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Kathleen Sawyer, Executive Vice President of Esterle Mold & Machine Co., has announced a major expansion to the company’s Stow, Ohio plastics facility. The additonal 30,00-square-foot facility will house a 2,600-ton injection molding machine as well as a 40-ton overhead crane.

The opiod crisis in the United States has been nothing short of an epidemic, causing many researchers to turn their attention to solutions to help ease its impact. A Department of Polymer Science associate professor at the University of Akron, along with his colleagues, is developing a polymer “wet wipe” that will assist first responders in the detection of opiods in the system of a user.

Fun fact: Ohio doesn’t have an official state microbe, but local students are determined to put an end to that atroscity. Otterbein University’s American Society for Microbiology is currently working on a project called MicrOhio. Its aim is to establish an official state microbe for Ohio in the same way that we have a state flower or bird.

The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) is the recipient of approximately $4 million in federal grants, coming at a time when university trustees have approved investments in “key areas of strength and opportunity.”

Industry Analyst Kevin Swift, American Chemistry Council’s chief economist, projects a significant increase over the next five years in plastics investments in Ohio. In addition to the projected investments, the American Petroleum Institute predicts an increase in natural gas jobs in Ohio and across the United States.

Beginning in July, Ohio drivers will receive a new design when they renew their licenses. In addition to other security features built into the design, the licenses will be made of a 5-layer polymer that will make them much harder to counterfeit.

Dr. Andre Palmer of the Ohio State University has developed a polymerized hemoglobin he calls PolyHb that would give a critical patient enough time to get to the hospital for a blood transfusion.

A recent paper published by polymer scientist Saranshu Singla and his team at the University of Akron in Ohio described the findings of the team’s study of the glue manufacturing process of orb spiders.

It doesn’t matter what career stage you are in, any STEM professional will benefit from the latest Siegal continuing education program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). CWRU has collaborated with Lightweighting Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) to offer Advanced Lightweighting Certification Training in three courses: Polymers Design, Additive Manufacturing Design, and Advanced Materials Design.

On the lighter side of polymer research — no pun intended — Kent State University has been involved in a recent experiment along with USC to determine if the composition of new baseballs were the result of an uptick in home runs over the past few baseball seasons.

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