Analytical Investigation of Micro-contaminate Causes of Paint Crater Defects

Analytical Investigation of Micro-contaminate Causes of Paint Crater Defects

Axalta Coating Systems is a leading global coatings company dedicated solely to the development, manufacture and sale of liquid and powder coatings.

Quality is essential to everything we do because it means that customers return, confident that our brands will deliver consistent performance. At Axalta, quality begins at home. Our 35 liquid and powder coating manufacturing plants meet the ISO 9001quality management systems certification and the ISO/TS 16949certification established by the International Automotive Task Force for suppliers to automotive OEMs. Even tiny amounts of micro-contaminants can disrupt the perfection of a completed coating.     The objective of this project is to understand the nature of the micro-contaminants, the mechanisms in how they disrupt completed coatings and to work toward improved “up stream” detection methods in the raw material supply chain.

The students who join this team will complete full analytic study of samples from our historical library of detected faults.  They will characterize the nature and cause of the defects utilizing such techniques as polarized optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Raman microscopy, infrared microscopy, and atomic force microscopy – infrared spectroscopy (AFM-IR). The methods will allow an assessment of defect structure and content.  If defect regions are large enough, the material could also be analyzed by mass spectrometry techniques.

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Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2018:

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Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 5-7 Students
  • Likely Majors BIOCHEM, ChE, CHEM, PHYSICS
  • Course Substitutions Honors, Chem 399, ChE Elec
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity See Complete Description for Details
  • Analytical Chemistry – molecular functionality (3 students)

    Good analytical chemistry skills with a focus at the molecular level, particularly in the area of spectroscopy and microscopy. Excellent laboratory skills.

    • Chem, Biochem, Chemical Engineering, Physics
  • Physical Chemical modeling – systems level (1 or 2 students)

    Good physical chemistry skills focused at a systems level. Experimental Design. Separation techniques.

    • Chemical Engineering, Chem, Biochem
  • Manufacturing Process Develop (1 student)

    Experience in chemical manufacturing process design.

    • Chemical Engineering

Sponsor Mentor: David Fischer
Axalta Vice President of Market Strategy and Growth
Sponsor Mentor: Joseph Campbell
Axalta Plant Manager
Faculty Mentor: John Wolfe
John Wolfe received his BA in Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he conducted undergraduate research in the labs of Professor Gary A. Molander. John Wolfe completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the guidance of Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. John Wolfe’s thesis research was focused on metal-catalyzed C-N, C-O, and C-C bond-forming reactions of aryl halides, and involved the development of new reactions and novel catalysts. Following the completion of his Ph.D. in 1999, John Wolfe moved to the University of California, Irvine, where he conducted research as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Professor Larry E. Overman. His postdoctoral research involved the development of new methods of synthesis of polycyclic guanidine derivatives and bicyclic ketones. Professor Wolfe joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in July, 2002. His current research is directed towards the development of new metal-catalyzed reactions for the synthesis of interesting, biologically active compounds.