Zirconium offers many advantages over iron phosphate, zinc phosphate and chromate pretreatments, but has a bit of a reputation problem. Circle-Prosco, Inc. will explore issues with early formulations, common misconceptions and how to best capitalize on the benefits of current and next generation chemistries.

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  • History of legacy pretreatment technology: iron phosphate, zinc phosphate and chromate
  • Zirconium development: early generations had real promise and real problems
  • Common myths and misconceptions
  • Benefits and limitations of state-of-the-art zirconium technology: what it can and can't do
  • Implementation: process requirements and best practices for new and existing lines
Rashid Zakeri
Senior Principal Scientist
Rashid Zakeri is a product specialist in conversion coating pretreatment technology and holds master's degrees in both analytical and materials chemistry. He has been a formulating scientist and technical service representative at Circle-Prosco, Inc. for eight years. He is the lead materials scientist for surface and elemental analysis, as well as the corporate research liaison to Indiana University.
Jeff Blain
Regional Manager
Jeff Blain serves as regional manager for sales and new business development and holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and a master's degree in business administration. He has worked on new business development across Circle-Prosco, Inc. (CPI) product lines with an emphasis on pretreatment chemistry for the past five years. He is also the general manager of CPI's business in China with responsibility for manufacturing and commercial operations.
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