News Archive

Novel Nanofiber Photocatalysts From Cheaper Gas Jet Fiber Method

Professor Sadhan Jana and his student Dr. Monoj Ghosh fabricated a set of mesoporous titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanofibers with length of a few micrometers and controlled diameter in the range 200-300 nm, crystalline grain size 10-50 nm, and anatase crystal content ~60% via calcination at 600°C of precursor nanofibers of polyvinylpyrrolidone and titanium isopropoxide obtained from scalable Gas Jet Fiber spinning process.

Students hit right pitch with their health-related products

The Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in the College of Business Administration hosted PitchU on Oct. 15, a class and competition for hopeful entrepreneurs.

AGPA offers hands-on, polymer activities to students and families

Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) is once again, immersed in outreach in order to bring the knowledge of polymers to inquisitive young minds. Thursday, October 13, AGPA visited Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy in Cleveland and ran a Polymer Family Night in which around 90 people were in attendance.

October Safety Focus: Fire Safety & Prevention

The October Safety Focus is Fire Safety & Prevention. Please take a minute and clear away any storage that may be blocking the fire extinguishers, safety showers, eyewash stations and electrical panels. Use the Laboratory Fire Safety Checklist to review your lab. Know your exit route in case of emergency. Be Aware and Know Where your fire extinguisher and fire alarm are located. Know Where the AED (Heart Defibrillator) for your building is located.

Jana and Puskas to be honored by ACS Rubber Division

Two prominent UA researchers are being recognized by The American Chemical Society Rubber Division for their numerous contributions to their fields.

Dr. Sadhan Jana, professor and chair of the Department of Polymer Engineering will receive the George Stafford Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research.

Independent Control of Elastomer Properties through Stereocontrolled Synthesis

In this paper, a compositionally identical material uses stereochemistry (amount of CIS vs TRANS double bonds) to control mechanical properties.  Significantly, this class of materials is made via step growth polymerization and does not require the use of complicated transition metal catalysts to control stereochemistry as are required by many other elastomers reported in the literature.

Professor outlines ultrasonically aided extrusion

Ultrasonically aided extrusion can compound waste EPDM rubber with polypropylene, by devulcanizing the rubber to break the chemical bond, according to Avraam Isayev, professor emeritus of polymers at the University of Akron.

Preprogramming materials to shape shift at a given time

Dr. Andrey Dobrynin, Professor of Polymer Science, collaborates on research that creates time programmable shape-changing material which has a potential to facilitate the development of novel drug delivery systems.

Polymer Engineering alumnus receives Sandmeyer Award 2016

Alumnus, Dr. Ratan K. Mishra (Polymer Engineering, PhD '12), along with fellow team members from Sika, ETHZ and the University of Colorado Boulder were awarded The Sandmeyer Award 2016, CHF 20'000 for their innovative work in the field of industrial and applied chemistry. Congratulations to Dr. Mishra and the team!

BRIC intensifying cooperation with NASA with new fellowship opportunities

After the successful Biomimicry Summit and Education Forum (BSEF) for Aerospace hosted by NASA Glenn Research Center and in collaboration with Great Lakes Biomimicry and the Ohio Aerospace Institute Aug. 2-4, the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) is intensifying its cooperation with NASA Glenn.

Boy Scout troop visits CPSPE

The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is not only passionate about spreading knowledge to bright UA minds, but also spreading knowledge to the inquiring minds of young children.

Polymer Engineering Researchers Report Novel Use of Aerogels in Capturing Airborne Nanoparticles

Aerogels are extremely light, 90-95% porous solids filled with air with pore diameter between 2-200 nm. For reference, the diameter of human hair is typically 100,000 nm. The thermal insulation properties of aerogel materials have been exploited for decades.

Dr. Kevin Cavicchi recognized as 2016 top 10 reviewer for Soft Matter

Congratulations Dr. Kevin Cavicchi for being recognized as a top 10 reviewer of Soft Matter in 2016.

UA student brings science lessons to children of Ghana
Alex Nyarko, who is earning a doctorate in polymer science at UA, brings science lessons to where the children are in his native Ghana.
K-12 Polymer Outreach in September

September is a busy month for Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) outreach. On Wednesday, September 14th, AGPA paid a visit to Firestone High School and visited biology teacher Josh Oldham, a participant in this summer’s Research Experience for Teachers. Mr. Oldham taught the lesson he developed during that time.

Sandia National Laboratories and UA to collaborate in materials science
This latest collaboration for the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering will enable new discovery and innovation for both institutions.
September Safety Focus: BACK TO THE BASICS

The September Safety Focus is BACK TO THE BASICS. Please review the UPDATED Lab Safety Rules.

UA’s polymer college offers one-of-a-kind program in the U.S.
New professional master’s degree blends coursework across polymer science and engineering with classes in business and law.
Celebration of generous donation to Polymer College

As a leader in polymer science and polymer engineering, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) continues to focus on polymer innovations and applications of research. In order to achieve these goals, the College develops industry partnerships and offers state-of-the-art facilities and cutting edge equipment to faculty, students, and industry.

On August 30, 2016 the College held an event to celebrate Babcock & Wilcox’s (B&W) generous donation of Raman spectroscopy equipment installed in the National Polymer Innovation Center.

University of Akron researchers find thin layers of water can become ice-like at room temperature spotlights the work of Dr. Ali Dhinojwala and graduate students Nishad Dhopatkar and Adrian Defante into the behavior of thin layers of water between two charged surfaces. It turns out the water exhibits ice-like tendencies at room temperature. The research could lead to better ways to minimize friction in a variety of settings.

ACS POLY-PMSE Student Chapter at The University of Akron is established

We are pleased to announce that the student run organization affiliated with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and the Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) is now at The University of Akron.

Welcome New Students to the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering!

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) is preparing for the start of another fantastic semester as it welcomed over one hundred new students from ten different countries at the new student orientation on Friday, August 26, 2016. Forty-one PhD students, 4 Masters students, and 56 Akron Masters Program students were welcomed to the Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering programs.

The super-organism behind Nature’s skyscraper

The international publication Laboratory News features the research of Dr. Hunter King, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Biology, regarding the mounding behavior of termites and the impact on passive human architecture.

Dean Emeritus Frank N. Kelley speaks to rising leaders in the Akron community

As part of Leadership Akron’s Class 33 Akron City Tour, Dr. Frank N. Kelley, Dean Emeritus of The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, spoke Wednesday at UA’s Goodyear Polymer Center to rising leaders in the Akron community. Dr. Kelley is an alumnus of both the University and the Leadership Akron program. His grandson, also Frank Kelley, who is part of the current Jr. Leadership class, joined members of the current Signature Class 33 for the talk entitled “Background and Importance of Polymers for the Akron Region and Ohio”.

WXIX-TV and WOIO-TV report that UA alum Dr. Murthy Simhambhatla has been named CEO and President of Alphaeon Corporation

ALPHAEON Corporation, a social commerce company in lifestyle healthcare, today announced that Murthy Simhambhatla PhD has been appointed CEO and President by the ALPHAEON Board of Directors. Dr. Simhambhatla replaces Robert E. Grant who was recently appointed as Vice Chairman of the ALPHAEON Board of Directors.

Bridgestone utilizes Make it in America grant to subsidize Polymer Training

Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) networks with companies, economic development organizations, government agencies, and other UA groups to provide training opportunities to industrial clients. Dr. Jelynn Stinson, Manager of APTS, led the effort to implement the effective utilization of Make it in America (MIIA) training grants this year by Bridgestone employees.

Synthetic melanin makes color-changing skin

An artificial skin made with synthetic melanin nanoparticles would have chameleons turning green with envy were the lizards capable of such a petty emotion. The synthetic skin changes color faster than a chameleon’s, provided the humidity of the air surrounding the engineered film changes quickly enough (Chem. Mater. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b02127).

AGPA End of Summer Outreach Events

With the summer coming to an end, the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) is continuing its mission to create and disseminate knowledge by finishing off the summer with more outreach, interactions, and education. AGPA is always developing creative and innovative ways to spread knowledge to bright young minds, and the conclusion of the summer is no exception.

Summer 2016 Student Award Recipients

Congratulations Winners!

The Department of Polymer Engineering is pleased to announce the Summer 2016 Student Award Recipients.

Biomimicry is a promising approach for driving innovation, study finds

Science Magazine reports that CPSPE Ph.D. candidate and GOJO Industries Biomimicry Fellow Emily Kennedy has contributed to biomimicry research aimed at fostering sustainable innovation.

Undergraduate polymer research showcased on campus

On Thursday, August 4th, over 40 undergraduate students attended the 13th Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Research Symposium (NOURS) hosted by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE). Students from The University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, and NASA Glenn Research Center were in attendance and participated in this event.

August Safety Focus: Know Before You Work!

The Safety Focus for August will expand on the July HAZCOMM Safety Focus. "Know before you work" focuses on understanding the hazards of the chemicals before you work with them. I have had many interactions with students who do not read the SDS prior to ordering or working with a chemical.

AGPA hosts Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers 2016 Workshop

The Akron Global Polymer Academy’s (APGA) passion for science and polymers is continuously expanding to educate and intrigue others, and this time its significant impact has reached local teachers.

[Video] Akron maintains Rubber City reputation

WKYC Channel 3's Jasmine Monroe finds out how innovation and adaptability have helped Akron maintain its leadership in the polymer industry.

Polymer outreach welcomes Great Lakes Science Center campers

The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) at The University of Akron is making great strides in educating young students about the world of science, polymers, and endless possibilities.

Every summer, the Great Lakes Science Center hosts a series of summer camps for middle school students. This year, AGPA hosted visits at UA on June 15, 29, and July 14.

Newkome named KSU distinguished alumnus

George R. Newkome, vice president of research Emeritus and the James and Vanita Oelschlager Professor of Science and Technology in the Department of Polymer Science, will receive the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Kent State University at a ceremony in September recognizing him, and other notable Kent alumni and friends.

Polymer Outreach supports expansion of STEM program to local high schools

RC cars and racing game engines? Sounds like fun! And, it’s all in the name of science education!

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Foundation has awarded the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) a grant to support the expansion of the Full Throttle STEM program to the nine high schools in the Akron Public Schools (APS) system.

1st Annual CPSPE Battle of the Labs a Huge Success

Thank you and congratulations to all of the research groups that participated in the 1st Annual CPSPE Battle of the Labs! 

The college’s June Safety Focus was a friendly competition between labs and an introduction to the 5S workplace organization (cleaning) system. The level of enthusiasm and friendly competition made the entire experience fun and exciting, all while creating safer and cleaner labs for the faculty and students.

July Safety Focus: HAZCOMM/GHS Training

The July Safety Focus is HAZCOMM/GHS training. All students are required to complete the HAZCOMM/GHS Training module on their Springboard. This is a MANDATORY training required by the University Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety.

[Video] CPSPE is featured in a new JobsOhio video

CPSPE is featured in a new JobsOhio video! Ohio leads the U.S. providing an unparalleled plastic and rubber ecosystem helping more companies achieve long-term success and strategic growth.

Crain's Cleveland Business: Record-breaking event helps illustrate Akron's footing in the polymer science world

Crain's Cleveland Business article highlights the 12th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference hosted by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at UA.

Global Partner, East China University of Science and Technology, visits The University of Akron

On June 23, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) had the privilege of welcoming longtime, global partner East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) to The University of Akron (UA).

Dhinojwala Group Wins at PiNO

June 10, 2016, three Department of Polymer Science students made nearly a clean sweep at the Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio (PiNO) Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Dharamdeep Jain, Nishad Dhopatkar, and Gaurav Amarpuri, students from the Dhinojwala group, won three of four prizes awarded to graduate students.

Polymer Outreach Program Offers Research Experience for Teachers

This week, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s Akron Global Polymer Academy began the Research Experience for Teachers in Polymer Engineering (RET) program. This program, funded by NSF Award Number EEC-1542358, sponsors ten high school science teachers who will work for eight weeks conducting polymer research in a lab of a CPSPE faculty member. Nine of the educators making up this year’s cohort are from districts in Northeast Ohio and one has traveled from Houston, Texas to participate.

Akron Polymer Technology Services has a Worldwide Impact

Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS), formerly known as the Akron Polymer Training Center and Applied Polymer Research Center, is making worldwide strides.

Record participation expected at national polymer conference at UA
The latest in polymer research is the focus of the 12th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference, to be held here June 19-22.
Dr. Kevin Cavicchi co-edits special issue of Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics

The Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics has published a special issue on shape-memory polymers. The special issue, called “Shaping Shape-Memory”, was edited by Mitchell Anthamatten of the University of Rochester and Kevin Cavicchi of The University of Akron.

June Safety Focus: Lab Cleaning

The June Safety Focus is a friendly competition between labs and an introduction to the 5S workplace organization (cleaning) system.

The elasticity of creativity in the minds of young inventors
AnnualRubber Band Contest for Young Inventors draws students and their novel ideas from around the nation.
Research Experience For Undergraduates Launches This Year’s Summer Program

The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) offers a unique internship program for undergraduate students in the field of polymer science and polymer engineering. Research Experience for Undergraduates, is an eleven week internship program in which  students from colleges across the United States will work closely with CPSPE faculty to investigate a fundamental question within the disciplines of polymer science and polymer engineering, including chemistry, physics, characterization and biomaterials.