Dr. Dean C. Webster, a veteran researcher in high-performance polymers and non-toxic antifouling coatings, will receive the American Chemical Society’s Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2011.
Dr. Dean C. Webster
The award, presented annually by ACS’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE), recognizes outstanding contributions to coatings science and technology.
Webster, a professor at North Dakota State University, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed papers and publications on coatings science. He is credited with 11 patents (an additional 18 pending) and has made numerous presentations on coatings technology.
Webster’s current research involves synthesis and characterization of novel polymers. Focus areas include:
• Synthesis of new high-performance polymers and thermosets. This research examines glycidyl carbamate crosslinking to prepare a variety of thermoset coatings and to study the coatings’ structure-property relationships.
• Non-toxic fouling release coatings for naval vessels. This research involves synthesizing cross-linked siloxane-polyurethane coatings to self-stratify into a soft and low surface energy siloxane outer layer, with a durable polyurethane sublayer, using combinatorial and high throughput methods.
• Synthesis of novel polymer structures using methods such as ATRP, RAFT, and click chemistry.
• Use of biobased raw materials in high-performance coatings systems.
• Applying combinatorial and high-throughput methods to materials science, to explore a wide variety of polymer and coating compositions in a short period of time.
• Radiation-curable polymers for printable conductors for flexible microelectronics.
• Incorporation of nanoparticles into polymers.
Research and Service
Webster received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1984. The same year, he began working in corporate R&D and, later, the Consumer Division of Sherwin-Williams in Chicago. That work involved resin development for industrial coatings and long-range research in new resins and crosslinking chemistry.
In 1993, he moved to Eastman Chemical Co., where he led project teams in application development for new monomers, new chemistry for coatings systems, and polymer development for coatings.
In 2001, he joined NDU’s Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department.
Webster, a past chair of PMSE, also holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He serves on the American Coatings Association’s Professional Development Committee and was recently named an editor for the journal Progress in Organic Coatings.
Webster won Roon Foundation Awards for best paper in ACA’s 2003, 2004 and 2006 International Coatings Exposition and was the 2004 Expo’s invited keynote Technical Focus Speaker.
The Tess Award, which carries a $3,000 cash prize, is funded by a grant to PMSE 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.
Webster will receive the award Aug. 29 during the 242nd ACS National Meeting in Denver and will present an award address at that time.
Recent recipients of the Tess Award include Charles R. Hegedus (2010), Christian Decker (2009), Clifford K. Schoff (2008), and L.E. (Skip) Scriven (2007).