Nearly 600 polymer researchers descended on Akron, Ohio for the 12th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference, held June 19-22, according to an article from Plastics News. Researchers from almost 80 colleges and universities attended the biannual conference, reportedly a “showcase event” for polymer research. The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, which ranks as the largest in the United States with 34 faculty members and almost 350 students in masters and PhD programs, hosted the event, according to the article.
The dean of the polymer college noted that the university’s polymer research work is focused on new and existing materials, including cross-linked nanotech additives, new fillers for improved aesthetics and new biomaterials and substrates for use in tissue engineering, substrates and biomedical applications. A. Schulman, Eastman Chemical, Lubrizol, Omnova, BASF, Covestro and Milliken were reportedly among the companies with displays at the job fair at the conference.
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