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Industry/Academic Collaboration Advances Low-Energy Radiation Curing

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Contributed by Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Professor for Outreach, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

The Central New York Section of the American Chemical Society, partnered with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), and RadTech International North America to host renowned chemist and lecturer, Dr. Stephen Cantor.  Dr. Cantor presented and led discussion April 9th on “UV Curing Technology:  A Route to Solvent-Free Adhesives and Coatings”.  Participants from throughout central New York gathered on the SUNY-ESF campus as Dr. Cantor’s presentation was simulcast as a live webinar with participants nationally and internationally. This webinar was part of an ongoing series, the Future of UV/EB Advanced Manufacturing: Trends, Strategies, and Applications.


Photo (L-R):  Dan Montoney, Chief Technology Officer, Rapid Cure Technologies; Dr. Neal M. Abrams, Past chair, CNY Section of ACS, Department of Chemistry, SUNY-ESF; Dr. Stephen Cantor; Dr. Jeff Schneider, Chair, CNY Section of ACS, Department of Chemistry, SUNY Oswego.

Dr. Cantor’s presentation and experience are emblematic of an industry-academic collaboration launched recently by SUNY-ESF and RadTech to support and advance the growing field of low-energy radiation curing. Stephen Cantor, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and was a Post-doc at Arizona State University, holds numerous patents resulting from a distinguished career researching and developing high temperature fibers and coatings. Dr. Cantor worked at the U.S. Rubber Research Center, American Cyanamid Medical Products Division, Pfaltz & Bauer, and Dymax Corp, where he continues as a consultant.

This recent lecture/webinar, the Future of UV/EB webinar series, and a three-course suite of online courses designed and taught collaboratively by industry experts and university faculty comprise the Radiation Curing Program.

The Radiation Curing Program recently announced the launch of a new short-course, “Principles of Energy Curing Technologies”, that fills a gap by serving key roles and aspects of the energy/radiation curing arena. These include, for example, people working in sales, customer service, marketing and business management,  R&D, and regulatory agencies.  Principles of Energy Curing Technologies is offered as a cost-effective and convenient online course to accommodate workplace and other demands. Participants will have four weeks to complete 10-15 total hours of self-paced instruction, and have opportunity to interact with course instructors. Taught by a team of industry experts with considerable experience in the field, active participation provides participants with a broad overview of energy curing science, materials, equipment, and processes.

Professionals, upper-level undergraduates, and graduate students may learn more about Summer 2014 Principles of Energy Curing Technologies and other Radiation Curing Program short course opportunities at or contact Kate Wall, Program Manager 315.470.4871 (direct)  l  315.470.6817 (main)  l

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