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USM School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

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 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) 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, polymeric films and coatings that will be necessary to solve critical needs of the 21st Century. The focus of the Thames Research Group (TRG) 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 joined the School in 2003 from the University of Akron, 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, Sidney, New South Wales, Australia. His research interests include polymer chemistry with an emphasis on "living"/controlled free-radical polymerization; 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, Moscow, Russia, and his Doctorate in Physics and Mathematics (Polymer Physics) from the USSR 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 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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