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    George E. Totten, Ph.D., FASM

    George E. Totten

    Technical Skills

    • Internationally recognized expert on quenching of steel and aluminum.
    • Internationally recognized expert on fire resistant hydraulic fluids, including lubrication.
    • Synthesis of organofunctional monomers and polymers.

    Professional Experience

    • 1970 – 2001 - Union Carbide Corporation
    • 2001 – 2001 - The Dow Chemical Company
    • 2001 – 2001- Adjunct Professor – Polytechnic University of New York (New York, NY)
    • 2001 – Present – President of G.E. Totten & Associates, LLC
    • 2004 – Present – Research Professor – Portland State University (Portland, OR)
    • 2005 – 2006 - Visiting Scholar – Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
    • 2006 – Present – Visiting Professor - Department of Engineering, Materials, Aeronautics and Automobile Technology, School of Engineering at São Carlos, (University of São Paulo, São Carlos, Brazil)
    • 2006 – Present – Associate – Associação Instituto Internacional de Pesquisa, (São Carlos, SP, Brazil)
    • 2006 – Present – Adjunct Professor - Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)

    Most of my recent work has been in: metal quenchants, heat treatment and surface engineering (25 years), hydraulic fluid technology (20 years) and basic research of lubrication (30 years).

    • Designed and synthesized surfactants for polyurethane foams applications
    • Synthesized silane coupling agents for filled rubber applications
    • Developed new polymers for various applications including surfactants, flocculation agents, asphalt dispersants, and antifoams
    • Studied end-group functionalization of poly (alkylene oxide) copolymers to enhance thermal/oxidative stability for use as heat transfer fluids
    • Developed methods of anchoring mildewcides in water-based paints
    • Developed permanent hydrophilic treatments for various textiles
    • Developed new lubricant compositions for polyester fiber, fiberfill, and fabrics
    • Conducted structure performance studies on polymers, both anhydrous and aqueous solutions for use as metal quenchants
    • Conducted polymer and antioxidant structure-performance studies to model thermal / oxidative stability in heat transfer fluid formulations
    • Developed new corrosion inhibitor systems for aqueous polymer solutions used as metal quenchants and water-glycol hydraulic fluids
    • Studied additive structure performance effects on the lubrication properties of hydraulic fluids Most of my recent work has been in: metal quenchants, heat treatment and surface engineering (25 years), hydraulic fluid technology (20 years) and basic research of lubrication (30 years).

    From 1978-1989 I was a part-time Ph.D. candidate at New York University. From about 1980-1985, I had a half-time leave of absence from Union Carbide to complete my Ph.D. degree. The title of my research dissertation was: "Substituted Neopentyl Systems via Silyl Ketene Acetal Chemistry and Acetolysis of Alkyl-Substituted Neopentyl Derivatives". Degree was awarded in September, 1989.


    • Ph.D., New York University, Physical Organic Chemistry (1989)
    • M.S., Fairleigh Dickinson University, Organic Chemistry (1978)
    • B.S., Fairleigh Dickinson University, Chemistry (1974)
    • AAS, Broome Technical Community College, Chemical Technology (1970)


    • ASM International (ASM)
    • Brazilian Association of Metallurgy and Materials (ABM)
    • American Chemical Society (ACS)
    • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
    • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

    Awards and Recognitions

    • ACS Outstanding Chemistry Student Award – 1970
    • Union Carbide Corporate Fellow Outstanding Technologist Award – 1994
    • Elected Fellow of ASM International (FASM) – 1997
    • ASTM Excellence in Symposium and Publication Management – 1997
    • ASTM Committee D-2 Award of Appreciation – 1998
    • Elected as Honorary Member of the Russian Metallurgists Association – 1998
    • ASTM Committee D-2 Award of Excellence – 2000
    • SAE McFarland Award – 2000
    • Elected Fellow of SAE International – 2002
    • ASTM Committee D-2 Scroll of Achievement Award – 2004
    • BCC (Broome Community College) Alumni Achievement Award – 2004
    • Jiangsu University (Zhenjiang, China) Visiting Faculty Lecturer – 2004
    • Elected Fellow of IFHTSE (International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering) – 2005
    • ASTM Award of Merit (and became a Fellow of ASTM) – 2006
    • Honorary Member of the Shanghai Heat Treatment of Metals Society – 2006
    • Founding Fellow AMME (World Academy of Materials Manufacturing Engineering) – 2006
    • Bodeen Award – Heat Treating Society of ASM International – 2007
    • George E. Totten Symposium on Quenching – Heat Treating Society of ASM International – 2007
    • ASTM Dudley Award – 2008
    • IFHTSE Medal – 2011
    • Honorary Member of CSHTSE (Croatian Society for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering) – 2013
    • Alpha Sigma Mu – Distinguished Life Member – 2013
    • Nitrex Hephaestus Award


    • Chairman of ASM Quenching and Cooling Committee – 1988-2001
    • Co-chairman of ASM/HTS Technical Programming Committee – 1994-2002
    • Chairman of SAE FCIM Board – 2001- 2004
    • President of International Federation for Heat Treating and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE) – (2002-2004)
    • Chairman of ASTM International’s Committee on Publications (COP) – 2003-2006

    Editorial Board Membership

    • Inżynieria Powierzchni (Surface Engineering – Inst. of Precision Mechanics -Poland)
    • Jinshu Rechuli (Heat Treatment of Metals – CMES - China)
    • Rechuli (Heat Treatment of Metals – Shanghai Society for Heat Treatment)
    • Industrial Heat Engineering (Inst. of Eng. Thermophysics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine – Ukraine)
    • Associate Editor – Journal of ASTM International (ASTM International)
    • Int. Journal of Materials & Product Technology (Inderscience)
    • Int. Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties (Inderscience)
    • WSEAS Transactions on Heat and Mass Transfer
    • Research Letters in Materials Science
    • Deputy Editor-In-Chief – Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering (JAMME)
    • vestnik – Journal of Mechanical Engineering (Slovenia) – International Advisory Board
    • International Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering – International Advisory Board
    • Co-Editor (with Prof. Rick Neu of Georgia Tech) – ASTM Journal of Materials and Characterization


    Coauthored or edited 32 books and Conference Proceedings including: 1. Handbook of Quenchants and Quenching Technology, 2. Fire Resistance of Industrial Fluids, 3. Tribology of Hydraulic Pump Testing , 4. Steel Heat Treatment Handbook, 5. Handbook of Hydraulic Fluid Technology, 6. Handbook of Aluminum: Physical Metallurgy and Processes, 7. Handbook of Residual Stress, Distortion and Cracking of Steel, 8. ASTM Fuels and Lubes Manual, 9. Handbook of Automotive Lubrication and Testing10. Intensive Quenching Systems: Engineering and Design, 11. Quenching Theory and Technology 2nd Edition, 12.Failure Analysis of Heat Treated Steel Components,13. Handbook of Lubrication and Tribology: Volume 1 – Application and Maintenance, Second Edition, 14. Surface Modifications and Mechanisms: Friction, Stress and Reaction Engineering, 15. Analytical Characterization of Aluminum, Steel, and Superalloys, and others.

    In addition, over 600 journal and technical papers, magazine and trade journal articles, book chapters, patents and conference papers in technical areas including: poly (ethylene glycol) as phase transfer catalysts, heat treatment, quenching and surface engineering, hydraulic fluids and lubrication technology.