News Archive

NSF Supports the Future Success of REU

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.

Recent AGPA polymer outreach prompts excitement for the future

November and December are full of activities and outreach for the Akron Polymer Global Academy. With 16 events, and the gaining of over 3,000 contacts, every moment of outreach is high paced and exciting.

Novel Nanofiber-based Coalescing Filter Media for Separation of Water Droplets from Ultra-low Sulphur Diesel Fuel

Professor Sadhan Jana and his students Dr. Stuti Rajgarhia and Dr. Rafael Benavides recently reported in Polymer, 93, 142-151 (2016) a facile means of fabrication of nanofibers from solutions of two immiscible polymers in two mutually miscible solvents using gas jet fiber method.

December Safety Focus: Lab, Hood, and Personal Safety

December's Safety Focus has an emphasis on Lab, Hood, and Personal Safety! There will be lab inspections and you will receive either a SAFETY STAR or an UNSAFE notice in your work areas. Please take a few minutes during your workday to evaluate the following areas of your personal protection equipment, hood space, and lab areas.

CPSPE visits to China renew and establish University-to-University agreements

Dean Eric Amis holds very highly the college’s relationships with alumni and partners. This fall, he led a delegation, including Associate Dean Kevin Cavicchi and Program Coordinator Ying Wang, to visit numerous universities in China to renew or establish University-to-University cooperative agreements and strengthen these partnerships.

Polymer Engineering chair and professor invited to give inaugural lecture in India

Department of Polymer Engineering chair and professor, Dr. Sadhan Jana has been invited to give an inaugural lecture in India.

The Society of Polymer Science – India has invited Dr. Jana to give the first S. R. Palit Endowment Lecture at the MACRO 2017 International Conference on Polymer Science and Technology to be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India on January 8-11, 2017.

APTS provides customized training to team from Indonesia

Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) is currently hosting a team of ten scientists and engineers from Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT). The team traveled from Indonesia to receive customized training in rubber technology from APTS instructors. The customized training, being held over a three week period, includes topics ranging from raw materials for elastomer compounding to aircraft tire retreading technology.

Dean Amis visits Taipei and meets with CPSPE alumni

In Taipei, hosted by University of Akron alumni, Dean Amis visited Taipei Tech, Tsinghua University, Cheng Kung University, and also the LCY Group. At each place he delivered his talk “Polymers in the Valley of Death: Moving from Discovery to Application”. An alumni reunion dinner was hosted by the Taiwan-Akron Alumni Association with over a dozen alumni in attendance. This established alumni association is a representation of how CPSPE alumni remain connected to The University of Akron beyond their time on campus.

Polymer Engineering Researchers Report Aerogel Microparticles

Aerogels, the extremely light, 90-95% porous solids filled with air with pore diameter between 2-200 nm, are mostly reported in literature as bulk monoliths or sheets of characteristic dimensions several centimeters to hundreds of centimeter. Professor Sadhan C. Jana and his student Dr. Senlong Gu devised an oil-in-oil emulsion strategy, for the first time, to produce micrometer size, spherical aerogel particles with the same properties as the bulk aerogel monoliths.

CPSPE Confers Over a Dozen Student Awards and Fellowships

Graduate students play a crucial role in the development of new technologies under the guidance and supervision of their professors. As such, awards and fellowships are a key component to the career development of these student researchers and scholars, giving them the opportunity and flexibility to focus their efforts on academics and research.

November Safety Focus: Hazardous Waste

November’s Safety Focus is a 4 part series on Hazardous Waste. Every week during the month of November we will focus on a different type of hazardous waste. Please review the attached University of Akron Waste Management Plan and Examples of Waste lists.

AGPA and CPSPE grad students visit GlenOak High School

The Akron Global Polymer Academy is persevering in its mission to provide exciting opportunities for students to experience polymers through hands-on activities and expanding outreach. Recently, AGPA visited GlenOak High School. Particularly, they visited the school’s science club that has organized a Junior Polymer Ambassadors group that will be helping run a polymer STEM day for Oakwood Middle School. The science club is advised by biology teacher, Dori Hess, who participated in the NSF funded Research Experience for Teachers in Polymer Engineering at UA in 2014 and 2015, doing medical research.

Novel Nanofiber Photocatalysts From Cheaper Gas Jet Fiber Method

Professor Sadhan Jana and his student Dr. Monoj Ghosh fabricated a set of mesoporous titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanofibers with length of a few micrometers and controlled diameter in the range 200-300 nm, crystalline grain size 10-50 nm, and anatase crystal content ~60% via calcination at 600°C of precursor nanofibers of polyvinylpyrrolidone and titanium isopropoxide obtained from scalable Gas Jet Fiber spinning process.

Students hit right pitch with their health-related products

The Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in the College of Business Administration hosted PitchU on Oct. 15, a class and competition for hopeful entrepreneurs.

AGPA offers hands-on, polymer activities to students and families

Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) is once again, immersed in outreach in order to bring the knowledge of polymers to inquisitive young minds. Thursday, October 13, AGPA visited Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy in Cleveland and ran a Polymer Family Night in which around 90 people were in attendance.

October Safety Focus: Fire Safety & Prevention

The October Safety Focus is Fire Safety & Prevention. Please take a minute and clear away any storage that may be blocking the fire extinguishers, safety showers, eyewash stations and electrical panels. Use the Laboratory Fire Safety Checklist to review your lab. Know your exit route in case of emergency. Be Aware and Know Where your fire extinguisher and fire alarm are located. Know Where the AED (Heart Defibrillator) for your building is located.

Puskas and Jana to be honored by ACS Rubber Division
The two UA researchers are being honored for the many contributions they have made in their fields.
Jana and Puskas to be honored by ACS Rubber Division

Two prominent UA researchers are being recognized by The American Chemical Society Rubber Division for their numerous contributions to their fields.

Dr. Sadhan Jana, professor and chair of the Department of Polymer Engineering will receive the George Stafford Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research.

Professor outlines ultrasonically aided extrusion

Ultrasonically aided extrusion can compound waste EPDM rubber with polypropylene, by devulcanizing the rubber to break the chemical bond, according to Avraam Isayev, professor emeritus of polymers at the University of Akron.