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Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering - University of Florida Polymer Science Program

OUR VISION: The Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering promotes interdisciplinary collaboration in our polymer science and engineering program at the University of Florida and serves as a conduit between industry, government and UF. We stress a fundamental approach in our research while seeking solutions to practical problems. We pursue excellence in all our endeavors. Our conduct is characterized by ethics, integrity, and honesty.

Did You Know?

The Colina Research Group has created a piece of software called PySimm that allows users to simulate molecular models.

Congratulations to Jacob Lessard for winning the annual Townes R. Leigh Prize for first year undergraduate researchers!

The University of Florida Department of Chemistry is ranked 35th in the world for graduate Chemistry research!

Dr. Wagener received the Paul J. Flory Polymer Education Award for outstanding achievements in promoting undergraduate and graduate polymer education.

Professor George Butler formed the Center in 1970. The Polymer program at UF is among the oldest in the United States.

Macromolecular Science and Polymer Program News & Highlights

Dr. Pascale Atallah

Dr. Pascale Atallah, Polymer Scientist, was awarded two honors in February for her leadership and service.

First, the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce honored her at the Celebration of Women in Business event. Dr. Atallah was among five women honored in various areas of leadership: corporate, non-profit, behind-the-scenes, mentorship and inspirational. Dr. Atallah was honored with the Inspirational Leader award. According to the Chamber, the Inspirational Leader award honors a woman leader who, through her words, actions, and attitude inspires those who work with and around her. As they presented the award to Dr. Atallah, chamber members described her as a trailblazer for others as she empowers women through her own strength.

Dr. Atallah also received the Tex Richardson Award for exemplary service presented jointly by the Tulsa Engineering Foundation, the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation, and with cooperation of the Construction Specification Institute. These awards recognize outstanding achievement and service in engineering and science guidance activities in the State of Oklahoma.

These awards support Pascale's mission to empower and mentor women in Science to find balance between their head and their heart and develop their personal values as they thrive in a highly analytical and male dominated field.

Michael Sims

Michael Sims wins Best Oral Presentation award at National ACS Meeting

Congratulations to Michael Sims for winning a Best Oral Presentation award in the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium at the 257th ACS National Meeting. This annual symposium recognizes outstanding graduate research in polymer science and engineering, and Michael was one of only two recognized talks out of a symposium featuring 28 students.

Dr. Hong Li

Dr. Hong Li, a recent Ph.D. graduate from Wagener's group, has received the First Place Award in the "Young Professional Business Case Competition" in PPG Industries.

This competition is sponsored by PPG's Pittsburgh Area Young Professional Organization (YPO) and is an annual event. With an assigned topic, each team spent 5 months researching new business opportunities, seeking ways for the company to grow. A panel of Senior Leadership PPG executives made the decision regarding the winner (Hong).

Dr. Hong Li received his Ph.D. in Organic & Polymer Chemistry in the Wagener Group in December, 2016 after contributing extensively to numerous activities within the Butler Polymer Research Laboratory.. He then immediately started his career as a Research Chemist at PPG Industries. Just recently he was promoted to Senior Research Chemist, a promotion coming in two short years.. We wish Hong the best as his career continues to develop..

Dr. Savin

Dr. Savin elected to the 2018 class of ACS Fellows

Congratulations to Dr. Savin for being elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society for his "Outstanding contributions to the field of polymer physical chemistry, using light scattering for the solution characterization of self-assembling biomaterials and hybrid nanoparticles", and for, "Outstanding service to the ACS and the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering through education leadership, community outreach, and promotion of scientific literacy."

Dr. Anthony Brennan

Dr. Brennan Receives 2018 UFRF Professorship Award

The CMSE is proud to congratulation Dr. Brennan for receiving the 2018 UFRF Professorship Award.



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