Dr. Tinh Nguyen is a physical scientist in the Polymeric Materials Group of the Materials and Structural Systems Division (MSSD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, Dr. Nguyen is a Senior Project Leader of "Nanoparticle Release During Life Cycle of Nanostructured Materials" Dr. Nguyen’s main research interests include adhesion of polymeric systems, interactions between polymers and substrates including nanoparticles, mechanisms and models by which polymers, polymer composites, and polymer/substrate interfaces degrade under environmental stresses. In recent years, Dr. Nguyen has been involved in nanotechnologies and nanometrologies, particularly measurement of chemical properties of surfaces at the nanoscale spatial resolution, photodegradation of polymer nanocomposites, and mechanism of nanoparticle release from nanocomposites. He has published over 220 technical papers in these areas.
Dr. Nguyen is credited in the development of:
Also, Dr. Nguyen is the first researcher to explore reflection/absorption Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to study the degradation at the coating/steel interface, electron thermal wave microscopy and imaging to quantify early corrosion on steel under a polymer film, cyclic dynamic electrochemical and potential imaging methods for rapidly evaluating the protective performance of polymer coatings on metals, and a microelectrode technique for measuring in situ chloride and corrosion potential at the coating/metal interface.
Prior to joining the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Dr. Nguyen was a Research Chemist at the Atlantic Richfield Chemical Company (ARCO) Research Center, Newtown Square, PA. His main work at ARCO was in the research and development of adhesives, adhesion promoters, release agents, and polyurethane coatings and sealants. In addition, his work involved the adhesion and abhesion between metals and adhesives, stability and degradation of adhesive joints and sealants, and the emulsification of polyurethanes. Dr. Nguyen holds nine patents in these areas.
During graduate study at the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Nguyen was employed as a research assistant. His research there involved surface chemistry and oxidation of synthetic and natural polymers, adhesion, thermal analyses, and development of methodologies for bonding natural and synthetic polymers by chemical oxidation processes.
Awards and Honors:
Materials and Structural Systems Division
Polymeric Materials Group
University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., Materials Science (Surface Chemistry and Polymers Science), 1979
University of the Philippines, M.S., Applied Chemistry, 1974
University of Saigon, B.A., Engineering, 1970