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2020 Excellence in Thermoset Polymer
Research Award

Entry Forms and Papers are Due November 15, 2019
Winner to present Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at
the Westin Denver Downtown Denver, Colorado

The TRFA Annual Meeting is April 26-29, 2020 in Denver, Colorado

TRFA is pleased to announce their 10th Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award to encourage and recognize advances in the science and engineering of the thermoset polymer industry. Click here for more information and the entry form.

2020 Grand Prize:

  • $1,500 cash award and an award plaque.
  • An invitation to present the winning paper at the TRFA Annual Meeting on April 28, 2020 in Denver, Colorado with complimentary registration for one person.
  • Two-night complimentary accommodation at the TRFA meeting hotel.
  • Additional travel allowance for one person up to $500.
  • Award winner will have their name and research title posted on the TRFA website and to be included in TRFA Meeting Materials, distributed to all attendees.

ADDITIONAL PRIZES MAY BE AWARDED! 

Last year the quality of the student papers were so good, the judges recommended and the Association awarded a $1,500 cash Award with $500 travel subsidy as a Grand Prize and TWO $500 cash awards to Honorable Mention Recipients along with up to $500 in travel subsidies for each to attend the TRFA Annual Meeting, present their papers and display posters.  And another six entrants were given up to $500 in travel subsidy to attend the TRFA Annual Meeting and display posters about their papers

2019 Excellence in Thermoset Polymer
Research Award Winners

The Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 9th Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award Competition.

2019 Grand Prize Winner

Jian Gao, Drexel University
"Highly Ductile Epoxy Systems Obtained by Network
Topology Modification Using Partially Reacted Substructures"

The grand prize award includes:

  • A $1,500 cash award, and an award plaque that will be presented at the meeting
  • Complimentary registration for the TRFA Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC
  • Two-night complimentary accommodation at the Charleston Marriott
  • Travel Allowance for one person up to $500
  • Presentation of their paper during the technical sessions of the TRFA Annual Meeting
  • Paper posted on the TRFA website and also included on the flash drive of conference proceedings
    which will be presented to meeting attendees
2019 Honorable Mentions
Hamidreza Asemani, Eastern Michigan University
“Design and Evaluation of High Performance Hybrid
Thermoset Coatings using Multi-Functional Non-Isocyanate
Polyurethanes”
Brendan R. Ondra, University of Massachusetts Amherst
“Formulation Effects on the Physical Aging Behavior of
Epoxy-Based Glassy Thermosets”

The honorable mention includes:

  • A $500 cash award, and an award certificate that will be presented at the meeting
  • Complimentary registration for the TRFA Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC
  • Travel Allowance for one person up to $500
  • Presentation of their paper during the technical sessions of the TRFA Annual Meeting
  • Paper posted on the TRFA website and also included on the flash drive of conference
    proceedings which will be presented to meeting attendees
Invited Poster Presenters

Lynsey Baxter, Oklahoma State University
Hybrid Nano-Additives for Improving Mode I Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Pre-Preg
And Epoxy Resin/Fiber Composites

Arit Das, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Frictional Sliding Properties of Unidirectional Carbon Fiber Epoxy Prepregs:
A Rheological Study on the Effect of Processing Parameters

Jizhou Fan, Louisiana State University
High Enthalpy Storage Thermoset Network with Giant Stress and Energy Output in Rubbery State

Meghan E. Lamm, University of South Carolina
Biobased Epoxy Resins with Thermo- and Chemo- Responsive Shape Memory Behavior

Alec J. Redmann, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Additively Manufactured B-Stage Epoxy for Adhesive Bonding in Composite Structures

Camila Zequine, Pittsburgh State University
Novel biobased polyol for high-performance flame retardancy polyurethane foam using
phosphorous containing corn oil

Invited poster presenters receive:

  • A travel allowance of up to $500
  • Complimentary registration for the TRFA Annual Meeting
  • Opportunity to present their research as a poster during the TRFA Annual Meeting
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