Novel Reactive Epoxy Diluent combines increased functionality with a reduced hazard profile

A new, Bio-Based Epoxy-Functional Diluent has been shown to improve overall coatings toughness (abrasion resistance, impact resistance, and flexibility in coatings while reducing overall health and safety concerns (including acute dermatitis) when compared to more traditional epoxy diluents. The technology is also extremely low in viscosity, non-yellowing, no/low odor, and very cost efficient.


Bill Leightner has been associated with the Paints and Coatings markets for more than 30 years. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and has held several technical roles as a Chemist, Lab Manager, and Director for companies specializing in high performance maintenance coatings and wood finishes with Steelcote Manufacturing, Porter Paint, International Paint (Akzo), and General Finishes. He has also served on industry-sponsored technical committees, and held commercial positions as Vice-President of Sales, Business Manger, and Sales manger for serveral companies including CL McGuire Co., Essential Polymers, General Finishes and Archer Daniels Midland.

Bill came to ADM in 2011 as Technical Sales Manager. His primary role is to spearhead sales of ADM’s Bio-Based raw material technology marketed for the paints and coatings industry.

Bill has several published articles related to coatings innovations and technological advances. He is a past president of both the Louisville Society and the Wisconsin Paint & Coatings Association, and has served on national committees related to the advancement of corrosion protection for the coatings industry.