SAVE THE DATE - MAY 9-11, 2018

Polymers Appreciation Days and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Congratulations to our 2018 College Alumni Award winner Dr. Maria D. Ellul, and 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winners Dr. Kilwon Cho and Dr. Changwoon Nah!

Dr. Maria D. Ellul, College Alumni Award Winner

Dr. Kilwon Cho, DPS Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Dr. Changwoon Nah, DPE Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Dr. Joseph P. Kennedy, A Symposium in Honor of Dr. Kennedy's 90th Birthday

Dr. George R. Newkome, A Symposium in Honor of Dr. Newkome's Retirement


Coming soon.


Quaker Square Ballroom
135 S Broadway St, Akron, OH 44308

Free parking is available at The University of Akron E Mill St Lot
123-161 E Mill St, Akron, OH 44308



Time Description
8:30 am Breakfast, Check-in
9:00 am Welcome
9:05 am A Quick Stop at the 90th Special Day and the Journey Continues...
9:20 am Dr. Swaminathan Sivaram, Honorary Professor and INSA Senior Scientist, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
"Graphene- Rubber Functional Nanocomposites: Structure and Properties"
9:50 am Dr. Mitsuo Sawamoto, Emeritus Professor at Kyoto University
"Akron: An Origin of My Career"
10:20 am Dr. Prakash Trivedi, Polymer SBU, Gharda Chemicals Ltd. Mumbai, India
"Electrophilic Polymerization for Specialty Plastics"
10:50 am Break
11:10 am Dr. Munmaya Mishra, Research & Management at Altria Research Center
"Polymer Assisted Housing of Actives for Designed Release"
11:40 am Leonard Pinchuk, Ph.D., D.Sc. (h.c.), NAE; Founder, Chairman Emeritus and Chief Scientific Officer, InnFocus, Inc., A Santen Company
"The Use of SIBS in Cardiology and Ophthalmology"
12:10 pm Dr. Bela Ivan, Corresponding Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
"Endfunctional Polyisobutylenes Obtained Via Quasiliving Carbocationic Polymerization as Building Blocks of Bi- and Multipcomponent Macromolecular Architectures"
12:40 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Dr. Robson Storey, Bennett Distinguished Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi
"New Polyisobutylene-Based Polymers – A Tribute to Professor Joseph P. Kennedy"
2:30 pm Dr. Judit Puskas, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Akron
"Rubber City Girl: The Path to the Goodyear Medal"
3:00 pm Dr. Joseph Kurian, Corporate Technology Leader at RPM International Inc.
"Renewably Sourced High-Performance Polymers and Fibers for the Future"
3:30 pm Break
3:50 pm Dr. Andras Nagy, Applied Technology Manager at Evonik Degussa
"From Budapest to Richmond via Akron"
4:20 pm Dr. Ralf Peetz, Associate Provost at the College of Staten Island
"Segmented Conjugated Macromolecules Synthesized Via Acyclic Diene Metathesis (ADMET)"
4:50 pm Dr. Turgut Nugay, Professor at Bogaci University
"Low Cost Bifunctional Initiators for Bidirectional Living Cationic Polymerization of Isobutylene and Their Applications"
5:20 pm Adjourn
5:30 - 9:00 pm Social Gathering followed by Dinner (seating at 6:00 pm)
Sponsored by
contributions from
Time Description
8:00 am Breakfast, Check-in
8:30 am Welcome and College Update, Dr. Eric Amis, Dean CPSPE
8:50 am Dr. Margaret Vielhaber, Principal Scientist, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
"Synthesis of Functionalized Stereoregular Poly(dienes)"
9:20 am Dr. Ruel McKenzie, Assistant Professor of Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron
"A Brief Look Inside DOCS Lab"
9:50 am Jinwei Cao, Ph.D. Candidate, Polymer Engineering
"Flexoelectric Polymer Electrolyte Membranes"
10:10 am Break
10:25 am Introduction of DPE Distinguished Alumni Award Winner – Dr. Sadhan Jana, Polymer Engineering Chair
10:35 am Dr. Changwoon Nah, DPE Distinguished Alumni Award Winner, Professor, Department of Polymer-Nano Science and Technology, Chonbuk National University
"Reinforcing Rubbers with Nano-Sized Fillers and Some Recent Functional Applications of Rubber Elasticity"
11:15 am Introduction of DPS Distinguished Alumni Award Winner – Dr. Coleen Pugh, Polymer Science Chair
11:25 am Dr. Kilwon Cho, DPS Distinguished Alumni Award Winner, University Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
"Interface Engineering for Organic Electronics"
12:05 pm Lunch & Student Awards
1:15 pm Dr. Wei You, Professor of Chemistry and Applied Physical Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Ternary Blend vs. Terpolymer: Which Approach is Better for Polymer Solar Cells?"
1:45 pm Dr. Yu Zhu, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science, The University of Akron
"Conjugated Polymers with Fused Hydrogen Bond"
2:15 pm Student Talk
2:35 pm Break
2:50 pm Introduction of College Alumni Award – Dr. Eric Amis, Dean CPSPE
3:00 pm College Awardee Guest Technical Talk - Dr. Jay Dias, Chief Scientist, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
"Advances in Polyolefin Elastomers"
3:30 pm College Awardee Guest Introduction of Winner - Dr. Russell Livigni, Vice President of Corporate Technology at GenCorp (Retired)
3:40 pm Dr. Maria D. Ellul, College Alumni Award Winner, Principal Scientist (Retired), ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
"New Specialty Polymers and Dynamically Vulcanized Alloys for Ultra Low Air Permeability in Tire Inner Liners"
4:20 pm Adjourn to Poster Session, Dr. Eric Amis, Dean CPSPE
6:00 - 7:30 pm Banquet to honor the student, faculty and alumni awardees and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Time Description
Featuring: Dr. George Newkome, Professor of Polymer Science and Chemistry, James and Vanita Oelschlager Professor of Science and Technology, The University of Akron (Retired); Affiliate Professor, Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Yi-Tsu Chan, Associate Professor of Chemistry, National Taiwan University
Dr. Liming Dai, Kent Hale Smith Professor in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Director of the Center of Advanced Science and Engineering for Carbon (Case4Carbon), Case Western Reserve University
"3D Functional (Energy) Materials from Polymers, Dendrimers, and Carbon Nanomaterials"
Dr. Xiaocun Lu, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemistry, University of Illinois
Dr. Charles Moorefield, President of Dendronex, LLC
Dr. Anil Patri, Chair Nanotechnology Task force, Director, NCTR-ORA Nanotechnolgy Core Facility, National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Luis Proenza, President Emeritus, The University of Akron
Dr. Chrys Wesdemiotis, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Polymer Science, The University of Akron
"Probing Metallo-Supramolecular Assemblies by Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry"
More details to come.
Sponsored by
contributions from


  • Eastman Chemical Company Fellowship
    Ms. Putu Ustriyana
  • Frank N. Kelley Graduate Student Award
    Ms. Putu Ustriyana
    Mr. Chao Wang
  • Goodyear Fellowship
    Mr. Teddy Hammer
    Ms. Amanda Stefin
  • LORD Corporation Fellowship
    Ms. Amanda Stefin
  • Maria D. Ellul and Jeffrey L. Sain Endowed Fellowship
    Ms. Natasha Brigham
    Mr. Nathan Schmitz
  • Ohio Rubber Group (ORG) Graduate Student Awards
    Mr. Marcos Pantoja
    Mr. Camilo Rendon Piedrahita
  • Richard L. Waldman, Jr. Scholarships
    Mr. Nathan Ariza
    Mr. William Drayer
    Mr. Adam Fonner