Physical Scientist, NIST/Industry Polymer Interphases Consortium
Dr. Tinh Nguyen is a Physical Scientist and a Senior Project Leader in the Materials & Construction Research Division at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). He received his B.S. in Engineering from University of Saigon and Ph.D in Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley, 1979, where he was a Research Assistant from 1974 to 1979. He was a Research Chemist at Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) Chemical Company, Newtown Square, PA, from 1979 to1982. He joined NIST (NBS then) in 1982 until present. His main research interests include adhesion, surface and interface phenomena, water at the polymer/substrate interface and in polymers, corrosion and delamination of polymer-coated steel, photodegradation of polymers, polymer nanocomposites, nanoscale chemical measurement with AFM, and more recently nanoparticle release during life cycles of polymer nanocomposites and long-term performance of photovoltaic materials. Dr. Nguyen received numerous awards and citations, including 1994 Commerce Bronze Medal Award, multiyear recipient of the Roon Foundation Awards given by the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, 2006 John Gordon Award, and numerous best paper awards at national and international conferences. He is the author and co-author of over 220 technical publications and 9 patents. Dr. Nguyen was Director of the NIST/Industry Consortium on Polymer Interphases from 2001 to 2007, for which he was the founder. He is a Fellow of the Adhesion Society and served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials for Civil Engineering from 1998 to 2004.