News Archive

05/03/2016
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.

05/02/2016
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.

04/27/2016
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

04/26/2016
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.

04/08/2016
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.

04/08/2016
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.

04/01/2016
April Safety Focus: Emergencies
April’s safety focus is emergencies. ALL EMERGENCIES and/or ACCIDENTS MUST BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY!
03/28/2016
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.
03/09/2016
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.

03/08/2016
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.

03/04/2016
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.

03/02/2016
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.

03/01/2016
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
02/18/2016
Spring 2016 Student Award Recipients

Congratulations Winners!

The Department of Polymer Engineering is pleased to announce the Spring 2016 Student Award Recipients.

02/16/2016
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.
02/09/2016
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.

02/08/2016
Dr. David S. Simmons' publication featured on MaterialsViews.com

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

To learn more about his research, visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/macp.201500284/abstract

02/01/2016
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.

01/14/2016
Polymer engineer receives NSF CAREER Award to study the mystery of glassy materials
Success of this project will accelerate the development of materials in areas ranging from human health to energy economy.
01/04/2016
January Safety Focus: All chemicals must be labeled in the hood and work areas

We would like to see all chemicals in the hoods and labs to be labeled. For example: The following photos show squeeze bottles that do not have labels or are impossible to read and a photo that has the bottles labeled appropriately.

Thank you for your continued cooperation towards a safer working environment in 2016.

12/09/2015
Best Oral Presentation Winners CenTire IAB Meeting Fall 2015

Nicole Swanson of the Department of Polymer Science and Prasad Raut of the Department of Polymer Engineering jointly received first place for the best oral presentation at the Fall 2015 CenTire Industry Advisory Board Meeting recently held in Akron.

Their research is on “Surface Engineering Approach for Enhanced Filler Dispersion and Hysteresis Reduction in Rubber Compounds.” Both doctoral students, Nicole is working with Dr. Coleen Pugh and Prasad with Dr. Sadhan Jana.

Congratulations Nicole and Prasad!

11/25/2015
Best Oral Presentation Winners - CenTire IAB Meeting Fall 2015

Nicole Swanson of the Department of Polymer Science and Prasad Raut of the Department of Polymer Engineering jointly received first place for the best oral presentation at the Fall 2015 CenTire Industry Advisory Board Meeting recently held in Akron.

Their research is on “Surface Engineering Approach for Enhanced Filler Dispersion and Hysteresis Reduction in Rubber Compounds.” Both doctoral students, Nicole is working with Dr. Coleen Pugh and Prasad with Dr. Sadhan Jana.

Congratulations Nicole and Prasad!

10/13/2015
Fall 2015 Student Award Recipients

Congratulations Winners!

The Department of Polymer Engineering is pleased to announce the Fall 2015 Student Award Recipients.

09/30/2015
Engineer’s inventive spark ignited at UA
Meet Isil Nugay. The passion for learning and innovating that defines her career today was nurtured during her Ph.D. work here. And she's grateful for her Akron Experience.
08/24/2015
Rajgarhia awarded 2015 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science

Stuti Rajgarhia, a Ph.D. student in Department of Polymer Engineering, won the award administered by Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of American Chemical Society (ACS). It is given to graduate students, either currently in graduate school or not more than one year beyond graduation. Up to six finalists are invited to present their research papers at the ACS fall meeting based on the scientific merit of the submitted papers.