News Archive

Higher Education Collaboration in Polymers and Biomimicry

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is a leading resource in higher education STEM, which is why CPSPE and the Akron Global Polymer Academy have teamed up with the Summit Educational Service Center to form a STEM leadership cadre.

It’s Not Just Rocket Science - It’s Polymers!

Recently, representatives from NASA reached out to the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) to customize a course in material science for their technicians.

Polymer professor awarded $2 million for leading research in fighting opioid epidemic
Dr. Matthew Becker’s pioneering research has received the largest grant given to a higher education institution as part of the Third Frontier Commission effort combatting the opioid crisis.
Becker Awarded $2M by State of Ohio for Opioid Research

Dr. Matthew Becker, W. Gerald Austen Professor of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering, has been awarded $2,000,000 by the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission. Competitive grants totaling $10M were awarded to support scientific breakthroughs to solve the national opioid crisis. The awards are part of Ohio's two-pronged strategy to drive innovative research and development in opioid and addiction science.

PPG Foundation donates $40,000 to polymer research mentorship program
Funds will assist selected student researchers and their doctoral student mentors in this new program.
Turkish Academy of Sciences Recognizes DPS Alumnus with Prestigious Outstanding Young Scientist Award

A CPSPE alumnus has been awarded with the 2017 Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Turkish Academy of Sciences. Dr. Bülent Akgün, currently Associate Professor of Chemistry at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, earned his PhD in Polymer Science in 2007 under Dr. Mark Foster.

December Safety Focus: Emergency Scenarios

The CPSPE safety team came up with this month’s safety focus!  This month I will schedule to present a short emergency scenario during group meetings.  This will take approximately 20 minutes and  we will review what to do if an emergency occurs in your work area.  I will work with each faculty member to accommodate their scheduling needs.

Dr. Sadhan Jana Invited to Deliver 33rd Kamath Memorial Lecture in India

Dr. Sadhan Jana is Chair of the Department of Polymer Engineering and a recognized researcher and educator. While he began his academic career here in the United States, Dr. Jana received his first two degrees in Chemical Engineering from two universities in India. Now, the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers has invited Dr. Jana back to his country to deliver the 33rd Aker Powergas’s Prof. N.R. Kamath & Mrs. Ruzena Kamath Memorial Lecture at its annual conference.

Polymer Film Developed by University of Akron Research Team Could Help Fight Opioid Epidemic

News 5 Cleveland - AKRON, Ohio - Groundbreaking research at the University of Akron could make a major difference in the battle against the opioid epidemic.

Scientists, led by Polymer Science Professor Dr. Matt Becker, have developed a polymer film that could be implanted after knee, hip, shoulder and hernia surgeries.

Polymer Outreach Sponsors Akron Mini Maker Faire

They call it the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth; it’s a one-of-a-kind venue that showcases creativity, technology, and ingenuity. It’s the Maker Faire, a gathering of inventors, educators, artists, and engineers. “Makers” of all kinds can come together to share what they have created and teach anyone who is willing to learn.

University of Akron Researchers Create New Non-Toxic Pigments Inspired By Bird Feathers

WKSU - Professor Ali Dhinojwala and graduate student Weiyao Li discuss research conducted by Dhinojwala, Li, Mario Echeverri, and Xiaozhou Yang.

Xploration Station: Nature Knows Best features UA Polymer Researchers

Drs. Ali Dhinojwala and Abraham Joy, Professors at the Department of Polymer Science, are well known for their research in biomimicry, the science of applying natural characteristics to new technology. Recently their work caught the attention of Xploration Station: Nature Knows Best, a syndicated television show dedicated to exploring all things science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The show’s host, Danni Washington, and a camera crew traveled to The University of Akron to interview them about their research.

November Safety Focus: Update Lab Emergency Information Forms

It has been almost 2 years since we updated the mandatory laboratory emergency contact information. This information provides a recognized and easily understood system for identifying specific hazards in the labs. It also provides pertinent information for emergency personnel.


This year the Akron Global Polymer Academy is wrapping up October with a full week of polymer-related Halloween fun!

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Celebrates Women in Science

It’s always a good day to celebrate women in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, but the second Tuesday of October is the perfect day. Why? It’s Ada Lovelace Day, a holiday founded by Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009 to honor women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Polymer Science Grad Assistant Brings Home “Best Poster in Neural Engineering” from Annual Biomaterials Day Conference

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s very own Cecília Margarida Mendes Motta, a graduate assistant in the Department of Polymer Science, won “Best Poster in Neural Engineering” at the Annual Biomaterials Day Conference on October 6th.

Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Students Win Over 2017 CenTiRe Meeting

On October 5th in Akron, students from both departments of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering walked away from the 2017 CenTiRe meeting with winning titles, proving yet again that CPSPE’s hard-working students have the tools and knowledge that they need to succeed in the industry.

Horizon Science Academy Hosts Polymer Family Night

High school science teacher Elif Polat was busy on campus this summer participating in The University of Akron’s Research Experience for Teachers in Polymer Engineering, an 8-week program funded by the National Science Foundation. RET aims to increase teachers’ knowledge of topics such as polymer engineering and enable them to take what they have learned back to the classroom.

A Partnership in the Making: Polymer College Welcomes Delegation from Malaysia

October 2nd was not just another Monday at The University of Akron. UA hosted a delegation of six representatives from Malaysia, all of whom are part of the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA). The NCIA is an organization dedicated to facilitating socio-economic growth in Malaysia, and now they are tasked with building what will be called “The Rubber City” on a 1,254-acre plot of land near the border of Malaysia and Thailand.

October Safety Focus: Old Chemicals and Samples Disposal

Need more storage space? Here is your chance to dump old samples and chemicals that are no longer needed, unknown who they belong to or have deteriorating containers. All you have to do is print and fill out the attached form. Bring the items with the completed form to the designated location on the scheduled dates. Do not transport chemicals across campus. Only chemicals from the building that is scheduled for drop off will be accepted. Ex.) NPIC labs cannot drop off at Goodyear or Olson.

UA Biomimicry Researchers Featured at Nature-Inspired Exploration for Aerospace Summit

October 4th, 2017 is the beginning of the Nature-Inspired Exploration for Aerospace Summit, a gathering of the scientific community that promotes new research and technology in fields like biomimicry. The three-day event held at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, will feature many speakers and presentations in addition to a reception and group tour held at UA’s Goodyear Polymer Center and Integrated Biosciences Department.

Thanking the Nelson Family Scholarship for Promoting Polymer Education

Scholarships are vital to many students’ success throughout their college careers, and often even beyond graduation. Financial aid programs such as the Nelson Family Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering can open a lot of doors for our students, while encouraging them to study polymers. On Friday UA hosted a luncheon for the Nelson Scholars to meet alumni Harvey S. Nelson, the co-CEO of Main Street Gourmet and the founder of the Nelson Family Scholarship.

Safety Officer Diana Woolf Spreads the Word on Reducing Risk at Case Western

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering counts on Safety Officer Diana Woolf every day to make sure that students and faculty are working in safe environments. Since she has joined our staff she has worked hard to implement big changes on campus, and it has resulted in the prevention of numerous injuries and incidents. Now, Woolf will be sharing her knowledge with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in order to give their safety culture a jump-start.

Calling Bright Young Inventors for a Contest of Polymer Creativity

Are you ready to stretch your imagination? The Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors is accepting submissions for 2018! The contest that encourages critical thinking and inspires kids to learn about the world of polymers is kicking off for its 10th year.

International Elastomer Conference Features Several CPSPE & UA Speakers

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is actively involved in many facets of the polymer industry. Every year around 4,000 members of the polymer community gather to attend the International Elastomer Conference, and CPSPE will be heavily involved in the 2017 event in Cleveland, Ohio.