More than 150 chemical and polymer scientists from around the world will take part in this years’ edition of the Waterborne Symposium, sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi at the Astor Crowne Plaza on Canal Street in New Orleans, beginning Feb. 10 and running through Feb. 12.
These scientists and industry leaders will discuss the latest research and technologies geared to industries such as Northrop Grumman, G.E. Aviation, Sherwin-Williams, Dow Chemical and Boeing. One of the hot topics is the latest information on coatings – or paints – which are environmentally friendly.
“This is the lead coating symposium in the world, so named by several scientific journals,” said Dr. Robson Storey, symposium chair and professor of polymer science and engineering in the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.
“There was a time when all paints and varnishes were put on with solvents. However, we now have developed all sorts of paints which use water deliveries and are cleaner and safer for the environment,” he said.
Southern Miss has sponsored the Waterborne Symposium in New Orleans for the past 37 years, bringing industrial leaders from around the world to the Crescent City. Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials are internationally recognized for their work in polymers, including coatings, and composites. Many of these researchers have partnerships with leading industries such as Northrop Grumman, which – according to the U.S. Department of Labor - is the largest private employer in both Mississippi and Louisiana.
While the Waterborne Symposium is a technical meeting, it is also an opportunity for Southern Miss researchers to form new partnerships with industrial sources. Three Southern Miss faculty researchers will make presentations: Dr. Daniel Savin, Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins, and Dr. Kenneth Mauritz. Students will also have an opportunity to connect with potential employers at the event. In fact, nearly two dozen students will make poster presentations at the symposium showcasing their individual research.
For more information, contact Laura M. Fosselman, symposium coordinator at 601.266.4475.
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