2013 Excellence in Thermoset Polymer
Research Award Winners
The winners of the 4th Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award have been decided! Nine exceptional research papers were judged by the TRFA Academic Panel chaired by Dr. Pritesh Patel of Air Products & Chemicals. The judging was so close that 1st and 2nd place awards are being presented for 2013.
The 1st place winner is Qi An of the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware for her paper "Epoxy-Based Carbon Nanotube/Fiber Hybrid Composites: Nanoscale Hybridization via Electrophoresis". Her advisor at the University of Delaware is Professor Erik T. Thostenson.
The 2nd place winner is Zhan Yang of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts for his paper "Enhancing Mechanical Performance by Heterogeneity-Promoting Staged Fabrications". His advisor at the University of Massachusetts is Professor Alan J. Lesser.
The award for each winner includes:
- Cash award and an award plaque that will be presented at the TRFA 2013 Annual Meeting
- Complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting
- Two-night complimentary accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Newport in Newport, Rhode Island
- Travel allowance for one person
- Opportunity to present their paper at the Annual Meeting
Their papers are also posted here on the TRFA website and will be included on the flash drive of conference proceedings which will be presented to all meeting attendees.
2013 Honorable Mention Winners
University of Akron
Research Advisor: Dr. Sadhan C. Jana
Research Paper: "Crosslinked Polyurea Aerogels with Multifunctional Amines"
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Research Advisors: Professor Edward T. Samulski
Research Paper: "Liquid Crystal Thermosets: Precursors to Ultra-High Performance Polymers"