28th September 2020

SOUCEK WINS ROY TESS AWARD

Dr. Mark Soucek of the University of Akron, Department of Polymer Engineering, will receive the Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2016. Officers and the Award Committee of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society announced the decision in late February.

Dr. Soucek began his academic career 1993 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. He was an assistant professor and an associate professor at NDSU. He joined the University of Akron, Department of Polymer Engineering, as an associate professor in 2001 and is now a Professor. He has 15 issued US patents and pending patent applications and has over 150 peer-reviewed publications, of which 15 are chapters in books, and 34 additional publications in proceedings and preprints.

His researches include 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, and coatings from renewable resources. He is expert in drying oil technologies, especially with bio-based feedstocks, and has been a leader in the renaissance of alkyd technology; 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. This contribution has involved extensive work with industry to develop green technologies.

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. An evening reception in honor of the Tess award recipient and other PMSE and POLY award winners also will be held.

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