News Archive

The University of Akron wins a trifecta at the ACS Rubber Division Awards

A UA Department of Polymer Science alumnus, Dr. Jimmy Mays, Professor & ORNL Distinguished Scientist at The University of Tennessee, joins two of UA’s prominent professors, Dr. Sadhan Jana of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and Dr. Judit Puskas of the College of Engineering, as awardees at The American Chemical Society Rubber Division 191st technical meeting.

CPSPE Staff Spotlight: Sarah Thorley

CPSPE faculty and staff are a vital part to the success of the college. Recently, we asked Sarah Thorley, Department of Polymer Engineering Coordinator of Academic Programs to share her experience working at CPSPE.

Becker inducted as 2017 PMSE Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Becker who was recently inducted as one of the newest members of the seventeenth class of PMSE fellows at the San Francisco ACS meeting on April 5.

Polymer science student accepted into ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy

Polymer science student, Abdala Bashir has recently been accepted into the American Chemical Society (ACS) Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy, all expenses paid. The program will be held June 20-27, 2017 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.

April 2017 Safety Focus: SHUT THE SASH!

April’s Safety Focus is SHUT THE SASH! If you have chemical fume hoods in your lab, we are asking you to SHUT THE SASH when you are not working in the hood.

Polymer scientist William Landis honored for contributions

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Dr. William Landis, retired professor of polymer science, with the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization at the organization’s 46th annual meeting in San Francisco on March 22.

Cheng to receive SPSJ International Award

Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng has been elected to receive The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) International Award this year at the 66th annual meeting in May. The International Award is the highest honor of the society and is awarded to international scientists over the age of 55 years for both contributions to the field and collaborative activities with Japanese groups.

UA’s Polymer College establishes Akron Masters Program in Taiwan

Dr. Eric J. Amis, dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and Vice Provost for Research at The University of Akron, recently traveled to Taiwan to visit National Taipei University of Technology. The main objective of the visit was to formally exchange a signed agreement set between Taipei Tech and The University of Akron; this is built upon the foundation of strong connections between Taiwan and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

Researchers' work selected for Virtual Special Issue of I&EC Research

Congratulations to our researchers on their recent publication featured in I&EC Research's "Invited Papers from ACS San Diego"!

Battelle Scientists Meet with Polymer Faculty to Discuss Common Interests in Biomedical Research

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering hosted a March 16 visit with Dr. Steve Risser, Research Leader, and Dr. Erik Edwards, Sr. Research Scientist, from Battelle’s Advanced Materials Group.

Polymer outreach another great success at the 2017 King and Friends Science Olympiad

On Sunday, March 5, the King and Friends Science Olympiad had its final competition and awards celebration at the Goodyear Polymer Center, wrapping up another great year where students participated in fun, exciting, and challenging events.

Kaur Awarded Ohio Soybean Council Foundation Scholarship

WORTHINGTON, Ohio - The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce that Sukhmanjot Kaur of Akron, Ohio has been awarded a $2,500 graduate OSCF scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Polymer engineering researchers' work published in PNAS

Controlling the organization of nanoparticles into patterns in ultrathin polymer films can be accomplished with entropy instead of chemistry, according to a discovery by Dr. Alamgir Karim, UA’s Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Professor of Polymer Engineering, and his student Dr. Ren Zhang. Polymer thin films are used in a variety of technological applications, for example paints, lubricants, and adhesives.

A first: University inventor receives three U.S. patents in single day

On Tuesday, March 7, a sole inventor became the first in University history to be awarded three U.S. patents in one day.

It is not uncommon for Professor Joseph Kennedy of Polymer Science to receive three patents in one year, but three in a single day is unprecedented.

CPSPE Staff Spotlight: Melissa Bowman

CPSPE faculty and staff are a vital part to the success of the college. Recently, we asked Melissa Bowman, Department of Polymer Science Coordinator of Academic Programs to share her experience working at CPSPE.

AGPA polymer outreach to host upcoming Science Olympiad

Interested in food science or forensics? What about meteorology, robotics, or electric cars? If science is your thing, The University of Akron campus is the place to be on Saturday, March 11, when nearly 600 students from six area counties will compete in the day-long Spectrum Akron Regional Science Olympiad.

March 2017 Safety Focus: Wellness, Stress & Safety

The March Safety Focus is at the request of a CPSPE student who approached me with concern of accidents that may occur in the lab or otherwise due to increased fatigue or personal stress. The top 2 causes of workplace injuries are fatigue and stress.

Prof. Alan Gent, The University of Akron, and the Adhesion Society's 40th Birthday

On February 26, 2017, at its annual meeting in St. Petersburg, the Adhesion Society celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding and inaugural annual meeting at The University of Akron's Institute of Polymer Science.

NSF Supports the Future Success of Polymer REU Program

The National Science Foundation continues to contribute to the impact of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE). NSF has awarded a grant of $344,741 to The University of Akron in support of REU that will start on April 1, 2017.

University of Akron researchers collaborate with Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories

University of Akron researchers collaborate with Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories to develop new measurements to understand the structural changes in electrodes of lithium ion batteries during operation.

February 2017 Safety Focus: Student Safety Violation Policy

The February Safety Focus is the introduction of the new Student Safety Violation Policy. Please read the policy and review the Lab Safety Rules.

Remembering Dr. Howard L. Stephens

Dr. Howard L. Stephens, Professor Emeritus of Polymer Science and Chemistry, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, at the age of 97. Dr. Stephens was a good friend to many and did much for the polymer and chemistry programs at UA.

UA’s Polymer College Strengthens International Partnership with French IFP School

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering continues to uphold its renowned past and is making great strides in its promising future through cutting edge research, industry partnerships, and important connections with other programs and universities around the world.

This is the second year of a graduate student exchange program with the polymers program of IFP School (French Institute of Petroleum) in Rueil-Malmaison, France. Last year the first graduate students from CPSPE went to IFP School for six weeks, working with IFP faculty and staff, learning about supply chain issues and the connections of the oil and gas industry with the polymer industry.

AGPA polymer outreach helps at local science fairs

The start of a new year commences a fresh start with the Akron Global Polymer Academy's (AGPA) outreach. The outreach extends far beyond polymers in the college and on campus, but expands to a number of local schools and all levels of education.

January 2017 Safety Focus: Chemical Inventories

The January Safety Focus is Chemical Inventories. Please take a look at your chemical storage and inventories this month.  We will have a chemical inventory training on February 10th in GDYR 304 from 9am-10:30am. Please RSVP to to attend the training. EOHS personnel will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the inventory system.