THE PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF POLYMERS AND GLASSES

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Department of Chemical Engineering

2014

July

Ran Siyang Evelyn Lopez Ran Tao was invited to give an oral presentation at the Gordon Research Seminar on Polymer Physics in Mount Holyoke, MA, July 12 and 13, 2014; her talk is titled "The Effect of Silica Nanoparticles on the Rheological and Glass Transition Behavior of Polystyrene: Reinforcement and Dynamics." In addition, Siyang Gao will serve as a Discussion Leader at the GRS. Ran and Siyang, along with Evelyn Lopez, will attend both the GRS and the Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics.

June

Siyang Ran Siyang Gao and Ran Tao received NATAS Student Travel Awards to present their work at the 2014 annual meeting of the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS). The meeting will held in September in Santa Fe, NM.

April

simon prize Dr. Sindee L. Simon received the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 2014 Research/Engineering Technology Award at the Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC). for research and technology developments in polymers and polymer composites and for her pioneering contributions in thermal analysis of polymers.

March

Evelyn Lopez Doctoral student Evelyn Lopez was awarded the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship to attend the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics.

February

Siyang Gao Siyang Gao won second place for her poster titled "The Experimental and Modeling Study of Reaction Kinetics of Cyclopentadiene Dimerization" at the International Polyolefins Conference held in Houston on Feb. 23-26, 2014.

January

2013

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May

Fossil Amber Graduate Student Jing Zhao’s work on 20 million year old amber published in Nature Communications, was highlighted by National Geographic, the Tikalon blog and by Texas Tech. Zhao made calorimetric and viscoelastic measurements on 20 million year old amber under the guidance of Dr. Sindee L. Simon and Dr. Greg McKenna. The purpose of the work was to test the idea of glass formation through an “ideal” glass transition. The findings challenge this view and alter the current paradigms for the physics of glasses.

February

Siyang Gao Siyang Gao won third place at the International Polyolefins Conference for her poster, titled "The Calorimetric Glass Transition of Single Polystyrene Ultrathin Films." The conference, which was held in Houston on February 23-27, 2013, attracted more than 600 participants and more than 40 poster presentations.

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August

August 2008 Yung P. Koh is awarded the Perkin Elmer Student Award at the annual meeting of the North American Society.