News Archive

08/21/2017
New Lecture Series Named in Honor of the Late Professor James Lindsay White

The University of Akron’s Department of Polymer Engineering (DPE) has launched a new lecture series named in honor of the late Professor James Lindsay White, who founded the DPE.

08/18/2017
Dean Emeritus Frank N. Kelley Returns to Speak to Leadership in Akron

On Wednesday, August 16th, more than 30 Akron-community leaders stepped into the Goodyear Polymer Center to hear Dean Emeritus Frank N. Kelley give a lecture on the history of polymers in Akron.

Kelley was an alumnus of The University of Akron before coming on board as a faculty member, and served UA for 28 years before retiring as Dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering in 2007. Kelley remains a friend and consultant for many polymer-related companies in Akron. 

08/17/2017
CPSPE Scholarships Supporting Students in Polymers

Congratulations to the four Chemical Engineering students who have been awarded scholarships due to their academic achievement and specialization in polymers: Elisabeth Meyer, Nicholas Neill, Isaac O’Brien, and Gregory Brown.

Scholarship programs like these provide valuable opportunities and open doors for students, which is why The University of Akron disburses more than $22 million in scholarships each year. The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is proud to be a part of that tradition, and now more than ever CPSPE is encouraging students to study polymers by providing scholarship aid through The Nelson Family Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, and The George Clinton and Julia Lucille Fouts Endowed Scholarship Fund.

08/11/2017
Forging Friendships and Gaining Research Experience in REU 2017

Congratulations to the 18 interns who have recently completed the 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates program!

REU, launched in 2004, has been a success in bringing students from across the country to learn about research methods and polymers here at The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. This year’s successful internship program, directed by Polymer Science Professor Dr. Mesfin Tsige, ended on August 11th. It consisted of eleven weeks of research and career development including visits to places like regional polymer-based companies and a national laboratory.

08/04/2017
Fall Semester Brings New Master’s Program in Polymers to UA

This fall the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) has a plan to help industry professionals receive their master’s degree in polymer science and polymer engineering.

08/04/2017
August Safety Focus: Labeling

The CPSPE Safety Team met in July and one of the safety concerns we discussed was the lack of labeling chemicals in the hoods. Please focus this month on labeling your chemicals in the hood. This is in addition to shutting the sash at all times you are away from your hood. We will be reviewing the hoods for labels, and because it is a CPSPE safety rule, it is subject to the Student Safety Violation Policy.

07/19/2017
“Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers” Gives Teachers the Tools to Succeed

Each year the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) in Polymer Engineering Program provides valuable learning experience for middle and high school teachers from across the country. Participants travel to UA in order to learn about research methods and develop new lesson plans to take home to their students. But before they take their lesson plans back to their classrooms, they need to test them out. That’s where the workshop “Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers” comes in.

07/12/2017
Polymer College to Host Ohio Federal Research Network’s First Meeting of the Minds

On July 13th, the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) will be holding the first formative meeting for the special interest group regarding organic polymer technologies and products at The University of Akron's National Polymer Innovation Center (NPIC) and Polymer Engineering Academic Center.

07/06/2017
July Safety Focus: CPSPE Safety Team Recruitment

This month I would like to recruit 12 students to become our CPSPE Safety Team. This team will help encourage safety from the peer level and be part of a team to continue our mission towards a safer CPSPE. I would like to see an equal ratio of students from both Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. This will be a TEAM not a committee and focused on positive change to enhance safety.

06/29/2017
New Polymer Additive Manufacturing Course Delivers Cutting-Edge Technology To Industry

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, as one of the top polymer programs in the world, is helping industry keep pace with cutting-edge technology. Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) is utilizing the facilities of the Goodyear Polymer Center to provide modeling and additive manufacturing training to industry professionals.

06/29/2017
AGPA Promotes STEM with Great Lakes Science Center Summer Camp

This year the Akron Global Polymer Academy had the great pleasure of hosting a group of kids from the Great Lakes Science Center’s Summer Science Camp. This year’s visit will be the third field trip that the students have made to The University of Akron, and it won’t be the last! The kids had a blast exploring real scientists’ labs, interacting with animals, and learning all about science with AGPA Content Specialist, John Fellenstein.

06/16/2017
The "Science of Spider-Man" Features UA Researchers at Awesome Con

Science and comic book nerds, assemble! The world of polymers is joining the world of comic books and cosplay for one weekend to teach Spider-Man fans all about Peter Parker’s powers.

06/14/2017
It’s back! CPSPE’s Research Experience for Teachers program is under way for the summer of 2017

Beginning Tuesday, eleven high school and middle school teachers will be coming to campus to work with research groups on subjects like chemistry, biology, and engineering. They will be working in CPSPE labs for eight weeks, at the end of which they can walk away with research experience that will help them develop new curriculum to take back to their classrooms.

06/13/2017
CPSPE Staff Spotlight: John Fellenstein

CPSPE wouldn’t be the same without its amazing staff. We recently spoke with John Fellenstein, Content Specialist for the Akron Global Polymer Academy, about his role at CPSPE.

06/08/2017
Major Success for UA at MSNO Conference

The University of Akron and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering experienced huge success at the Microscopy Society of Northeast Ohio’s sixty-first annual May Conference.

06/07/2017
Summer Sun Brings Polymer Outreach to Light

The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) has been hard at work recently in several locations, including The Akron Children’s Museum and Canal Park, home of the Akron RubberDucks.

06/05/2017
As always, the Akron Global Polymer Academy is making magic happen!

On Saturday John Fellenstein, Content Specialist for the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA), grabbed his wand and his cauldron and arrived at the Akron-Summit County Public Library for Potions Class at Potter Faire, Akron.

Potter Faire was held by the library to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication. For one afternoon only, the library was transformed into Hogwarts, and kids of all ages could come and learn magic like Harry.

06/02/2017
Researcher named one of the nation’s top young scientists
Matthew Becker, associate dean of polymer science, leads a team that develops new medical devices and regenerative medicine applications.
06/01/2017
June Safety Focus: Unattended Experiments / New Form

This month's safety focus is Unattended Experiments / New Form. All unattended experiments that take place over night or during the day REQUIRE this form. This form provides EOHS and the fire department pertinent information regarding your experiment if there should be an emergency in your lab, or the building.

05/31/2017
Akron Global Polymer Academy Awards $1,000 to Winners of Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors

It’s no stretch of the imagination to picture students from across the nation coming together to celebrate creativity, engineering, science, and polymers. This happens every year during the annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors.

05/30/2017
Origins Institute Explores the Origin of Life, the Universe, and Everything

Professor Nita Sahai discusses her research to identify the origins of life on earth.

05/30/2017
Polymer College’s 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Begins

May 30th marked the first day of orientation for this year’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This summer, 18 students will participate in research and career development activities, discuss their research progress, and visit regional companies and a national laboratory.

05/26/2017
Kevin Cavicchi awarded the William C. Zekan Memorial Service Award

Associate dean Kevin Cavicchi was awarded the William C. Zekan Memorial Service Award and professor Sadhan Jana provided the keynote address at the Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers May 15 meeting.

05/26/2017
Congratulations to Laurel Lohrey - Zipstastic Award winner for May

Please make an effort to congratulate Laurel Lohrey as the winner of the Ziptastic Award for May. She is the coordinator of training and testing in the Dean’s Office in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE).

05/25/2017
UA’s prolific inventor inspires younger generations
Sixth graders at Dodge Intermediate School in Twinsburg enjoyed their visit with Dr. Joseph Kennedy, who talked about inventions, patents and his journey to America.
05/25/2017
AGPA Outreach Shows Kids the Fun Side of Science

The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) is once again combining fun and science to get kids interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics). On May 23rd, twelve students and three teachers from The University of Akron’s childcare center came to the Polymer Engineering Academic Center to learn more about polymers with content specialist and educator John Fellenstein.

05/22/2017
Akron SPE Section Hosts Networking Event at CPSPE

On Friday, May 19, the Akron SPE section hosted the Ohio SPE Networking Event at the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

05/22/2017
Polymer College Partners with Local High School to Offer Students Hands-On Research Experience

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School has had a partnership with The University of Akron to encourage students in STEM since 2009. In coordination with Dr. Matt Becker, students have had the opportunity to partner with professors in their field of research to learn the scientific process through hands-on experience.

05/18/2017
UA receives part of $7.5 million grant to develop innovative uses for melanin
Researchers will work to understand how melanin is synthesized by natural organisms, and use synthetic melanin to develop new kinds of advanced materials.
05/17/2017
Polymers Appreciation Day student poster winners announced!

Congratulations Guodong DengVrushali Bhagat, and Elena Silantyeva on being selected as the top 3 entries of the LORD Corporation student poster competition at this year’s Polymers Appreciation Day for Alumni & Industry!

05/17/2017
CPSPE Staff Spotlight: Diana Woolf

CPSPE faculty and staff are a vital part to the success of the college. Recently, we asked Diana Woolf, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Safety Officer to share her experience working at CPSPE.

05/15/2017
Dean Emeritus, Dr. Frank N. Kelley awarded the inaugural CPSPE College Alumni Award during Polymers Appreciation Day

On May 12, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering held Polymers Appreciation Day, a one day symposium celebrating the outstanding achievements of the college’s alumni and students.

05/03/2017
CSMonitor.com - Can the Rust Belt become the 'Brain Belt'?

The Christian Science Monitor quotes dean Eric Amis, associate dean Matthew Becker, University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) senior fellow and Akron Ascent Innovations’ president/chief executive officer Barry Rosenbaum, president emeritus Luis Proenza, and associate professor David Giffels in a report on transforming Akron’s past into a high-tech future.

05/03/2017
May 2017 Safety Focus: Campus Emergencies

This month's safety focus is Campus Emergencies. The informational links here provide you access to important safety numbers, tips and guidelines that cover active shooter situations, hazardous weather, police services and contact information for other services on campus.

05/02/2017
Japanese delegation inspired by biomimicry in Northeast Ohio
Japanese delegates visiting Cleveland and Akron through the U.S. Department of State made a visit to UA to learn about the innovative work being done here in biomimicry.
04/27/2017
The University of Akron wins a trifecta at the ACS Rubber Division Awards

A UA Department of Polymer Science alumnus, Dr. Jimmy Mays, Professor & ORNL Distinguished Scientist at The University of Tennessee, joins two of UA’s prominent professors, Dr. Sadhan Jana of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and Dr. Judit Puskas of the College of Engineering, as awardees at The American Chemical Society Rubber Division 191st technical meeting.

04/13/2017
CPSPE Staff Spotlight: Sarah Thorley

CPSPE faculty and staff are a vital part to the success of the college. Recently, we asked Sarah Thorley, Department of Polymer Engineering Coordinator of Academic Programs to share her experience working at CPSPE.

04/06/2017
Becker inducted as 2017 PMSE Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Becker who was recently inducted as one of the newest members of the seventeenth class of PMSE fellows at the San Francisco ACS meeting on April 5.

04/04/2017
Polymer science student accepted into ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy

Polymer science student, Abdala Bashir has recently been accepted into the American Chemical Society (ACS) Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy, all expenses paid. The program will be held June 20-27, 2017 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.

04/03/2017
April 2017 Safety Focus: SHUT THE SASH!

April’s Safety Focus is SHUT THE SASH! If you have chemical fume hoods in your lab, we are asking you to SHUT THE SASH when you are not working in the hood.

03/29/2017
Polymer scientist William Landis honored for contributions

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Dr. William Landis, retired professor of polymer science, with the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization at the organization’s 46th annual meeting in San Francisco on March 22.

03/27/2017
Cheng to receive SPSJ International Award

Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng has been elected to receive The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) International Award this year at the 66th annual meeting in May. The International Award is the highest honor of the society and is awarded to international scientists over the age of 55 years for both contributions to the field and collaborative activities with Japanese groups.

03/24/2017
UA’s Polymer College establishes Akron Masters Program in Taiwan

Dr. Eric J. Amis, dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and Vice Provost for Research at The University of Akron, recently traveled to Taiwan to visit National Taipei University of Technology. The main objective of the visit was to formally exchange a signed agreement set between Taipei Tech and The University of Akron; this is built upon the foundation of strong connections between Taiwan and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

03/21/2017
Researchers' work selected for Virtual Special Issue of I&EC Research

Congratulations to our researchers on their recent publication featured in I&EC Research's "Invited Papers from ACS San Diego"!

03/17/2017
Battelle Scientists Meet with Polymer Faculty to Discuss Common Interests in Biomedical Research

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering hosted a March 16 visit with Dr. Steve Risser, Research Leader, and Dr. Erik Edwards, Sr. Research Scientist, from Battelle’s Advanced Materials Group.

03/16/2017
Polymer outreach another great success at the 2017 King and Friends Science Olympiad

On Sunday, March 5, the King and Friends Science Olympiad had its final competition and awards celebration at the Goodyear Polymer Center, wrapping up another great year where students participated in fun, exciting, and challenging events.

03/14/2017
Kaur Awarded Ohio Soybean Council Foundation Scholarship

WORTHINGTON, Ohio - The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce that Sukhmanjot Kaur of Akron, Ohio has been awarded a $2,500 graduate OSCF scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

03/13/2017
Polymer engineering researchers' work published in PNAS

Controlling the organization of nanoparticles into patterns in ultrathin polymer films can be accomplished with entropy instead of chemistry, according to a discovery by Dr. Alamgir Karim, UA’s Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Professor of Polymer Engineering, and his student Dr. Ren Zhang. Polymer thin films are used in a variety of technological applications, for example paints, lubricants, and adhesives.

03/09/2017
A first: University inventor receives three U.S. patents in single day

On Tuesday, March 7, a sole inventor became the first in University history to be awarded three U.S. patents in one day.

It is not uncommon for Professor Joseph Kennedy of Polymer Science to receive three patents in one year, but three in a single day is unprecedented.

03/08/2017
CPSPE Staff Spotlight: Melissa Bowman

CPSPE faculty and staff are a vital part to the success of the college. Recently, we asked Melissa Bowman, Department of Polymer Science Coordinator of Academic Programs to share her experience working at CPSPE.

03/03/2017
AGPA polymer outreach to host upcoming Science Olympiad

Interested in food science or forensics? What about meteorology, robotics, or electric cars? If science is your thing, The University of Akron campus is the place to be on Saturday, March 11, when nearly 600 students from six area counties will compete in the day-long Spectrum Akron Regional Science Olympiad.

03/02/2017
Super Resolution Imaging Helps Determine a Stem Cell’s Future

An interdisciplinary team of researchers, including associate dean for research Dr. Matthew Becker and UA alum Dr. Erin Childers, track a stem cell’s future. Read more

03/01/2017
March 2017 Safety Focus: Wellness, Stress & Safety

The March Safety Focus is at the request of a CPSPE student who approached me with concern of accidents that may occur in the lab or otherwise due to increased fatigue or personal stress. The top 2 causes of workplace injuries are fatigue and stress.

03/01/2017
Prof. Alan Gent, The University of Akron, and the Adhesion Society's 40th Birthday

On February 26, 2017, at its annual meeting in St. Petersburg, the Adhesion Society celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding and inaugural annual meeting at The University of Akron's Institute of Polymer Science.

02/21/2017
NSF Supports the Future Success of Polymer REU Program

The National Science Foundation continues to contribute to the impact of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE). NSF has awarded a grant of $344,741 to The University of Akron in support of REU that will start on April 1, 2017.

02/20/2017
Polymer Science student to receive John Wiley book award

Dibyendu Debnath, DPS graduate student, has been selected to receive the John Wiley book award in addition to being selected by POLY to be a part of the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium in San Francisco this April.

02/14/2017
University of Akron researchers collaborate with Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories

University of Akron researchers collaborate with Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories to develop new measurements to understand the structural changes in electrodes of lithium ion batteries during operation.

02/10/2017
February 2017 Safety Focus: Student Safety Violation Policy

The February Safety Focus is the introduction of the new Student Safety Violation Policy. Please read the policy and review the Lab Safety Rules.

02/08/2017
Faculty look to snakes and termites to improve daily life
Meet three UA researchers who are investigating nature to advance society.
01/30/2017
Remembering Dr. Howard L. Stephens

Dr. Howard L. Stephens, Professor Emeritus of Polymer Science and Chemistry, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, at the age of 97. Dr. Stephens was a good friend to many and did much for the polymer and chemistry programs at UA.

01/30/2017
Thematic issue of Elements magazine guest-edited by Polymer Science professor

Department of Polymer Science professor, Dr. Nita Sahai recently guest-edited a thematic issue of Elements magazine on the topic of the Origins of Life, which was released in December 2016.

01/27/2017
UA’s Polymer College Strengthens International Partnership with French IFP School

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering continues to uphold its renowned past and is making great strides in its promising future through cutting edge research, industry partnerships, and important connections with other programs and universities around the world.

This is the second year of a graduate student exchange program with the polymers program of IFP School (French Institute of Petroleum) in Rueil-Malmaison, France. Last year the first graduate students from CPSPE went to IFP School for six weeks, working with IFP faculty and staff, learning about supply chain issues and the connections of the oil and gas industry with the polymer industry.

01/27/2017
NASA visitors learn about research efforts at UA
Visitors from NASA toured UA labs conducting research related to NASA interests, and met with students on several College of Engineering design teams.
01/23/2017
AGPA polymer outreach helps at local science fairs

The start of a new year commences a fresh start with the Akron Global Polymer Academy's (AGPA) outreach. The outreach extends far beyond polymers in the college and on campus, but expands to a number of local schools and all levels of education.

01/04/2017
January 2017 Safety Focus: Chemical Inventories

The January Safety Focus is Chemical Inventories. Please take a look at your chemical storage and inventories this month.  We will have a chemical inventory training on February 10th in GDYR 304 from 9am-10:30am. Please RSVP to dwoolf@uakron.edu to attend the training. EOHS personnel will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the inventory system.

12/13/2016
Recent AGPA polymer outreach prompts excitement for the future

November and December are full of activities and outreach for the Akron Polymer Global Academy. With 16 events, and the gaining of over 3,000 contacts, every moment of outreach is high paced and exciting.

12/12/2016
PolyLux reaches next step in product development process
Ph.D. polymer science student Kaushik Mishra created PolyLux, a start-up company, to manufacture a new adhesive technology for bandages.
12/08/2016
Novel Nanofiber-based Coalescing Filter Media for Separation of Water Droplets from Ultra-low Sulphur Diesel Fuel

Professor Sadhan Jana and his students Dr. Stuti Rajgarhia and Dr. Rafael Benavides recently reported in Polymer, 93, 142-151 (2016) a facile means of fabrication of nanofibers from solutions of two immiscible polymers in two mutually miscible solvents using gas jet fiber method.

12/05/2016
Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng's recent work published in PNAS

Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng's recent work, "Geometry induced sequence of nanoscale Frank–Kasper and quasicrystal mesophases in giant surfactants," has been published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

12/01/2016
December Safety Focus: Lab, Hood, and Personal Safety

December's Safety Focus has an emphasis on Lab, Hood, and Personal Safety! There will be lab inspections and you will receive either a SAFETY STAR or an UNSAFE notice in your work areas. Please take a few minutes during your workday to evaluate the following areas of your personal protection equipment, hood space, and lab areas.

11/28/2016
University of Akron, Sandia pair up to bring new polymers
The national lab says it has tons of applications for new materials, from energy infrastructure to medical devices, and is looking to one of the nation's top polymer schools for help.
11/28/2016
Alumnus opens new Akron Children's Museum

Alumnus Ryan Hartschuh (PhD, 2007, Polymer Science) and his wife Betsy are the co-founders of the new Akron Children's Museum that opened on Friday, November 25, 2016.

11/22/2016
CPSPE visits to China renew and establish University-to-University agreements

Dean Eric Amis holds very highly the college’s relationships with alumni and partners. This fall, he led a delegation, including Associate Dean Kevin Cavicchi and Program Coordinator Ying Wang, to visit numerous universities in China to renew or establish University-to-University cooperative agreements and strengthen these partnerships.

11/16/2016
Polymer Engineering chair and professor invited to give inaugural lecture in India

Department of Polymer Engineering chair and professor, Dr. Sadhan Jana has been invited to give an inaugural lecture in India.

The Society of Polymer Science – India has invited Dr. Jana to give the first S. R. Palit Endowment Lecture at the MACRO 2017 International Conference on Polymer Science and Technology to be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India on January 8-11, 2017.

11/15/2016
APTS provides customized training to team from Indonesia

Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) is currently hosting a team of ten scientists and engineers from Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT). The team traveled from Indonesia to receive customized training in rubber technology from APTS instructors. The customized training, being held over a three week period, includes topics ranging from raw materials for elastomer compounding to aircraft tire retreading technology.

11/14/2016
Dean Amis visits Taipei and meets with CPSPE alumni

In Taipei, hosted by University of Akron alumni, Dean Amis visited Taipei Tech, Tsinghua University, Cheng Kung University, and also the LCY Group. At each place he delivered his talk “Polymers in the Valley of Death: Moving from Discovery to Application”. An alumni reunion dinner was hosted by the Taiwan-Akron Alumni Association with over a dozen alumni in attendance. This established alumni association is a representation of how CPSPE alumni remain connected to The University of Akron beyond their time on campus.

11/14/2016
Polymer Engineering Researchers Report Aerogel Microparticles

Aerogels, the extremely light, 90-95% porous solids filled with air with pore diameter between 2-200 nm, are mostly reported in literature as bulk monoliths or sheets of characteristic dimensions several centimeters to hundreds of centimeter. Professor Sadhan C. Jana and his student Dr. Senlong Gu devised an oil-in-oil emulsion strategy, for the first time, to produce micrometer size, spherical aerogel particles with the same properties as the bulk aerogel monoliths.

11/01/2016
Knight Foundation creates $3 million endowment for polymer research
The endowment -- the largest for an academic chair in our 146-year history -- allows us to further strengthen our internationally recognized polymer program and will help us attract world-class research faculty.
11/01/2016
CPSPE Confers Over a Dozen Student Awards and Fellowships

Graduate students play a crucial role in the development of new technologies under the guidance and supervision of their professors. As such, awards and fellowships are a key component to the career development of these student researchers and scholars, giving them the opportunity and flexibility to focus their efforts on academics and research.

11/01/2016
November Safety Focus: Hazardous Waste

November’s Safety Focus is a 4 part series on Hazardous Waste. Every week during the month of November we will focus on a different type of hazardous waste. Please review the attached University of Akron Waste Management Plan and Examples of Waste lists.

10/31/2016
AGPA and CPSPE grad students visit GlenOak High School

The Akron Global Polymer Academy is persevering in its mission to provide exciting opportunities for students to experience polymers through hands-on activities and expanding outreach. Recently, AGPA visited GlenOak High School. Particularly, they visited the school’s science club that has organized a Junior Polymer Ambassadors group that will be helping run a polymer STEM day for Oakwood Middle School. The science club is advised by biology teacher, Dori Hess, who participated in the NSF funded Research Experience for Teachers in Polymer Engineering at UA in 2014 and 2015, doing medical research.

10/19/2016
Novel Nanofiber Photocatalysts From Cheaper Gas Jet Fiber Method

Professor Sadhan Jana and his student Dr. Monoj Ghosh fabricated a set of mesoporous titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanofibers with length of a few micrometers and controlled diameter in the range 200-300 nm, crystalline grain size 10-50 nm, and anatase crystal content ~60% via calcination at 600°C of precursor nanofibers of polyvinylpyrrolidone and titanium isopropoxide obtained from scalable Gas Jet Fiber spinning process.

10/18/2016
Students hit right pitch with their health-related products

The Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in the College of Business Administration hosted PitchU on Oct. 15, a class and competition for hopeful entrepreneurs.

10/17/2016
AGPA offers hands-on, polymer activities to students and families

Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) is once again, immersed in outreach in order to bring the knowledge of polymers to inquisitive young minds. Thursday, October 13, AGPA visited Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy in Cleveland and ran a Polymer Family Night in which around 90 people were in attendance.

10/12/2016
October Safety Focus: Fire Safety & Prevention

The October Safety Focus is Fire Safety & Prevention. Please take a minute and clear away any storage that may be blocking the fire extinguishers, safety showers, eyewash stations and electrical panels. Use the Laboratory Fire Safety Checklist to review your lab. Know your exit route in case of emergency. Be Aware and Know Where your fire extinguisher and fire alarm are located. Know Where the AED (Heart Defibrillator) for your building is located.

10/11/2016
Jana and Puskas to be honored by ACS Rubber Division

Two prominent UA researchers are being recognized by The American Chemical Society Rubber Division for their numerous contributions to their fields.

Dr. Sadhan Jana, professor and chair of the Department of Polymer Engineering will receive the George Stafford Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research.

10/10/2016
Independent Control of Elastomer Properties through Stereocontrolled Synthesis

In this paper, a compositionally identical material uses stereochemistry (amount of CIS vs TRANS double bonds) to control mechanical properties.  Significantly, this class of materials is made via step growth polymerization and does not require the use of complicated transition metal catalysts to control stereochemistry as are required by many other elastomers reported in the literature.

10/06/2016
Professor outlines ultrasonically aided extrusion

Ultrasonically aided extrusion can compound waste EPDM rubber with polypropylene, by devulcanizing the rubber to break the chemical bond, according to Avraam Isayev, professor emeritus of polymers at the University of Akron.

09/28/2016
Preprogramming materials to shape shift at a given time

Dr. Andrey Dobrynin, Professor of Polymer Science, collaborates on research that creates time programmable shape-changing material which has a potential to facilitate the development of novel drug delivery systems.

09/27/2016
Polymer Engineering alumnus receives Sandmeyer Award 2016

Alumnus, Dr. Ratan K. Mishra (Polymer Engineering, PhD '12), along with fellow team members from Sika, ETHZ and the University of Colorado Boulder were awarded The Sandmeyer Award 2016, CHF 20'000 for their innovative work in the field of industrial and applied chemistry. Congratulations to Dr. Mishra and the team!

09/27/2016
BRIC intensifying cooperation with NASA with new fellowship opportunities

After the successful Biomimicry Summit and Education Forum (BSEF) for Aerospace hosted by NASA Glenn Research Center and in collaboration with Great Lakes Biomimicry and the Ohio Aerospace Institute Aug. 2-4, the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) is intensifying its cooperation with NASA Glenn.

09/26/2016
Boy Scout troop visits CPSPE

The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is not only passionate about spreading knowledge to bright UA minds, but also spreading knowledge to the inquiring minds of young children.

09/23/2016
Polymer Engineering Researchers Report Novel Use of Aerogels in Capturing Airborne Nanoparticles

Aerogels are extremely light, 90-95% porous solids filled with air with pore diameter between 2-200 nm. For reference, the diameter of human hair is typically 100,000 nm. The thermal insulation properties of aerogel materials have been exploited for decades.

09/23/2016
Dr. Kevin Cavicchi recognized as 2016 top 10 reviewer for Soft Matter

Congratulations Dr. Kevin Cavicchi for being recognized as a top 10 reviewer of Soft Matter in 2016.

09/22/2016
UA student brings science lessons to children of Ghana
Alex Nyarko, who is earning a doctorate in polymer science at UA, brings science lessons to where the children are in his native Ghana.
09/21/2016
K-12 Polymer Outreach in September

September is a busy month for Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) outreach. On Wednesday, September 14th, AGPA paid a visit to Firestone High School and visited biology teacher Josh Oldham, a participant in this summer’s Research Experience for Teachers. Mr. Oldham taught the lesson he developed during that time.

09/19/2016
Sandia National Laboratories and UA to collaborate in materials science
This latest collaboration for the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering will enable new discovery and innovation for both institutions.
09/01/2016
September Safety Focus: BACK TO THE BASICS

The September Safety Focus is BACK TO THE BASICS. Please review the UPDATED Lab Safety Rules.

09/01/2016
UA’s polymer college offers one-of-a-kind program in the U.S.
New professional master’s degree blends coursework across polymer science and engineering with classes in business and law.
08/30/2016
Celebration of generous donation to Polymer College

As a leader in polymer science and polymer engineering, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) continues to focus on polymer innovations and applications of research. In order to achieve these goals, the College develops industry partnerships and offers state-of-the-art facilities and cutting edge equipment to faculty, students, and industry.

On August 30, 2016 the College held an event to celebrate Babcock & Wilcox’s (B&W) generous donation of Raman spectroscopy equipment installed in the National Polymer Innovation Center.

08/30/2016
University of Akron researchers find thin layers of water can become ice-like at room temperature

ScienceMag.com spotlights the work of Dr. Ali Dhinojwala and graduate students Nishad Dhopatkar and Adrian Defante into the behavior of thin layers of water between two charged surfaces. It turns out the water exhibits ice-like tendencies at room temperature. The research could lead to better ways to minimize friction in a variety of settings.

08/29/2016
ACS POLY-PMSE Student Chapter at The University of Akron is established

We are pleased to announce that the student run organization affiliated with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and the Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) is now at The University of Akron.

08/26/2016
Welcome New Students to the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering!

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) is preparing for the start of another fantastic semester as it welcomed over one hundred new students from ten different countries at the new student orientation on Friday, August 26, 2016. Forty-one PhD students, 4 Masters students, and 56 Akron Masters Program students were welcomed to the Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering programs.

08/25/2016
The super-organism behind Nature’s skyscraper

The international publication Laboratory News features the research of Dr. Hunter King, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Biology, regarding the mounding behavior of termites and the impact on passive human architecture.

08/19/2016
Dean Emeritus Frank N. Kelley speaks to rising leaders in the Akron community

As part of Leadership Akron’s Class 33 Akron City Tour, Dr. Frank N. Kelley, Dean Emeritus of The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, spoke Wednesday at UA’s Goodyear Polymer Center to rising leaders in the Akron community. Dr. Kelley is an alumnus of both the University and the Leadership Akron program. His grandson, also Frank Kelley, who is part of the current Jr. Leadership class, joined members of the current Signature Class 33 for the talk entitled “Background and Importance of Polymers for the Akron Region and Ohio”.

08/18/2016
WXIX-TV and WOIO-TV report that UA alum Dr. Murthy Simhambhatla has been named CEO and President of Alphaeon Corporation

ALPHAEON Corporation, a social commerce company in lifestyle healthcare, today announced that Murthy Simhambhatla PhD has been appointed CEO and President by the ALPHAEON Board of Directors. Dr. Simhambhatla replaces Robert E. Grant who was recently appointed as Vice Chairman of the ALPHAEON Board of Directors.

08/18/2016
Bridgestone utilizes Make it in America grant to subsidize Polymer Training

Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) networks with companies, economic development organizations, government agencies, and other UA groups to provide training opportunities to industrial clients. Dr. Jelynn Stinson, Manager of APTS, led the effort to implement the effective utilization of Make it in America (MIIA) training grants this year by Bridgestone employees.

08/15/2016
Synthetic melanin makes color-changing skin

An artificial skin made with synthetic melanin nanoparticles would have chameleons turning green with envy were the lizards capable of such a petty emotion. The synthetic skin changes color faster than a chameleon’s, provided the humidity of the air surrounding the engineered film changes quickly enough (Chem. Mater. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b02127).

08/12/2016
AGPA End of Summer Outreach Events

With the summer coming to an end, the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) is continuing its mission to create and disseminate knowledge by finishing off the summer with more outreach, interactions, and education. AGPA is always developing creative and innovative ways to spread knowledge to bright young minds, and the conclusion of the summer is no exception.

08/08/2016
Summer 2016 Student Award Recipients

Congratulations Winners!

The Department of Polymer Engineering is pleased to announce the Summer 2016 Student Award Recipients.

08/05/2016
Biomimicry is a promising approach for driving innovation, study finds

Science Magazine reports that CPSPE Ph.D. candidate and GOJO Industries Biomimicry Fellow Emily Kennedy has contributed to biomimicry research aimed at fostering sustainable innovation.

08/05/2016
Undergraduate polymer research showcased on campus

On Thursday, August 4th, over 40 undergraduate students attended the 13th Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Research Symposium (NOURS) hosted by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE). Students from The University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, and NASA Glenn Research Center were in attendance and participated in this event.

08/01/2016
August Safety Focus: Know Before You Work!

The Safety Focus for August will expand on the July HAZCOMM Safety Focus. "Know before you work" focuses on understanding the hazards of the chemicals before you work with them. I have had many interactions with students who do not read the SDS prior to ordering or working with a chemical.

07/21/2016
AGPA hosts Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers 2016 Workshop

The Akron Global Polymer Academy’s (APGA) passion for science and polymers is continuously expanding to educate and intrigue others, and this time its significant impact has reached local teachers.

07/18/2016
[Video] Akron maintains Rubber City reputation

WKYC Channel 3's Jasmine Monroe finds out how innovation and adaptability have helped Akron maintain its leadership in the polymer industry.

07/15/2016
Newkome named KSU distinguished alumnus

George R. Newkome, vice president of research Emeritus and the James and Vanita Oelschlager Professor of Science and Technology in the Department of Polymer Science, will receive the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Kent State University at a ceremony in September recognizing him, and other notable Kent alumni and friends.

07/15/2016
Polymer outreach welcomes Great Lakes Science Center campers

The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) at The University of Akron is making great strides in educating young students about the world of science, polymers, and endless possibilities.

Every summer, the Great Lakes Science Center hosts a series of summer camps for middle school students. This year, AGPA hosted visits at UA on June 15, 29, and July 14.

07/12/2016
Polymer Outreach supports expansion of STEM program to local high schools

RC cars and racing game engines? Sounds like fun! And, it’s all in the name of science education!

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Foundation has awarded the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) a grant to support the expansion of the Full Throttle STEM program to the nine high schools in the Akron Public Schools (APS) system.

07/08/2016
1st Annual CPSPE Battle of the Labs a Huge Success

Thank you and congratulations to all of the research groups that participated in the 1st Annual CPSPE Battle of the Labs! 

The college’s June Safety Focus was a friendly competition between labs and an introduction to the 5S workplace organization (cleaning) system. The level of enthusiasm and friendly competition made the entire experience fun and exciting, all while creating safer and cleaner labs for the faculty and students.

07/06/2016
July Safety Focus: HAZCOMM/GHS Training

The July Safety Focus is HAZCOMM/GHS training. All students are required to complete the HAZCOMM/GHS Training module on their Springboard. This is a MANDATORY training required by the University Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety.

07/06/2016
[Video] CPSPE is featured in a new JobsOhio video

CPSPE is featured in a new JobsOhio video! Ohio leads the U.S. providing an unparalleled plastic and rubber ecosystem helping more companies achieve long-term success and strategic growth.

06/28/2016
Crain's Cleveland Business: Record-breaking event helps illustrate Akron's footing in the polymer science world

Crain's Cleveland Business article highlights the 12th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference hosted by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at UA.

06/27/2016
Global Partner, East China University of Science and Technology, visits The University of Akron

On June 23, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) had the privilege of welcoming longtime, global partner East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) to The University of Akron (UA).

06/16/2016
Dhinojwala Group Wins at PiNO

June 10, 2016, three Department of Polymer Science students made nearly a clean sweep at the Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio (PiNO) Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Dharamdeep Jain, Nishad Dhopatkar, and Gaurav Amarpuri, students from the Dhinojwala group, won three of four prizes awarded to graduate students.

06/16/2016
Polymer Outreach Program Offers Research Experience for Teachers

This week, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s Akron Global Polymer Academy began the Research Experience for Teachers in Polymer Engineering (RET) program. This program, funded by NSF Award Number EEC-1542358, sponsors ten high school science teachers who will work for eight weeks conducting polymer research in a lab of a CPSPE faculty member. Nine of the educators making up this year’s cohort are from districts in Northeast Ohio and one has traveled from Houston, Texas to participate.

06/15/2016
Akron Polymer Technology Services has a Worldwide Impact

Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS), formerly known as the Akron Polymer Training Center and Applied Polymer Research Center, is making worldwide strides.

06/14/2016
Record participation expected at national polymer conference at UA
The latest in polymer research is the focus of the 12th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference, to be held here June 19-22.
06/08/2016
Dr. Kevin Cavicchi co-edits special issue of Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics

The Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics has published a special issue on shape-memory polymers. The special issue, called “Shaping Shape-Memory”, was edited by Mitchell Anthamatten of the University of Rochester and Kevin Cavicchi of The University of Akron.

06/01/2016
June Safety Focus: Lab Cleaning

The June Safety Focus is a friendly competition between labs and an introduction to the 5S workplace organization (cleaning) system.

06/01/2016
The elasticity of creativity in the minds of young inventors
AnnualRubber Band Contest for Young Inventors draws students and their novel ideas from around the nation.
05/31/2016
Research Experience For Undergraduates Launches This Year’s Summer Program

The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) offers a unique internship program for undergraduate students in the field of polymer science and polymer engineering. Research Experience for Undergraduates, is an eleven week internship program in which  students from colleges across the United States will work closely with CPSPE faculty to investigate a fundamental question within the disciplines of polymer science and polymer engineering, including chemistry, physics, characterization and biomaterials.

05/16/2016
Outstanding researcher works to solve medical challenges

Dr. Matthew L. Becker is one of two recipients of this year’s Outstanding Researcher Award. The awards were presented May 6 at the Founders Day Luncheon.

05/11/2016
Tosoh Bioscience LLC and The University of Akron Debut The Tosoh Polymer Chromatography Laboratory at the Goodyear Polymer Center

The Tosoh Polymer Chromatography Laboratory located at the Goodyear Polymer Center offers start-of-the-art Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) Systems from Tosoh Bioscience for polymer scientists working in academia and industry.

05/06/2016
They built a better bandage, and won $7,000
Two graduate students invented an adhesive bandage that allows for easy removal with minimal pain, winning the LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Competition and money to advance their idea.
05/05/2016
Polymer Science alumnus wins Young Scientist Award from Science Academy Society in Turkey

Dr. Bülent Akgün, PhD Polymer Science 2007, currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, has been recognized with a 2016 Young Scientists Program (BAGEP) Award by the Science Academy Society in Turkey.

05/03/2016
Akron Global Polymer Academy Inspires K-12 Students with Hands-On Polymer Experiences

On April 20th and 27th, 55 students visited the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and the National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance. These students earned their field trip to UA through participation in Akron Public School’s First Annual Chemistry Erlenmeyer Flask Three Fold Challenge—a partnership with Chemistry teachers across the district aimed at promoting shared community experiences with other teachers/students and learning through direct experiences and problem-solving.

05/02/2016
May Safety Focus: Lab Coats

Lab Coats is the topic for the May Safety Focus. You will be required to wear a lab coat, gloves and safety glasses when you are working in the lab.

04/29/2016
Dr. Coleen Pugh’s presentation at ACS National Meeting is identified as “The Best Presentation”

Dr. Coleen Pugh presented a paper entitled “Soy-Based Resins and Fillers for Thermoset Composites” at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, California in March 2016. Dr. Pugh’s presentation at the meeting was identified by the session chair, Dr. Don Wardius (of Covestro), as the “Best Presentation” of her session in the symposium on Sustainable Polymers, Processes & Applications.

04/27/2016
CPSPE Director of Outreach, Paula Watt, speaks about the benefits of collaboration between industry and research scientists in Plastics News

“University researchers and industry scientists and engineers tend to think differently,” said Paula Watt, outreach director for the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron. “But collaboration is a necessity.” - Plastics News

04/26/2016
Drs. Soucek and Miller receive Roon Foundation Award from American Coatings Association

Dr. Mark Soucek and Kent Miller (Ph.D. 2012, Polymer Engineering) received the second place Roon Foundation Award for their work on a new low-temperature cure-on-command process for coatings. The 2016 American Coatings Association Roon Awards were presented at the American Coatings Show, April 12-14, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

04/20/2016
Alumnus is co-founder of new Akron Children's Museum

Department of Polymer Science alumnus Ryan Harschuh (Ph.D. 2007) and his wife are the co-founders of the new Akron Children's Museum set to open this summer.

04/08/2016
Polymer Outreach inspires over 800 middle and high school students in March

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s Akron Global Polymer Academy – with the generous help of faculty, staff, graduate students, and volunteers – reached over 800 middle and high school students during the month of March through two major events on campus: The Time Warner Cable Akron Regional Science Olympiad and The Western Reserve District 5 Science Day.

04/08/2016
Yipin Duan wins SPE Mettler Toledo Award

Yipin Duan has won the SPE Mettler Toledo Award for 2015-16. He is an accelerated master’s student working in the research groups of Profs. Zacharia and Vogt.

04/01/2016
April Safety Focus: Emergencies
April’s safety focus is emergencies. ALL EMERGENCIES and/or ACCIDENTS MUST BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY!
03/28/2016
Two professors add to legacy of prestigious NSF CAREER award recipients
The honorees are Dr. Yu Zhu, polymer science, and Dr. David Simmons, polymer engineering.
03/28/2016
Polymer Engineering Student Organization wins SPE Student Chapter Award

Congratulations to our very own Akron Section SPE Student Chapter led by the Polymer Engineering Student Organization (PESO)! The Outstanding Student Chapter Award is the highest honor for a student chapter, recognizing those that display exemplary efforts in industry engagement, operations and planning, community and social outreach and more.

03/09/2016
Younjin Min wins Polymer Processing Society Early Career Award

Younjin Min, assistant professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering, will receive the 2016 PPS Early Career Award from The Polymer Processing Society. This award recognizes productivity of early career researchers in the field of polymer processing as judged from the publications, patents, and service to the Polymer Processing Society. Nominees include tenured/tenure-track faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, and researchers working in industry or national laboratories within 6 years of receiving their Ph.D. degree at the time of nomination.

03/08/2016
Supramolecule could one day improve pharmaceutical drug delivery systems

A team led by Dr. George Newkome and Dr. Chrys Wesdemiotis has synthesized and structurally proven a precise and immense supramolecule, which can undergo changes in molecular architecture under varying ambient conditions.

03/08/2016
Landis, Becker and Joy to speak at APTC’s biomaterials seminars

Three of UA's leading researchers — Dr. William Landis, Dr. Matthew Becker and Dr. Abraham Joy — will speak during a three-part series on biomaterials hosted by UA’s Akron Polymer Training Center in April.

03/04/2016
Dozens of prospective students visit the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Dozens of prospective students visited Akron on March 4th to explore campus and learn more about the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. Students from 11 different universities toured the National Polymer Innovation Center, the new visualization center, numerous labs and campus.