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On Friday, March 2nd, the dean of the University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE), Eric Amis, announced he would relinquish his position in June of this year. This is just the latest in a reduction of staff that the college has seen over the past two to three years–staff that has not been replaced by the financially strapped university.

In an effort to better monitor head impacts in the area of sports, a team of doctors and scientists called Prevent Biometrics have developed a smart mouthguard that monitors the number, direction and force of head impacts through a flexible circuit board embedded within the guard. The circuit board is held in place by a proprietary thermoplastic polymer.

Polymer Solar Cells (PSCs) may not ever replace tradional inorganic solar cells because of such stumbling blocks as raw material expense, longevity issues and lower power conversion efficiency, but there are a myriad of other applications for the technology. From uses in grocery stores and kitchens to dissolving them for printing, the PSCs can prove useful in niche markets.

Provisional counts compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that as of June 2017, Ohio was ranked 3rd in the United States at a count of 5,256 for most opiod overdose deaths. Only Florida at 5,604 deaths, and Pennsylvania at 5,392, had more. It is obvious by the numbers that Ohio is in an opiod crisis.

A new microcontroller has been developed by Air Force Research Laboratory (ARL) and American Semiconductor that can bend and flex. The chip can be used on wearable sensors and can monitor such things as hydration levels and strain from an arm flexing.

It’s common knowledge that eventually the batteries in our cellphones, cameras and laptops weaken and the time between charging them shortens. An assistant professor of polymer science at the University of Akron is overseeing a project that will change that.

A. Schulman and its partner Prodways Technologies have partnered in the development of PA6-12T, a new engineered 3D printing material that incorporates glass into plastic.

Research currently being performed at The Ohio State University (OSU) is aimed at the development of advanced heart valve replacements that should reduce both the medications and operations that are needed for recipients.

One of Youngstown Business Incubator’s 30 Portfolio Companies has developed a new patent-pending material called AMClad that rivals the compression strength of ABS Polymers.

Dismayed by an excessively large quantity of low-cost oxycodone pills prescribed to his wife after a surgery, Matthew Becker began to wonder about nonopioid alternatives for pain management. His answer may be in polymers.

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