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Ronald J. Lewarchik brings 40 years of paint and coatings industry expertise to his role as a paint and coatings industry expert at Prospector. Ron is currently the President and CEO of Chemical Dynamics, LLC, a full-service paint and coatings firm specializing in consulting and product development. Previously, Ron served as an Adjunct Research Professor at the Coatings Research Institute of Eastern Michigan University and was the Vice President of Industrial Research and Technology, as well as the Global Director of Coil Coating Technology for BASF.
Acrylic Resin Fundamentals Ronald J. Lewarchik Coatings utilizing acrylic resins are the leading polymer technology in the coatings industry and are utilized in architectural coatings, product finishes for original equipment manufacture including automotive (OEM) and refinish, as well as special-purpo...展开 Coatings utilizing acrylic resins are the leading polymer technology in the coatings industry and are utilized in architectural coatings, product finishes for original equipment manufacture including automotive (OEM) and refinish, as well as special-purpose coatings. In this article from coatings expert Ron Lewarchik discusses the fundamentals of acrylic resin. 收起
Basics of Alkyd Resin Technology Ronald J. Lewarchik Alkyds are prepared from the condensation reaction between polyols, dibasic acids and fatty acids. In this article from coatings expert Ron Lewarchik, he discusses how alkyds still play a significant role in the coatings industry, due to their versatility...展开 Alkyds are prepared from the condensation reaction between polyols, dibasic acids and fatty acids. In this article from coatings expert Ron Lewarchik, he discusses how alkyds still play a significant role in the coatings industry, due to their versatility, and because they employ a significant amount of renewable material. 收起
Beat the Heat with Solar Reflective Coatings Ronald J. Lewarchik In this article, paint and coatings industry expert, Ronald Lewarchik, discusses how to beat the heat using solar reflective coatings. He explains the factors that determine an objects temperature including solar reflectivity, emissivity, convection and ...展开 In this article, paint and coatings industry expert, Ronald Lewarchik, discusses how to beat the heat using solar reflective coatings. He explains the factors that determine an objects temperature including solar reflectivity, emissivity, convection and conduction. He also discusses how solar reflective paint technology can save on cooling cost and benefit the environment by lowering levels of smog and ozone. 收起
Bio-based Resins for Coatings Ronald J. Lewarchik In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of bio-based resin building blocks in the synthesis of polymers for use in coatings. Bio-based products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials ...展开 In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of bio-based resin building blocks in the synthesis of polymers for use in coatings. Bio-based products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products. In this article, expert author Ronald Lewarchik discusses the various categories of bio-based resins for coatings. 收起
Certified Green Claims Increase Value & Brand Recognition in Coatings Ronald J. Lewarchik A new study from UL Environment reveals that legitimate third-party, certified green claims contribute to the attractiveness of coatings products and command a higher price due to enhanced brand perception. Find out how to avoid misleading claims, and get...展开 A new study from UL Environment reveals that legitimate third-party, certified green claims contribute to the attractiveness of coatings products and command a higher price due to enhanced brand perception. Find out how to avoid misleading claims, and get insight into consumer and business viewpoints in this article from expert formulator Ronald Lewarchik. 收起
Coil Coating Explained Ronald J. Lewarchik Paint and Coatings industry expert, Ronald Lewarchik, discusses the many different varieties and uses of coil coating. Some topics include typical coil coating line, coil coating options and benefits, and coil coated substrate.
Considerations for Developing Wood Coatings Ronald J. Lewarchik In this intriguing article, expert author Ronald Lewarchik discusses the development of wood coatings. He touches on moisture content, expansion and contraction, age, geometry and type of wood, resin types and curing chemistry.
Dispersing and Wetting Hydrophobic Pigments and Fillers in Water Based Paints to avoid Pigment Flooding and Floating Ronald J. Lewarchik A critical part of any coatings formulation is ensuring the coating will be free of inherent defects, including pigment flooding and floating. And waterborne formulations represent unique challenges due to multiple factors. In this article, coatings exper...展开 A critical part of any coatings formulation is ensuring the coating will be free of inherent defects, including pigment flooding and floating. And waterborne formulations represent unique challenges due to multiple factors. In this article, coatings expert Ron Lewarchik defines some of the important considerations in formulating waterborne paints to avoid these common defects. 收起
Effect of Pigment Volume Concentration on Coatings Properties – Part II Ronald J. Lewarchik This article by expert author Ron Lewarchik continues the discussion about the effect of pigment volume concentration on coatings properties. He explains critical pigment volume concentration (CPVC), oil absorption, and changes in properties including phy...展开 This article by expert author Ron Lewarchik continues the discussion about the effect of pigment volume concentration on coatings properties. He explains critical pigment volume concentration (CPVC), oil absorption, and changes in properties including physical (adhesion, tensile strength/elongation and paint density), durability (resistance to moisture, rust, moisture penetration), and appearance (hiding, gloss, tint strength). 收起
Flow, Leveling & Viscosity Control in Water Born Coatings Ronald J. Lewarchik In this expert article by Ron Lewarchik, he covers flow leveling and viscosity in water born coatings. Topics covered include resin effects, temperature and humidity; wetting; flow control as well as suppliers for surfactants and associative thickener flo...展开 In this expert article by Ron Lewarchik, he covers flow leveling and viscosity in water born coatings. Topics covered include resin effects, temperature and humidity; wetting; flow control as well as suppliers for surfactants and associative thickener flow control agents. 收起
Fundamentals of Corrosion Protection Ronald J. Lewarchik Corrosion is a an electrochemical process where the metal is oxidized by virtue of interaction with its environment, which results in the metal returning to its most stable oxidative state. In this article, Ronald Lewarchik discusses the factors that infl...展开 Corrosion is a an electrochemical process where the metal is oxidized by virtue of interaction with its environment, which results in the metal returning to its most stable oxidative state. In this article, Ronald Lewarchik discusses the factors that influence corrosion, especially in regard to the use of coatings designed to protect the metal to which they’re applied. Some topics include organic coatings, pigment selection and the effect of pH on the rate of corrosion. 收起
Fundamentals of Waterborne Resin Technology Ronald J. Lewarchik Waterborne coatings are the largest type of coating technology used on a global basis and are expected to continue to grow as a percent of the total coatings market. By 2022, the global market size of waterborne coatings is expected to be over $146 billio...展开 Waterborne coatings are the largest type of coating technology used on a global basis and are expected to continue to grow as a percent of the total coatings market. By 2022, the global market size of waterborne coatings is expected to be over $146 billion USD. Read this article by expert author, Ronald Lewarchik, to gain insight into the driving forces, advantages and disadvantages of waterborne coatings. 收起
Green Resin Technology - The Other Approach Ronald J. Lewarchik In April 2015, Prospector published an article on green resin technology using bio-based resin building blocks in the synthesis of polymers for coatings. Another highly desirable approach to green technology is the incorporation of resins utilizing buildi...展开 In April 2015, Prospector published an article on green resin technology using bio-based resin building blocks in the synthesis of polymers for coatings. Another highly desirable approach to green technology is the incorporation of resins utilizing building blocks derived from recyclable materials. Read this article by Ronald Lewarchik to learn about polyurethane, Glycolysis and recyclable material. 收起
Hydrophobic Coatings Ronald J. Lewarchik Coatings that offer a hydrophobic or superhydrophobic surface can impart multiple advantages to the coating surface and substrate they are applied to. In this article, Ronald Lewarchik talks about contact angle for hydrophobic coating surface and a hydrop...展开 Coatings that offer a hydrophobic or superhydrophobic surface can impart multiple advantages to the coating surface and substrate they are applied to. In this article, Ronald Lewarchik talks about contact angle for hydrophobic coating surface and a hydrophillic coating surface, contact angle and superhydrophobicity, surface tension of paint, lotus leaf effect and surface energy of materials. 收起
Improving Performance in Ambient Cured Latex Paints Ronald J. Lewarchik Expert paint and coatings formulator Ronald Lewarchik discusses the causes of poorer performance in ambient cured water-born coatings and provides formulation guidance in this article. Topics covered include the use of commercially available latex polymer...展开 Expert paint and coatings formulator Ronald Lewarchik discusses the causes of poorer performance in ambient cured water-born coatings and provides formulation guidance in this article. Topics covered include the use of commercially available latex polymers and cross-linkers, performance properties of thermoplastic emulsions vs crosslinked emulsions, types of crosslinkable latex compositions and more. 收起
Inert Pigments - The Unseen Contributor to Improving Paint Performance Ronald J. Lewarchik Paint and coatings industry expert, Ronald Lewarchik, discusses the various benefits of inert pigments and how they improve paint performance. Includes details of critical characteristics of inert pigments such as mineralogy, physical characterization, ...展开 Paint and coatings industry expert, Ronald Lewarchik, discusses the various benefits of inert pigments and how they improve paint performance. Includes details of critical characteristics of inert pigments such as mineralogy, physical characterization, and particle metrics. 收起
Nano Particles – When Smaller is Better Ronald J. Lewarchik Nanoparticles are normally defined as those particles that have a dimension of between 1 and 100 nm. The use of Nanoparticles in coatings has provided a means to further improve performance such as scratch resistance, hardness and more. Learn about the be...展开 Nanoparticles are normally defined as those particles that have a dimension of between 1 and 100 nm. The use of Nanoparticles in coatings has provided a means to further improve performance such as scratch resistance, hardness and more. Learn about the benefits of nanoparticles in this article by expert author Ronald Lewarchik. 收起
Reactive Silanes for Enhancement of Coating Performance Ronald J. Lewarchik Reactive silanes can be used for multiple applications to enhance the performance of coatings, including improving adhesion to inorganic substrates, providing cross linking, improving pigment dispersion, improving hydrophobicity and scavenging moisture. L...展开 Reactive silanes can be used for multiple applications to enhance the performance of coatings, including improving adhesion to inorganic substrates, providing cross linking, improving pigment dispersion, improving hydrophobicity and scavenging moisture. Learn more about trialkoxy silanes in this article by industry expert Ron Lewarchik. 收起
Resin Fundamentals and Their Effect on Coatings Performance – Part I Ronald J. Lewarchik In part one of his series on resin fundamentals, coatings expert Ron Lewarchik provides an important foundation for understanding resins. Some topics he covers are film formation (thermoset and thermoplastic), resin characterization (glass transition temp...展开 In part one of his series on resin fundamentals, coatings expert Ron Lewarchik provides an important foundation for understanding resins. Some topics he covers are film formation (thermoset and thermoplastic), resin characterization (glass transition temperature, molecular weight and molecular weight distribution), DMA analysis, DSC analysis, and mechanical properties. 收起
Skip the Squeegee - Coating May Make Car Washing a Thing of the Past Ronald J. Lewarchik Expert author in the paint and coatings industry, Ron Lewarchik, discusses a new technology that allows cars to never to be sprayed, scrubbed or polished. The coating is called Ultra-Ever-Dry and is used on Nissan's Leaf electric vehicles in Europe. Some ...展开 Expert author in the paint and coatings industry, Ron Lewarchik, discusses a new technology that allows cars to never to be sprayed, scrubbed or polished. The coating is called Ultra-Ever-Dry and is used on Nissan's Leaf electric vehicles in Europe. Some points he touches on include nano-technology, hydrophobic and oleophobic paints and oil resistance. 收起
Thinking Electrocoat for Automotive? Use This Ecoat Primer Ronald J. Lewarchik Electrocoat is used worldwide in the automotive industry, among others to coat a wide swath of products. With a properly chosen and applied electrocoat, a corrosion resistant, near 100% application efficient, uniform, defect-free film can be achieved. Lea...展开 Electrocoat is used worldwide in the automotive industry, among others to coat a wide swath of products. With a properly chosen and applied electrocoat, a corrosion resistant, near 100% application efficient, uniform, defect-free film can be achieved. Learn more about this coatings process in this article from industry expert Ron Lewarchik. 收起
Understanding Corrosion Inhibitive Pigments Ronald J. Lewarchik Ron Lewarchik discusses the different aspects of corrosion inhibitive pigments in the paints and coatings industry. Some of the main topics include; the corrosion of steel, electrochemistry to steel corrosion, oxides, cathodic inhibition, the EMF series, ...展开 Ron Lewarchik discusses the different aspects of corrosion inhibitive pigments in the paints and coatings industry. Some of the main topics include; the corrosion of steel, electrochemistry to steel corrosion, oxides, cathodic inhibition, the EMF series, solubility, environmental factors that influence the rate of corrosion, metal types, pigments, pH and suppliers of corrosion inhibitive pigments. 收起
Using Effect Pigments for Limitless Coatings Design Possibilities Ronald J. Lewarchik Effect pigments provide an infinite array of colors and include the illusion of flickering lights, metallic reflection, interference sparkle and color variation and luster that changes with the viewing angle and light source. In this article from coatings...展开 Effect pigments provide an infinite array of colors and include the illusion of flickering lights, metallic reflection, interference sparkle and color variation and luster that changes with the viewing angle and light source. In this article from coatings expert Ron Lewarchik, he discusses using effect pigments for limitless design possibilities. 收起
Using Sustainable Materials Increases Profitability for Coatings Companies Ronald J. Lewarchik “The Sustainable Edge,” a new report from UL Environment, details findings that companies with active sustainability strategies are able to reduce operating costs and drive profitability and new market opportunities. In this commentary, coatings industry ...展开 “The Sustainable Edge,” a new report from UL Environment, details findings that companies with active sustainability strategies are able to reduce operating costs and drive profitability and new market opportunities. In this commentary, coatings industry expert Ronald Lewarchik discusses the use of sustainable materials in paint formulations and what it means to have a dedication to developing and producing environmentally responsible products. 收起