Polymer News (2012)


Dr. Shelby Thames was inducted in the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame Tuesday, November 13th, at the Jackson Convention Center. [Read More]


Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins awarded the 2012 Academic Partnerships Award as part of the University Research Awards Day [Read more]


Dr. Robert Lochhead Wins the 2013 Society of Plastics Engineers Education Award


USM students recognized at Governor's Energy SummitPolymer science and biochemistry students receive an award for development of polymer solar cells at the Governor’s Energy Summit in Jackson, Mississippi.  [Read More]
Undergraduate Students: Kelly McLeod, Alexandria Jarriel, Robert Boswell
Graduate Student: Qi Wu
Post-Doctoral Fellows: Mithun Bhattacharya and Biswas Avijit   


Dr. Daniel Savin awarded NSF grant to investigate stimuli responsive block copolymer assemblies. [Read More]


Dr. Daniel Savin awarded BP GoMRI funding to develop oil dispersants with Tulane collaborators Scott Grayson and Wayne Reed. [Read More


Dr. Marek Urban's Invention Ranked as one of "5 Materials That Could Change the  World"

Stuff, a publication of Britain’s Haymarket Media Company covering the latest in popular technology, cited materials developed in the Urban Research Group as among “5 materials that could change the world” in its May edition. [Read More]


Southern Miss Engineering Technology Student Wins Presentation Award

Southern Miss industrial engineering technology student Andrew Adams received the Best Student Presentation Award at the annual seminar of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists last month in Charleston, S.C.  Andrew is conducting research on a new oil dispersant under the advisement of Dr. Robert Lochhead in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. [Read More]


Christopher SahagunChristopher M. Sahagun, May 2012 doctoral graduate from the Morgan Research Group was awarded a prestigious National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship.  He is currently employed as: Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Research Council/Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate Edwards AFB, CA

05.14.2012  MARC Journal Cover from Savin Research Group  

Research from Daniel Savin's research group featured on the the cover of Macromol. Rapid. Commun. special issue: “Polymer Science – The Next Generation“.  In the article, Jake Ray and coworkers report the synthesis and solution characterization of poly(L-lysine)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(L-lysine) triblock copolymers with high lysine weight fractions (>75 wt%). [Read More]


Graduate student Ryan Hensarling selected to participate in 14th National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering; Hosted by Argonne and Oak Ridge National Labs


Southern Miss Graduate Student Earns Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Emily Hoff from Polymer ScienceEmily Hoff, a graduate student in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, was awarded a 2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  These prestigious fellowships are intended to prepare the next generation of top science educators and researchers.  The award will provide Hoff with three years of support including a $30,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 annual education allowance for tuition and fees, international research and professional development opportunities, and access to the TeraGrid Supercomputer.  Emily works in the research laboratory of Dr. Derek Patton.  Congratulations Emily!  [Read More]


High school student honored for developing innovative use of UV for producing Kevlar

The RadTech Emerging Technology Awards Dinner, held last night at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL, featured numerous honorees, including researchers and companies making great strides in UV/EB curing technologies.

De’Andre Stafford-May, a Mississippi high school senior, received the UV/EB Student Technology Award at the RadTech2012 conference.  Working with professors and graduate students from the Polymer Science Research department at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), Mr. Stafford-May focused on the manufacture of Kevlar.  Working in conjunction with polymer science professors Dr. James W. Rawlins and Dr. Sergei Nazarenko and Ph.D. candidates Joshua Hanna and James Goetz, Mr. Stafford-May’s research showed the potential of reducing the curing time of Kevlar composites from 24 to 48 hours to just two minutes by using ultraviolet light.

Mr. Stafford-May’s project earned first place overall at the Region 1 Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair as well as first prize in chemistry and Army, Navy and Air Force Medals of Accomplishment. He also participated in the state science fair and took home first place in Chemistry and received a Navy Medal of Accomplishment.  Mr. Stafford-May has also been invited to an all-expenses paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May, where he’ll compete with more than 1,500 of his high school peers from around the globe for prizes including $4 million in scholarships.


Polymer Graduate Student Awarded RadTech 2012 Scholarship

The RadTech Technical Committee announced the winners of their biennial RadTech 2012 Experience Scholarship Awards: Bradley Sparks, graduate student in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi; and Patrick Kramer, senior in Chemistry and Mathematics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  RadTech will sponsor their attendance to the RadTech event and honor these students at the Awards Dinner.  Bradley works in the Patton Research Group.


Southern Miss Professor Named POLY Fellow by American Chemical Society

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Charles L. McCormick was named a POLY Fellow at the 243rd meeting of the American Chemical Society last month in San Diego Calif. [Read More]


Southern Miss Professor Lochhead receives Chemical Pioneer Award [Read More]


Prof. Joshua Otaigbe awarded NSF grant entitled Collaborative Research: Wood Fiber Reinforced Polymers using Ring-Opening Polymers for Structural Applications

PI: Joshua Otaigbe, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials
$180,000 over 3 years

Global demand for glass-fiber, reinforced plastics is increasing, but those products are neither renewable nor sustainable. The development of wood-fiber, reinforced plastics will define a new, cost-effective, sustainable, bio-composite material. The deployment of wood-fiber, reinforced plastics would involve collaborations between the wood pulping and the plastics industries. Although the wood pulping industry is larger than the glass fibers industry, it is currently in decline. The introduction of wood-fiber, reinforced plastics could impact the future of this declining US industry and could impact society by providing more sustainable materials. The novel processing methods developed may also lead to new opportunities for using engineering polymers with bio-based materials. This project will train two graduate students in sustainable materials development. Oregon State University has recently transformed its undergraduate curriculum for wood science and engineering department into a "Renewable Materials Program." This project will involve undergraduate researchers, which will enhance an emerging program on sustainable materials. Oregon has many underrepresented forestry students and Southern Mississippi has a sizable minority student population. These students will benefit from training in the broad area of sustainable materials engineering. [Read More]