Dr. Richard D. Sudduth

Title: President and Chief Scientist
Company: Materials Research & Processing, LLC
Location: Peachtree Corners, Georgia, United States

Richard Sudduth, President and Chief Scientist at Materials Research & Processing, LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in polymer research.

Dr. Sudduth obtained a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1965 and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1967 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in macromolecular science (polymer science) in 1973 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Sudduth initially wanted to be an architect. After initially taking courses in chemistry, he found himself in chemical engineering course. He enjoyed the course and he wanted to continue in the discipline, so after getting his master’s degree, he decided to concentrate on polymers, substances containing larger-than-usual molecules that are used in the production of materials such as latex and polystyrene, given their unique physical properties including toughness and high elasticity.

During his career, Dr. Sudduth has published over 90 technical publications and presentations. Most of these articles have involved the optimization of the physical properties of polymer composites and coatings including articles addressing viscosity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, tensile strength, modulus, creep, stress relaxation and impact. 

Since 2001 the president and chief scientist with Materials Research & Processing, LLC, Dr. Sudduth has over 30 years of industrial experience as well as years of teaching experience at University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Southern Mississippi. His extensive publications, presentations and experience have primarily addressed applications involved with particles of various sizes, shapes and distributions for thermoset and thermoplastic formulations to optimize such physical properties as viscosity, impact, modulus, tensile strength, creep and stress relaxation.

Dr. Sudduth’s goal in the coming years is to continue what he is doing in the field of polymer science which he really loves. He is currently focusing on the production and application of asphalt on highways.

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