Polymer Engineering Faculty Research


Polymer Science Curriculum for the 21st Century: PUNK

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

Spring 3-16-2014


With the increasing scope of polymer science research, and growing employment in the field,understanding of polymer chemistry and properties is now an integral need for undergraduate students studying chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science. There is also a need to engage students in polymer chemistry earlier in their careers, and outreach efforts to high school classrooms are critical. Faculty members often struggle to find appropriate polymer chemistry instructional items to incorporate in their courses. Resources for polymer science instruction, particularly for laboratory courses, are outdated and do not adequately address recent advances in the field. Individual faculty members are developing polymer-based lectures and laboratory experiments to fill the gaps. To address the growing need for polymer chemistry education, a group of interested faculty members from institutions across the country have launched the online resource PUNK: The Polymer Undergraduate Network of Knowledge. We invite you to join the group to help us develop the network, access relevant resources, and create new instructional materials.

Publication Title

Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society