Robert Y. Lochhead, Ph.D.

Robert Y. Lochhead, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials 
University of Southern Mississippi

 

Dr Lochhead currently serves as a professor at the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi, and he was Director of that School for about twenty years. Prior to joining academia, the first twenty five years of his career were spent in industrial research that ranged from polymer and silicone synthesis to colloid and surface science for cosmetics and personal care products, and to the management of a large hydrophilic polymers’ research group.

 

Dr. Lochhead is the author of more than a hundred scientific papers and reviews, and a named inventor on 24 patents.


The polymers that he has invented have enabled new and better technologies with beneficial societal and environmental impact.

 

These include:

• Polymers for textile printing that essentially replaced kerosene emulsions and the pollution that often went along with the use of these emulsions.

 

The concept of polymeric emulsifiers and the first polymeric emulsifier which enabled:

 

• Agricultural sprays that keep actives on plants even when it rains; thereby lowering the frequency of use and reducing runoff of pesticides and herbicides.

• Waterborne waterseal coatings compositions that essentially eliminate the volatile organic compound emissions of earlier oil-based waterseal formulations.

• Skin lotions for sensitive skin and Sports sunscreen.

• The now common stimuli-responsive alcohol sanitizing gels

• Hypochlorite-resistant waterborne rheology modifiers that enabled automatic dishwashing gels.

• Bioadhesive polymers for the lubrication of mucous membranes and drug delivery.

 
The stimuli-responsive coacervate formation that underpins the mechanism of conditioning shampoos has been named “the Lochhead Effect”.

 

Dr. Lochhead has received many awards for his contributions and these include:
• The Maison G. DeNavarre medal from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists
• The Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists
• The Education Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers.
 
Dr. Lochhead serves on the INCI committee and he has served twice as the President of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and President of the International Association of Formulation Chemists.

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