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Air Products’ Hegedus to Receive Tess Award

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Dr. Charles R. Hegedus, Air Products and Chemicals Inc., will receive the Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2010, the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society announced.

The award will be presented by PMSE Division Chairman Julie L.P. Jessop on Aug. 23, during the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston. The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to coatings science and technology, and is funded by a grant to the PMSE Division from Dr. and Mrs. Roy W. Tess.

Hegedus is well known in the coatings industry, and has made a number of significant contributions to coatings technology over a 30-year period, first at the U.S. Naval Air Development Center and more recently at Air Products and Chemicals, the PMSE Division said in announcing the award. He has carried out significant research and development in corrosion prevention without the use of chromates; self-crosslinking polymer systems; zinc oxide nanoparticles; film formation; and other aspects of waterborne coatings and the characterization of coatings. He has been responsible for the invention and development of a number of products during his career.

Hegedus began his career developing organic coatings to be used on naval aircraft and other military equipment. He conducted fundamental research aimed at resolving corrosion problems and coatings failures in the field.  This work included the development of UNICOAT, a self-priming topcoat for high-performance applications, which has been commercialized by several paint companies. The technology was one of the first corrosion-preventive coatings systems for aluminum that did not contain chromated materials.

At Air Products, Hegedus has focused on waterborne materials, directing and performing research and development that has led to the creation of significant new coatings polymers and additives. A major project involved the use of Atomic Force Microscopy to study film formation in waterborne coatings—particularly two-component polyurethanes—in research that led to new products and several publications. Other work involved the development of waterborne primers for water-repellent coatings, waterborne acrylic-epoxy coatings, and aqueous acrylic-polyurethane hybrid dispersions.

Hegedus is the author of more than 46 papers and publications on coatings, and is credited with 20 patents, with an additional five pending. He has been active with several industry organizations, and has received the two highest awards of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT): the Mattiello Lectureship for technical accomplishments, and the George B. Heckel Award for contributions to the coatings industry. He also has received awards for his work on the UNICOAT technology and anticorrosion coatings.

Nominations invited for 2011 award

The American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) is seeking nominations for the 2011 Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings. The award, consisting of a $3,000 cash prize and a plaque, recognizes outstanding individual achievements and noteworthy contributions to coatings science, technology, and engineering. The 2011 award will be presented on Aug. 29, 2011, at the 242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver, CO.

Nominations are invited welcomed from industry, academia, and government, and should be submitted to Theodore Provder, Tess Award chairman, at 5645A Emerald Ridge Parkway, Solon, OH 44139. Upon receipt of names, the chairman will provide a documentation form requesting information on the nominee.

More information: Theodore Provder, 440/914-0611, e-mail tprovder@att.net.

   

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