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Hock Named NACE International Fellow

Vincent Hock
Vincent Hock

Vincent Hock, a researcher with the Army Corps of Engineer’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory’s Materials and Structures Branch, has been selected for the prestigious NACE International Fellow award. He is the first researcher specializing in corrosion prevention on military assets to receive the honor.

Hock was recognized at the NACE International annual conference, CORROSION 2009, on March 24 in Atlanta. NACE Fellows are selected for their distinguished contributions in the fields of corrosion and its prevention, and to develop a broadly based forum for technical and professional leaders to serve as advisors to the association.

Hock is honored for leadership, professionalism, and dedication to research and development for corrosion mitigation, greatly enhancing corrosion technology programs. His single most important achievement to date is innovative basic and applied research and development (R&D) into the fundamental properties of electro-osmosis in concrete in contact with clay and water interfaces, which led to the development of the electro-osmotic pulse (EOP) technology. EOP technology virtually eliminates corrosion of reinforcing steel and mitigates corrosion of electrical and mechanical equipment housed in the target structures. Hock’s EOP work encompassed all aspects of technology development, from basic R&D to complete technology implementation, both in the government and private sector.

He has also developed, demonstrated and transferred such diverse technologies as ceramic-coated anode materials, anti-scale coatings for heat exchangers, in-situ pipe coatings to stop corrosion, automated robotic platforms for pipe and tank inspection, and chemical stabilizers for lead-based paint abatement. Hock has been granted five patents and has filed four patent disclosures related to EOP technology.

Hock received a B.S. degree in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University, and an M.S. in Metallurgy from The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a senior researcher and project manager for CERL’s Materials and Structures branch.

NACE International is a professional association dedicated to promoting public safety, protecting the environment, and reducing the economic impact of corrosion. Established in 1943, NACE International has more than 20,000 members worldwide and offers technical training and certification programs, sponsors conferences, and produces industry standards, reports, publications, and software.

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