In addition to more than 750 UA faculty members that can offer expertise to corporate partners, specific laboratories and institutes provide research, testing, validation and training in areas of expertise.
As a world leader in polymer research and education, The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering uses distance learning to support K-12 science instruction, global research collaboration, internet instrument sharing, virtual laboratories, graduate education and workforce development.
Applied Polymer Research Center
Operating under the Institute of Polymer Science, the Applied Polymer Research Center’s full-time professional staff provides timely and reliable contractual technical services to thousands of industrial and government clients. The APRC offers companies of all sizes access to top researchers, knowledge bases and advanced equipment. Key areas of technical service include polymer characterization, additive identification, defect analysis, thermal analysis, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, electron microscopy, chromatography and spectroscopy.
Institute for Polymer Engineering
As part of the internationally renowned polymer program at The University of Akron, the Institute of Polymer Engineering offers the expertise of some of the world’s foremost polymer engineers, serving as a confidential, objective and affordable source of technical assistance. The institute performs polymer processing, characterization, analysis and testing to help clients determine optimum processing conditions, improve quality control and analyze material properties. The institute also provides access to the Polymerization Pilot Plant.
The Magnetic Resonance Center operates eight superconducting NMR spectrometers, including an INOVA 750 MHz instrument with a cryoprobe and other accessories to perform every possible experiment yet devised. Seven other instruments with frequencies from 200 to 500 Mhz are equipped to perform solution and solid state multiple resonance 2D- and 3D-experiments. The techniques available on some of the lab's instruments include quadruple resonance, shaped pulses for selective excitation and pulsed field gradient work. The lab is also equipped with a Q-band ESR instrument for continuous wave experiments.
The Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering conducts basic and applied research, focusing on the creation of new polymers and the study of their physical properties. Within the institute are the Macromolecular Modeling Center, the Applied Polymer Research Center, Microscopy Laboratories and the Magnetic Resonance Center.
The CFNC conducts fundamental research on the performance of coalescing filters, design of filter media and the fabrication of nanofibers for use in filter media. The CFNC is a forum for industry-university cooperation. The CFNC hosts semi-annual meetings with industrial sponsors. CFNC faculty also work with government agencies and small businesses in developing nanofiber materials from polymers, carbon and ceramics for a wider range of applications.