Erin Vogel, PhD, a researcher with Dow Chemical Co., has won the American Coatings Award for the most outstanding technical presentation at the 2016 American Coatings Conference in Indianapolis. Her technical paper details the development of new alkyd chemistry offerings to help solve the challenge of developing environmentally-friendly alkyd-based paints and coatings that resist corrosion, adhere well and remain glossy. Vogel, who is a research scientist for industrial coatings at Dow Coating Materials accepted the award from the American Coatings Association (ACA) and partner Vincentz Network during the conference’s plenary session.   “It is such an honor to gain industry recognition for our work in advancing the performance and sustainability of paints and coatings,” said Vogel. “Our goal is to close the performance gap between reliable solvent-borne alkyd coatings that can emit hazardous chemicals and environmentally-friendly waterborne versions. Only 10 percent of the overall alkyd coatings market is currently waterborne, so we’re confident that the availability of these new offerings will help encourage a market shift toward using alkyd coatings with improved environmental profiles.”   Dow’s proprietary process mechanically disperses alkyds into water to develop stable waterborne alkyd dispersions. These dispersions can be formulated into ultra-low VOC alkyd coatings that can match or exceed the performance of solvent-borne formulations and display excellent gloss, adhesion and corrosion resistance properties.