The "Science of Spider-Man" Features UA Researchers at Awesome Con
Science and comic book nerds, assemble! The world of polymers is joining the world of comic books and cosplay for one weekend to teach Spider-Man fans all about Peter Parker’s powers.
It’s back! CPSPE’s Research Experience for Teachers program is under way for the summer of 2017
Beginning Tuesday, eleven high school and middle school teachers will be coming to campus to work with research groups on subjects like chemistry, biology, and engineering. They will be working in CPSPE labs for eight weeks, at the end of which they can walk away with research experience that will help them develop new curriculum to take back to their classrooms.
CPSPE Staff Spotlight: John Fellenstein
CPSPE wouldn’t be the same without its amazing staff. We recently spoke with John Fellenstein, Content Specialist for the Akron Global Polymer Academy, about his role at CPSPE.
Major Success for UA at MSNO Conference
The University of Akron and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering experienced huge success at the Microscopy Society of Northeast Ohio’s sixty-first annual May Conference.
Summer Sun Brings Polymer Outreach to Light
The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) has been hard at work recently in several locations, including The Akron Children’s Museum and Canal Park, home of the Akron RubberDucks.
As always, the Akron Global Polymer Academy is making magic happen!
On Saturday John Fellenstein, Content Specialist for the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA), grabbed his wand and his cauldron and arrived at the Akron-Summit County Public Library for Potions Class at Potter Faire, Akron.
Potter Faire was held by the library to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication. For one afternoon only, the library was transformed into Hogwarts, and kids of all ages could come and learn magic like Harry.
Researcher named one of the nation’s top young scientists
Matthew Becker, associate dean of polymer science, leads a team that develops new medical devices and regenerative medicine applications.
June Safety Focus: Unattended Experiments / New Form
This month's safety focus is Unattended Experiments / New Form. All unattended experiments that take place over night or during the day REQUIRE this form. This form provides EOHS and the fire department pertinent information regarding your experiment if there should be an emergency in your lab, or the building.
Akron Global Polymer Academy Awards $1,000 to Winners of Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors
It’s no stretch of the imagination to picture students from across the nation coming together to celebrate creativity, engineering, science, and polymers. This happens every year during the annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors.
Origins Institute Explores the Origin of Life, the Universe, and Everything
Professor Nita Sahai discusses her research to identify the origins of life on earth.
Polymer College’s 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Begins
May 30th marked the first day of orientation for this year’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This summer, 18 students will participate in research and career development activities, discuss their research progress, and visit regional companies and a national laboratory.
Kevin Cavicchi awarded the William C. Zekan Memorial Service Award
Associate dean Kevin Cavicchi was awarded the William C. Zekan Memorial Service Award and professor Sadhan Jana provided the keynote address at the Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers May 15 meeting.
Congratulations to Laurel Lohrey - Zipstastic Award winner for May
Please make an effort to congratulate Laurel Lohrey as the winner of the Ziptastic Award for May. She is the coordinator of training and testing in the Dean’s Office in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE).
UA’s prolific inventor inspires younger generations
Sixth graders at Dodge Intermediate School in Twinsburg enjoyed their visit with Dr. Joseph Kennedy, who talked about inventions, patents and his journey to America.
AGPA Outreach Shows Kids the Fun Side of Science
The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) is once again combining fun and science to get kids interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics). On May 23rd, twelve students and three teachers from The University of Akron’s childcare center came to the Polymer Engineering Academic Center to learn more about polymers with content specialist and educator John Fellenstein.
Akron SPE Section Hosts Networking Event at CPSPE
On Friday, May 19, the Akron SPE section hosted the Ohio SPE Networking Event at the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.
Polymer College Partners with Local High School to Offer Students Hands-On Research Experience
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School has had a partnership with The University of Akron to encourage students in STEM since 2009. In coordination with Dr. Matt Becker, students have had the opportunity to partner with professors in their field of research to learn the scientific process through hands-on experience.
UA receives part of $7.5 million grant to develop innovative uses for melanin
Researchers will work to understand how melanin is synthesized by natural organisms, and use synthetic melanin to develop new kinds of advanced materials.
Polymers Appreciation Day student poster winners announced!
Congratulations Guodong Deng, Vrushali Bhagat, and Elena Silantyeva on being selected as the top 3 entries of the LORD Corporation student poster competition at this year’s Polymers Appreciation Day for Alumni & Industry!
CPSPE Staff Spotlight: Diana Woolf
CPSPE faculty and staff are a vital part to the success of the college. Recently, we asked Diana Woolf, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Safety Officer to share her experience working at CPSPE.
Dean Emeritus, Dr. Frank N. Kelley awarded the inaugural CPSPE College Alumni Award during Polymers Appreciation Day
On May 12, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering held Polymers Appreciation Day, a one day symposium celebrating the outstanding achievements of the college’s alumni and students.
CSMonitor.com - Can the Rust Belt become the 'Brain Belt'?
The Christian Science Monitor quotes dean Eric Amis, associate dean Matthew Becker, University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) senior fellow and Akron Ascent Innovations’ president/chief executive officer Barry Rosenbaum, president emeritus Luis Proenza, and associate professor David Giffels in a report on transforming Akron’s past into a high-tech future.
May 2017 Safety Focus: Campus Emergencies
This month's safety focus is Campus Emergencies. The informational links here provide you access to important safety numbers, tips and guidelines that cover active shooter situations, hazardous weather, police services and contact information for other services on campus.
Japanese delegation inspired by biomimicry in Northeast Ohio
Japanese delegates visiting Cleveland and Akron through the U.S. Department of State made a visit to UA to learn about the innovative work being done here in biomimicry.
The University of Akron wins a trifecta at the ACS Rubber Division Awards
A UA Department of Polymer Science alumnus, Dr. Jimmy Mays, Professor & ORNL Distinguished Scientist at The University of Tennessee, joins two of UA’s prominent professors, Dr. Sadhan Jana of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and Dr. Judit Puskas of the College of Engineering, as awardees at The American Chemical Society Rubber Division 191st technical meeting.
CPSPE Staff Spotlight: Sarah Thorley
CPSPE faculty and staff are a vital part to the success of the college. Recently, we asked Sarah Thorley, Department of Polymer Engineering Coordinator of Academic Programs to share her experience working at CPSPE.
Becker inducted as 2017 PMSE Fellow
Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Becker who was recently inducted as one of the newest members of the seventeenth class of PMSE fellows at the San Francisco ACS meeting on April 5.
Polymer science student accepted into ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy
Polymer science student, Abdala Bashir has recently been accepted into the American Chemical Society (ACS) Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy, all expenses paid. The program will be held June 20-27, 2017 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.
April 2017 Safety Focus: SHUT THE SASH!
April’s Safety Focus is SHUT THE SASH! If you have chemical fume hoods in your lab, we are asking you to SHUT THE SASH when you are not working in the hood.
Polymer scientist William Landis honored for contributions
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Dr. William Landis, retired professor of polymer science, with the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization at the organization’s 46th annual meeting in San Francisco on March 22.
Cheng to receive SPSJ International Award
Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng has been elected to receive The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) International Award this year at the 66th annual meeting in May. The International Award is the highest honor of the society and is awarded to international scientists over the age of 55 years for both contributions to the field and collaborative activities with Japanese groups.
UA’s Polymer College establishes Akron Masters Program in Taiwan
Dr. Eric J. Amis, dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and Vice Provost for Research at The University of Akron, recently traveled to Taiwan to visit National Taipei University of Technology. The main objective of the visit was to formally exchange a signed agreement set between Taipei Tech and The University of Akron; this is built upon the foundation of strong connections between Taiwan and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.
Researchers' work selected for Virtual Special Issue of I&EC Research
Battelle Scientists Meet with Polymer Faculty to Discuss Common Interests in Biomedical Research
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering hosted a March 16 visit with Dr. Steve Risser, Research Leader, and Dr. Erik Edwards, Sr. Research Scientist, from Battelle’s Advanced Materials Group.
Polymer outreach another great success at the 2017 King and Friends Science Olympiad
On Sunday, March 5, the King and Friends Science Olympiad had its final competition and awards celebration at the Goodyear Polymer Center, wrapping up another great year where students participated in fun, exciting, and challenging events.
Kaur Awarded Ohio Soybean Council Foundation Scholarship
WORTHINGTON, Ohio - The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce that Sukhmanjot Kaur of Akron, Ohio has been awarded a $2,500 graduate OSCF scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Polymer engineering researchers' work published in PNAS
Controlling the organization of nanoparticles into patterns in ultrathin polymer films can be accomplished with entropy instead of chemistry, according to a discovery by Dr. Alamgir Karim, UA’s Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Professor of Polymer Engineering, and his student Dr. Ren Zhang. Polymer thin films are used in a variety of technological applications, for example paints, lubricants, and adhesives.
A first: University inventor receives three U.S. patents in single day
On Tuesday, March 7, a sole inventor became the first in University history to be awarded three U.S. patents in one day.
It is not uncommon for Professor Joseph Kennedy of Polymer Science to receive three patents in one year, but three in a single day is unprecedented.
CPSPE Staff Spotlight: Melissa Bowman
CPSPE faculty and staff are a vital part to the success of the college. Recently, we asked Melissa Bowman, Department of Polymer Science Coordinator of Academic Programs to share her experience working at CPSPE.
AGPA polymer outreach to host upcoming Science Olympiad
Interested in food science or forensics? What about meteorology, robotics, or electric cars? If science is your thing, The University of Akron campus is the place to be on Saturday, March 11, when nearly 600 students from six area counties will compete in the day-long Spectrum Akron Regional Science Olympiad.
Super Resolution Imaging Helps Determine a Stem Cell’s Future
An interdisciplinary team of researchers, including associate dean for research Dr. Matthew Becker and UA alum Dr. Erin Childers, track a stem cell’s future. Read more
March 2017 Safety Focus: Wellness, Stress & Safety
The March Safety Focus is at the request of a CPSPE student who approached me with concern of accidents that may occur in the lab or otherwise due to increased fatigue or personal stress. The top 2 causes of workplace injuries are fatigue and stress.
Prof. Alan Gent, The University of Akron, and the Adhesion Society's 40th Birthday
On February 26, 2017, at its annual meeting in St. Petersburg, the Adhesion Society celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding and inaugural annual meeting at The University of Akron's Institute of Polymer Science.
NSF Supports the Future Success of Polymer REU Program
The National Science Foundation continues to contribute to the impact of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE). NSF has awarded a grant of $344,741 to The University of Akron in support of REU that will start on April 1, 2017.
Polymer Science student to receive John Wiley book award
Dibyendu Debnath, DPS graduate student, has been selected to receive the John Wiley book award in addition to being selected by POLY to be a part of the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium in San Francisco this April.
University of Akron researchers collaborate with Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories
University of Akron researchers collaborate with Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories to develop new measurements to understand the structural changes in electrodes of lithium ion batteries during operation.
February 2017 Safety Focus: Student Safety Violation Policy
Faculty look to snakes and termites to improve daily life
Meet three UA researchers who are investigating nature to advance society.
Remembering Dr. Howard L. Stephens
Dr. Howard L. Stephens, Professor Emeritus of Polymer Science and Chemistry, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, at the age of 97. Dr. Stephens was a good friend to many and did much for the polymer and chemistry programs at UA.
Thematic issue of Elements magazine guest-edited by Polymer Science professor
Department of Polymer Science professor, Dr. Nita Sahai recently guest-edited a thematic issue of Elements magazine on the topic of the Origins of Life, which was released in December 2016.
UA’s Polymer College Strengthens International Partnership with French IFP School
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering continues to uphold its renowned past and is making great strides in its promising future through cutting edge research, industry partnerships, and important connections with other programs and universities around the world.
This is the second year of a graduate student exchange program with the polymers program of IFP School (French Institute of Petroleum) in Rueil-Malmaison, France. Last year the first graduate students from CPSPE went to IFP School for six weeks, working with IFP faculty and staff, learning about supply chain issues and the connections of the oil and gas industry with the polymer industry.
NASA visitors learn about research efforts at UA
Visitors from NASA toured UA labs conducting research related to NASA interests, and met with students on several College of Engineering design teams.
AGPA polymer outreach helps at local science fairs
The start of a new year commences a fresh start with the Akron Global Polymer Academy's (AGPA) outreach. The outreach extends far beyond polymers in the college and on campus, but expands to a number of local schools and all levels of education.
January 2017 Safety Focus: Chemical Inventories
The January Safety Focus is Chemical Inventories. Please take a look at your chemical storage and inventories this month. We will have a chemical inventory training on February 10th in GDYR 304 from 9am-10:30am. Please RSVP to email@example.com to attend the training. EOHS personnel will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the inventory system.
Recent AGPA polymer outreach prompts excitement for the future
November and December are full of activities and outreach for the Akron Polymer Global Academy. With 16 events, and the gaining of over 3,000 contacts, every moment of outreach is high paced and exciting.
PolyLux reaches next step in product development process
Ph.D. polymer science student Kaushik Mishra created PolyLux, a start-up company, to manufacture a new adhesive technology for bandages.
Novel Nanofiber-based Coalescing Filter Media for Separation of Water Droplets from Ultra-low Sulphur Diesel Fuel
Professor Sadhan Jana and his students Dr. Stuti Rajgarhia and Dr. Rafael Benavides recently reported in Polymer, 93, 142-151 (2016) a facile means of fabrication of nanofibers from solutions of two immiscible polymers in two mutually miscible solvents using gas jet fiber method.
Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng's recent work published in PNAS
Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng's recent work, "Geometry induced sequence of nanoscale Frank–Kasper and quasicrystal mesophases in giant surfactants," has been published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
December Safety Focus: Lab, Hood, and Personal Safety
December's Safety Focus has an emphasis on Lab, Hood, and Personal Safety! There will be lab inspections and you will receive either a SAFETY STAR or an UNSAFE notice in your work areas. Please take a few minutes during your workday to evaluate the following areas of your personal protection equipment, hood space, and lab areas.
University of Akron, Sandia pair up to bring new polymers
The national lab says it has tons of applications for new materials, from energy infrastructure to medical devices, and is looking to one of the nation's top polymer schools for help.
Alumnus opens new Akron Children's Museum
Alumnus Ryan Hartschuh (PhD, 2007, Polymer Science) and his wife Betsy are the co-founders of the new Akron Children's Museum that opened on Friday, November 25, 2016.
CPSPE visits to China renew and establish University-to-University agreements
Dean Eric Amis holds very highly the college’s relationships with alumni and partners. This fall, he led a delegation, including Associate Dean Kevin Cavicchi and Program Coordinator Ying Wang, to visit numerous universities in China to renew or establish University-to-University cooperative agreements and strengthen these partnerships.
Polymer Engineering chair and professor invited to give inaugural lecture in India
Department of Polymer Engineering chair and professor, Dr. Sadhan Jana has been invited to give an inaugural lecture in India.
The Society of Polymer Science – India has invited Dr. Jana to give the first S. R. Palit Endowment Lecture at the MACRO 2017 International Conference on Polymer Science and Technology to be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India on January 8-11, 2017.
APTS provides customized training to team from Indonesia
Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) is currently hosting a team of ten scientists and engineers from Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT). The team traveled from Indonesia to receive customized training in rubber technology from APTS instructors. The customized training, being held over a three week period, includes topics ranging from raw materials for elastomer compounding to aircraft tire retreading technology.
Dean Amis visits Taipei and meets with CPSPE alumni
In Taipei, hosted by University of Akron alumni, Dean Amis visited Taipei Tech, Tsinghua University, Cheng Kung University, and also the LCY Group. At each place he delivered his talk “Polymers in the Valley of Death: Moving from Discovery to Application”. An alumni reunion dinner was hosted by the Taiwan-Akron Alumni Association with over a dozen alumni in attendance. This established alumni association is a representation of how CPSPE alumni remain connected to The University of Akron beyond their time on campus.
Polymer Engineering Researchers Report Aerogel Microparticles
Aerogels, the extremely light, 90-95% porous solids filled with air with pore diameter between 2-200 nm, are mostly reported in literature as bulk monoliths or sheets of characteristic dimensions several centimeters to hundreds of centimeter. Professor Sadhan C. Jana and his student Dr. Senlong Gu devised an oil-in-oil emulsion strategy, for the first time, to produce micrometer size, spherical aerogel particles with the same properties as the bulk aerogel monoliths.
Knight Foundation creates $3 million endowment for polymer research
The endowment -- the largest for an academic chair in our 146-year history -- allows us to further strengthen our internationally recognized polymer program and will help us attract world-class research faculty.
CPSPE Confers Over a Dozen Student Awards and Fellowships
Graduate students play a crucial role in the development of new technologies under the guidance and supervision of their professors. As such, awards and fellowships are a key component to the career development of these student researchers and scholars, giving them the opportunity and flexibility to focus their efforts on academics and research.
November Safety Focus: Hazardous Waste
November’s Safety Focus is a 4 part series on Hazardous Waste. Every week during the month of November we will focus on a different type of hazardous waste. Please review the attached University of Akron Waste Management Plan and Examples of Waste lists.
AGPA and CPSPE grad students visit GlenOak High School
The Akron Global Polymer Academy is persevering in its mission to provide exciting opportunities for students to experience polymers through hands-on activities and expanding outreach. Recently, AGPA visited GlenOak High School. Particularly, they visited the school’s science club that has organized a Junior Polymer Ambassadors group that will be helping run a polymer STEM day for Oakwood Middle School. The science club is advised by biology teacher, Dori Hess, who participated in the NSF funded Research Experience for Teachers in Polymer Engineering at UA in 2014 and 2015, doing medical research.
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
ScienceMag.com 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
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.
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 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.
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.
Outstanding researcher works to solve medical challenges
Dr. Matthew L. Becker is one of two recipients of this year’s Outstanding Researcher Award. The awards were presented May 6 at the Founders Day Luncheon.
Tosoh Bioscience LLC and The University of Akron Debut The Tosoh Polymer Chromatography Laboratory at the Goodyear Polymer Center
The Tosoh Polymer Chromatography Laboratory located at the Goodyear Polymer Center offers start-of-the-art Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) Systems from Tosoh Bioscience for polymer scientists working in academia and industry.
They built a better bandage, and won $7,000
Two graduate students invented an adhesive bandage that allows for easy removal with minimal pain, winning the LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Competition and money to advance their idea.
Polymer Science alumnus wins Young Scientist Award from Science Academy Society in Turkey
Dr. Bülent Akgün, PhD Polymer Science 2007, currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, has been recognized with a 2016 Young Scientists Program (BAGEP) Award by the Science Academy Society in Turkey.
Akron Global Polymer Academy Inspires K-12 Students with Hands-On Polymer Experiences
On April 20th and 27th, 55 students visited the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and the National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance. These students earned their field trip to UA through participation in Akron Public School’s First Annual Chemistry Erlenmeyer Flask Three Fold Challenge—a partnership with Chemistry teachers across the district aimed at promoting shared community experiences with other teachers/students and learning through direct experiences and problem-solving.
May Safety Focus: Lab Coats
Lab Coats is the topic for the May Safety Focus. You will be required to wear a lab coat, gloves and safety glasses when you are working in the lab.
Dr. Coleen Pugh’s presentation at ACS National Meeting is identified as “The Best Presentation”
Dr. Coleen Pugh presented a paper entitled “Soy-Based Resins and Fillers for Thermoset Composites” at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, California in March 2016. Dr. Pugh’s presentation at the meeting was identified by the session chair, Dr. Don Wardius (of Covestro), as the “Best Presentation” of her session in the symposium on Sustainable Polymers, Processes & Applications.
CPSPE Director of Outreach, Paula Watt, speaks about the benefits of collaboration between industry and research scientists in Plastics News
“University researchers and industry scientists and engineers tend to think differently,” said Paula Watt, outreach director for the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron. “But collaboration is a necessity.” - Plastics News
Drs. Soucek and Miller receive Roon Foundation Award from American Coatings Association
Dr. Mark Soucek and Kent Miller (Ph.D. 2012, Polymer Engineering) received the second place Roon Foundation Award for their work on a new low-temperature cure-on-command process for coatings. The 2016 American Coatings Association Roon Awards were presented at the American Coatings Show, April 12-14, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Alumnus is co-founder of new Akron Children's Museum
Department of Polymer Science alumnus Ryan Harschuh (Ph.D. 2007) and his wife are the co-founders of the new Akron Children's Museum set to open this summer.
Polymer Outreach inspires over 800 middle and high school students in March
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s Akron Global Polymer Academy – with the generous help of faculty, staff, graduate students, and volunteers – reached over 800 middle and high school students during the month of March through two major events on campus: The Time Warner Cable Akron Regional Science Olympiad and The Western Reserve District 5 Science Day.
Yipin Duan wins SPE Mettler Toledo Award
Yipin Duan has won the SPE Mettler Toledo Award for 2015-16. He is an accelerated master’s student working in the research groups of Profs. Zacharia and Vogt.
April Safety Focus: Emergencies
April’s safety focus is emergencies. ALL EMERGENCIES and/or ACCIDENTS MUST BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY!
Two professors add to legacy of prestigious NSF CAREER award recipients
The honorees are Dr. Yu Zhu, polymer science, and Dr. David Simmons, polymer engineering.
Polymer Engineering Student Organization wins SPE Student Chapter Award
Congratulations to our very own Akron Section SPE Student Chapter led by the Polymer Engineering Student Organization (PESO)! The Outstanding Student Chapter Award is the highest honor for a student chapter, recognizing those that display exemplary efforts in industry engagement, operations and planning, community and social outreach and more.
Younjin Min wins Polymer Processing Society Early Career Award
Younjin Min, assistant professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering, will receive the 2016 PPS Early Career Award from The Polymer Processing Society. This award recognizes productivity of early career researchers in the field of polymer processing as judged from the publications, patents, and service to the Polymer Processing Society. Nominees include tenured/tenure-track faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, and researchers working in industry or national laboratories within 6 years of receiving their Ph.D. degree at the time of nomination.
Supramolecule could one day improve pharmaceutical drug delivery systems
A team led by Dr. George Newkome and Dr. Chrys Wesdemiotis has synthesized and structurally proven a precise and immense supramolecule, which can undergo changes in molecular architecture under varying ambient conditions.
Landis, Becker and Joy to speak at APTC’s biomaterials seminars
Three of UA's leading researchers — Dr. William Landis, Dr. Matthew Becker and Dr. Abraham Joy — will speak during a three-part series on biomaterials hosted by UA’s Akron Polymer Training Center in April.
Dozens of prospective students visit the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Dozens of prospective students visited Akron on March 4th to explore campus and learn more about the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. Students from 11 different universities toured the National Polymer Innovation Center, the new visualization center, numerous labs and campus.
UA’s ‘RooNited!’ United Way campaign is off and running
Philanthropy = The practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people. That is what United Way is all about.
By participating, you will contribute to the success and well-being on campus and throughout the Greater Akron community.
March Safety Focus: Electrical Safety
March’s Safety Focus is Electrical Safety. Please check the equipment throughout your lab for the following hazards:
- Broken hot plates
- Frayed cords
- Damaged plugs
- Excessive use or permanent use of extension cords
- Cords fixed with electrical tape
- Combustible material in vicinity of electrical power sources
- Daisy chained cords and/or surge protectors
Polymer Science student wins Alan Gent Distinguished Student Paper Award
Dharamdeep Jain, a graduate student in polymer science, won the Alan Gent Distinguished Student Paper Award for the best presentation at this year’s Adhesion Society Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Ali Dhinojwala, the Morton Professor of Polymer Science, is his advisor.
Polymer engineer to be honored for work in coatings
Dr. Mark Soucek will be awarded the prestigious Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings this fall by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering.
February Safety Focus Update: Free Eye Exams for CPSPE Students
Diana Woolf, Safety Officer, has made arrangements with the Summit County Health Department to include any eligible student from the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to provide FREE eye exams through their Prevent Blindness Program.
Students who do not have health insurance coverage that provides vision care may be eligible for a FREE eye exam.
Dr. David S. Simmons' publication featured on MaterialsViews.com
Dr. Simmons' publication An Emerging Unified View of Dynamic Interphases in Polymers is featured on MaterialsViews.com.
To learn more about his research, visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/macp.201500284/abstract
February Safety Focus: Safety Glasses and CPSPE Prescription Safety Glasses Program
February’s Safety Focus: Safety Glasses and creating awareness for the College’s Prescription Safety Glasses Program. Anytime you are in the lab, transporting or working with hazardous substances safety glasses must be worn. Side Shields must be worn with all personal glasses. The side shields are very inexpensive to purchase. (See example picture on right)
Nanotech coating research co-authored by Dr. Yu Zhu featured in multiple reports
Research co-authored by assistant professor Yu Zhu shows how a nanotech coating might offer a new way to de-ice aircraft, wind turbines, and power lines.
Polymer engineer receives NSF CAREER Award to study the mystery of glassy materials
Success of this project will accelerate the development of materials in areas ranging from human health to energy economy.
Lubrizol, a leading CPSPE alumni employer, features alumnus Jamel Lawrence
Lubrizol, one of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s leading alumni employers, promotes the values of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Jamel Lawrence, a 2012 graduate of Polymer Science (advisor Dr. Ali Dhinojwala) and Regional Applications Manager at Lubrizol, is featured in new videos "Connect the Culture - Deliver Success" and "African American Resource Group" on the Lubrizol website. Jamel shares his thoughts on how diversity and inclusion are an integral part of who Lubrizol is as a company. “Together we have power” he says.
January Safety Focus: All chemicals must be labeled in the hood and work areas
We would like to see all chemicals in the hoods and labs to be labeled. For example: The following photos show squeeze bottles that do not have labels or are impossible to read and a photo that has the bottles labeled appropriately.
Thank you for your continued cooperation towards a safer working environment in 2016.