News

August, 2010
Battery Alternative Could Lighten Load for Soldiers

American soldiers today carry so many electronic devices in their field packs that the weight of batteries alone is a concern, leading the Department of Defense to enlist polymer scientist Bryan Coughlin and others to develop a lighter-weight power source.

August, 2010
On the edge of a fold...

Two papers by UMass Amherst polymer scientists and physicists appeared recently in the prestigious journal, Physical Review Letters, offering insight into what determines the size and shape of wrinkles in soft materials. Editors highlighted both in a synopsis, singling the investigations out as worthy of special interest. "The experiments offer complimentary insights into how defects, such as an edge or a fold, influence the presence of wrinkles and could prove helpful in understanding the formation of wrinkles in biological tissue," they noted.

August, 2010
Maria Santore Honored by the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society named Maria Santore of the Polymer Science and Engineering one of 192 new Fellows, honored for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, the profession and service to the society. She will be honored at the society's fall national meeting in Boston on Aug. 22-26.

July, 2010
Obituary: Robert Lenz, Retired University Professor, Co-Founder Polymer Science and Engineering Department

Robert (Bob) Lenz, one of the founding members of the Polymer Science and Engineering Program at the University of Massachusetts, died Friday July 2, 2010.

May, 2010
Obituary: Richard J. Farris, Retired Distinguished University Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering Department

Richard J. Farris, a wide-ranging researcher who mentored and advised scores of graduate students in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering over a career that spanned more than 33 years, died May 25 in Leeds.

March, 2010
Novel Foams Reduce Fire Risk

Treating soft furnishings with toxic flame-retardants could be avoided in the future thanks to a new non-flammable polymer developed by US scientists.

Polyurethanes are used in a wide variety of common products, including upholstery and mattresses, in the form of flexible foams. However, they are naturally combustible and flame-retardants must be added to meet safety regulations, but these can bring further disadvantages.

March, 2010
Chinese Scientists Expand Ties During Polymer Workshop at UMass Amherst

The Department of Polymer Science and Engineering (PSE) could be headed toward a “sister department” relationship with a polymer physics and chemistry laboratory at the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC) in China, according to department head David Hoagland.

March, 2010
Nanotech Expert Mark Tuominen Testifies on Capitol Hill

Leading nanotechnology researcher Mark Tuominen this week provided expert advice to Congress on where and how federal spending can better bolster nanomanufacturing. Tuominen, a professor of physics and co-director of the MassNanoTech Institute, said the purpose of his March 17 testimony was to boost research and development and to foster university-industry partnerships.

December, 2009
Western Massachusetts Partners Announce $600,000 Federal Grant and Collaborative Commitment to Boost Competitiveness of Precision Manufacturing Industry

The precision manufacturing industry in Western Massachusetts received a major boost today with the announcement of a $600,000 federal grant to foster innovative practices through a partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) follows an earlier state investment of $650,000 in industry competitiveness through the MTC’s John Adams Innovation Institute, and will be enhanced by a newly formed partnership between academic, workforce development and industry leaders in the region.

July, 2009
NIH funds study of new antibiotics to combat food-borne disease

A research team led by polymer scientist Gregory Tew that includes biotech firm PolyMedix, Inc. of Radnor, Pa., has received a first-year, $977,658 grant to study and develop new antibiotics against food-borne and related illnesses. Funding, to be shared by the University and PolyMedix, is from the National Institutes of Health’s Cooperative Research Partnerships for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease.

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