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

UA partners with land conservancy for Haley’s Run Trail restoration assessment

The University of Akron is partnering with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to offer hands-on activities to community members at the Haley’s Run Trail BioBlitz and Birthday Bash July 11.
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UA startup wins $10,000 in pitch competition

Dr. Nic Leipzig has invented OXAID, an oxygenated hydrogel that promotes the healing of chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers.
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Engineering camp for teen girls debunks stereotypes

What’s a day in the life of an engineer really like? High school girls are getting peek this week at The University of Akron’s Summer Experience in Engineering.
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Taking cues from nature to develop colors that do not fade

UA professors analyze the structure of bird feathers to create hues without dye.
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