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Kevin Cavicchi Wins 2021 Sparks-Thomas Award

Dr. Kevin Cavicchi, professor of polymer engineering in the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, is the winner of the 2021 Sparks-Thomas Award from the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society. The award is sponsored by ExxonMobil, and recognizes and encourages outstanding scientific contributions and innovations in the field of elastomers by younger scientists, technologists and engineers.

Polymer Research Cluster Focus: Sustainability

There have been immense changes in how plastics are viewed over the last 20 years. Mounting pressures to end single-use plastic, recycle more efficiently, and reduce the amount of plastic waste has led to nation- and world-wide action through legislation and business opportunities. Researchers in the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (SPSPE) are addressing emerging challenges in sustainability through collaborative research efforts, education, and outreach. Our junior faculty are leading several thrusts in this direction. Interim Director of SPSPE Ali Dhinojwala commented “We at The University of Akron started the first rubber chemistry class 130 years ago and now our polymer program has invested in faculty hires and curriculum development to address our societal needs to build a more sustainable future”. From advancing degradable plastics to improving material recovery from recycling our research, here are some of the recent sustainability highlights from our faculty.

Groundbreaking work from the Gong Research Lab aims to change the future of portable electronics

The research group of Dr. Xiong Gong, a professor in the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron, is pleased to report for the first time the concept of “wireless portable light-weight self-charging power packs.” (USPTO 62/907,884).

Ehsan Raee wins SPE Scholarship Award

Ehsan Raee, a Ph.D. student of polymer science, has won the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Foundation Polymer Modifier & Additives Division $2,000 scholarship award.

Polymer Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Vasav Sahni

Dr. Vasav Sahni, Advanced Research Specialist at the 3M Company, discusses his career path since graduating from our School and how the Polymer Science program has contributed to his success.

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