Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Fundamentals (Short Course)


Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Fundamentals

November 10 and 11, 2016

Presented by:

Professor Tim Long, Dr. Deepak Hariharan, Dr. Don Herr, Dr. Ed Hortelano and Mr. Allan Lakin

Due to high demand, registration is now CLOSED. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you would like to be added to a wait list, please contact Mikki Larner at the email address in the "Contact Information" section below.


Announcing a two-day day short course taught by five experts in the field of Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSAs). This course will cover important PSA basics during the first day followed by selection for applications, PSA processes, component development and recent developments on the second day. All topics are presented in a practical manner designed for those with some technical background or education. Attendees will gain a better understanding of PSA fundamentals as well as practical applications. The combination of five excellent teachers, a convenient location in the Bay Area, an affordable price, and focus on practical applications makes this an exceptional opportunity.

Topics Covered

November 10 - Academic Session on PSA Fundamentals (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM each day)
Prof. Tim Long
• Introduction to Adhesives and Polymer Design Parameters
• Classes of Adhesive Structure and Synthetic Methods (PIB, Acrylate, PU, Siloxanes, Epoxies, Block and Segmented Copolymers) (I and II)
• Introduction to PSAs and Formulation
• Structure Property Relationships: Thermomechanical Performance (I)
• Structure Property Relationships: Rheological and Thermal Analysis (II)
• New Directions in Adhesive Design: Functional Adhesives

November 11 - Industrial Overview and Recent Developments (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM)
Commercial Overview – Applications – Dr. Deepak Hariharan
• Industrial/electronic/aerospace
• Medical/Life Science/Drug Delivery
• Selection Criteria
Recent Adhesive Developments
• Medical Adhesives – Deepak Hariharan
• Skin-to- device adhesives
• General medical device bonding and associated design considerations.
• PSAs for point-of-care diagnostic devices.
• Electrically Conductive PSAs – Dr. Don Herr
• Light Curable PSAs – Don Herr
Release Liners Development – Dr. Ed Hortelano
• Purpose of a release liner
• How to select a release liner
• Interaction of coatings and release liners
• Measurement of release
• Outlook and opportunities for the future
Conversion to Finished Goods using PSAs – Mr. Al Lakin
• Converter’s role in manufacturability of PSA assemblies
• Matching material properties (expansion, shear, moisture, creep)
• Best practices in design for manufacturing and automation
• Industry outlook

Instructor Backgrounds

Dr. Timothy Long ( is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech. He received his B.S. Chemistry from St. Bonaventure University, followed by his Ph.D. Chemistry from Virginia Tech. His group’s continuing research goal is to integrate fundamental research in novel macromolecular structure and polymerization processes with the development of high performance macromolecules for advanced technologies, including drug and gene delivery, sustainable feed stocks, adhesives and elastomers, block copolymers and living polymerization, and biomaterials for health and energy. He spent nearly a decade as a research scientist at Eastman Kodak Co. and Eastman Chemical Co. before returning to Virginia Tech. He has over 45 patents in the field of macromolecular science and engineering, and has recently exceeded 230 peer-reviewed publications. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry since 1999 and currently serves as the Director of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII) at Virginia Tech. He has received many prestigious honors in his field of polymer chemistry. Tim serves currently as the Vice-President of the Adhesion Society for 2016-2018.

Dr. Deepak Hariharan ( is the Business Director for Adhesives Research Inc., a global developer and manufacturer of pressure-sensitive adhesives, tapes, specialty films, coatings, laminates, release liners and drug delivery technologies. Deepak is a graduate of IIT Bombay, Purdue University and the University of Maryland where he received his Bachelor of Science, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and M.B.A. respectively. After graduating from Purdue University in 1993, he joined National Starch & Chemical Company, (now a part of Henkel USA), where he assisted with the development of transdermal drug delivery adhesives. In 1999 he joined Adhesives Research, Inc. as a scientist in the industrial and electronics business. He later went on to manage the R&D group for industrial and electronics adhesives before becoming the business manager for the electronics business in 2008. In April of 2014, he was appointed Business Director for North America and has held the position ever since. He enjoys utilizing his materials and industry knowledge to assist customers in solving a wide range of bonding problems in various fields.

Dr. Don Herr ( is an R&D Group Leader at Adhesives Research, Inc., responsible for R&D and New Product Development in the company’s Electronics, Industrial and Splicing business units. Prior to his current position, he was a senior scientist in the corporate research functions of W.R. Grace and National Starch/Henkel. Don received his B.S. in chemistry with honors from The Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University. He has worked in the area of electronics and industrial adhesives and coatings for 16 years. His research interests include organic and organometallic synthesis, radiation and thermal curing, and filled composites/nanocomposites. Don has authored various peer-reviewed papers and is named as an inventor on 18 issued U.S patents.

Dr. Edwin Hortelano ( the Global Vice President for Research and Development at Loparex. He is responsible for all product development as well as technical service. As the senior R&D executive for the company, he is working to improve the processes and delivery of new products and technologies. Edwin earned a BA in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Wayne State University. After his Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, he joined Covestro (then Mobay and most recently Bayer Material Science) in New Martinsville, WV. In the course of his twenty years with Covestro, Edwin held positions of increasing responsibility in the US, Germany, and China. In October 2010, Edwin joined the Bostik Global Non-Wovens Division in Wauwatosa, WI. In this role, he led product development as well as application technology for the division. He was also responsible for the long-term research activities for the global hot melt pressure sensitive adhesive technology platform. From May 2013 until his departure, Edwin served as the Chief Technical Officer for Bostik, Inc., responsible for all product developments for the industrial businesses served by waterborne, solventborne, as well as reactive chemistries for these applications before joining Loparex in 2015.

Mr. Allan Lakin ( is the Plant Manager at Fralock/Lockwood Industries in Valencia, CA. Mr. Lakin attended MIT, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in polymer engineering. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the law school at Loyola Marymount University. He began his industrial career in 1975 as a materials engineer with Rocketdyne (Canoga Park, CA), where he specialized in the selection of plastics and adhesives for extreme environments. Mr. Lakin moved to Hitco (Gardena, CA) in 1983 as a senior technical specialist in composites and adhesives. Over the next ten years at Hitco he supervised teams of 5 to 30 manufacturing and tooling engineers, served as a program manager, and directed thecompany’s production readiness planning. After leaving Hitco, Mr. Lakin managed a battery development lab and consulted in manufacturing systems before joining Fralock in 2002.

Practical Details

• The location of the course will be Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043, (650) 962-1014

• Additional instructions will be provided to those who register for the event before the deadline of November 1 by November 7.
• Continental breakfast and lunch provided on site each day, as part of course expense (no additional charge).
• Instructors will stay until 6:00 PM to discuss specific issues.
• Hardcopy lecture notes from each day will be provided to all attendees.

Payment Information

Early Registration (on or before October 21) - $495
Late Registration (October 22 to November 1) - $595

• No registration possible after November 1 or when 50-attendee limit is reached
• Advance Registration and payment required. No drop-ins will be allowed.
• No reservation will be considered complete until payment is received.


For attendees who require hotel reservations, numerous hotels are nearby in Mountain View and Palo Alto that are close to Michael's at Shoreline. (Search Google Maps for Hotels near Mountain View) The closest airports in order of distance (closest to farthest) are San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by you: allowed until October 22 - you will receive a refund minus a fixed $50 administrative cancellation fee. You must cancel in writing or e-mail and have a verifiable acknowledgment from us that you have cancelled in time. No cancellations allowed after October 22. Registrants who fail to attend and who did not cancel in time will not receive a refund. If you personally cannot attend, another attendee from your organization may substitute (by arrangement only; contact Mikki Larner, Len Radzilowski, or Lothar Kleiner; see "Contact Information" below).

Cancellations by us: in the unlikely event that not enough registrations are obtained, the class will be cancelled. If this happens, you will be notified by October 25 and you will receive a full refund.

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