Welcome to the 12th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference, June 19-22, 2016, in Akron, Ohio!

Since 1996 the ACS Polymer Chemistry Division (POLY) has organized the National Graduate Research Polymer Conference (NGRPC). This is a national conference series focused on polymer science and engineering for both graduate and undergraduate students.

The 12th NGRPC will be hosted by The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, in Akron, OH, from June 19-22, 2016.


Plenary Speakers:
  • Dr. Eugene Chen, Colorado State University
    “Towards Truly Sustainable Polymers that are Biorenewable and Completely Recyclable”
  • Dr. Stephen Z.D. Cheng, The University of Akron
    “Precisely Functionalized Molecular Nanoparticles Are Unit Elements for Macromolecular Science: From “Nanoatoms” to Giant Molecules”
  • Dr. Ali Khademhosseini, Harvard Medical School
    “Microengineered Tissues for Regenerative Medicine and Organs-on-a-chip Applications”
  • Dr. Kristi Kiick, University of Delaware
    “Bioconjugate Strategies in the Design of Responsive Biomaterials”
Awards Banquet Speaker:
Who is this conference for?
  • Graduate and undergraduate students interested in research and careers in polymers and soft matter.
  • Students who are interested in sharing their research with and learning from their peers.
  • Students interested in an opportunity to meet representatives from industry and national labs.
  • Students interested in networking with other young polymer scientists and engineers.
  • Anyone who would like to enjoy the Akron/Cleveland area and all it has to offer!
  • Click here to view conference brochure [PDF]

Conference events include workshops on topics such as additive manufacturing with polymers or advanced polymer synthetic techniques, career expo, and visits to local sites such as NASA Glenn and local industry. Local attractions include Cedar Point amusement park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cleveland Zoo and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Students will have a chance to enjoy our local area during the symposium.

Symposia topics will include:
  • Novel synthetic strategies
  • Polymer characterization
  • Responsive polymers
  • Biomaterials
  • Interfacial phenomena
  • Soft matter
  • Mechanical/rheological properties of polymers and composites

The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is recognized as being a top program in research and education for all areas of polymers. The program is the largest (~34 faculty, ~300 graduate students and postdocs) and broadest in the U.S., dating from 1910. Its traditional strengths in new polymer synthesis and their manufacturing processes which compound, shape, and assemble polymer products, have been complemented in the past two decades by computational simulations, morphological, surface and optical characterization, as well as a number of added specializations, such as nanotechnology, biomaterials, and photonics. College faculty members have generated over 160 active patents and have licensed technologies that have been commercialized worldwide.