October Technical Dinner Meeting
Monday, October 10, 2022
In-Person: Brooks Kitchen & Tap in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Virtual: via webex
5pm check in
Dinner To Follow
Time: 5:30pm CST
Novel High Performance OMU without Aromatic Moieties for Wood Flooring Applications
by Jeff Janos of Polynt
The demand for non-hazardous, low VOC products, while maintaining required performance, continues to be a driver in wood flooring applications. Throughout the years, the market has seen a significant shift from traditional high VOC, solvent-borne oil modified urethanes (OMU) towards lower VOC, waterborne counterparts and will continue to grow through the foreseeable future. The current waterborne wood flooring market is comprised of aromatic and aliphatic OMU technologies that, respectively, offer select property requirements. However, drawbacks of aromatic urethanes are a lack of flexibility and tendency to discolor when exposed to sunlight. In contrast, aliphatic OMUs offer improved color retention when exposed to sunlight, but do not offer the same hardness as an aromatic system. This paper demonstrates the recent breakthrough in the development of a novel, NMP-free aliphatic OMU approach that achieves comparable hardness development to aromatic OMUs but maintains the flexibility of an aliphatic system for wood flooring applications.
Jeff attended Indiana University at Bloomington where he obtained his Master of Science degree in Inorganic Chemistry and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.
Jeff joined Polynt Composites in November 2019. He has over 38 years of coatings experience at various companies including Rust-Oleum, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Ameron, BASF and Stepan. He has expertise in formulating urethane, epoxy, polysiloxane, alkyd and water-based acrylic coatings for the general industrial, architectural & flooring markets.
At Polynt, Jeff is a senior technical service representative and uses his expertise for customer formulation development and testing. He also interfaces with research and development to assist in the design of new resins for architectural and industrial applications.
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