Research at the University of Akron

Research at UA

The University of Akron seeks to increase relevant knowledge for its stakeholders, including students, industries, governments and educational institutions. The University sees its research as a driver for finding meaningful solutions to advance the region. UA's research initiatives include:

  • Research expertise in polymers and advanced materials, biomaterials and medical devices, advanced energy, computational science, and nanotechnology
  • 70 new technologies disclosed each year
  • A leadership role in the BioInnovation Institute in Akron
  • Collaboration with industry through more than one hundred active sponsored research projects
  • Entrepreneurship initiatives including the Akron Regional Change Angels (ARCHAngels) investment network that connects emerging companies to funding sources
  • A technology transfer program that ranks first in Ohio in efficiency of commercializing research
  • A nationally recognized research foundation (UARF) that shares its expertise with other major Ohio universities
  • Collaboration with the Greater Akron Chamber to build, attract and retain high tech companies in Northeast Ohio
  • A commitment to attract and graduate more students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines through partnership in Akron’s STEM-focused high school


Millions in state funding to support UA research

Research at The University of AkronUA was the big winner in the distribution of funding from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission.

Of the $12.5 million in awards announced in October to support start-ups and commercialize technologies, University of Akron researchers and their collaborators received a combined total of more than $5 million—more than any other single organization in the state. Full story.

Research News

Heart patch fashioned from stem cells and polymers holds promise

University of Akron researcher Ge “Christie” Zhang proceeding with $460,000 National Institutes of Health grant.
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UA researcher awarded $100,000 Alzheimer’s grant

Jie Zheng is identifying biological compounds in the human body called peptides that can be turned against one of their own, the disease-causing peptide amyloid-beta, or Abeta.
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Mentoring program offers peek at possible future in biomedical engineering

BEST Medicine Engineering Fair will feature innovations from northeast Ohio middle schoolers mentored by UA biomedical engineering students.
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Discovery demystifies origin of life phenomenon

University of Akron polymer scientist finds that certain amino acids and sugars were simply meant to be in life.
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