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Sirrus Congratulates Mengfei Huang on ECS Pflaumer Honors for Innovation Award

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Loveland, OH – May 15, 2019—Sirrus, Inc., a developer of novel electron-deficient monomers and oligomers, is proud to announce that Mengfei Huang, a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, was awarded a Pflaumer Honors for Innovation award at the Eastern Coatings Show (ECS) for her research on methylene malonate monomer synthesis.

The Pflaumer Honors for Innovation awards recognize the top two technical papers presented at ECS, which this year took place May 14–15 in Atlantic City, NJ.

Huang’s winning paper—“Synthesis of High-Performance UV Curable Crosslinked Coating Films Via Grafting of HEMA Functionalized Methylene Malonates”—proposes a new method for synthesizing next-generation, UV-curable and water-based emulsion polymers and polymer dispersions using methylene malonates as a key component.

Huang is a third-year PhD candidate in UMass Amherst’s Department of Chemical Engineering. She researches functional polymers and novel monomers, including UV-curable and functional latex coatings, inorganic and organic nanoparticle encapsulation and novel emulsion polymers.

Sponsored by Pflaumer Brothers, Inc. of Ewing, NJ, the Pflaumer Honors for Innovation awards promote the development of new, innovative technologies in the coatings industry. Each of the 42 submitted technical papers was screened by members of the ECS technical committee. The two winners—including Huang—were selected based on several criteria, including innovation, professionalism, technology competence and preparation.

Sirrus Inc. develops and supplies unique chemical building blocks for the next generation of high performance coatings, adhesives, sealants and composites. Our patented technology focuses on methylene malonate monomers and oligomeric crosslinkers that can polymerize anionically at ambient temperatures. Sirrus works with development partners in the automotive, electronics, packaging and consumer goods industries to deliver sustainable products that will enhance energy efficiency, safety and performance. Sirrus Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Shokubai, a global chemical company and leading supplier of acrylates, specialty monomers, functional polymers and catalysts. For more information, visit

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