Chemistry and Biochemistry Special Seminar: Richard Durand, Ph.D., Sun Chemical Corp., "Managing Chemical Interactions for Material Performance: A Physical Chemistry Journey"

Monday, September 25, 2017
3:00 pm


Floor/Room #: 
OH 107

Hosted by the WPI Student Chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Monday, September 25, 2017
3:00 pm
Olin Hall 107

Managing Chemical Interactions for Material Performance: A Physical Chemistry Journey

Richard Durand
​Director, Material and Characterization Science
Sun Chemical Corp

Over the years, the management of chemical interactions has been the primary focus of much of my research and a key to success in the development of a wide range of commercially viable products.  Chemical and material relationships need to be examined in such a way that they provide direction for creating specific end use properties. In complex matrices, it is often the pursuit along the lines of the “Goldilocks Principle” (“Just right”) which guides the journey to translate physicochemical measures into desired performance outcomes for advancement of new products. This seminar will provide a series of examples in which deciphering these interactions and structure-property relationships have been at the core of getting from “here to there!”


Dr. Durand serves as Director /Materials and Characterization Science for Sun Chemical Corporation. During his 29 years at Sun Chemical, he has held a variety of positions including Senior Scientist, Director/Newspaper Ink R&D, Director/Knowledge Management, Director/Analytical Science.  Rich received a B.S. in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology in 1983.