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College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
E-NEWS | Spring 2018
One of the Largest Technology Transfer Agreements in UA History Signed with 21MedTech
Two degradable polymer platforms, developed for regenerative medicine and 3D printing, have been exclusively licensed by 21MedTech from the University of Akron Research Foundation. The technologies originate from the Laboratory of Dr. Matthew Becker, a widely recognized scholar and innovator in organic polymer chemistry and biomaterials. Read More
Polymer Professor Awarded $2 Million for Leading Research in Fighting Opioid Epidemic
Dr. Matthew Becker’s pioneering research here into America’s deadly opioid epidemic has been awarded $2 million from the state of Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission. The University of Akron is working with 21MedTech and pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc. to commercialize a non-opiate degradable polymer mesh designed to control post-surgical pain while helping patients avoid potential addiction to pain pills.
The grant is the largest given to a higher education institution as part of the Third Frontier Commission effort combatting the opioid crisis. Read More
A check from the PPG Foundation for $40,000 for our polymer research mentorship program is presented by Michael Makowski (alumnus), left, PPG manager of new technology initiatives, specialty coatings and materials, to students Gregory Brown and Elizabeth Lewis, and to Dr. Eric Amis, dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.
PPG Foundation Donates $40,000 to Polymer Research Mentorship Program
The PPG Foundation announced a $40,000 grant to our College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to support our new polymer research mentorship program.
The donation allows the program to provide support for graduate students who wish to mentor undergraduate students pursuing the new minor in polymer science and polymer engineering. Funding will go toward graduate assistants, undergraduate research students and research expenses. Read More
Polymer Professor Receives Morand Lambla Award
Dr. Bryan Vogt, a professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering, was honored as an outstanding young professor in polymer processing by the 33rd International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society (PPS). Read More
Polymer Professor publishes “Nonlinear Polymer Rheology,” after a decade of intensive research
It was a project ten years in the making. Dr. Shi-Qing Wang, Kumho Professor in the Department of Polymer Science, worked for a decade toward his goal: a timeless book on polymer rheology, rooted in knowledge discovered here at The University of Akron since 2004. Dr. Wang’s work was realized with the publication of his book, Nonlinear Polymer Rheology: Macroscopic Phenomenology and Molecular Foundation.
The goal was to expose readers to the latest knowledge of an old subject: the rheological behavior of polymer melts and concentrated polymer solutions. Read More
Alumni Spotlight
So many of our students go on to have fascinating and impactful careers. One of them is Dr. Baris Yalcin, an alumnus who was part of the team that facilitated the opening of the National Polymer Innovation Center. Today, Yalcin works in the Global Packaging R&D group for the Coca Cola Company. Recently he told CPSPE all about his experience at the college and how he hopes to make a difference in his new career. Read More
Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Yu Zhu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Polymer Science, and has been a member of our faculty since 2012. He has studied in Germany and in the United States, and has achieved numerous publications as well as four patents. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Zhu about his career at The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. Read More
Student Spotlight
Former REU intern Marcos Pantoja is currently studying to earn his doctorate in Polymer Engineering under Dr. Kevin Cavicchi. He began his journey at UA in the fall of 2014, and now he is sharing his experiences with us. Read more about Marcos and his academic journey in CPSPE. Read More
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