2016 Symposium


The 18th International Coating Science and Technology Symposium

September 18-21, 2016 Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA

The ISCST Symposium provides a forum for scientists and engineers from around the world to present and discuss the latest developments and discoveries in the application and solidification of thin liquid films. The Symposium features contributions from experts in both academia and industry on topics ranging from fundamental processing science to more applied research and development. The Symposium includes a broad range of coating process science and technology, and impacts many industries. The format of the symposium is designed to facilitate learning, exchange of information and networking across industrial sectors and between academia and industry.

The 2016 Symposium will be held in Pittsburgh from September 18th to the 21st and will feature a plenary session on Micro-/Nano-Replication technology for the creation of patterned surfaces for printed electronics, information storage, light management films and more. The technical sessions will include coating and drying/curing fundamentals, microstructure development, coating applications, wetting and more.

The Symposium also features tabletop exhibits from vendors offering products or services of interest for the coating industry, including equipment suppliers, coating services, coating and drying modeling software and instrumentation.


NOTE: You will be redirected to AIMCAL.org for completion of registration.

Poster Session Abstracts

Please use the form below to submit you poster session abstracts for review.


Agenda Is Live!

To view the full agenda navigate to the Symposium section in the menu or CLICK HERE or visit iscst.com/agenda/

Sponsorship Opportunities & Tabletop Exhibit

The Symposium will attract engineers and scientists from many of the world’s leading manufacturers of coated products and academic programs in coating science. It is an ideal opportunity for companies to reach individuals who improve and scale-up new coating processes, new coated products and those who are likely to do so in the future. For more information please contact Danielle Fletcher at AIMCAL,danielle@aimcal.org or 803-948-9470.


For more information regarding Sponsorships, please click here, you will be redirected to the sponsorship page.

Registration Fees

Standard Registration $845
Additional Registrations from same company $795
Student Registration $195
Faculty/Retiree Registration $495
TableTop Exhibitor (includes one registration) $1500
Short Course – Standard Registration $495
Short Course – Student Registration $245

For more information, email Tracey Ingram (tracey@aimcal.org) or call the AIMCAL office at 803-948-9470.

PAYMENT POLICY: All fees must be paid in full prior to the conference to reserve your seat.

CANCELLATION POLICY: To receive a full refund of registration fees, we must receive your cancellation no later than August 24, 2016. Cancellations received after that date will incur a cancellation charge of 50% of the registration fee. Cancellations received after September 1, 2016 are subject to 0% refund. Alternatively, you may transfer your registration to another person until September 6, 2016 without incurring a cancellation charge.


Short Course Description

Coating Substrates and Substrate Interactions

Prior to the symposium, ISCST offers an outstanding continuing education course taught by leading industry experts. You can add this course to your conference registration or register for the short course only.

Standard Registration: $495 | Student Registration: $245

Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, September 7, 8:30am – 4:00pm

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Prof. Terry Blake, Universities of Mons
Prof. Douglas W. Bousfield, University of Maine
Dr. E. J. (Ted) Lightfoot, DuPont

Most heuristic flowcharts for selecting a coating technique begin with characteristics of the substrate This course moves beyond the heuristics to discuss how the properties of the substrate (listed below) impact the selection of coating and drying techniques for a given substrate and the selection of substrates for a given process.

  • Mechanical properties
  • Surface roughness
  • Porosity
  • Surface treatment (including cleaning)
  • Static and dynamic wetting (including electrostatic assist)
  • Composition
  • Solvent interactions
  • Planarity

Who should attend

The course is intended for professionals actively involved in modeling or practicing coating and drying processes (including graduate students). The course materials are intended to be suitable for people with a B.S. degree in physical science or engineering.


  • Web characteristics, paper, plastic, and foils (Doug Bousfield)
  • Paper manufacturing and key properties that influence coating (Doug Bousfield)
  • Substrate effects on the coating process (Doug Bousfield)
  • Static wetting (Terry Blake)
  • Dynamic wetting (Terry Blake)
  • Roughness and electrostatic assisted wetting (Terry Blake)
  • Plastic film manufacturing processes and their characteristics (Ted Lightfoot)
  • Substrate effects in drying (Ted Lightfoot)
  • Web planarity characterization (Ted Lightfoot)

Prof. Terry Blake was educated at Bristol University in the UK in the 1960s. During his PhD on enhanced oil recovery he developed the molecular-kinetic theory (MKT) of dynamic wetting – the first explanation of why the dynamic contact angle is velocity-dependent. Following postdoctoral research at the University of Texas and Imperial College London, he joined the Eastman Kodak laboratory in the UK, leading research on process technology and surface and colloid science. His own studies over more than 30 years have focused on dynamic wetting and high-speed coating methods, especially curtain coating. This work, in collaboration with colleagues in the UK and the USA, led to patents to increase coating speeds through control of solution rheology (which directly impacts dynamic wetting), substrate wettability and roughness. He is the author of some 60 papers on subjects including hydrodynamic and electrostatic assist of coating, wettability-directed pattern coating, the influence of surfactants on wetting and ink-jet printing. He has been a regular speaker at ISCST meetings and other international conferences. Since leaving Kodak, Terry has continued his research into fundamental aspects of dynamic wetting, working with academic colleagues at the Universities of Mons (where he is a visiting professor) and South Australia. He has taught courses on wetting at these institutions and the University of Bristol. He also acts as an independent industrial consultant.
Prof. Douglas W. Bousfield is a Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Maine. Doug has been involved in paper coating and printing research for over 20 years. He is director of the University of Maine Paper Surface Science Program which is an academic-industry cooperation to promote research in the area of paper coating, sizing and printing. The Program has generated over 200 publications and presentations on topics such as particle motion during flow, coating flows, and ink-coating interactions.

Dr. E. J. (Ted) Lightfoot Has spent thirty years in the web coating, film casting and extrusion industries. He has worked in research, development, plant support (in both management and as an engineer), technical service (application development) and as a Six Sigma Black belt. He has worked on photographic film, fluoro-polymer films and coatings, optical coatings and laminated products. His background includes work in mixing, coating, drying, laminating, film orientation, melt extrusion and solvent extrusion. Currently, he is a Principal Investigator in DuPont’s Photovoltaic FluoroMaterials business.

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Hotel and Transportation

At the Omni William Penn Hotel history defines elegance in this classic, downtown Pittsburgh hotel. Since opening the doors in 1916, Omni William Penn Hotel has played a starring role in the city of Pittsburgh, hosting movie stars, politicians, heads of state and leaders of business and industry.

Make hotel reservations directly with the hotel by using the Reservation Link specifically created for the ISCST group.

Room Rates

Deluxe and Double Bedded Deluxe Rooms: $159
Reservation Cutoff Date: Friday, August 26th, 2016

Check in/Check out

Check in: 3:00pm
Check out: 12:00pm

Hotel Information

Omni William Penn
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tel: 412-281-7100

Shipping Guidelines

  • Packages should arrive at the hotel no more than three days prior to the guest or group’s arrival.  Please arrange for delivery no earlier than September 15.
  • Please advise Zebulon Grace by email zgrace@omnihotels.com in advance of goods being delivered, together with the time and date they are due to arrive.
  • Special arrangements must be made for receiving any equipment, goods, displays, or other materials which will be sent, delivered, or brought into the hotel.  Failure to do so may result in deliveries being refused or materials being unavailable when required.
  • The Hotel’s receiving entrance is open from 9:00am – 2:00pm Monday through Saturday.
  • All inbound shipments by have a complete return address
  • The hotel is unable to accept boxes 100 lbs or over, and a professional drayage company must be contacted.
  • The Hotel does not accept liability for equipment, goods, displays or other materials which arrive or fail to arrive at the Hotel.
  • The shipper is responsible for insuring its property for loss or damage.


Hotel Shipping Address

All materials must be marked as follows:

Hold For:

AIMCAL ISCST, On-Site Contact:

Omni William Penn

530 William Penn Place

Pittsburgh, PA  15219


Please mark on all boxes:

Catering/Convention Services Manager’s Name: Zebulon Grace

Number of Boxes – Example:  Box 1 of 1, Box 1 of 2, etc.

Pricing Information

Handling charges are $7.00 per package.

Boxes over 50/lb’s are charged at $7.00 per 50 pounds based on the weight listed on the shippers handling labels.

The hotel personnel will not unload or load any vehicle.  All palates must be broken down to fit into the freight elevator.

A credit card authorization form will have to be completed and sent to the William Penn prior to packages arriving. Download the form here and send by SECURE FAX to Accounts Receivable 412-553-5078.



Self-parking is offered in the Mellon Square parking garage located across from the hotel ($19/night Monday through Friday; $5/night on Saturday and Sunday). There are no in/out privileges for this lot. Valet parking is available to overnight guests ($34 per night) and includes in/out privileges.


Pittsburgh International Airport (19 miles from hotel)
Code: PIT
Estimated taxi fare from airport-$40 one way

Rental Car and Taxi Information from the Pittsburgh International Airport:

For more information, visit www.iscst.org


Contact Info:
AIMCAL Symposium Chair Symposium Co-Chair
Danielle Fletcher Dr. Brent Bell Prof. Pirouz Kavehpour
803-948-9470 W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
danielle@aimcal.org brbell@wlgore.com pirouz@seas.ucla.edu



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