MSE professor emeritus publishes comprehensive review on galvanizing science and technology with industry expert and co-author Dr. Frank E. Goodwin

Arnold R. Marder ’68 PhD, R.D. Stout Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering, has co-authored a new book, The Metallurgy of Zinc Coated Steels, a volume in the Woodhead Publishing Series in Metals and Surface Engineering.

Marder is an expert in physical metallurgy and structure/property relationships in hot-dip coatings and steel alloys. His co-author and frequent collaborator, Dr. Frank E. Goodwin, has nearly four decades of experience in the zinc industry.

The book is a comprehensive review of galvanizing science, including the processing-structure-property relationship and associated technological advances, expands and updates Marder’s similarly titled and well-cited short monograph published in Progress in Materials Science in 2000.

According to the publisher, the 600-plus page book offers a thorough look at the science and engineering of zinc coatings, beginning with innovations in hot-dip coating methods (CGL). “It goes on to discuss phase equilibria, Zn bath phenomena and overlay coating formations. Both processing methods and controls are covered, as well as corrosion resistance and coating product properties. The book concludes with a discussion of future opportunities for zinc coatings.”

As noted by Marder in the book, the history of zinc-coating research at Lehigh dates to 1891, when J.W. Richards, a professor of metallurgy, obtained a patent to add aluminum to a zinc bath to produce a hot-dip zinc coating on steel, which made possible the commercial application of galvanized steel.

For over a century, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has been conducting research on Zn coatings, including notable efforts by professors Walter Hahn, Michael R. Notis, and Joseph Goldstein, with assistance from faculty and support staff, including Arlan Benscoter and John DuPont, R.D. Stout Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

Marder also credits graduate students and alumni in his group who were involved in zinc research, including John Selverian, the late Cathy Jordan, Kathy Goggins, Mingyuan Gu, Scott Bluni, Celeste Drewian, R.E. Fraley, Shawn Hayes, and visiting scholar Werner Maschek. Most of their results can be found in this book, he says.

"The importance of zinc to the human body is well-known and even has found use in the treatment of the virus that causes COVID-19,” says Marder. “Applications of zinc coatings on steel can be found everywhere from garbage cans, appliances, and roof and wall construction, to automobiles, including the latest electric vehicles. The worldwide use of zinc-coated steel amounts to billions of dollars annually in an effort to mitigate corrosion losses that add up to trillions of dollars per year throughout the world. The technology of zinc-coated steel found in this book demonstrates the essential basics of materials science and engineering.”

Marder spent more than 20 years with the former Homer Research Laboratories of Bethlehem Steel Corp. and joined Lehigh in 1986 as associate director of the Energy Research Center. He was an adjunct professor in MSE starting in 1982, became a full-time MSE faculty member in 1991, and was named Stout Chair Professor in 1999. He retired in 2007 as an emeritus professor.  

He earned his BS and MS at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and his PhD at Lehigh He is a Fellow of ASM International and has received awards for his research from ASM, ASTM International, and the American Welding Society (AWS).

Goodwin, a member of the American Galvanizers Association Hall of Fame, most recently served as director of technology and market development at the International Zinc Association. He holds graduate degrees in materials engineering from MIT and a BS from Cornell University.

Arnold R. Marder

Arnold R. Marder ’68 PhD, R.D. Stout Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering

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