News Archive

No Venom, No Problem: This Spider Uses a Slingshot to Catch Prey

Mental Floss - The research conducted by Professor Todd Blackledge, Assistant Professor Henry Astley, and doctoral students Sarah Han and Daniel Maksuta continued to garner national attention. The results of their research were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Spotlight on recycling, sustainable materials at Polymers Appreciation Day

Our College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is hosting its annual Polymers Appreciation Day for alumni and industry on Friday, May 17. The symposium is a celebration of the outstanding achievements of the college’s alumni and students.

Our ‘Professor Polymer’ entertains students with zany experiments
Longtime science teacher John Fellenstein hosts ‘Science Fridays’ at Akron’s STEM middle school.
CPSPE Welcomes Rheology & Thermal Instrumentation Scientist

Dr. Meysam Hashemnejad is joining the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering as the Instrumentation Scientist – Rheology & Thermal.

Dr. Roderic Quirk receives Charles Goodyear Medal at ACS Rubber Division Awards Banquet

On May 1, Dr. Roderic Quirk, a polymer science research professor and distinguished professor emeritus in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, was awarded the Charles Goodyear Medal at the ACS Rubber Division Science & Technology Awards Banquet in Independence, Ohio.

May Safety Focus: CPSPE Picnic / Mental Health Wellness

May's Safety Focus is the CPSPE Picnic / Mental Health Wellness. Taking care of yourself is the key to being more productive in the lab and working safely. The Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Student Groups have joined their picnics together for a great evening of food and fun. I will host the evening activities with volleyball, relays, and crazy competitions! Come and join some stress free fun!

Tamanna Rahman wins Best Presentation Award at CenTiRe Meeting

Congratulations to Tamanna Rahman (advisor Dr. David Simmons) who recently won the Best Presentation Award in the “New Student” category at the CenTiRe Industrial Advisory Board spring meeting on April 2-3, 2019.

How to Build a Bird’s Nest

The New York Times - Assistant Professor Hunter King, a polymer science professor with expertise in the mechanical properties of bird nests, offered insights into how a nest is built.

Polymer professor’s publication achieves 21,194 downloads

An open access journal paper published by Dr. Erol Sancaktar, a professor in the Department of  Polymer Engineering, and his graduate student, Lan Bai (Polymers 3(1), pp. 427-466, 2011) has reached 21,194 downloads. The paper, titled “Electrically Conductive Epoxy Adhesives,” has had 12,727 abstract views as well.

Polymer College welcomes four new faculty members

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) at The University of Akron (UA) is pleased to announce the hiring of four new faculty members in the areas of polymer chemistry, characterization, computational modeling, and advanced manufacturing.

These hires demonstrate UA’s commitment, support, and investment in polymer research, and the new positions will augment CPSPE’s existing strengths as well as develop research in new emerging areas in polymer science and polymer engineering.

Dr. Cavicchi to speak at Innovation Symposium

On April 18, 2019, Dr. Kevin Cavicchi, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Polymer Engineering, will be speaking at the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) Innovation Symposium.

Polymer Professors awarded by American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry

Dr. Kevin Cavicchi, Dr. Matthew Becker, and Dr. Andrey Dobrynin were recently recognized and awarded by the American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) at the ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Orlando, Florida.

Peers recognize Dr. Ali Dhinojwala’s research efforts in adhesion

Dr. Ali Dhinojwala has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 Adhesion Society’s Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science sponsored by 3M. This is the organization’s premier award for “outstanding achievements in scientific research relating to adhesion.”

April 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 College hosts Science Day at UA

The Western Reserve District 5 Science Day (WRSD) is one of 16 district science fairs held in Ohio each spring under the Ohio Junior Academy of Science. Students from grades 5-12 prepared posters, designs, or prototypes in various disciplines, ranging from botany to computer science, from polymers to biochemistry. This year's event took place on March 16th at The University of Akron’s Student Union and was hosted by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s (CPSPE) Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA).

Polymer Outreach hosts Science Olympiad and hundreds of local students

Five-hundred fifty students and forty-four teams: the Akron Regional Science Olympiad hosted by the Akron Global Polymer Academy is a scientific competition that challenges young students to use their teamwork and ingenuity, all while having fun in the name of science! On March 9, 2019, students from dozens of local middle and high schools gathered at The University of Akron’s campus to compete in team events and have an opportunity to qualify for The Ohio State Tournament in April.

Marcos Pantoja awarded Chatterjee Travel Award

The Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) recently awarded Marcos Pantoja the Chatterjee Travel Award to attend ANTEC 2019 in Detroit, MI. This award is given to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and involvement within SPE. Furthermore, Marcos was selected for this award due to his thermoplastics and foams centered Ph.D. studies.

March Safety Focus: Emergency Eye Wash and Safety Showers (Video Demos by CPSPE Safety Officer)

March’s Safety Focus is the Emergency Eye Wash and Safety Showers. Keep all eye wash stations and safety showers accessible. Why are emergency showers or eyewash stations important? The first 10 to 15 seconds after exposure to a hazardous substance, especially a corrosive substance, are critical. Delaying treatment, even for a few seconds, may cause serious injury.

Snake-like locomotion has many applications for robots [Video]

YouTube - Computerphile - Assistant Professor Henry Astley discussed his research into the "biomechanics of animal locomotion."

Agreement with Le Mans Université yields new opportunities for students and faculty

The president of Le Mans Université, Rachid El Guerjouma, traveled from France this week to visit UA and formally strengthen the existing relationship between our institutions.

Tubing die gifted to UA’s Akron Polymer Technology Services

Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) continues to develop industry relevant workforce development courses for the polymer Industry. With the help of industry partners like Extrusion Tooling & Technology Inc. (ETTI), real-world processing equipment is used for hands-on, practical training of industry clients.

Sonal Bhadauriya receives SPE Polymer Modifiers and Additives Division (PMAD) award

Congratulations to Sonal Bhadauriya (advisor Dr. Alamgir Karim) who was recently awarded $2,500 from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

CPSPE Welcomes NPIC Microscopy Instrumentation Scientist

Dr. Jiansheng Feng is starting a new position at UA as an Instrumentation Scientist for the National Polymer Innovation Center and will be overseeing much of the microscopy equipment.

Covestro and UN Environment call for young people to take part

Do you dare to invent the future? Covestro and the United Nations are again calling for nominations for Young Champions of the Earth, the prestigious prize for environmental entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30, who have big ideas for the world’s future.

February Safety Focus: CPSPE Prescription Safety Glasses Program

February’s Safety Focus is 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.