News Archive

December Safety Focus: Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program

December's Safety Focus is the Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program. We must eliminate the use of mercury thermometers in the labs. CPSPE Operations/Safety will provide an exchange for your mercury thermometers at no cost to the research group while supplies last.

PPG Research Team Fellowship offers a wealth of knowledge and experience for undergraduate student

PPG has partnered with the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to offer Research Team Fellowships for undergraduate STEM students pursuing a Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. These fellowships provide opportunities for students to gain valuable polymers experience and receive scholarship funds, which can have a major impact on their current studies and future careers in polymers.

Polymers take on new importance for Ohio’s economy and educators

The Akron Global Polymer Academy's content specialist, John Fellenstein, is featured in this Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) article.

Polymer professor’s program to enable STEM pathways for autistic college students

Dr. Ruel McKenzie has helped create a new program to enable STEM pathways for autistic college students. PULSe is a Five-Star Fridays initiative that’s a collaborative effort among the College of Polymer Science and Engineering, LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education and the Office of Accessibility.

Two startup companies receive NSF funding

Two startup companies based on UA technology have received $225,000 each from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Polymer outreach collaborates with local NIHF STEM Middle School

Can aluminum rods really sing? Is it possible to carve a pumpkin without a knife? These questions and more were answered recently at Science Fridays! Big Science for Little Learners.

University of Akron polymer research turns toward opioid-related work

Crain's Cleveland Business: The University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Engineering is finding new applications for polymers — and possibly bolstering its own relevance — by engineering new materials that can integrate with other molecules.

UA's Polymer college, Biomimicry, and Corrosion Engineering featured in Hemispheres Magazine

Hemispheres, the Award-Winning Onboard Magazine for United Airlines, featured CPSPE, Biomimicry, and Corrosion Engineering in it's October 2018 issue. Read the article [PDF]

November Safety Focus: Accident Reporting

November’s Safety Focus is Accident Reporting. All accidents, spills and injuries need to be reported to Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS) or the CPSPE Safety Officer. Problems that go unreported may affect other people or building functions. If you do not report an incident and EOHS is alerted by another means, you may be subject to disciplinary action by the university.

Engineers are Studying Birds' Nests

Continuing coverage of Dr. Hunter King's National Science Foundation research is featured on Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds website.

CPSPE Welcomes NPIC Instrumentation Scientist

Dr. Andrew Knoll is joining the UA community as an Instrumentation Scientist for the National Polymer Innovation Center and will be overseeing much of the spectroscopic characterization equipment.

UIX: Grand Rapids has a plastic problem, and here's who's helping fix it

Meagan Hill Marko, Polymer Engineering (MS 2005), is featured in this article. Read more

Dr. Mark Foster honored by peers

Dr. Mark Foster, the Thomas A. Knowles Professor in the Department of Polymer Science, has been elected as an American Physical Society Fellow.

Tune in Thursday, 10/11, to hear Dr. Nita Sahai on ‘Exploradio Origins’

Dr. Nita Sahai, the Ohio Research Scholar Professor in the Department of Polymer Science, will be featured this Thursday, Oct. 11, on “Exploradio Origins,” a “weekly series that ponders some of the biggest questions in the universe in 90 seconds.”

Collaborative Research by UA Scientists selected as ACS Editors’ Choice

Scientists from four departments at The University of Akron recently collaborated on research that was reported in an article submitted to ACS Publications. Not only was this article accepted in Macromolecules, but it was also selected to be featured in ACS Editors’ Choice based on recommendations by ACS Journals’ editors.

University of Akron professor emeritus to receive 2019 Charles Goodyear Medal

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A professor emeritus at the University of Akron will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division.

Roderic Quirk, an emeritus distinguished professor of polymer science at the University of Akron, was announced as the medalist during the first day of the Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference, being held Oct. 9-11 in Louisville.

October Safety Focus: Lab Safety Checks

I will be back in the labs this month leaving these notices to give you a thumbs up or to make corrections. Any violations you receive will need to be corrected immediately. Time to clean up the work spaces and focus on safety in the labs!

You can help solve Lake Erie's harmful algal bloom problem with University of Akron spectrometers

UA Ph.D. student Kelly Siman and Assistant Professor Hunter King are working on a user-friendly spectrometer "that can measure phosphorus and nitrates in water throughout the Lake Erie watershed."

UARF’s Spark Fund announces the completion of its first project

Dr. Abraham Joy, associate professor of polymer science, and his lab have concluded prototyping and testing of a light releasable adhesive invented with funding provided by the University of Akron Research Foundation’s Spark Fund. This marks the successful completion of the first of five projects awarded Spark Funds in 2017.

Polymer faculty continue to earn significant federal research funds
The nearly $4 million received is for topics ranging from designing new materials inspired by a bird’s nest to 3D printing and nanocomposites.
Akron 360 Social Event Promotes Polymers at UA

Last week, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering hosted a social event on the 11th floor of the Goodyear Polymer Center.

University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Engineering gets increased funding

Interim Dean Ali Dhinojwala is quoted in this Crain's Cleveland Business report.

September Safety Focus: Glass Waste

We have recently found glass waste containers full of capped glass vials filled with chemicals, solvents and dry materials etc. The university cannot dispose of glass waste with chemicals in it. Glass waste vials must be uncapped and contents disposed of properly in Halo, Non Halo, Aqueous or solid waste containers. Caps can be thrown in the garbage with only glass being discarded in the glass waste containers.

Faculty and student teams complete intense I-Corps Teams program

Two teams of faculty, students and a community mentor completed the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Teams program, a more intense follow-on program to UA’s I-Corps Site. These participating teams each spoke to at least 100 customers as part of a seven-week quest to more precisely define a business model and path to market for a new UA technology.

Polymer Outreach at "Props and Pistons Festival"

This past weekend, the Akron Global Polymer Academy was at the Akron Fulton Airport running an outreach table at the "Props and Pistons Festival". Attendees had the opportunity to have fun and learn about polymers through hands-on activities.