Gao, Ma, and Yu Win Awards in Polyolefins Conference Poster Competition

Three graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering received awards at the 2014 SPE International Polyolefins Conference held in Houston on Feb. 23-26, 2014. The conference attracted more than 600 participants and featured more than 40 poster presentations.

Siyang Gao, a doctoral student in the research group of Dr. Sindee L. Simon, Horn Professor and Whitacre Department Chair of Chemical Engineering, won second place for a poster titled "The Experimental and Modeling Study of Reaction Kinetics of Cyclopentadiene Dimerization."

Lan Ma, a doctoral student in the research group of Dr. Ronald C. Hedden, an associate professor of chemical engineering, won third place for a poster titled "Shape Memory Effects in Polyethylene/Carbon Black Nanocomposites and Polyethylene/Polypropylene Blends.

Ziniu Yu, a doctoral student also in Hedden's research group, won honorable mention for "Guest Molecule Behavior in Liquid Crystalline Networks: Comparison of A and ABA Type Plasticizers."