Wei Wang, PhD, Wins 2020 Gordon E. Moore Medal


To be honored on September 22, 2020

Wei Wang, PhD, will receive the Moore medal on Sept. 22, 2020 as part of Innovation Day

PHILADELPHIA, April 28, 2020 – The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) America announced today 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 Innovation Day, hosted jointly by SCI and the Science History Institute (the Institute) on September 22, 2020. Because of the pandemic, this year’s event will be held online.

“Dr. Wang’s work in designing novel polymers and developing their use in formulations to solve coating issues for PPG has been remarkable,” said 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.” 

Dr. 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%,” said 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.” 

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About Wei Wang 

Wei Wang started his career at PPG in 2010. He has worked in the polymer synthesis, process innovation, and coating formulation groups. He is the co-inventor of several innovative technologies at PPG, including new solvent and water-based polymer dispersion technologies for automotive coatings; sound dampening coatings with broader effective temperature ranges and 100% solids content; and a new polymer platform for low temperature cure based products with novel polymer functionality and structure.

In 2016, he worked in close collaboration with the PPG research and development team in Europe to develop a low-temperature cure coating (LTC), where the baking temperature was reduced from 140°C to 105°C. LTC technology relies on a basecoat and two-component clear coat, formulated to bond and cure at 40°C lower than the standard. The polymers used in this formulation increase chemical hydrophobicity and decrease water permeability, while a novel cross linker enables the low curing temperature. The technology was successfully launched in 2017 and was the finalist for the R&D 100 award in 2018. Dr. Wang is currently focusing on developing novel polymer functionality and structure design for broader low temperature cure applications.

He earned a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Zhejiang University in China and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada, where his main academic research was focusing on polymer reaction engineering. Dr. Wang has published 16 journal articles, and he holds 21 granted and pending U.S. patents.


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SCI America, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry’s international organization. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists, and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievement to promote public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspires students to enter technical careers. SCI America also offers its members the opportunity to become part of its growing network by participating in its annual Innovation Day, where young industry leaders come together to celebrate innovation in the chemical industry and to seek solutions for tomorrow’s challenges. 

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