The Bayer Lecture Series

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The internationally recognized Department of Polymer Science, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, at The University of Southern Mississippi is one of a small number of departments in the nation that offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education. Housed within the Shelby Freland Thames Polymer Science Research Center that was completed in 1990, the department has its roots in the 1964 establishment of the Pan American Tung Oil Research Institute that grew with the founding of the Department of Polymer Science in 1972. The center incorporates research laboratories, polymer processing areas, a fabrication center, a polymer learning center, class and conference rooms and a large auditorium, all of which are dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship.

The faculty of Southern Miss’ School of Polymers and High Performance Materials are drawn from various disciplines, including chemistry, physics and chemical engineering. The multidisciplinary nature of the program is exemplified by strong collaboration between diverse faculty members whose devotion to innovation, education, and research has gained the respect of the world community of polymer scientists.

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.