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Rowan to Present 11th Annual Bayer Lecture at Southern Miss April 25

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Dr. Stuart Rowan

Dr. Stuart Rowan, a professor of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio will give the 11th annual Bayer Distinguished Lecture Thursday, April 25 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The lecture series is sponsored by Bayer MaterialScience and hosted by the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Rowan’s lecture, “Structurally Dynamic Polymers: From Optically-Healable Materials to Mechanically-Adaptive Films,” will be presented at 5 p.m. in the Shelby F. Thames Polymer Science Research Center auditorium. Admission is free.  

Currently the Kent H. Smith Professor of Engineering at Case Western, Rowan also has secondary appointments in both Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry at the university and is faculty director of the Institute for Advanced Materials. He is a NSF CAREER award recipient and received the Case Western School of Engineering Research Award in 2008.

“Dr. Rowan is an outstanding polymer scientist,” said Dr. Robert Lochhead, director of the School of Polymers and High Performing Materials. “We’re pleased to have someone of his caliber give this lecture. He’s a great role model for our students, and we’re grateful to Bayer MaterialScience for sponsoring his presentation and the series.”

Rowan, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, has published more than 110 scientific papers and reviews. His research examines the potential of dynamic chemistry (covalent and non-covalent) in the construction and properties of structurally dynamic polymeric materials. He is deputy editor of the ACS Macro Letters and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

He heads the university’s Rowan Group, a research entity focusing on supramolecular polymers, self-healing materials, stimuli-responsive materials, metal-containing polymers, gels, biomaterials and developing new synthetic methods for the construction of complex polymeric architectures.

Bayer MaterialScience is one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and high-performance plastics. Its innovative developments in coatings, adhesives, insulating materials and sealants, polycarbonates and polyurethanes significantly enhance the quality of our lives, particularly in the automotive and construction, electrical and electronics, household, sports and leisure sectors.

The Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees in polymer science and engineering and in Sports and High Performance Materials. For more information, about the school, visit http://www.usm.edu/polymer/about-school-polymers-and-high-performance-materials.