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Arkema Inc. recently announced that the American Coatings Association (ACA) has named Dr. Wenjun Wu, Research Fellow at Arkema Coating Resins and global Waterborne Technology and Innovation Leader, as the recipient of the 2021 Mattiello Memorial Lecture Award. Wu will present her award-winning lecture at the 2021 CoatingsTech Conference, to be held Tuesday, June 29 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh (Pa.).

“Dr. Wu continues to lead both Arkema and the coatings industry in terms of innovation and product development,” Richard Jenkins, Senior Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee at Arkema, explained. “Her efforts help our customers worldwide tackle some of the greatest challenges of our industry. There is no one more deserving of this award.”

Wu is a proven leader in the industry who has developed numerous technology platforms and successfully commercialized more than 20 new binders and rheology modifiers for applications in architectural coatings, personal care and aircraft anti-icing fluids. A certified Six Sigma Black Belt, she has also held positions such as research leader and intellectual capital manager with leading global companies. Wu received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Peking University, and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Henkel Corporation from 1995 to 1996.

Wu is the recipient of many other industry honors, including the Best Paper Award at the 2019 European Coatings Show, with coauthor Dr. Christopher Miller of Arkema, the Siltech Best Paper for Innovation Award at the 46th Waterborne Symposium, the American Coatings Show Best Paper Award, the European Coatings Show Best Paper Award, a Roon Foundation Award, and Society of Cosmetic Chemist Award. In addition, Wu has received 41 internal awards including two-time Arkema CEO Performance Awards and two technology center awards from The Dow Chemical Company. She is a recognized expert on emulsion polymerization, colloid and surface science and latex polymer characterization, as well as design of experiment (DOE) and statistical analysis.

Arkema offers a wide range of leading products, technologies and brands used across almost every coating application worldwide, including waterborne and solvent-borne resins, powder, UV curable products, additives, rheology modifiers and acrylic monomers, among others. The company offers formulators access to the industry’s top polymer chemists and resources.

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Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into 3 complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials -Adhesive solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions- accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, inter alia, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of around €8 billion ($9 billion USD) in 2020, and operates in some 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.