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Emulsion Polymers Consulting and Education

The first of EPCEd's missions is to assist industry with expert consulting services related to the preparation and characterization of synthetic latices produced in the lab or in the plant.
The second mission is to provide intensive short courses and workshops, STEP n , to industries at their lab/plant sites for individual companies or at common locations for professionals from different companies.

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Professor Donald Sundberg, Founder and President, has been working in the field of emulsion polymers for over 50 years. He worked on latex based impact modifiers for ABS resins with the Monsanto Company for 5 years, scaling processes to the 10,000 gallon reactor size. He has extensive research experience in emulsion polymerization and is widely recognized for his work on structured latex particles. This has resulted in more than 100 peer reviewed publications and many conference papers. He spent a sabbatical year at the Institute for Surface Chemistry in Stockholm and was Chair of the 1997 Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Colloids. He is the 2016 Mattiello Memorial Lecture awardee from the American Coatings Association. His research interests are in polymerization kinetics in dispersed phase systems, interfacial science and polymer morphology control, diffusion in polymers, and coatings. He is an Emeritus Professor of Materials Science at the University of New Hampshire and is the founder of Emulsion Polymers Consulting and Education, LLC. Click here to review complete resume.

Professor Michael Cunningham, Partner, has worked in dispersed phase polymerizations, including suspension, emulsion, miniemulsion and dispersion polymerizations for over 35 years. He spent six years working on dispersed phase polymerizations in the Xerox Corporate Research Group, acquiring extensive experience in process scaleup and technology transfer to manufacturing. At Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, he is a full professor of chemical engineering and has an active research program in polymer colloids and emulsion polymerization, and is internationally recognized for his work in the area of living radical polymerization. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and holds 26 U.S. patents. In 2018 he joined Emulsion Polymers Consulting and Education, LLC as Partner and continues as an active consultant and to teach a number of our emulsion polymer based workshops. Click here to review complete resume.

Joan Sundberg worked for many years as a real estate appraiser and was a Selectman (elected position) for the Town of Madbury, New Hampshire for 15 years. Beginning in 2011 she joined Emulsion Polymers Consulting and Education, LLC as Vice President for Operations. In that capacity she takes care of the practical arrangements for all workshops, including advertising, registration, site locations and group banquets. She is usually the first contact for people interested in our workshops and maintains contact with participants from registrations to workshop completion to ensure that everyone has current information. She is the “go to” person for any questions about our workshops other than those pertaining to the technical course content.

Donald Sundberg
Michael F. Cunningham