News Archive

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

April Safety Focus: Emergencies
April’s safety focus is emergencies. ALL EMERGENCIES and/or ACCIDENTS MUST BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY!
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

UA’s ‘RooNited!’ United Way campaign is off and running

Philanthropy = The practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people. That is what United Way is all about.

By participating, you will contribute to the success and well-being on campus and throughout the Greater Akron community.

March Safety Focus: Electrical Safety

March’s Safety Focus is Electrical Safety. Please check the equipment throughout your lab for the following hazards:

  1. Broken hot plates
  2. Frayed cords
  3. Damaged plugs
  4. Excessive use or permanent use of extension cords
  5. Cords fixed with electrical tape
  6. Combustible material in vicinity of electrical power sources
  7. Daisy chained cords and/or surge protectors
Polymer Science student wins Alan Gent Distinguished Student Paper Award

Dharamdeep Jain, a graduate student in polymer science, won the Alan Gent Distinguished Student Paper Award for the best presentation at this year’s Adhesion Society Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Ali Dhinojwala, the Morton Professor of Polymer Science, is his advisor.

Polymer engineer to be honored for work in coatings
Dr. Mark Soucek will be awarded the prestigious Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings this fall by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering.
February Safety Focus Update: Free Eye Exams for CPSPE Students

CPSPE Students:

Diana Woolf, Safety Officer, has made arrangements with the Summit County Health Department to include any eligible student from the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to provide FREE eye exams through their Prevent Blindness Program.

Students who do not have health insurance coverage that provides vision care may be eligible for a FREE eye exam.

Dr. David S. Simmons' publication featured on

Dr. Simmons' publication An Emerging Unified View of Dynamic Interphases in Polymers is featured on

To learn more about his research, visit:

February Safety Focus: Safety Glasses and CPSPE Prescription Safety Glasses Program

February’s Safety Focus: 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. (See example picture on right)

The Prescription Safety Glasses Program: No cost to you for the basic glasses and upgrade options available for additional cost.