NRL's Dr. Ed McCafferty Recognized for Corrosion Research

9/29/2003 - 53-03r
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Dr. Ed McCafferty of the Naval Research Laboratory's Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering has recently received two awards for his accomplishments in corrosion science and related activities. In May, Dr. McCafferty received the Robert T. Foley Award of the National Capital Section of the Electrochemical Society. He received a second award, the Jerome Kruger Award in Corrosion Science from the Baltimore-Washington Section of The National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE International), in June.

Dr. McCafferty received the Robert T. Foley Award for his work in corrosion science and education, and for his activities in the Electrochemical Society. Dr. McCafferty has been an adjunct faculty member first at George Washington University where he has taught a graduate course on the "Environmental Effects on Materials" and more recently at Mary Washington College where he taught undergraduate General Chemistry. Dr. McCafferty presented an award address in which he discussed examples of his own research, the allure of corrosion science, styles of research, and similarities between sciences and the liberal arts. The award is named for the late Robert T. Foley, long-time Professor of Chemistry at American University, noted corrosion scientist, and supporter of the Electrochemical Society.

In receiving the Jerome Kruger Award, Dr. McCafferty was cited "For his distinguished contributions to the understanding of surface chemistry, the passivity of metal surfaces, surface modification, modeling, corrosion inhibitors, and adhesion science." Dr. McCafferty presented an award address in which he discussed his recent work on a new theory of the passivity of binary alloys, and the effect of Lewis acid-Lewis base properties of the aluminum oxide film on pitting and adhesion of organic polymers. The award is named for Jerome Kruger, Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University and an internationally known corrosion scientist.

Dr. McCafferty is the author or co-author of over 100 research publications in the areas of corrosion science, electrochemistry, surface chemistry, and adhesion. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and in 1992 was the recipient of the NRL Sigma Xi Award in Pure Science. He is the past chairman of the Corrosion Division of the Electrochemical Society and has served on various panels and committees, including being one of 12 invited U.S. participants to the U. S.-Japan seminar on Corrosion in Nikko, Japan in 1985. Dr. McCafferty was a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Chemistry and the Center for Adhesive and Sealant Science at Virginia Tech University during the 1996-1997 academic year.

Dr. McCafferty holds a B. S. in Chemistry from Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry, both from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He also earned an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in 1996. Dr. McCafferty is the author of about 30 poems published in various literary magazines, as well as the author of a chapbook of poems, Audrey and I Stride Forth, published in 2002. He plans to retire from NRL in September 2003.

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