WASHINGTON - Dr. Clifford K. Schoff, formerly of PPG Industries and now a private consultant, will receive the Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2008. 
Schoff is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the area of coatings defects, electropaint-substrate interactions, paint flow and rheological measurements, mechanical properties, and cure of coatings. He has contributed over 40 papers, articles and chapters to coatings literature and recently published his 40th one-page “Coatings Clinic” in JCT Coatings Tech. Schoff has led ASTM Subcommittee D.01.24 on Physical Properties of Liquid Paints for over 20 years, has written numerous ASTM test procedures and has championed the use of ASTM standards. He is currently Secretary of ASTM Committee D01 on Paints and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications. He is Chair of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) Publications Committee, a member of the Editorial Review Board, one of the technical editors of the Journal of Coatings Technology and Research and is active in the Pittsburgh Society for Coatings Technology. 
Schoff’s main research interests have involved physical testing and measurement, and their application to solving product and process problems and to developing new products, primarily in industrial and automotive coatings. He has developed lectures on surface defects, failure analysis, cure, rheological measurements, corrosion, pigment dispersion, surface preparation, optical microscopy and other related topics. He has taught short courses for FSCT, the Sociedad Argentina de Technólogos en Recubrimientos and at many universities. 
Schoff will receive the Tess Award during the 236th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, PA. He will present an award address at that time. 
The Tess Award is presented annually by the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering in recognition of outstanding contributions to coatings science and technology. It is funded by a grant from Dr. and Mrs. Roy W. Tess. Nominations for the 2009 Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings are now being accepted; they are welcome from all sections of industry, academia and government. Nominations should be forwarded to Theodore Provder, Tess Award Chairman, at 26567 Bayfair Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH, 44138. All finalized nominations for the 2009 Tess Award should be submitted prior to September 1, 2008. For more information, contact Theodore Provder at tprovder@cox.net.