New Jersey Institute of Technology Supports Unique Research Center Focusing on Plastics and Polymers

NEWARK, March 6--Faculty members and research associates at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have been presenting technical papers at key conferences and winning awards around the world. Last year, researchers at NJIT who are world renowned experts on plastics and polymers presented 14 technical papers, the largest number of any other group in attendance, at the annual technical conference of the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE).

SPE is the world's largest professional society in plastics with a worldwide active membership of over 30,000. NJIT has a core faculty of eight researchers engaged in polymer engineering and science research. The university's research infrastructure includes laboratory facilities in polymer extrusion, compounding and characterization valued at over $2.5 million. The research group also includes twelve research associates and eight graduate students.

Marino Xanthos, Ph.D., professor of chemical engineering at NJIT, was the invited keynote speaker for the SPE division focusing on thermoplastic materials and foams. Xanthos spoke about the development of cellular and porous polymeric materials by melt processing, focusing on extruded foams and membranes. Xanthos is a resident of Fort Lee.

Later at an awards ceremony during the conference, another NJIT plastics expert, Kun Sup Hyun, Ph.D., a research professor of chemical engineering and president of the Polymer Processing Institute (PPI), at NJIT, received the lifetime achievement award from the extrusion division. Hyun, a resident of Livingston, was honored for his technical contributions to polymer processing, as well as his service to SPE spanning three decades. PPI is a world renowned not-for-profit institute for industrial research and development located at NJIT.

Costas Gogos, Ph.D., a research professor of chemical engineering and the immediate past president of PPI, was honored by being elected a fellow of SPE. Gogos, a resident of Wyckoff, is a co-author of the textbook "Principles of Polymer Processing." He is widely known for his pioneering work and academic activities in polymer engineering.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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