The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) America announced recently that Wei Wang, PhD, is the recipient of the 17th annual Gordon E. Moore medal. SCI established the Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. Dr. Wang, senior research chemist at PPG, will be presented the award at a luncheon in his honor during Innovation Day, hosted jointly by SCI and the Science History Institute (the Institute) on September 22, 2020 at the institute’s headquarters in Philadelphia.

“Dr. Wang’s work in designing novel polymers and developing their use in formulations to solve coating issues for PPG has been remarkable,” says John Paro, Chair and CEO of Hallstar and Chair of SCI America. “He is a key contributor to the success of PPG’s developments in polymer science and their use in advancing the automotive coating industry’s efforts around energy conservation and productivity improvement.”

Wang was a key contributor to the success of PPG’s 3C1B (three-coat one bake) compact process automotive coatings technology in which three coating layers are applied wet-on-wet-on-wet and then baked together. 3C1B eliminates heated dehydration and the curing step between layers and was commercialized at an automotive OEM plant in Shanghai, China in 2016. The polymer technology enables the overall desired appearance of the coating stack, as well as the physical properties of the cured film.

“The technology developed by Dr. Wang and his team have enabled automotive OEMs to cut energy consumption by 30%, reduce CO2 emission by 43%, VOCs by 7%, and reduce process time by 30%,” says Dr. David Bem, PPG Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “These outcomes represent significant sustainability benefits to our customers. We are proud Dr. Wang is being recognized for these accomplishments.”