Faculty

Dr. Jamil Baghdachi
Professor, Polymers and Coatings Graduate Program Coordinator

Over twenty two years of industrial/academic research and R&D management experience in coatings, polymers, adhesives, composites and plastics industries. Currently he serves as the Vice Chair of the Polymeric Material Science and Technology Division of American Chemical Soceity and is the Chair of the Science and Technology committee of the American Coatings Associations. He is the author/editor of 5 technical books in related areas and has published over 100 papers including five book chapters and holds 46 U.S. and international patents. He has given over 200 invited lectures and keynote addresses. His expertise and research interests include: coating formulation- automotive, industrial, architectural and aerospace-conventional, waterborne, powder coatings, UV cure, polymer development and modification, smart coatings nanotechnology and adhesion, corrosion, plastics, durability and performance assessment.
jamil.baghdachi@emich.edu Phone: 734.487.3192



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Dr. Frank N. Jones
Professor, Polymers and Coatings

Twenty years of research and R&D management experience in industry, 20 years in academia. More than 200 publications and patents. FSCT Mattiello Lecture award, Fellow of ACS PMSE Division. Research interests include polymer synthesis, cross-linking, structure/property relationships, corrosion protection, and zero-VOC coatings.
frankjones@comcast.net


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Dr. Vijay Mannari
Professor, Polymers and Coatings

Prof. Mannari has been in the field of Polymers and coatings for the last 20 years, with vast experience in both academics and industrial fields. His research interests include polymer synthesis, coatings based on bio-based materials, Sol-Gel technology, water-borne coatings and novel crosslinking chemistry. Prof. Mannari is a qualified Chartered Scientist, fellow member of Oil and Colour Chemists' Association, (OCCA), UK and currently serving on the board of Detroit Soc. for Coating Technology (DSCT). Eastern Michigan University honored Prof. Mannari with "Faculty Excellence Award" for the year 2007.
vijay.mannari@emich.edu Phone: 734.487.1235





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Dr. John Texter
Professor, Polymers and Coatings Program

More than 24 years of R&D experience in industry and more than 140 publications, including 41 U.S. patents. Editor in chief of the Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology. Recipient of many awards including Fellow, Society for Imaging Science and Technology, Service Recognition Award, Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, MRE Innovation Award for Nanocrystalline Technology. Research interests include polymeric thin films and composites, fire and heat resistant polymeric materials, colloidal crystal coating and manufacturing, templating photonic crystals from polymeric arrays and nanoencapsulating of pigments.
john.texter@emich.edu Phone: 734.487.4587




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Dr. Weidian Shen
Professor, Physics and Director, Surface Science Research Lab
in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research interests include the study of surface morphology at the micro and nano-scale level using scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) instrumentation, micro/nano-mechanics at surfaces, and micro/nano-tribology, a new interdisciplinary field dealing with wear and friction at surfaces. Started collaborative research with the Coatings Research Institute in 1995, and developed a new technique to characterize mar/scratch resistance and identify mar/scratch mechanisms of surface coatings quantitatively.
wade.shen@emich.edu Phone: 734.487.8797




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