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Akron's Soucek to Receive Tess Award

Thursday, March 3, 2016

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The American Chemical Society's prestigious Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings will go to Dr. Mark Soucek of the University of Akron (UA) Department of Polymer Engineering.

The Officers and the Award Committee of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) of the ACS announced this year’s winner Feb. 16.

The annual award recognizes outstanding individual achievements and noteworthy contributions to coatings science, technology and engineering and reinforces PMSE's long-standing and continuing support and dedication to excellence in the coatings field. 

University of Akron
University of Akron

Dr. Mark Soucek has been recognized for his contributions to coatings science and technogology with the 2016 Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings.

Nominations are also now being accepted for the 2017 award.

Academia and Research

Soucek, who began his career as a student at North Dakota State University at Fargo in 1993, joined the UA Department of Polymer Engineering as an associate professor in 2001.

Now a professor at the school, Soucek has published more than 150 peer-reviewed pieces and has filed 15 U.S. patents and pending patent applications.

Soucek’s wide range of research interests include latexes, powder coatings, UV-curable powder coatings, kinetic and reaction mechanism studies of cycloaliphatic epoxides, latexes cross-linked 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, and homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.

Industry Thought Leader

Soucek has a long history collaborating with the Air Force to replace chromium primers and coatings on steel and aluminum substrates for corrosion protection utilizing inorganic/organic hybrid coatings.

He is also a recognized leader in drying oil technologies, particularly bio-based feedstocks, Soucek has been at the head of the renaissance of alkyd technology, even organizing and editing 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.

Soucek is also recognized as a leading authority in reactive diluent technology, in which VOCs are replaced with bio-based liquids that dissolve the polymeric binder and participate in film formation by reactive cross-linking reactions.

Most recently 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.

Extensive Industry Contributions

Soucek’s contributions have been well recognized by the coatings community over the years. He has received two Roon awards and a Gordon award (best paper) in 2000, in addition to being twice a Gordon Award finalist and receiving two honorable mentions for the Gordon Award in 2004 and 2005.

In 2004 Soucek was awarded the Innovation Award by Radtech for his work in UV-curable coatings. 

He received a JPCL Editors’ Award from SSPC for his paper on self-stratified coatings in 2014.

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Soucek joined the UA Department of Polymer Engineering as an associate professor in 2001 and is now a professor.

Soucek has served the coatings community through service on the technical committee of Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (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.

Tess Award Recognition

Soucek will receive the Tess Award from Dr. Qinghuang Lin, chair of the PMSE Division, in August 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 Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) award winners also will be held.

The Tess Award is funded by a grant to the Division from Dr. and Mrs. Roy W. Tess. The purpose of the award is to encourage interest and progress in coatings science technology and engineering and to recognize significant contributions to the field. The Award consists of a plaque and a $3,000 cash prize.

The nomination period for the 2017 Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings, to be presented at the August 2017 254th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, DC, is now open.

Nominations are welcome from all segments of industry, academia and government and should be forwarded to Theodore Provder, Tess Award Chairman at: 5645A Emerald Ridge Parkway, Solon, OH 44139.

Upon receipt of names of prospective nominees, the chairman will request nomination criteria relevant to patents, publications, overall qualifications, etc.

Nominations for the 2017 Tess Award received after the Sept. 1, 2016, deadline will be considered for the succeeding year’s award. A submitted nomination is viable for four years.

For more information, contact Theodore Provder at 440-914-0611 or at tprovder@att.net.


Tagged categories: American Chemical Society; Awards and honors; Colleges and Universities; University of Akron

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