Posts Tagged ‘polymer science’

USM professor develops self-repairing plastic material

by Lynn Lofton Published: August 19,2012

Tags: polymer science, University of Southern Mississippi, Urban Research Group

There are exciting things happening with the Urban Research Group at the University of Southern Mississippi. The group is led by professor Marek W. Urban, Ph.D., of the university’s nationally known School of Polymer Science. Inspired by his dream of a technology that’s now considered revolutionary in the world of plastics research, the professor has […] [...]

Ex-USM president and polymer science pioneer quietly retires

HATTIESBURG — Shelby Thames, a pioneer in polymer sciences and a former president of the University of Southern Mississippi, has retired. That’s according to an announcement from the school. Thames founded USM’s research program in polymer science. He was university president for five years, from 2002-2007. The Hattiesburg American reports Thames retired last week with […] [...]

Hybrid Plastics technology used in world’s first synthetic organ transplant

HATTIESBURG — Technology from a Mississippi company has been used in an international medical breakthrough: Hybrid Plastics’ unique technology called POSS (Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane) was recently used to enable the world’s first synthetic organ transplant. In the surgery performed in June 2011 in Sweden, a terminally ill cancer patient received a new trachea, or windpipe, […] [...]

USM polymer department luring more businesses to Hattiesburg area

Some new products developed in Hattiesburg sound like science fiction: Plastic composite materials that are lighter and tougher that steel, a lotion that neutralizes chemical warfare agents, a rehydration solution that helps identify finger prints from the deceased, and a makeup that can protect soldier from burns from road side bombs. But they’re all real. […] [...]

USM applying for oil dispersant patent

A team of polymer science professors from the University of Southern Mississippi have made headlines recently with their new biodegradable oil dispersant that won’t stick to birds or beaches. They have caught the attention of National Geographic and most recently NBC Learn. The USM team – consisting of Dr. Robert Lochhead, Dr. Daniel Savin and […] [...]

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