Director, NIST/Industry Polymer Interphases Consortium
Dr. Nguyen’s professional experience includes employment as Research Assistant with the University of California, Berkeley, California, 1974-1979, as a Research Chemist for ARCO Chemical Company, Research and Engineering Center, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, 1979-1982; as General Physical Scientist with the National Bureau of Standards from 1982-1988; and as a Physical Scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology from 1987 to the present. Dr. Nguyen was the founder of the NIST/Industry Polymer Interphases Consortium and is its current director.
Prior to joining BFRL, his research activities addressed: (1) measurements of surface free energies, wettability, adhesion of low- and high-surface free energy materials, and molecular interactions of interfaces; thermal analysis and kinetics of curing reactions of adhesives and of oxidation reactions on cellulosic materials; (2) research and development of new and improved binders, adhesives, sealants and coatings; and (3) studies of performance, durabilities and chemical reactions of these materials.
In the Materials and Construction Research Division, Dr. Nguyen is responsible for planning and implementing research on durability of protective coatings and characterization of surface and interface of polymeric systems. His duties include serving as a project leader on studies of the degradation mechanisms of coatings, polymers, and composites; developing new and improved techniques for characterizing and evaluating coating performance, transport properties, and corrosion of coated metal; performing research to characterize molecular changes and water layer at metal/coating and polymer/fiber interfaces, and developing models for predicting the service life of coatings and systems. In addition to these areas, Dr. Nguyen is currently conducting research in nanotechnology, particularly in measurement of chemical properties at the nanoscale spatial resolution and chemical modification of carbon nanotubes. Dr. Nguyen is credited for developing and advancing a unified model for the corrosion and delaminatin of coated steel in elctrobytes. He was the first to develop a method based on evanescent wave to quantify nanogram and molecular water at the polymer/substrate interface. He is a member of ACS/Surface and Colloid Chemistry and Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division, Adhesion Society, Materials Research Society, and ASTM.
Dr. Nguyen was the recipient of the 1998, 2003, and 2004 Roon Foundation Awards given by the Federation of Societies Coatings Technology and Coatings Industry for his research on modeling and mechanisms of protective coatings, the 1991 BFRL Communicator Award and the 1994 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award. In 1996, he received the UATCM prize for the Best Paper presented at the EuroCoat Congress and the Corrosion Committee Publication Award of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology for The Best Paper on Corrosion-Related Article Published in the Journal of Coatings Technology. In 2004, he received the best paper award given by the Conference on Coating for Plastics. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, in The Pride of the Vietnamese, and in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. Dr. Nguyen is the author or co-author of over 180 technical publication and 9 patents. He served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials for Civil Engineering from 1998 to 2004.
Co-chairing the special symposium on Nanoparticle Release During the Life Cycle of Nanomaterials & Nanocomposites.