Polymers & Composites

Polymers and composites are core competencies for UConn within the field of materials science. Established in 1965, the University’s Institute of Materials Science (IMS) is a multidisciplinary facility that engages industry, faculty, and graduate students in R&D, testing, and characterization projects. IMS operates and maintains extensive state-of-the-art instrumentation including a wide range of laboratories. Support facilities include an electronics shop and an instrument and machine shop. Over 100 faculty members from twenty departments, including UConn Health, are affiliated with IMS, contributing to the Institute’s interdisciplinary research programs and many industry partnerships.

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Alexandru Asandei, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry


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Anson Ma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


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Arash Zaghi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


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Douglas Adamson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry


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Eric Jordan, Ph.D.

United Technologies Professor of Advanced Materials Processing, Mechanical Engineering


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Gregory Sotzing, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry


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Jon Goldberg, Ph.D.

Professor, Reconstructive Sciences


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Leila Ladani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering


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Mark Aindow, Ph.D.

Professor, MSE & Associate Director, IMS


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Nicholas Leadbeater, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry Department


  • Application of flow processing in synthetic chemistry
  • Organofluorine chemistry
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Rajeswari Kasi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


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Rampi Ramprasad, Ph.D.

Professor, Materials Science & Engineering


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Sangamesh Kumbar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Orthopaedics and Engineering


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Steven Suib, Ph.D.

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Director of the Institute of Materials Science


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William Mustain, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemical and BiomolecularEngineering


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Xiuling Lu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy