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Quoc Truong

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Quoc Truong Physical Scientist

Expertise

Superomniphobic coatings, films, fibers, and surfaces, 
Surface chemistry/modifications,
Chemical/biological (CB) protection,
Selectively permeable membranes (SPM),
Elastomeric SPMs,
Reactive/sorptive semipermeable materials,
Novel closures/interfaces (for CB protective clothing),
Dynamic moisture vapor and chemical warfare agent (CWA) simulant permeation through polymeric membranes and CB protective fabric systems

Research Interest

Superomniphobic coatings, films, fibers, and surfaces 
Surface chemistry/modifications
Self-healing materials
Chemical/biological (CB) protection
Selectively permeable membranes (SPM)
Novel closures/interfaces for CB protective clothing
Elastomeric SPMs
Aerosol and icephobic coatings/surfaces
CB/toxic industrial chemical (TIC) resistant multilayer barrier materials
Biocides
Reactive/sorptive semipermeable materials
Smart polymers (temperature and solvent responsive shape memory & self-healing polymer membranes)
Electroosmotic membranes
Induction based fluidics
Specialty insulation materials
Dynamic moisture vapor and chemical warfare agent (CWA) simulant permeation through polymeric membranes
Aerosol penetration through textile materials
Smart polymers (temperature and solvent responsive shape memory & self-healing polymer membranes)
Electroosmotic membranes
Induction based fluidics
Specialty insulation materials
Dynamic moisture vapor and chemical warfare agent (CWA) simulant permeation through polymeric membranes
Aerosol penetration through textile materials

Educational Background

UMass Lowell, B.S., M.S., Plastics Engineering
Western New England University, M.S., Engineering Management 
UMass Lowell, completed all required courses for D.Eng program in Plastics Engineering

Biosketch

Mr. Truong has been working at NSRDEC for 33 years.  He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Plastics Engineering in 1984 and 1999 from UMass Lowell.  He also received another Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Western New England University in 2003.  In 2006, he completed all required courses for Doctoral Program in Plastics Engineering from UMass Lowell.  
He taught the Chemical/Biological (CB) Protective Clothing course as an invited instructor at the Philadelphia University for eight years from 1998 to 2006.  He co-authored the best paper in the Technical Session, at the 22nd Army Science Conference in Dec 2000.  He received the 2001 US Army R&D Achievement Award.  Mr. Truong was selected as the one of only six federal employees who were profiled and highlighted at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting in Oct 2003.  He received 10 U.S. Commanders’ Coins, numerous special awards, exceptional performance awards, recognition, and commendations for his R&D contributions in individual protection.  
He is recognized as the pioneer for non-carbon based selectively permeable membrane (SPM) developments, which represent the future direction of CB protective clothing.  SPM-based CB protective duty uniform was a candidate for Army Materiel Command Top 10 Inventions in Dec 2003, and SPM has been in use by selected military and emergency respondents since 2003 for CB warfare agent protection.  From 2007 to 2013, he had successfully led the development and commercial transition of a durable omniphobic (water, solvent, and oil repellent) textile coating EverShield® for self-cleaning clothing and enhanced CB protective clothing.  Omniphobic coating is expected to replace the Army’s 40 years old durable water repellent (DWR) coating.
Currently, he is leading developments of self-healing materials, dual hierarchical superomniphobic coatings, inherently superomniphobic fibers for textile and superomniphobic ultrathin transparent films for optically clear surface applications.  His work has been presented at many invited domestic and international conferences, and published in various technical publications, articles, news media, and online (e.g., Army front page, Army Times, and Yahoo, etc.).  He was recently profiled as one of three scientists at NSRDEC’s 2017 celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month.  He has authored and co-authored more than 31 technical publications*, and had written a chapter on Chem/Bio protection that was published in 2005, 2008, and 2012 in three textbooks.  His most recent chapter on Military Applications: Development of Superomniphobic Coatings, Textiles, and Surfaces will be published in Elsevier Book Chapter # 22 toward the end of 2017.