Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Fundamentals

A minor in polymer science and polymer engineering provides a broad foundation in the synthesis, characterization, processing and design of polymers. Polymers are large molecules (i.e. macromolecules) that are ubiquitous in the world, ranging from plastics and rubber to proteins and DNA.

This minor is suitable for any STEM major, including engineering, natural sciences, or math seeking to complement their primary major with in-depth knowledge of polymer science and polymer engineering.

A three-course core curriculum builds a broad foundation in polymer science and polymer engineering, complemented by real-world research experience or laboratory course, and two upper level courses specializing in polymers to provide depth in the field.

Professional Preparation

Specialized preparation for graduate study in STEM majors or beginning a career in the vibrant, thriving polymer industry central to both the Northeast Ohio and the broader U.S. economy.

Our Faculty

31 faculty members with a deep commitment to teaching and research.

  • 35 Fellows of Professional Societies
  • 5 Journal Editors and 42 Editorial Board Members
  • 211 Peer-Reviewed Papers in 2016
  • 206 Invited Presentations in 2016

Akron Advantage

Enduring Legacy

Formally established in 1988, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s tradition as a leader in polymer science and polymer engineering began as early as 1910 when rubber chemistry was taught at the University. Establishing the Ph.D. program in Polymer Chemistry in 1964, the Department of Polymer Science in 1967, and the Department of Polymer Engineering in 1984, the college continues to focus on polymer innovations and applications of research in science, technology, engineering and medicine today.

Hands-on Research

All of the faculty in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering are active in research in areas of polymer synthesis, processing, measurement and modeling to address world needs in security, information, energy, defense, health and natural resources. The faculty raised $19.7 million in research funding from July 2015 to April 2017.

The combination of state-of-the-art facilities, one-of-a-kind talent in numerous disciplines, and a critical mass of expertise sets The University of Akron apart from other polymer programs worldwide.

Research facilities include:

  • Polymer Modeling and Visualization Center
  • Additive Manufacturing Laboratory
  • Microscopy Center
  • TOSOH Polymer Chromatography Laboratory
  • Spectroscopy, Surface and Optical Analysis Facility
  • National Polymer Innovation and Polymer Processing Center
  • Rheology and Thermal Analysis Lab

Real World Advantage

In addition to research opportunities in faculty members’ laboratories, there are opportunities for internship and summer research opportunities for undergraduates.

Student Organization

American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry/Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Student Chapter


Sample Curriculum


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