News Archive

03/18/2019
Polymer College hosts Science Day at UA

The Western Reserve District 5 Science Day (WRSD) is one of 16 district science fairs held in Ohio each spring under the Ohio Junior Academy of Science. Students from grades 5-12 prepared posters, designs, or prototypes in various disciplines, ranging from botany to computer science, from polymers to biochemistry. This year's event took place on March 16th at The University of Akron’s Student Union and was hosted by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s (CPSPE) Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA).

03/12/2019
Polymer Outreach hosts Science Olympiad and hundreds of local students

Five-hundred fifty students and forty-four teams: the Akron Regional Science Olympiad hosted by the Akron Global Polymer Academy is a scientific competition that challenges young students to use their teamwork and ingenuity, all while having fun in the name of science! On March 9, 2019, students from dozens of local middle and high schools gathered at The University of Akron’s campus to compete in team events and have an opportunity to qualify for The Ohio State Tournament in April.

03/11/2019
Marcos Pantoja awarded Chatterjee Travel Award

The Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) recently awarded Marcos Pantoja the Chatterjee Travel Award to attend ANTEC 2019 in Detroit, MI. This award is given to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and involvement within SPE. Furthermore, Marcos was selected for this award due to his thermoplastics and foams centered Ph.D. studies.

03/04/2019
March Safety Focus: Emergency Eye Wash and Safety Showers (Video Demos by CPSPE Safety Officer)

March’s Safety Focus is the Emergency Eye Wash and Safety Showers. Keep all eye wash stations and safety showers accessible. Why are emergency showers or eyewash stations important? The first 10 to 15 seconds after exposure to a hazardous substance, especially a corrosive substance, are critical. Delaying treatment, even for a few seconds, may cause serious injury.

02/12/2019
Snake-like locomotion has many applications for robots [Video]

YouTube - Computerphile - Assistant Professor Henry Astley discussed his research into the "biomechanics of animal locomotion."

02/08/2019
Agreement with Le Mans Université yields new opportunities for students and faculty

The president of Le Mans Université, Rachid El Guerjouma, traveled from France this week to visit UA and formally strengthen the existing relationship between our institutions.

02/08/2019
Tubing die gifted to UA’s Akron Polymer Technology Services

Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) continues to develop industry relevant workforce development courses for the polymer Industry. With the help of industry partners like Extrusion Tooling & Technology Inc. (ETTI), real-world processing equipment is used for hands-on, practical training of industry clients.

02/07/2019
Sonal Bhadauriya receives SPE Polymer Modifiers and Additives Division (PMAD) award

Congratulations to Sonal Bhadauriya (advisor Dr. Alamgir Karim) who was recently awarded $2,500 from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

02/07/2019
CPSPE Welcomes NPIC Microscopy Instrumentation Scientist

Dr. Jiansheng Feng is starting a new position at UA as an Instrumentation Scientist for the National Polymer Innovation Center and will be overseeing much of the microscopy equipment.

02/05/2019
Covestro and UN Environment call for young people to take part

Do you dare to invent the future? Covestro and the United Nations are again calling for nominations for Young Champions of the Earth, the prestigious prize for environmental entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30, who have big ideas for the world’s future.

02/04/2019
February Safety Focus: CPSPE Prescription Safety Glasses Program

February’s Safety Focus is Safety Glasses and creating awareness for the College’s Prescription Safety Glasses Program. Anytime you are in the lab, transporting or working with hazardous substances safety glasses must be worn. Side Shields must be worn with all personal glasses. The side shields are very inexpensive to purchase.

02/01/2019
Goodyear Polymer Center teaching labs receive renovations

The teaching laboratories in the Goodyear Polymer Center received a much welcomed revamping, as part of a larger UA renovation project funded by the State.

01/28/2019
Undergrad's gecko research presented at national conference

Alexandra Pamfilie, a third-year Williams Honors Scholar majoring in biology and psychology, presented a poster on “gecko adhesive system performance” at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) in Tampa, Fla., earlier this month.

01/24/2019
Polymer engineering faculty on editorial board of new journal

The American Chemical Society's Applied Polymer Materials is a new journal that features Dr. Bryan Vogt, professor of polymer engineering, as an associate editor. Dr. Nicole Zacharia, associate professor of polymer engineering, is serving on the journal's editorial advisory board.

01/22/2019
UA gets visit from U.S. Department of Defense

Our cutting-edge and groundbreaking research has caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense’s U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM).

01/22/2019
Ziptastic winner for January announced: Deborah Wilhite

The Staff Employee Advisory Committee (SEAC) is pleased to announce the January Ziptastic Award recipient is Deborah Wilhite.

01/14/2019
Polymer purée: UA explores ‘Polymer Science of Cooking’
Common foods, such as ice cream and Jell-O, are used to illustrate the interaction of polymers (large molecules found in plastic, rubber and DNA).
01/11/2019
Polymer Science welcomes Junpeng Wang to CPSPE

The Department of Polymer Science is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Junpeng Wang to The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

01/10/2019
January Safety Focus: 1st Annual CPSPE Safety Day

January's Safety Focus will be a day dedicated to Safety every year – January 16th.  This is the anniversary of the death of Sheri Sangji who lost her life after the UCLA lab explosion. We want to encourage everyone in CPSPE to engage in promoting an atmosphere of safety.

01/07/2019
Akron area listed in 50 top performers in US patents

Akron Beacon Journal - Research conducted at UA contributes substantially to Akron's innovation ecosystem. Cesar Lopez Gonzalez, Ph.D., a recent graduate of UA's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, is referenced in the report.

12/20/2018
Eight ways we made the world a better place in 2018
University of Akron faculty and students used their knowledge and talents im many ways this year to improve lives locally, regionally and around the world.
12/19/2018
Rubber Band Contest Alumnus Parker Frye Competes for $250,000 with New Invention!

Five Finalist Families are Vying to be Crowned the Next $250,000 Grand Prize Winner in Frito-Lays Variety Packs’ “DREAMVENTION” Contest

Parker Frye is one of the outstanding alumni from The University of Akron's Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors. Frye finished as a finalist in 2015 (with his invention "Chill-Itch", an adhesive patch to stop itchy bug bites) and took home the grand prize in the Arts & Leisure division in 2017 (with his artwork "LIBERTY: The Sum of Our Parts", an abstract work using light and shadows).

12/19/2018
UA-based business wants you to help tackle harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie

The Devil Strip - UA doctoral students Banafsheh Khakipoor and Kelly Siman; Research Scientist Jiansheng Feng; and Assistant Professors Hunter King and Adam Smith are collaborating to develop reliable, cost-effective technology to monitor algal-producing nutrients in fresh water.

12/12/2018
Polymer Engineering alumna to be part of Boeing Technical Fellowship

The Department of Polymer Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Sayata Ghose (PhD 2004, Isayev) on her selection to be a part of the Boeing Technical Fellowship program as an Associate Technical Fellow effective January 2019.

12/11/2018
Bounce, University of Akron are proving to be productive partners

Crain's Cleveland Business - Associate Professors Hossein Tavana, Abraham Joy and graduate student Kaushik Mishra are joining the ranks of UA researchers who are collaborating with The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) at Akron's Bounce Innovation Hub. Assistant Counsel & Project Manager Elyse Ball noted that Chelsea Monty, an assistant professor in chemical & biomedical engineering, hopes to commercialize her research in 2019.

12/03/2018
December Safety Focus: Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program

December's Safety Focus is the Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program. We must eliminate the use of mercury thermometers in the labs. CPSPE Operations/Safety will provide an exchange for your mercury thermometers at no cost to the research group while supplies last.

11/30/2018
PPG Research Team Fellowship offers a wealth of knowledge and experience for undergraduate student

PPG has partnered with the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to offer Research Team Fellowships for undergraduate STEM students pursuing a Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. These fellowships provide opportunities for students to gain valuable polymers experience and receive scholarship funds, which can have a major impact on their current studies and future careers in polymers.

11/27/2018
Polymers take on new importance for Ohio’s economy and educators

The Akron Global Polymer Academy's content specialist, John Fellenstein, is featured in this Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) article.

11/19/2018
Polymer professor’s program to enable STEM pathways for autistic college students

Dr. Ruel McKenzie has helped create a new program to enable STEM pathways for autistic college students. PULSe is a Five-Star Fridays initiative that’s a collaborative effort among the College of Polymer Science and Engineering, LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education and the Office of Accessibility.

11/14/2018
Two startup companies receive NSF funding

Two startup companies based on UA technology have received $225,000 each from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

11/14/2018
Polymer outreach collaborates with local NIHF STEM Middle School

Can aluminum rods really sing? Is it possible to carve a pumpkin without a knife? These questions and more were answered recently at Science Fridays! Big Science for Little Learners.

11/04/2018
University of Akron polymer research turns toward opioid-related work

Crain's Cleveland Business: The University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Engineering is finding new applications for polymers — and possibly bolstering its own relevance — by engineering new materials that can integrate with other molecules.

11/04/2018
UA's Polymer college, Biomimicry, and Corrosion Engineering featured in Hemispheres Magazine

Hemispheres, the Award-Winning Onboard Magazine for United Airlines, featured CPSPE, Biomimicry, and Corrosion Engineering in it's October 2018 issue. Read the article [PDF]

11/02/2018
November Safety Focus: Accident Reporting

November’s Safety Focus is Accident Reporting. All accidents, spills and injuries need to be reported to Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS) or the CPSPE Safety Officer. Problems that go unreported may affect other people or building functions. If you do not report an incident and EOHS is alerted by another means, you may be subject to disciplinary action by the university.

10/29/2018
Engineers are Studying Birds' Nests

Continuing coverage of Dr. Hunter King's National Science Foundation research is featured on Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds website.

10/28/2018
UA professor uses movie monsters to teach biology

Beacon Journal / Ohio.com - A University of Akron professor had no problem scaring up people who wanted to take his class.

The smell of popcorn wafted in the air in the dark theater at the campus student union. Big, dripping-red letters on the screen declared “Monsters Among Us,” giving a hint of what tonight’s lecture would explore.

10/24/2018
CPSPE Welcomes NPIC Instrumentation Scientist

Dr. Andrew Knoll is joining the UA community as an Instrumentation Scientist for the National Polymer Innovation Center and will be overseeing much of the spectroscopic characterization equipment.

10/24/2018
New bandage means less pain for patients on removal
Prototyping and testing are complete for the bandage, which releases under specific wavelength of light.
10/22/2018
Feathers, filaments and physics: Scientist studies mechanics of birds’ nests
Dr. Hunter King's research, funded by the National Science Foundation, could lead to innovations in civil engineering and architecture, transportation and advanced manufacturing.
10/18/2018
UIX: Grand Rapids has a plastic problem, and here's who's helping fix it

Meagan Hill Marko, Polymer Engineering (MS 2005), is featured in this article. Read more

10/18/2018
Longtime polymer professor earns high honor from American Chemical Society
Dr. Roderic Quirk will receive the 2019 Charles Goodyear Medal in recognition of his many contributions to the rubber industry.
10/11/2018
Dr. Mark Foster honored by peers

Dr. Mark Foster, the Thomas A. Knowles Professor in the Department of Polymer Science, has been elected as an American Physical Society Fellow.

10/11/2018
Tune in Thursday, 10/11, to hear Dr. Nita Sahai on ‘Exploradio Origins’

Dr. Nita Sahai, the Ohio Research Scholar Professor in the Department of Polymer Science, will be featured this Thursday, Oct. 11, on “Exploradio Origins,” a “weekly series that ponders some of the biggest questions in the universe in 90 seconds.”

10/10/2018
Collaborative Research by UA Scientists selected as ACS Editors’ Choice

Scientists from four departments at The University of Akron recently collaborated on research that was reported in an article submitted to ACS Publications. Not only was this article accepted in Macromolecules, but it was also selected to be featured in ACS Editors’ Choice based on recommendations by ACS Journals’ editors.

10/09/2018
University of Akron professor emeritus to receive 2019 Charles Goodyear Medal

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A professor emeritus at the University of Akron will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division.

Roderic Quirk, an emeritus distinguished professor of polymer science at the University of Akron, was announced as the medalist during the first day of the Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference, being held Oct. 9-11 in Louisville.

10/01/2018
October Safety Focus: Lab Safety Checks

I will be back in the labs this month leaving these notices to give you a thumbs up or to make corrections. Any violations you receive will need to be corrected immediately. Time to clean up the work spaces and focus on safety in the labs!

09/26/2018
You can help solve Lake Erie's harmful algal bloom problem with University of Akron spectrometers

UA Ph.D. student Kelly Siman and Assistant Professor Hunter King are working on a user-friendly spectrometer "that can measure phosphorus and nitrates in water throughout the Lake Erie watershed."

09/18/2018
UARF’s Spark Fund announces the completion of its first project

Dr. Abraham Joy, associate professor of polymer science, and his lab have concluded prototyping and testing of a light releasable adhesive invented with funding provided by the University of Akron Research Foundation’s Spark Fund. This marks the successful completion of the first of five projects awarded Spark Funds in 2017.

09/13/2018
Polymer faculty continue to earn significant federal research funds
The nearly $4 million received is for topics ranging from designing new materials inspired by a bird’s nest to 3D printing and nanocomposites.
09/12/2018
Protecting first responders from opiate exposure is researcher’s goal
Dr. Abraham Joy has been awarded $200K for his solution in the opiate crisis — one that offers greater protection to paramedics and police officers.
09/06/2018
Akron 360 Social Event Promotes Polymers at UA

Last week, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering hosted a social event on the 11th floor of the Goodyear Polymer Center.

09/05/2018
University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Engineering gets increased funding

Interim Dean Ali Dhinojwala is quoted in this Crain's Cleveland Business report.

09/01/2018
September Safety Focus: Glass Waste

We have recently found glass waste containers full of capped glass vials filled with chemicals, solvents and dry materials etc. The university cannot dispose of glass waste with chemicals in it. Glass waste vials must be uncapped and contents disposed of properly in Halo, Non Halo, Aqueous or solid waste containers. Caps can be thrown in the garbage with only glass being discarded in the glass waste containers.

08/31/2018
‘Synapse Series’ connects art and science here at UA
An origami artist and a Harvard physicist are among the upcoming speakers in annual series that focuses on the intersection of art and science.
08/31/2018
Faculty and student teams complete intense I-Corps Teams program

Two teams of faculty, students and a community mentor completed the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Teams program, a more intense follow-on program to UA’s I-Corps Site. These participating teams each spoke to at least 100 customers as part of a seven-week quest to more precisely define a business model and path to market for a new UA technology.

08/20/2018
Polymer Outreach at "Props and Pistons Festival"

This past weekend, the Akron Global Polymer Academy was at the Akron Fulton Airport running an outreach table at the "Props and Pistons Festival". Attendees had the opportunity to have fun and learn about polymers through hands-on activities.

08/16/2018
Polymer professor earns award from American Chemical Society
Dr. Matthew Becker's research at the interface of chemistry, materials and medicine is being honored.
08/13/2018
Polymer Undergraduate Program Provides Valuable Experience and Positive Impact for Interns

Congratulations to the 17 interns who recently completed the 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates program!

The REU program was launched in 2004 and 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 (CPSPE).

08/07/2018
CPSPE Welcomes Staff Hires – MRC Manager and Director of Operations

It is with great pleasure that the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering welcomes new staff hires Dr. Jessi Baughman and Dr. Jason Randall.

08/02/2018
August Safety Focus: 2018 Lab Safety Rules Review

Please review our 2018 LAB SAFETY RULES and the CPSPE Student Violation Policy. CPSPE Student Safety Violation Policy

07/27/2018
Welcome to Akron, 'Middle City, USA'

UA's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is noted for helping to diversify the local economy and serve as an economic driver for the region.

07/19/2018
“Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers” provides valuable learning experience for middle and high school teachers

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.

07/12/2018
Polymer college celebrates retirement of Dr. Stephen Cheng

Earlier this week, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering celebrated the retirement of Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng, former dean of the college and Frank C. Sullivan Distinguished Research Professor of Polymer Science.

07/10/2018
Polymer researcher taking a look at tire reinforcement

A group of researchers in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering were awarded a CenTiRe grant of $70,000 to help fund their research of using polymers to improve tire rubber durability. The team is being led by Dr. Li Jia, at right, an associate professor of polymer science, and Dr. Robert Moore, a professor of physical and polymer chemistry at Virginia Tech.

07/03/2018
UA’s Sport Science Academy and Akron Global Polymer Academy team up for STEM in Sport Camp

Last week, the School of Sport Science and Wellness Education: Sport Science Academy (SSA) hosted a 3-day STEM in Sport camp that had their participants learning about the concepts of STEM that are embedded in the world of sports.

07/02/2018
July Safety Focus: Old Chemicals and Samples Disposal

In an effort to reduce the amount of chemical samples left from previous students and no longer needed, we are repeating our safety focus from October 2017.

06/25/2018
Polymer professor develops safer component for lithium batteries
The UA research could improve the safety and performance of lithium batteries.
06/19/2018
Dr. Tianbo Liu appointed as the next Chair of the Department of Polymer Science

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tianbo Liu as the next Chair of the Department of Polymer Science effective July 2018.

06/18/2018
AGPA welcomes Women In Engineering campers

Summer camp season on the University of Akron campus is in full swing, and the Akron Global Polymer Academy has been busy helping make these experiences memorable for the visiting campers.

06/17/2018
Slime-making craze has become a big business

Content Specialist John Fellenstein comments on outreach conducted by CPSPE's Akron Global Polymer Academy in this Chemical & Engineering News article.

06/13/2018
Ph.D. student explores 3D printing in New Mexico
Adam Woods is spending the summer in Albuquerque at Sandia National Laboratories to learn the process for building a custom 3D printer system.
06/12/2018
Summer 2018 Welcomes New Teachers to the RET Program

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s Akron Global Polymer Academy recently began the 2018 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. By the end of the program, those teachers will have developed new lesson plans to introduce STEM to their classrooms in innovative ways.

06/08/2018
Built to Last: Modification Strengthens 3D-Printed Plastics

Professor Bryan Vogt and his research group are conducting the research featured in this Design News article.

06/04/2018
Research on spider glue resolves sticky problem
The way spider glues function in humid conditions provides clues for better commercial adhesives.
06/01/2018
June Safety Focus: Compressed Gas Cylinders

The June Safety Focus topic was requested by a student. Please review the following information. Video: Myth Busters Compressed Cylinder Experiment. This is a great resource for cylinder safety: University of Saskatchewan Cylinder Guide.

05/31/2018
Polymer-Focused Outreach Group Continues to Inspire and Educate Students in the 10th Edition of the Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors

The Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors is an annual nation-wide competition that challenges young students to design and create an invention or artwork that utilizes at least 1 rubber band in some way. The results each year are astounding, and the 2018 contest was no exception.

05/31/2018
U Akron team develops Mn-based high performance anode for Li-ion batteries

Green Car Congress - May 28, 2018 - Researchers led by Professor Bryan Vogt and Associate Professor Yu Zhu conducted the research in this article.

05/29/2018
Polymer College’s 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Begins

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, 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. The 2018 summer internship program began May 29th and will offer 11 weeks of competitive research and career development experience to 17 students.

05/24/2018
Polymer professor demonstrates research in bone-defect repair to Congress
Dr. Matthew Becker, the W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, was selected to demonstrate to Congress his work and research with technological advances in contributions to veterans’ health.
05/22/2018
Spider glue resolves sticky problem

Graduate student Saranshu Singla, UA alums Gaurav Amarpuri and Nishad Dhopatkar, Professor Todd Blackledge, and Interim Dean Ali Dhinojwala collaborated in research that was originally published in Nature.com.

05/17/2018
2018 Polymers Appreciation Day Student Poster Winners Announced!

Congratulations Nicholas Teo (left), Adam Woods (center), and Fang Peng (right) 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!

05/16/2018
Polymer College honors Leaders, Visionaries, and Innovators at Three-Day Alumni & Industry Event

While what would evolve into the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) began making waves over a century ago, it was officially established as a college in 1988 with Dr. Frank N. Kelley as dean. In the following 30 years, CPSPE continued to be a powerhouse of learning and innovation in the polymer industry.

05/07/2018
A Polymer Playground: Akron Global Polymer Academy Consults on Science Center’s New TapeScape Exhibit

Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center has found a brand new way to make science come alive, and it comes in the form of polymers.

05/04/2018
Isayev Welcomed to Prestigious EU Academy of Sciences

Dr. Avraam Isayev is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus within the Department of Polymer Engineering, a research advisor to dozens of masters and doctorate students, a highly awarded and published researcher, and now a member of the EU Academy of Sciences.

05/02/2018
Improving 3-D printing of plastic parts

Professor Bryan Vogt, Adjunct Professor Miko Cakmak, and their colleagues are conducting the research featured in this American Chemical Society article.

05/02/2018
Polymer Family Nights at Bath Elementary School

Bath Elementary School is the most recent scene of an AGPA Polymer Family Night.

05/01/2018
May Safety Focus: Lab Inspections

The May Safety Focus will be Lab Inspections. It is our intention to do lab inspections twice a year during the spring, fall and anytime a lab has multiple violations.

04/30/2018
Safety officer is first woman to run Ironman Triathlon in full firefighter gear
Diana Woolf will be the first woman in the world to do an Ironman and Half Ironman in full firefighter gear.
04/19/2018
Dr. Xiong Gong recognized as winner of 2017-18 Outstanding Researcher Award

Congratulations to Dr. Xiong Gong, Professor of Polymer Engineering, who has been selected as the recipient of UA's 2017-18 Outstanding Researcher Award.

04/17/2018
College students to share startup ideas at free LaunchTown event Monday

A University of Akron student is cooking up a way to keep some medicines from breaking down at higher temperatures.

On Monday, polymer science student Cesar Lopez Gonzalez will bring his innovation to the 12th annual LaunchTown business idea competition.

04/11/2018
Chameleon-like elastomers — champions of quick color change
University of Akron polymer researcher helps to discover synthetic biological tissue that also changes color like chameleon skin.
04/10/2018
Polymer professor joins medical and biological engineering elite
Dr. Matthew Becker was honored for developing novel families of degradable polymers for use in additive manufacturing, regenerative medicine and drug delivery.
04/09/2018
CPSPE Supports Education at the Black Male Summit

This weekend marked the 11th annual Black Male Summit at The University of Akron, a crossroads of leadership and empowerment for black men. A disproportionate number of black men do not graduate from four-year colleges, and the summit aims to prevent this by preparing black students for success. The emphasis on education and excellence is very familiar to the staff and faculty of CPSPE, many of whom attended the summit.

04/09/2018
Connecting with CFNC

Clean water and air, as well as products such as petroleum based fuels that are free of contaminants, are made possible by filtration. Filtration design, in turn, is enabled by multi-disciplinary technologies. That is why the Coalescence Filtration Nanofibers Consortium (CFNC) at The University of Akron (UA) was established by research leaders from both the College of Engineering (COE) and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE).

04/04/2018
April Safety Focus: Extension Cords and Electrical Safety

The April Safety Focus is Extension Cords and Electrical Safety. Please review your labs and office areas for unsafe use of extension cords.

03/22/2018
APTS and UARF Assist in Organization of “Innovation Day” at UA

Eighteen visitors from six countries in one day - Innovation Day, to be exact. This event was created for Smithers-Oasis, a company dedicated to advancing the science of floriculture utilizing innovative technologies. Innovation Day was hosted on The University of Akron’s campus on March 20, thanks to several helping hands, including those of Jim Currie, the Manager of Training and Testing at Akron Polymer Technology Services and Barry Rosenbaum, Senior Fellow with the University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF).

03/22/2018
CPSPE Welcomes New Assistant Manager for Polymer Testing

CPSPE would like to welcome Doug Terry to the college and The University of Akron today as the Assistant Manager for Polymer Testing with Akron Polymer Technology Services.

03/19/2018
Polymer College hosts Science Day

Where else could you find robotics, mathematics, medicine, botany, and so much more, than at the Western Reserve District 5 Science Day (WRSD) at the University of Akron? This event has enriched STEM subjects for middle school and high school students across Ohio thanks to many generous sponsors and dedicated individuals at the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. This year’s all-day event took place March 17th at UA’s Student Union.

03/12/2018
AGPA Polymer Outreach hosts Science Olympiad

Seven hundred students, forty-seven teams, forty-six events, and fifty-eight different rooms: there are not many scientific competitions out there that are as challenging, or as much fun, as the Akron Regional Science Olympiad hosted by the Akron Global Polymer Academy. On March 10, 2018, students of all ages from dozens of middle and high schools flocked to The University of Akron’s campus with their smarts and their excitement to learn.

03/05/2018
March Safety Focus: Hood Safety

The March Safety Focus is hood safety. I am going to inspect all the hoods this month for cleanliness and adherence to the lab safety rules regarding hoods. The hoods have recently digressed and it feels like a good time for some spring cleaning! To use your hood safely, you should know how it works to keep you safe. Please see the attached hood safety videos below.

03/02/2018
Soucek and Jana Selected for Polymer Engineering Endowed Chairs

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is staffed with a wonderful and skilled faculty. Among our talented professors are Dr. Mark Soucek and Dr. Sadhan Jana, both of whom have been selected for Polymer Engineering Endowed Chairs.

02/27/2018
CPSPE Alumnus and SKYi Founder Wins Gold at PLASTINDIA

Many talented academics, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals have gotten their start at the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, and we love hearing about their successes in life after CPSPE. Alumni like Dr. Sachin Jain, Founder and Director of SKYi Composites, make us proud.

02/23/2018
Polymer Engineering Alumnus Rings the Nasdaq Closing Bell in Honor of New Company

With the ring of a bell, CPSPE alumnus Murthy Simhambhatla announced to the world that his company, Evolus Inc., is officially on the market. After over a decade in the industry, Simhambhatla still calls his time in the Department of Polymer Engineering a life-changing experience.

02/20/2018
AGPA Talks STEM in Sports at NEXT Conference

Moving forward and creating were two major themes at the 2018 New Explorations in Teaching Conference at The University of Akron. This was the third annual NEXT conference hosted by UA, and the first attended by the Akron Global Polymer Academy.

02/12/2018
Polymer Professor publishes “Nonlinear Polymer Rheology,” after a decade of intensive research

It was a project ten years in the making. Dr. Shi-Qing Wang, Kumho Professor in the Department of Polymer Science, worked for a decade toward his goal: a massive book on polymer rheology, rooted in knowledge discovered here at The University of Akron since 2004. Dr. Wang’s work was realized with the publication of his book, Nonlinear Polymer Rheology: Macroscopic Phenomenology and Molecular Foundation.

02/01/2018
STEM Education through Sport

The UA Women’s Basketball team collaborated with Director Victor Pinheiro and Assistant Lecturer Melissa Dreisbach of the School of Sport Science and Wellness, as well as Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) Content Specialist John Fellenstein from the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, to offer 5th-8th grade girls the opportunity to learn STEM Education through Basketball.

01/30/2018
One of the largest technology transfer agreements in UA history signed with 21MedTech
Both UA and 21MedTech have ongoing research in the applications of these technologies in drug delivery and resorbable medical devices.
01/26/2018
Akron Global Polymer Academy Talks Polymers at SECO Symposium

Robotics, gardening, coding, and polymers: they all have something in common. They are topics at the 2018 Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) Symposium, where our own John Fellenstein will be speaking later this month.

01/24/2018
BASF Tour Introduces Students to Industry Safety Standards

Safety Officer Diana Woolf has been a guiding force in bringing industry-standard safety measures to our facilities, but this week she brought CPSPE to the industry.

01/22/2018
Polymer Engineering welcomes Ruel McKenzie to CPSPE

The Department of Polymer Engineering is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Ruel McKenzie to The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

01/17/2018
Developing an alternative to opioids: UA professor’s research gains $2 million state grant and interest of large drug company [Akron Beacon Journal]

Continuing Coverage: The Akron Beacon Journal features the incredible, groundbreaking opioid research of professor Matthew Becker and his team. Polymer science professor Andrey Dobrynin is also mentioned in the article and is involved in the project.

01/17/2018
Polymer Professor Receives Morand Lambla Award

Dr. Bryan Vogt, a professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering, was honored as an outstanding young professor in polymer processing by the 33rd International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society (PPS).

01/11/2018
New Year, New Schools for the AGPA

In December 2017 the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) took part in a STEM Leadership Cadre for teachers seeking hands-on educational experiences. Programs like this one are always good networking opportunities, and this one was no different. Thanks to valuable connections made during this workshop, the AGPA has been invited to two new schools to provide students with fun, unique polymer education.

01/04/2018
January Safety Focus: Chemical Inventory and Storage

The January Safety Focus is Chemical Inventory and Storage. Please take a look at your chemical storage and inventories this month.

12/21/2017
The Akron Global Polymer Academy Works with Great Lakes Science Center to Help TapeScape Stick the Landing

Tunnels, nets, and tape: it’s TapeScape, an interactive exhibit made almost entirely from packing tape. Different TapeScape exhibits have been featured in several facilities since 2011, and now one is popping up in Cleveland at the Great Lakes Science Center with a little assistance from the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA).

12/20/2017
Polymer researcher leading the charge to improve battery life
Dr. Yu Zhu is heading a project to extend the amount of time between battery charge.
12/18/2017
Dean Amis featured in Tire Technology International

Polymer research at UA is front and center in this issue of Tire Technology International, featuring an interview with Dean Eric Amis. Dr. Amis will be speaking at the upcoming Expo, which will be the biggest TTI Expo yet! Read the article

12/12/2017
It’s Not Just Rocket Science - It’s Polymers!

Recently, representatives from NASA reached out to the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) to customize a course in material science for their technicians.

12/12/2017
Higher Education Collaboration in Polymers and Biomimicry

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is a leading resource in higher education STEM, which is why CPSPE and the Akron Global Polymer Academy have teamed up with the Summit Educational Service Center to form a STEM leadership cadre.

12/11/2017
Polymer professor awarded $2 million for leading research in fighting opioid epidemic
Dr. Matthew Becker’s pioneering research has received the largest grant given to a higher education institution as part of the Third Frontier Commission effort combatting the opioid crisis.
12/07/2017
Becker Awarded $2M by State of Ohio for Opioid Research

Dr. Matthew Becker, W. Gerald Austen Professor of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering, has been awarded $2,000,000 by the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission. Competitive grants totaling $10M were awarded to support scientific breakthroughs to solve the national opioid crisis. The awards are part of Ohio's two-pronged strategy to drive innovative research and development in opioid and addiction science.

12/06/2017
PPG Foundation donates $40,000 to polymer research mentorship program
Funds will assist selected student researchers and their doctoral student mentors in this new program.
12/05/2017
Turkish Academy of Sciences Recognizes DPS Alumnus with Prestigious Outstanding Young Scientist Award

A CPSPE alumnus has been awarded with the 2017 Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Turkish Academy of Sciences. Dr. Bülent Akgün, currently Associate Professor of Chemistry at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, earned his PhD in Polymer Science in 2007 under Dr. Mark Foster.

12/05/2017
December Safety Focus: Emergency Scenarios

The CPSPE safety team came up with this month’s safety focus!  This month I will schedule to present a short emergency scenario during group meetings.  This will take approximately 20 minutes and  we will review what to do if an emergency occurs in your work area.  I will work with each faculty member to accommodate their scheduling needs.

11/17/2017
Dr. Sadhan Jana Invited to Deliver 33rd Kamath Memorial Lecture in India

Dr. Sadhan Jana is Chair of the Department of Polymer Engineering and a recognized researcher and educator. While he began his academic career here in the United States, Dr. Jana received his first two degrees in Chemical Engineering from two universities in India. Now, the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers has invited Dr. Jana back to his country to deliver the 33rd Aker Powergas’s Prof. N.R. Kamath & Mrs. Ruzena Kamath Memorial Lecture at its annual conference.

11/15/2017
Polymer Film Developed by University of Akron Research Team Could Help Fight Opioid Epidemic

News 5 Cleveland - AKRON, Ohio - Groundbreaking research at the University of Akron could make a major difference in the battle against the opioid epidemic.

Scientists, led by Polymer Science Professor Dr. Matt Becker, have developed a polymer film that could be implanted after knee, hip, shoulder and hernia surgeries.

11/13/2017
Polymer Outreach Sponsors Akron Mini Maker Faire

They call it the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth; it’s a one-of-a-kind venue that showcases creativity, technology, and ingenuity. It’s the Maker Faire, a gathering of inventors, educators, artists, and engineers. “Makers” of all kinds can come together to share what they have created and teach anyone who is willing to learn.

11/13/2017
University of Akron Researchers Create New Non-Toxic Pigments Inspired By Bird Feathers

WKSU - Professor Ali Dhinojwala and graduate student Weiyao Li discuss research conducted by Dhinojwala, Li, Mario Echeverri, and Xiaozhou Yang.

11/08/2017
Xploration Station: Nature Knows Best features UA Polymer Researchers

Drs. Ali Dhinojwala and Abraham Joy, Professors at the Department of Polymer Science, are well known for their research in biomimicry, the science of applying natural characteristics to new technology. Recently their work caught the attention of Xploration Station: Nature Knows Best, a syndicated television show dedicated to exploring all things science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The show’s host, Danni Washington, and a camera crew traveled to The University of Akron to interview them about their research.

11/03/2017
November Safety Focus: Update Lab Emergency Information Forms

It has been almost 2 years since we updated the mandatory laboratory emergency contact information. This information provides a recognized and easily understood system for identifying specific hazards in the labs. It also provides pertinent information for emergency personnel.

10/23/2017
One Week of SPOOKY SCIENCE!

This year the Akron Global Polymer Academy is wrapping up October with a full week of polymer-related Halloween fun!

10/20/2017
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Celebrates Women in Science

It’s always a good day to celebrate women in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, but the second Tuesday of October is the perfect day. Why? It’s Ada Lovelace Day, a holiday founded by Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009 to honor women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

10/16/2017
Polymer Science Grad Assistant Brings Home “Best Poster in Neural Engineering” from Annual Biomaterials Day Conference

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s very own Cecília Margarida Mendes Motta, a graduate assistant in the Department of Polymer Science, won “Best Poster in Neural Engineering” at the Annual Biomaterials Day Conference on October 6th.

10/16/2017
Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Students Win Over 2017 CenTiRe Meeting

On October 5th in Akron, students from both departments of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering walked away from the 2017 CenTiRe meeting with winning titles, proving yet again that CPSPE’s hard-working students have the tools and knowledge that they need to succeed in the industry.

10/04/2017
Horizon Science Academy Hosts Polymer Family Night

High school science teacher Elif Polat was busy on campus this summer participating in The University of Akron’s Research Experience for Teachers in Polymer Engineering, an 8-week program funded by the National Science Foundation. RET aims to increase teachers’ knowledge of topics such as polymer engineering and enable them to take what they have learned back to the classroom.

10/04/2017
A Partnership in the Making: Polymer College Welcomes Delegation from Malaysia

October 2nd was not just another Monday at The University of Akron. UA hosted a delegation of six representatives from Malaysia, all of whom are part of the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA). The NCIA is an organization dedicated to facilitating socio-economic growth in Malaysia, and now they are tasked with building what will be called “The Rubber City” on a 1,254-acre plot of land near the border of Malaysia and Thailand.

10/02/2017
October Safety Focus: Old Chemicals and Samples Disposal

Need more storage space? Here is your chance to dump old samples and chemicals that are no longer needed, unknown who they belong to or have deteriorating containers. All you have to do is print and fill out the attached form. Bring the items with the completed form to the designated location on the scheduled dates. Do not transport chemicals across campus. Only chemicals from the building that is scheduled for drop off will be accepted. Ex.) NPIC labs cannot drop off at Goodyear or Olson.

09/29/2017
UA Biomimicry Researchers Featured at Nature-Inspired Exploration for Aerospace Summit

October 4th, 2017 is the beginning of the Nature-Inspired Exploration for Aerospace Summit, a gathering of the scientific community that promotes new research and technology in fields like biomimicry. The three-day event held at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, will feature many speakers and presentations in addition to a reception and group tour held at UA’s Goodyear Polymer Center and Integrated Biosciences Department.

09/25/2017
Thanking the Nelson Family Scholarship for Promoting Polymer Education

Scholarships are vital to many students’ success throughout their college careers, and often even beyond graduation. Financial aid programs such as the Nelson Family Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering can open a lot of doors for our students, while encouraging them to study polymers. On Friday UA hosted a luncheon for the Nelson Scholars to meet alumni Harvey S. Nelson, the co-CEO of Main Street Gourmet and the founder of the Nelson Family Scholarship.

09/18/2017
Safety Officer Diana Woolf Spreads the Word on Reducing Risk at Case Western

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering counts on Safety Officer Diana Woolf every day to make sure that students and faculty are working in safe environments. Since she has joined our staff she has worked hard to implement big changes on campus, and it has resulted in the prevention of numerous injuries and incidents. Now, Woolf will be sharing her knowledge with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in order to give their safety culture a jump-start.

09/18/2017
Calling Bright Young Inventors for a Contest of Polymer Creativity

Are you ready to stretch your imagination? The Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors is accepting submissions for 2018! The contest that encourages critical thinking and inspires kids to learn about the world of polymers is kicking off for its 10th year.

09/18/2017
Bird feathers inspire production of dyes that don’t fade
Researchers take their cues from nature to produce long-lasting hues that will have many applications — from clothing and paint to cosmetics.
09/15/2017
International Elastomer Conference Features Several CPSPE & UA Speakers

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is actively involved in many facets of the polymer industry. Every year around 4,000 members of the polymer community gather to attend the International Elastomer Conference, and CPSPE will be heavily involved in the 2017 event in Cleveland, Ohio.

09/14/2017
Sahai Group Wins Best Poster Award At ISSOL Conference

The Sahai Group won the Best Poster Award at the XVIIIth International Conference on the Origin of Life at San Diego, CA, in mid-July. Dr. Punam Dalai (pictured on right), a post-doctoral scientist, and CPSPE graduate student, Ms. Putu Ustriyana (pictured on left), are the first and second authors on the study, and Dr. Nita Sahai, Professor and Ohio Research Scholar at UA’s Department of Polymer Science, is the senior author. Their poster for the study titled “Ion Tolerance and Preferential Selectivity of A Lipid in Binary Lipid Systems: An Evolutionary Approach to Modern Membranes” was selected as the winner and was presented by Dalai at the conference.

09/06/2017
Theodore Hammer Awarded 2017 PCI/Axalta Scholarship

Congratulations to Polymer Science major Theodore Hammer on being awarded the $5,000 PCI/Axalta Scholarship for 2017.

Hammer’s dedication and academic record earned him the scholarship that will help fund his second year studying at The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

09/06/2017
New Roos Meet the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

During the first week of classes freshman can find booths set up all over campus to advertise clubs and student organizations, or simply for directions to get to their next class. This year during Welcome Week, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering set up shop on campus to spread the word about our college, its renowned programs of study and its brand new minor.

09/01/2017
Spark Fund announces first three awards to innovators on campus

Spark Fund – a University of Akron Research Foundation initiative to fund prototyping and testing to lead to more technology licenses – has announced $255,000 in funding to support its first three funded projects.

09/01/2017
September Safety Focus: Back to the Basics 2017

PLEASE WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6NEdcZY2WY

Thank you for helping make CPSPE a safer place! This month I want to review our Lab Safety Rules and focus on some of the safety issues I see every day during my walk through. Please review the UPDATED Lab Safety Rules.

08/25/2017
Welcome New Students to the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) is gearing up for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Student orientation took place on August 25th as CPSPE welcomed 81 new students from eight different countries.

08/23/2017
RET Students Learn New Ways of Teaching at Akron’s STEM Middle School

What type of school do teachers dream of working for? What is your idea of the ideal teaching job?

The University of Akron has had a partnership with The National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School, a place that aims to teach and to learn differently, since its inception. It is one of many important partnerships the school maintains to promote STEM education. On the afternoon of August 10th the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering facilitated a tour of the middle school for grad students and teachers participating in the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program.