV stability with lower cost compared to traditional water-borne epoxy coatings. This type of acrylic epoxy hybrid system can be cured with various types of curatives to provide the balanced performance required by multiple application areas, including metal protection, concrete floor protection, commercial walls etc. In this paper, the design of this acrylic epoxy hybrid system, application results and performance benefits in various applications will be discussed.

Dr Jia Tang is currently the Research Scientist in Industrial and Functional Coatings R&D, Dow Coating Materials, The Dow Chemical Company. She is based at the Dow Shanghai Centre, and has been focusing on the development of water-borne coatings for industrial coating applications including metal protection and wood coating. Prior to joining Dow, Jia received her Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from University of Pennsylvania, and her master and bachelor degree from Fudan University, Shanghai, China.