Purpose of the Roy W. Tess Award

To recognize outstanding individual achievements and note-worthy contributions to coatings science, technology and engineering, confirming PMSE’s long-standing and continuing support and dedication to excellence in the science, technology and engineering of coatings.


The awardee will receive a $3000 prize, plaque and a $1500 maximum travel allowance to attend the Fall ACS National Meeting where a symposium is held in their honor and the award is presented.


The award was originally established in 1986 and is funded by a grant to the Division from Dr. and Mrs. Roy W. Tess.


The nominee(s) for this award must have a documented record of impactful individual achievements and contributions to coatings science, technology and engineering.


Nominations are welcome from all sectors of industry, government and academia by September 1 of each year. The  Tess Award Criteria and nomination procedure is available as a [PDF], listing the preferred contents and format for a nomination.  Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Roy W. Tess Award Committee.  Nominations will be reviewed by members of the Roy W. Tess Award Committee, PMSE Past Chair and additional reviewers selected by the committee. Each nomination will be considered viable during four award years following its receipt but must be renewed beyond that time.

The deadline for applications for the 2019 Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings: Deadline September 1, 2018 to Theodore Provder [E-mail].

2018 Award Winner: Dr. Christopher Bowman

University of Colorado, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dr. Christopher N. Bowman of the University of Colorado, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering will receive the Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2018.  The announcement was made by the Officers and the Award Committee of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Prof. Bowman obtained his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. He began his academic career at the University of Colorado as an Assistant Professor in 1992 and is currently the James and Catherine Endowed Chair and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Prof. Bowman has made significant contributions to the field of polymer science and engineering with applications in coatings. Prof .Bowman is internationally recognized for his contributions to our fundamental understanding of photopolymerization systems and reaction engineering of crosslinked polymer systems. Prof. .Bowman has made important contributions to both the fundamental understanding of the kinetics, mechanisms, structure and properties of photo-polymer systems, and the creative development of new coating applications for these polymeric materials. Professor Bowman has published more than 350 articles related to polymeric materials and he has been awarded 25 patents including seven that have been licensed or optioned to eight different industrial companies. He has received numerous prestigious awards including the AIChE Materials Science Division C.M.A. Stine award in 2009, the ACS PMSE Division Cooperative Research Award in 2007, the AICHE R.H. Wilhelm award in 2001 and the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator award in 1997.

Prof.  Bowman has performed ground-breaking fundamental research that will continue to have applications in polymer coatings. Recent examples include his work in highly reactive acrylate monomers, his fundamental characterization of thiol-ene reactions, his experimental and theoretical analysis of both degradable network structures and those containing dynamic, exchangeable covalent bonds, and his groundbreaking research in biopolymer-base microfluidic systems. In the area of polymerization reaction modeling, Professor Bowman has published seminal work that addresses the complex relationships among the polymerization kinetics, the monomer chemistry, the polymerization conditions and the resulting polymer structure. His work on bottom up design of polymer network structures, starting from the basic monomer unit has established new directions for controlling the polymer network structure and more importantly the resulting properties of the polymer films and coatings. Professor Bowman uniquely focused on the design of new monomers and photopolymerization reactions that enable the formation of polymer structures with unique combinations of toughness, modulus, and stress. 

In another major contribution to polymerization reaction engineering, Professor Bowman was the first to exploit living radical photopolymerizations (LRPs) as a tool to better characterize network material properties, and the use of LRPs to create materials with unique properties not achievable by other polymerization techniques. Professor Bowman has also performed definitive studies on thiol-ene photopolymerization reactions. These reactions represent the only known step growth radical-mediated polymerization process, and he has successfully engineered these reactions to utilize this advantage in applications as diverse as dental materials, microdevices, polymer derived ceramics, coatings, and photolithographic materials.  By combining the thiol-ene reaction with novel chemistries that he developed, Professor Bowman has most recently demonstrated, new approaches to produce crosslinked polymers with photoreaction-induced plasticity, photoreaction induced actuation, and the ability to completely eliminate stress from these systems.

Dr. Bowman will receive the Tess Award from Dr. Melissa A. Grunlan, Chair of the PMSE Division, in August, 2018 during the 256th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, MA.  An evening reception in honor of the Tess award recipient and other PMSE and POLY award winners also will be held.

Dr. Stuart Croll

Past Winners


1999 Mitchell A. Winnik
1998 Loren W. Hill
1997 Werner J. Blank
1996 John K. Gillham
1995 John L. Gardon
1994 Werner Funke
1993 Larry F. Thompson
1992 Ray A. Dickie
1991 Kenneth L. Hoy
1990 Walter K. Asbeck
1989 Theodore Provder
1988 Zeno W. Wicks, Jr.
1987 Marco Wismer
1986 Williams D. Emmons