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Low VOC Low Odor SMC Formulations

JONATHAN M. MCKAY, PH.D
RESEARCH SCIENTIST, COMPOSITES, ASHLAND

ABSTRACT

There are increasing demands for automobile composite parts with low residual volatile organic compounds (VOCs), low or no styrene, and low odor. Each of these three demands are achievable but the terms are not interchangeable. For example, a product can be formulated with no styrene, yet still have an odor. As well, a product can be formulated with an appreciable amount of styrene and have a very low detectable odor. This paper will present the methods used to develop sheet molding compound (SMC) formulas for low odor applications, low residual VOC applications, and low or no styrene applications. 

ABOUT

Jonathan was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 2002, conducting research with Professor SonBinh Nguyen in the area of organometallic catalysis. His chemical education continued under Professor Steven Zimmerman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and covered several topics, including the synthesis and application of dendrimer-modified fluorophores. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2007, he began his industrial career for Hercules, Inc., developing technologies for use in the pulp and paper industry. Since 2013 he has worked for Ashland Performance Materials, developing and formulating resins for use in the marine and transportation industries. Applications he has worked on include weatherable SMC, corrosion, hot-melt prepreg, and profiled room- temperature cure resin systems.

 PRESENTATION:   Low VOC Low Odor SMC

Jonathan M. McKay, Ph.D. / Research Scientist, Composites, Ashland