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The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi is a nationally ranked program offering comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education and continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
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 or adult education

Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904).
 opportunities for professionals and scientists.

Construction continues on the 18,000 sq ft addition to the Shelby Freland Thames Polymer Science Research Center, with an expected completion date of January 2004. Facility occupants will include the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the National Science Foundation sponsored Materials Research and Engineering Center (MRSEC MRSEC Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (John Hopkins University) ) and the Thames Research Group. The Mississippi Polymer Institute provides technical assistance to Mississippi's polymer industry. The MRSEC's Center for Response-Driven Polymeric Films addresses vital scientific, engineering, and educational aspects of stimuli-response macromolecules Macromolecules
A large molecule composed of thousands of atoms.

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, polymeric films and coatings that will be necessary to solve critical needs of the 21st Century. The focus of the Thames Research Group (TRG TRG Training Group
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) is to meet industrial and consumer needs through basic research fused with product development, i.e., designing economically competitive products with proven performance capabilities.


New Faculty

Dr. Stephen G. Boyes Boyes is a chain of department stores in the UK. William Boyes founded the firm in 1881 and his sons, grandsons and great-grandchildren have carried on the business. It is still family owned today and has grown from one small shop in Scarborough, North Yorkshire to a chain of 33  joined the School in 2003 from the University of Akron Enrollment in fall 2006 was 23,539 students.[1] The school offers more than 200 undergraduate degrees [2] and 100 graduate degrees [3]. The University's best-known program is its College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, which is located in a , Akron, OH. Dr. Boyes received his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Chemistry and his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales The University of New South Wales, also known as UNSW or colloquially as New South, is a university situated in Kensington, a suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. , Sidney, New South Wales New South Wales, state (1991 pop. 5,164,549), 309,443 sq mi (801,457 sq km), SE Australia. It is bounded on the E by the Pacific Ocean. Sydney is the capital. The other principal urban centers are Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Wollongong, and Broken Hill. , Australia. His research interests include polymer chemistry with an emphasis on "living"/controlled free-radical polymerization polymerization

Any process in which monomers combine chemically to produce a polymer. The monomer molecules—which in the polymer usually number from at least 100 to many thousands—may or may not all be the same.
; kinetics and mechanism of free-radical polymerization; polymer brush synthesis and characterization; nanomorphology of surface-immobilized polymers, preparation of inorganic nanoparticles using polymer brushes.

Dr. Sergei Nazarenko joins the School in 2004 from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Dr. Nazarenko received his Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology MIPT is famous in the countries of the former Soviet Union, but is less known abroad. This is largely due to the specifics of the MIPT educational process (see "Phystech System" below). , Moscow, Russia, and his Doctorate in Physics and Mathematics (Polymer Physics) from the USSR USSR: see Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  Academy of Sciences, N. N. Semenov's Institute of Chemical Physics, Moscow, Russia. The focus of his research is polymer structure-property relationships; transport phenomena; gas/vapor diffusion and permeation, interdiffusion; irreversible deformation.

The Programs

The year 2004 marks the 31st anniversary of the International Waterborne, High-Solids, & Powder Coatings Symposium in New Orleans, LA. The symposium (February 18-20) features industrial, academic and government scientists' presentations that relate to new and emerging technologies in the field of polymer chemistry, polymer physics, formulation, and the performance properties of waterborne, high-solids, powder, radiation curable cur·a·ble
Capable of being cured or healed.
 and smart coating systems. The 2004 Symposium will include a special session on pigments. The event will also host a Technology Showcase and other special programs. Four short courses offered prior to the symposium provide in-depth studies of polymer science topics essential to surface coatings science and technology.

In 2004, the Coatings Science Short Course Series features four, four-day short courses offered on the Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus. The courses, taught by Southern Miss faculty and industry professionals, combine lectures and laboratory activities. Participants are provided with a complete set of course notes.


Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation Professor

Dr. Douglas A. Wicks, 601.266.4868


Mississippi Polymer Institute

Dr. James Evans, 601.266.4607


The International Coatings and Formulations Institute

Dr. Oliver Smith, 601.266.4781


The National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Coatings and The National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Dr. Marek Urban, 601.266.6868


The 31st International Waterborne, High-Solids, and Powder Coatings Symposium

Rick Durden, 601.266.4475


Coatings Science Short Course Series

Debbie Witherby, 601.266.5618

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