James Stoffer is Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Past Director of the Graduate Center for Materials Research. He has taught many courses in the Chemistry department including Freshman Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Polymer Chemistry. Additionally his experience includes the teaching of paint short courses at Rolla for over 30 years, at the National Paint Show and at the American Chemical Society meeting each year. He has advised some fifty graduate students and his research with these graduate students includes the first papers on microemulsion polymerization processes, one of the first papers on polymerization of liquid crystals, the first papers on ultrasonic dispersion of pigments for paints, on ultrasonically initiated and microwave initiated free radical catalyzed polymerizations, and on transparent composites. Most of his research deals with the preparation and properties of coatings and polymers. Since 1992 he, working with Dr. Tom O’Keefe and their students, developed a replacement for chromium as the corrosion inhibitor for aluminum for aircraft. Dr. Stoffer has over 150 publications and 12 patents, one of which provides royalties to fund this lecture.