Michael Clingerman has over 30 years’ experience in a range of polymer, coatings, adhesives and sealants arenas. Mike earned his PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at The Ohio State University and went to DuPont to begin his career. In eight years at DuPont, he developed formulations and designed polymers for low VOC automotive topcoats, participating in all stages of commercial development and scale-up. Mike’s next professional stop was 15 years at Ashland where he invented/developed new adhesives and sealants for construction; rapid cure urethanes for composite parts; and binders for foundry applications. From Ashland, Mike worked for 8 years at Battelle Memorial Institute, where projects included the invention of a polymer, largely bio-based, for low temperature powder coatings (a 2008 R&D 100 award winner); security coatings; and a recently patented* “smart” UV cured adhesive/sealant for packaging. It was this last radiation-cure project and observations from years of commercializing a wide range of products that lead to development of this course.
For the last two years, Mike has pursued an independent strategy; winning grants for energy-related sealant work, helping companies sort out their technical needs as a ’part-time’ senior scientist, and teaching/presenting on technical topics related to organic or hybrid organic-inorganic adhesives, sealants, and coatings.