March 2022 Kentucky Lake Section Meeting
The Art and Science of Powder Coatings
OR the Business of Watching Paint Dry
Fred Allen, Ph.D.
Technical Director, Estron Chemical
Thursday, March 10th
at Estron Chemical
807 North Main Street,
Calvert City, KY.
Dinner @ 6:00 pm
Presentation @ 7:00 pm
Space is limited.Please contact an officer to reserve a spot!
Dinner Catered by Artisan Kitchen of Paducah:
Artisan Meatloaf and Herb Roasted Chicken
with Country Style Green Beans, Creamed Corn and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Biography: Dr. Allen’s professional career has involved using his strategic planning, technical background, and rapid application development expertise to lead scientific organizations and technology companies to profitability and international prominence. He has 30+ years of experience working at the nanometer scale as a scientist with a business perspective. Motivated by an early passion to study mineral structures and crystal growth, Dr. Allen obtained his B.S. degree in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Stony Brook University in 1979 graduating with highest honors. He went on to Harvard University as a National Science Foundation Fellow to study mineralogy and crystallography and obtained M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Geological Sciences in 1981 and 1985, respectively. He then worked at the National Center for Electron Microscopy at Arizona State University for two years. In 1987, Dr. Allen joined Engelhard Corporation (now BASF) in New Jersey. Over the next 18 years, he conducted research, commercialized products, and managed the Technology Assessment group. His materials characterization and methods development expertise focused on relating material properties to product performance. He led Engelhard’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery materials program and their nanotechnology growth initiative that involved pursuing internal R&D leads and external business opportunities in this emerging space. In 2005, Dr. Allen founded his own technology assessment and business development consultancy, RADii Solutions, LLC. Starting in 2013, he accepted the role of Global Technology Director of Powder Coatings for Axalta Coating Systems, LLC (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) and in 2016 joined Estron Chemical in Calvert City, KY, as Technical Director focused on the design and development of acrylic polymers for diverse applications including: powders coatings, liquid paints, adhesives, graphic arts, and cosmetics. Dr. Allen has over 50 publications and presentations and 17 patents.