Shelby F. Thames

Distinguished University Research Professor

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B.S., M.S., Chemistry, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1959 and 1961, respectively; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Tennessee, 1964; Southern Society for Coatings Technology Distinguished Professorship, 1992 -1996; Distinguished University Research Professor, Professor of Polymer Science; 1986 - present; President, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2002 – 2007.

Research Areas

Organic coatings: waterborne, high-solids, powder, and solvent-based systems; Polymer synthesis; Structure-property relationships; Organosilanes; High performance polymers; Emulsion polymerization; Utilization of agricultural materials as industrial raw materials for the polymer industry.

Recent Publications & Patents


1. Mann, N.; Mendon, S. K.; Rawlins, J. W.; Thames, S. F., Synthesis of Carbonated Vernonia Oil. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society 2008, 85, (8), 791-796.

2. Kurose, T.; Urman, K.; Otaigbe, J. U.; Lochhead, R. Y.; Thames, S. F., Effect of uniaxial drawing of soy protein isolate biopolymer film on structure and mechanical properties. Polymer Engineering and Science 2007, 47, (4), 374-380.

3. Booth, G.; Delatte, D. E.; Thames, S. F., Incorporation of drying oils into emulsion polymers for use in low-VOC architectural coatings. Industrial Crops and Products 2007, 25, (3), 257-265.

4. Quintero, C.; Mendon, S. K.; Smith, O. W.; Thames, S. F., Miniemulsion polymerization of vegetable oil macromonomers. Progress in Organic Coatings 2006, 57, (3), 195-201.

5. Quintero, C.; Delatte, D.; Diamond, K.; Mendon, S. K.; Rawlins, J. W.; Thames, S. F., Reaction calorimetry as a tool to determine diffusion of vegetable oil macromonomers in emulsion polymerization. Progress in Organic Coatings 2006, 57, (3), 202-209.

6. Schuman, T.; Thames, S. F., Coating solvent effects producing adhesion to molded plastic parts. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology 2005, 19, (13-14), 1207-1235.

7. Otts, D. B.; Dutta, S.; Zhang, P.; Smith, O. W.; Thames, S. F.; Urban, M. W., Synthesis and phase separation during film formation of novel methyl methacrylate/n-butyl acrylate/methacrylic acid (MMA/BA/MAA) hybrid urethane/acrylate colloidal dispersions. Polymer 2004, 45, (18), 6235-6243.

8. Gupta, S.; Mendon, S. K.; Thames, S. F., Weathering studies of epoxidized and hydroxy-fluoroester pendent guayule rubber in powder coatings. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2004, 92, (1), 493-497.

9. Diamond, K. L.; Pandey, R. B.; Thames, S. F., Modeling the polymerization behavior of vegetable-oil-derived macromonomers in solution by computer simulation. Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics 2004, 42, (7), 1164-1172.

10. Diamond, K. L.; Pandey, R. B.; Thames, S. F., Radical initiated polymerization in a bifunctional mixture via computer simulation. Journal of Chemical Physics 2004, 120, (24), 11905-11909.

11. Diamond, K. L.; Pandey, R. B.; Thames, S. F., Modeling of Polymerization Behavior of Mixtures of Acrylates and Olefins via Computer Simulation. Structural Chemistry 2004, 15, (5), 509-516.

12. Diamond Keri, L.; Pandey Ras, B.; Thames Shelby, F., Radical initiated polymerization in a bifunctional mixture via computer simulation. The Journal of chemical physics 2004, 120, (24), 11905-9.


Thames, S. F.; Rawlins, J. W.; Mendon, S. K.; Delatte, D. Glycerol ester-free functionalized vegetable oil derivatives and their latex compositions comprising fatty amide (meth)acrylate monomers. 2008-US1088 2008094503, 20080128., 2008.

Thames, S. F.; Rawlins, J. W.; Mendon, S. K.; Johnson, E. N.; Yu, Z. Functionalized vegetable oil derivatives, and uses in preparing latex compositions and textile finishes. 2006-387065 2006236467, 20060322., 2006.

Thames, S. F.; Rawlins, J. W.; Delatte, D.; Dutta, S. Functionalized vegetable oil derivatives for use in coatings and polymer compositions. 2006-345653 2006211795, 20060201., 2006.

Zychick, J.; Thames, S. F.; Dutta, S.; Mendon, S. K.; Smith, O. W. Compositions containing polymer nanoparticles for surface or skin protection. 2004-US10339 2005105870, 20040402., 2005.

Thames, S. F.; Smith, O. W.; Evans, J. M.; Dutta, S.; Chen, L. Functionalized vegetable oil derivatives used in latex and coating compositions and their preparation. 2004-800410 2005203246, 20040312., 2005.

Thames, S. F.; Sankovich, B. G.; Shera, J. N.; Thompson, R. B.; Mendon, S. K.; Evans, J. M. Soy protein based adhesive and particleboard. 2005-83118 2005234156, 20050317., 2005.

Thames, S. F.; Cook, R. C.; Wang, Q.; Mendon, S. K. Particleboard and method for forming particleboard using soy protein binder. 2002-280119 2004173306, 20021024., 2004.

Thames, S. F.; Cook, R. C.; Mendon, S. K. Soy protein based adhesive containing vegetable oil derivatives. 2002-193697 2004007156, 20020711., 2004.

G.Panjnani, S.F.Thames, O. S. Fruchey,"Latex Compositions Containing Ethylenically Unsaturated Esters of Fatty Compounds and Applications Thereof", U.S. 6,599,972, [2003]

L. Zhou, O.W. Smith, T.C. Forschner, W.H. Boon, S.F.Thames, D.E. Gwyn,"High Gloss Acrylic Coatings with Improved Resistance”, U.S. 6,441,087, [2002]

Z. Wang, R. Hariharan, K.G. Panjnani, E.H. Brister, S.F.Thames, C.L. King,"Novel Internally Plasticized and Low VOC Latex Compositions and Applications Thereof", U.S. 6,624,223, issued September 23,2003 and International Patent WO 01/44380, [2001]

Kenichi Fujino, S.F.Thames,"Cellulose Based Coating Composition Curable with Ultraviolet Ray”, U.S. 6,303,670, [2001]

R. Vicari, O. S. Fruchey, K. N. Juneau, S.F.Thames, J. W. Rawlins,"Reactive Hyperbranched Polymers for Powder Coatings", U.S. 6,114,489 [2000]