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Excellence in Thermoset Polymer
Research Award


awardThe Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) is pleased to announce their 8th Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award Winners.

The winner of the 8th Annual Excellence in thermoset Polymer Research Award have been decided! Ten exceptional research papers were judged by the TRFA Academic Panel.

Grand Prize Winners:

  • Yuyang Du, University of Minnesota for her paper "Large-Area Fabrication of Microstructured Coatings with Thiol-Ene and Roll-to-Roll Processing"
  • John Vergara, Drexel University for his paper "The Effect of Pendant Alkyl Chain Length on the Barrier Properties of Epoxy/amine Crosslinked Networks"

The Grand Prize Award included:

  • $1,500 Cash award and an award plaque that was presented at the TRFA 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Opportunity to present their paper at the Annual Meeting
  • Complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting
  • Two-night complimentary accommodation at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel 
  • Travel allowance for one person
  • Complimentary poster display at the TRFA Tabletop Showcase

Honorable Mentions:

The following student were awarded Honorable Mention.

  • Lu Han, Case Western Reserve University for the paper “Application of Fundamental Understanding in Molecular Design of Very High Performance Polybenzoxazines”
  • Jisu Jiang, Georgia Institute of Technology for the paper “Anchored Epoxide Functionalized Polypropylene Carbonate for Porous Low Dielectric Constant Epoxy Film”
  • Sanket D. Bhoyate, Pittsburg State University for the paper “Novel Non-Halogenated Reactive Flame Retardants for Bio-based Rigid Polyurethane Foam”
  • Albert Chao, Louisiana State University for the paper “Investigation of the Dynamic Aminal Bond Exchange Towards the Design and Synthesis of Polyaminal Networks”

This year all four honorable mention recipients were awarded:

  • Complimentary registration for the TRFA 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee
  • $500 Travel subsidy toward attendance at the annual meeting
  • Complimentary poster display at the TRFA Tabletop Showcase

 

Entry Forms for the 2019 Competition available Summer of 2018.

To participate:

  • Competition is open to all BS, MS and PhD students at an accredited college or university in the USA and Canada
  • Entries must be in the form of research papers in the traditional scientific journal format
  • Research topic should be related to Thermoset Polymer Science and Technology

Entry Forms are Due September 21, 2018
Papers are Due October 26, 2018

Click here for informaiton on the 2018 Award Competition including criteria and entry form.

For additional information contact alin@trfa.org.