AES Research Project 3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, Prologue
This is the prologue for a four-part article consisting of the full report of AES Research Project #3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, done at the University of Michigan in the mid-1940s, following the end of World War II.
Project Director: A.L. Ferguson
Associate: Elmer F. Stephan
Chemistry Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
James H. Lindsay
NASF Technical Editor
Editor's Note: This is the prologue for a four-part article consisting of the full report of AES Research Project #3, Adhesion of Electrodeposits, done at the University of Michigan in the mid-1940s, following the end of World War II. A printable version of this prologue can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
Early development of the AES Research Program
In January 1927, the AESF Foundation Research Program (then AES) was launched at the then-National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)).
Under the direction of Dr. William Blum, nine research projects were completed in the period from 1927 to 1942.* The NBS provided consultation and working facilities, while the AES Research Committee chose a number of Research Associates to undertake the work. The AES Research Fund was generously supplied by contributions from industry, the AES Branches and its membership. Publications first appeared in the National Bureau of Standards Journal of Research, and these works were later designated “Series A.”
Then came World War II, and the NBS priorities shifted to winning that historically-critical conflict. After the war, the AES Research Program was reorganized, and fellowships were established at a number of educational institutions and industrial laboratories, directed by a Project Director and supervised by the AES Research Committee. This arrangement continues to this day, with the 118th project being undertaken at the University of Houston, directed by Dr. Stanko Brankovic on the in situ study of cracking phenomena during chromium deposition from trivalent solutions. These post-war works, originally designated as “Series B,” were published in the AES Monthly Review and subsequent titles (Plating, Plating & Surface Finishing and currently in the NASF Report in Products Finishing magazine), in other journals, e.g., the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, or in separate reports.
As is true today, each project involved publication of quarterly reports, which were serialized in the society/association journals. From the Fall of 1944 through the early 1960s however, these individual reports were combined into complete reports in booklets made available for purchase. Called AES Research Serial Reports, these publications were eventually discontinued owing to cost.
The first AES Research Serial Reports