It is with pride and pleasure that the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) seeks nominations for the 2017 Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings. This major award, which recognizes outstanding individual achievements and note-worthy contributions to coatings science, technology and engineering, confirms PMSE’s long-standing and continuing support and dedication to excellence in the science, technology and engineering of coatings. The Tess Award consists of $3,000 and an engraved plaque and is presented at the Fall ACS Meeting in conjunction with a symposium and an evening reception in honor of the recipient and other award winners during the ACS meeting. In 2016, the thirtieth Tess Award is scheduled to be presented to Dr. Mark Soucek (University of Akron) in Philadelphia, PA. The Tess Award Committee is chaired by Dr. Theodore Provder, and distinguished members of the Nominating Committee are:
Dr. Deep Bhattacharya – Eastman chemical company
Dr. Mark Nichols – Ford Motor Company
Dr. Clifford Schoff – Schoff Associates
Dr. Li-Piin Sung – National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dr. Richard Vaia – Wright-Patterson AFB
Nominations are welcome from all sectors of industry, government and academia. A form is available from the Chair listing the preferred contents and format for a nomination. Please forward all 2017 nominations by September 1, 2016 to the Chair at Polymers and Coatings Consultants, 5645A Emerald Ridge Parkway, Solon, Ohio 44139,
440-914-0611 or 440-610-4809 (cell) email@example.com. Each nomination will be considered viable during the four award years following its receipt, but must be renewed for consideration beyond that time.
Dr. Mark Soucek of the University of Akron, Department of Polymer Engineering will receive the Roy W
Dr. Soucek began his academic career 1993 at North Dakota State University at Fargo, ND. He was Assistant and Associate Professor at NDSU. He joined the University of Akron, Department of Polymer Engineering, as Associate Professor in 2001 and is now Professor. He has 15 issued U.S. patents and pending patent applications and has over 150 per peer reviewed publications and of which 15 are chapters in books, and 34 additional publications in proceedings and preprints. His research is well funded by government grants and industry contracts with a wide range of industrial companies.
Dr. Soucek’s research interests are quite wide and varied and include the following:
Latexes, Powder Coatings, UV-Curable Powder Coatings, Kinetic and Reaction Mechanism Studies of Cycloaliphatic Epoxides, Latexes Crosslinked with Cycloaliphatic Epoxides, Protective Space Coatings, High Solids and Water-Reducible Alkyds, UV-Curable Coatings, Inorganic/Organic Hybrid Coatings, Coatings from Renewable Resources. Auto-oxidative Curing Mechanism of Drying Oils, Plasma deposition of High Performance Coatings, Corrosion Resistant Polyurethane Coating,, Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis. Prof. Soucek is a recognized leader in drying oil technologies especially with bio-based feedstocks (25 publications) and has been a leader in the renaissance of alkyd technology (15 publications) where he organized and edited a special issue of Progress in Organic coatings devoted to the subject. His most significant contribution to coatings science and technology is his work on environmentally benign coatings based on non-petroleum feedstocks (over 70 publications). This contribution has involved extensive work with industry to develop green technologies.
He is also one of the leading authorities in reactive diluent technology where VOCs are replaced with bio-based liquids which dissolve the polymeric binder and also participate in film formation by reactive crosslinking reactions (15 publications). Most recently Prof. Soucek has worked on isocyanate free technology using cyclic carbonates and acrylic cross-linkable, cycloaliphatic epoxides as replacements for bisphenol A in food- contactable coatings. Dr. Soucek has a long collaboration with the Air Force to replace chromium primers and coatings on steel and aluminum substrates for corrosion protection utilizing inorganic/organic hybrid coatings.
Dr. Soucek’s contributions have been well recognized by the coatings community with two Roon awards and a Gordon award (best paper) in 2000 as well as two Gordon Award finalists and 2 honorable mentions for the Gordon Award (2004, 2005). In 2004 he was awarded the Innovation Award by Radtech for his work in UV-curable coatings. Dr. Soucek also has received a JPCL Editor’s award for self-stratified coatings from the SSPC in 2014 He has served the coatings community through service on the technical Committee of FSCT and presented many short courses at ICE-FSCT. He served three years as technical chair for the Cleveland Coatings Society (CCS) and has served as President, vice-President and Treasurer of CCS.
Dr. Soucek will receive the Tess Award from Dr. Qinghuang Lin, Chair of the PMSE Division, in August, 2016 during the 252nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, MA. An evening reception in honor of the Tess award recipient and other PMSE and POLY award winners also will be held.
The Tess Award is presented annually by the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering in recognition of outstanding contributions to coatings science, engineering and technology