Center for Tire Research
An NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

NSF REU PROGRAM AT UNIVERSITY OF AKRON: PROJECT MATERIALS 2E

The National Science Foundation provided an REU (research experience for undergraduates) supplement to the Materials 2E project (Surface Engineering Approach for Enhanced Filler Dispersion and Hysteresis Reduction in Rubber Compounds) to sponsor Annette Valceschini, a senior student majoring in Chemistry at California State University - Chico.  

DISSERTATION DEFENSE & GRADUATION: NICOLE SWANSON

On August 26, Nicole Swanson successfully defended her PhD thesis:  Polybutadiene Graft Copolymers as Coupling Agents in Rubber Compounding.  Nicole was part of a team led by Professors Coleen Pugh and Sadhan Jana, and at separate times, his students Kushal Bahl, Prasad Raut and Hamad Albehaijan.  Nicole provided the synthetic expertise for developing coupling agents based on polybutadiene grafted with polypentafluorostyrene, which provides perfluoroarene groups to interact with electron-rich aromatic rings on carbon black and lignin, and copolymer grafts of pentafluorostyrene and trialkoxysilane-functionalized styrenes, which can react with silica fillers.  

PUSKAS, JANA TO BE HONORED BY ACS RUBBER DIVISION

The American Chemical Society Rubber Division will recognize two prominent researchers at UA for the many contributions they have made in their fields.

Best Paper Awards

Congradulations to Anudeep Bhoopalam and Shahyar Taheri for winning the Best Paper Award at the 18th International Conference of the International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systemes (ISTVS) in Seoul, S. Korea.

Dr. Judit Puskas Receives Two NSF Awards

Dr. Judit Puskas, a UA professor and researcher recieves $800,000 to increase production on a new halogen-free material that is made from renewable  resources.  This work arised from the CenTiRe project, Green(er) Tire Technology. The second award, close to $750,000 is to be used for her innovated drug to fight cancer...

 2014 Outstanding Professor Award 

 Congradulations to Dr. Pablo Tarazaga for receiving the 2014 College of Engineering Dean's award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor. 

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 Director Dr. Saied Taheri Recieves Three NSF Grants

 Dr. Saied Taheri, Director of CenTiRe and an Associate Professor at VT has recieved...

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 Design Team Highlight: Suspension Team 2013-2014 

 The Suspension design team of 2013-2014 was funded by General Motors (GM) to design and fabricate a.... 

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Kanwar Bharat Singh successfully defended his MS thesis and is currently employed at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Deepanshu Arora successfully defended his MS project and is currently employed at MB Tech North America.