News Archive

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.

Polymer Undergraduate Program Provides Valuable Experience and Positive Impact for Interns

Congratulations to the 17 interns who recently completed the 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates program!

The REU program was launched in 2004 and has been a success in bringing students from across the country to learn about research methods and polymers here at The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE).

CPSPE Welcomes Staff Hires – MRC Manager and Director of Operations

It is with great pleasure that the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering welcomes new staff hires Dr. Jessi Baughman and Dr. Jason Randall.

August Safety Focus: 2018 Lab Safety Rules Review

Please review our 2018 LAB SAFETY RULES and the CPSPE Student Violation Policy. CPSPE Student Safety Violation Policy

Welcome to Akron, 'Middle City, USA'

UA's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is noted for helping to diversify the local economy and serve as an economic driver for the region.

“Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers” provides valuable learning experience for middle and high school teachers

Each year the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) in Polymer Engineering Program provides valuable learning experience for middle and high school teachers from across the country. Participants travel to UA in order to learn about research methods and develop new lesson plans to take home to their students. But before they take their lesson plans back to their classrooms, they need to test them out. That’s where the workshop “Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers” comes in.

Polymer college celebrates retirement of Dr. Stephen Cheng

Earlier this week, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering celebrated the retirement of Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng, former dean of the college and Frank C. Sullivan Distinguished Research Professor of Polymer Science.

Polymer researcher taking a look at tire reinforcement

A group of researchers in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering were awarded a CenTiRe grant of $70,000 to help fund their research of using polymers to improve tire rubber durability. The team is being led by Dr. Li Jia, at right, an associate professor of polymer science, and Dr. Robert Moore, a professor of physical and polymer chemistry at Virginia Tech.

UA’s Sport Science Academy and Akron Global Polymer Academy team up for STEM in Sport Camp

Last week, the School of Sport Science and Wellness Education: Sport Science Academy (SSA) hosted a 3-day STEM in Sport camp that had their participants learning about the concepts of STEM that are embedded in the world of sports.

July Safety Focus: Old Chemicals and Samples Disposal

In an effort to reduce the amount of chemical samples left from previous students and no longer needed, we are repeating our safety focus from October 2017.

Dr. Tianbo Liu appointed as the next Chair of the Department of Polymer Science

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tianbo Liu as the next Chair of the Department of Polymer Science effective July 2018.

AGPA welcomes Women In Engineering campers

Summer camp season on the University of Akron campus is in full swing, and the Akron Global Polymer Academy has been busy helping make these experiences memorable for the visiting campers.

Slime-making craze has become a big business

Content Specialist John Fellenstein comments on outreach conducted by CPSPE's Akron Global Polymer Academy in this Chemical & Engineering News article.