Dr.   Mark   D.   Soucek

Dr. Mark D. Soucek

Department of Polymer Engineering Chair; Sundar L. Aggarwal Endowed Professor
Department of Polymer Engineering
Phone: 330-972-2583
Email: msoucek@uakron.edu


  • Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX, 1990
  • M.S. Organic Chemistry, Illinois State Univ., Normal, IL, 1986
  • B.S. Chemistry, Eastern Illinois Univ., Charleston, IL, 1983

Research Interests

Powder Coatings, UV-Curable Powder Coatings, Kinetic and Reaction Mechanism Studies of Cycloaliphatic Epoxides, Latexes Crosslinked with Cycloaliphatic Epoxides, Protective Space Coatings, High Solids and Water-Reducible Alkyds, UV-Curable Coatings, Inorganic/Organic Hybrid Coatings. Coatings from Renewable Resources. Auto-oxidative Curing Mechanism of Drying Oils, Plasma deposition of High Performance Coatings, Corrosion Resistant Polyurethane Coatings. Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis.

Professional Experience

  • 2001-  Associate Professor, Dept. of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325
  • 1993-01 Assistant to Associate Professor, Dept. of Polymers & Coatings, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105
  • 1990-1993 National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Polymeric Materials Branch, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23665

Honors and Awards

  • John A. Gordon Award "Polyurethane/Polysiloxane Ceramer Coatings" (2000)
  • Roon Award "Cycloaliphatic Epoxide Crosslinkable Core-Shell Latexes: A New Strategy for Waterborne Epoxide Coatings" (1999)
  • National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow (NASA, 1991-1993)
  • Welch Fellowship (University of Texas, 1987)
  • Phi Kappa Psi Honor Society (University of Texas, 1986)
  • DH Award for Solution Calorimetry (Eastern Illinois University, 1983)