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Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymer Science and Engineering

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The Research Experience for Undergraduates Site: Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future (REU) at the University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymer Science and Engineering engages students from across the country in research aimed at sustainable approaches to materials development. Students will spend 10 weeks conducting research in one of the following research areas:

DESIGN FOR RECYCLABILITY AND DEGRADABILITY Synthesis of degradable thermosets, development of polymers with degradable linkages, design/modeling/processing of high performance recyclable thermoplastic matrix composites.

SUSTAINABLE POLYMERS: (BIO) RENEWABLE FEEDSTOCKS AND RESOURCE-EFFICIENT PROCESSING Synthesis of polymers from vegetable oil derivatives for high performance coatings, design of antimicrobial polymer surfaces using naturally occurring bacteriophages.


Synthesis and characterization of polymer membranes for CO2 separation and H2 purification, evaluation of electrode composites for renewable energy storage, design of melt processable conjugated polymers for printed electronics.

The stipend will be $6,000 given in three equal installments at the end of May, June and July. This may be used for food and recreation. Housing will be provided by Southern Miss.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Southern Mississippi (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Computational Sciences
Materials Science & Engineering

Computational Modeling
Environmental Chemistry
Material Design
Materials Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry
Polymer Science & Technology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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