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2019 ASC Innovation Awards


About the Awards Program

The ASC Innovation Awards Program is designed to recognize innovation in adhesive and sealant product developments. These awards identify significant impact chemistries that contribute to downstream industries unmet needs and advancements in technology. The award is intended to foster and encourage innovation across the Adhesive & Sealant Industry and academia. Raw material suppliers, manufacturers of adhesives and or sealants, and academics can submit for the award as well as collectively.

There is ONE Award Category for 2019:

  • The 2019 Innovation Award
  • ASC will also recognize the first and second runner ups


The Winner and Runners Up of the Award Will:

  • Be awarded at a special ceremony at the ASC Annual Spring Convention
  • Display a poster detailing the technology at the Welcome Reception and during the Award Ceremony
  • The Innovation Award Winner will receive the beautiful crystal award recognizing the achievement
  • Speak at the convention in sessions dedicated to the top three innovations
  • Runners Up will also receive awards to recognize their innovations
  • Be featured in an outbound ASC press release and on the ASC website Innovation Awards page
  • Be promoted on social media to the industry


How Does a New Product/Technology Win?

Raw material suppliers, manufacturers of adhesives and/or sealants, and academics can submit for the award. The award can also be submitted collectively between raw material supplier and manufacturer, raw material supplier and academia, or manufacturer and academia. One combined entry shall be submitted for that scenario.

The Recipient of the award will demonstrate the value proposition of the novel chemistry and added value in a field application or improvement in design and chemical process.


To be eligible for an award, a nominated technology must meet the scope of the ASC Innovation Awards Program by meeting each of these five criteria:

  1. It must be a development with a significant chemistry component
  2. It must have a significant milestone in its development within the past five years
  3. The innovation must be described in detail in the submittal package
  4. The innovation will have a clearly communicated end user value proposition and supporting evidence of market insight and potential impact
  5. How the innovation was validated



The deadline for submissions for the 2019 Innovation Award was January 31, 2019.

IMPORTANT: Submissions not complying with sections A-E of the Nomination Package will NOT be accepted by ASC. We REQUIRE sections A-E to be completed for your submission to be judged.

Meet the Judges

Dr. Greg Schueneman, US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory

Dr. Greg Schueneman is a Supervisory Materials Research Engineer and Project Leader of the Forest Biopolymer Science & Engineering group at the US Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. His research is focused on the conversion of forest based nanomaterials for use in traditionally petroleum based materials applications such as adhesives, coatings, sealants, and composites. Prior to joining the Forest Products Laboratory he had over 10 years of industrial experience.

Robert A. Wanat, PhD - President, Innov8 Chem, LLC

With nine personal patents plus over twenty-five additional patents granted to his group and thirty years of experience in the chemical industry, Dr Wanat has led research and development initiatives around the world. He served as global director of research and as CTO for large, international chemical companies, specializing in plastics, polymers, and materials. He also has experience in scale-up, manufacturing, and marketing. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Adhesives and Sealants Council. Dr Wanat is an expert in research leadership and management, new business development, business and commercialization strategy, litigation research, and innovations in chemistry. After graduating in three years Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Scranton, Dr. Wanat earned his PhD in Organic/Organometallic Chemistry from Cornell University with the Tunis Wentink (graduate student of the year) award and received the distinguished Rohm and Haas Fellowship. Dr Wanat also has a certificate in technology management from the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Christopher C. White, Research Chemist - Polymeric Materials Group, Materials and Structural Systems Division (MSSD), Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Dr. White joined NIST in 1997 as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate. In his present position as a research chemist, Dr. White is involved in a number of projects related to developing metrology for service life prediction of organic materials. He is leading a team of dedicated researchers who are investigating the role of acceleration on the degradation of elastomeric materials, such as building sealants. Dr. White is an expert in understanding how the complicated mix of rheology, thermal transport, and moisture diffusion affects the adhesive and cohesive failure. This state-of-the-art research will result in significant progress in assessing and predicting the durability of these materials. Additionally, he is also working on the fundamentals of adhesion loss related to changes in relative humidity. He is also working for the Department of Homeland Security on a project exploring explosive force mitigation within the mass transit system. Prior to joining NIST, Dr. White was honored by receiving a University of Connecticut/Institute of Materials Science Post-doctoral fellowship. He worked on the specific interactions between extender and matrix and the affects on the rheology of recycled plastic materials. Dr. White was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1994. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland in 2007.

Dr. White has received many awards, such as the prestigious E.I. Dupont Rheology Award in 1994. Dr. White has published numerous peer reviewed papers and conference proceedings, and has served as a reviewer for numerous journals. These include the Journal of Rheology, Journal of Polymer Science, Part B Polymer Physics, Journal of Engineering Materials Science and Technology, and the Journal of Polymer Science and Engineering. Dr. White has been asked to sit on review panels for the National Science Foundation, the Society of Plastics Engineers, and NSF/NIST/Surf Program. Also, he has served as an elected officer in several professional societies. He has been the Technical Program Chair for several national conferences related to rheology.

2018 Winners

ASC held its Innovation awards at the Annual Spring Conference in Miami April 23-25, 20018.


The 2018 Innovation awards had two categories: small business, and the primary award.


Bostik - The primary award was presented to Darius Deak, Global R & D Director-Nonwovens at Bostik. The Development from Bostik was entitled "Brilliance" which is an olefin elastic high-performance attachment adhesive. For more information on Brilliance, click HERE.

Michigan State University, in partnership with POET, took home the small business award for the development titled; "Lignin Based Adhesive for Engineering Wood Products." The lead developer and accepting the award for MSU was Mojgan Nejad. To learn more about this development, review a short video presentation HERE.

Runners Up: 1st Runner Up went to Dow Automotive with a development called Betaseal Glass Bonding adhesive and the 2nd runner up went to Sunstar Engineering Americas for automated application of a one component UV Curable Formed-In-Place Foam Sealant.

2017 Winners

ASC held its first ever Innovation awards at the Annual Spring Conference in Atlanta April 3-5, 20017.


The Innovation awards had two categories: small business, and the primary award.


Organik Kimya - The primary award was presented to Simone Kaslowski, CEO of Organik Kimya, who is based in Istanbul, Turkey. The lead developer for the technology is Filiz Ozturk, Business Unit Manager for industrial adhesives. The Development from Organik Kimya was entitled "A Novel Process and Packaging Technology For Hot Melt Pressure Sensitive Adhesives." To learn more about this development please review a short video presentation HERE.

Resinate Materials Group took home the small business award for the development titled; "Creating a Circular Economy by converting PET scrap to Polyester Polyols for Adhesives Synthesis." The lead developer and accepting the award was Shakti Mukerjee, Director of Product & Process Development and Mike Christy, Staff Chemist. To learn more about this development please review a short video presentation HERE.

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