Edwin P. Plueddemann
Made major contributions to the field of reinforced plastics and adhesions. In the 1950s, systematically searched for organofunctional silanes that would serve as coupling agents in glass-reinforced polyester and epoxy composites.
Dr. Plueddemann created a class of materials known as silane coupling agents, which are capable of bonding two dissimilar materials to each other.
Early in the development stage of silane coupling agents, Dr. Plueddemann realized the potential importance of this technology as a basis for improving properties of plastics materials to allow for their expanded use in a wide variety of applications.
He developed new chemical types of coupling agents as well as theories of mechanism, and studied the effects of the agents on properties. He also extended the technology to improve the bonding of plastics, sealants, protective coatings, and adhesives to inorganic surfaces.
His research has been published extensively. He holds 71 U.S. patents, lectures world wide, has written numerous chapters in various books, and is the author of the book, Silane Coupling Agents. He has been a consultant for the U.S. government and is recognized throughout the world as an expert in the science of adhesion and bonding of plastics materials.
In 1984, he received an award for Creative Development of Technical Innovation from NASA, as well as the ACS Award for Creative Invention.
In April, 1988, he was awarded the SPE Engineering/Technology Award at the ANTEC in Atlanta.
Dr. Plueddemann is an active member in the ACS, Sigma XI, the Honorary Research Society, the Adhesion Society, SPI, and SPE.
He graduated cum laude from Baldwin Wallace College with a BS in chemistry. His PhD in chemistry was earned at Ohio State University.
He is currently a senior scientist at Dow Corning Corp. He and his wife, Mary Margaret, live in Midland, MI; they have four children and nine grandchildren.