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Courtney Balliet + Vivek Badarinarayana


Reducing CO2 with Synergistic Expanded Bake Technologies with Electrocoat and Structural Adhesives


PPG is facilitating vehicle electrification and sustainability in manufacturing through the development of innovative materials solutions. In this presentation, we will discuss new structural adhesive and electrocoat technologies with an expanded bake window and a lower temperature cure capability. These technologies enable new BEV design criteria while also reducing energy consumption in the automobile manufacturing process.

Biography – Courtney Balliet

Courtney Balliet is the Senior Group Leader for Adhesives & Sealants Research at PPG’s Coatings Innovation Center. In her role, she is responsible for driving innovation and new product development in the area of Adhesives & Sealants across multiple PPG business units and applications such as structural adhesives and thermal management materials.

Courtney joined PPG in 2012 as a Research Chemist in Industrial Coatings where she worked on a wide variety of technologies including coil coatings, anti-fingerprint coatings for consumer electronics, and conductive inks. In 2017 she assumed the role of Group Leader for Coil Coatings Research & Development, and in 2018 she accepted the role of Manager of Strategy for Science and Technology, working closely with PPG’s CTO on various strategic initiatives. She moved to her current role in Adhesives & Sealants in 2020.

Courtney holds bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.

Biography – Vivek Badarinarayana

Vivek Badarinarayana is currently a Group Leader in Coatings R&D leading new product development in Electrocoat. He has been with PPG for 7 years during which time he has led new product development for their Specialty Coatings and Materials as well as Automotive OEM business. Prior to joining PPG, he was a Senior Scientist for 5 years at Segetis a bio-based startup. He developed processes and scaled-up their bio-based solvents and plasticizer that were successfully commercialized. Vivek’s first industrial role was in SABIC Innovative Plastics, where he developed processes for their High Performance Polymers business. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2006 in Organic Chemistry. In the last 16 years, he has developed multiple products with commercial success and has over 10 international and US patents.