Institute of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
The Institute of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering provides research support and technical service for the graduate research programs in the Department of Polymer Science and the Department of Polymer Engineering. The technical support staff provide instruction and service for students and faculty in laboratories dedicated to electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, EDS, EDX), polymer characterization (SEC, DSC, TGA, light scattering, FTIR, UV-vis, X-ray, AFM, contact angle goniometer), polymer processing (mixing, extrusion, film formation, molding, filament winding, pultrusion-electrospinning), electronics and electrical repair, machining, glassblowing and a variety of analytical and processing equipment. The University of Akron NMR Center maintains a satellite nuclear magnetic resonance laboratory equipped with 500 MHz solid-state and solution spectrometers supervised by a professional staff. The Polymer Blending and Compounding Center for the Applied Polymer Research Center provide contract technical service for industry and government.