SPE Vinyltec® 2020

Geert Sterkendries

Geert Sterkendries

Chemours

Current and Future TiO2 Technology and PVC Applications

Abstract

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) functionality can be driven by a variety of factors depending on the end-use application. Even when narrowing the scope of potential applications to PVC, one still must consider whether the optics, chemistry, and processing of a grade of TiO2 are aligned with the desired performance of the product being manufactured. This presentation will break down the essential TiO2 performance considerations, connect pigment composition to specific TiO2 performance attributes, and discuss how TiO2 manufacturers are trying to resolve current trade-offs that PVC processors must make when prioritizing performance benefits.

About the Speaker

Geert Sterkendries is an Innovation Consultant with Chemours Titanium Technologies. He has over 30 years of experience as a technical consultant for titanium dioxide (TiO2) in EMEA, serving the plastics market with a focus on Polyolefin masterbatches and PVC applications. He joined DuPont (now Chemours) in 1987 as a R&D technician for automotive coatings. Geert began working for the titanium technologies department in 1992. Geert has a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and is based in Belgium.


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