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.

Alexandru Asandei, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry


Anson Ma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; The Institute of Materials Science


Arash Zaghi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Douglas Adamson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Gregory Sotzing, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry


Jon Goldberg, Ph.D.

Professor, Reconstructive Sciences


Mark Aindow, Ph.D.

Professor, MSE & Associate Director, IMS


Mei Wei, Ph.D.

Professor, Materials Science & Engineering and Dean for Research and Graduate Education


Nicholas Leadbeater, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry Department


Rajeswari Kasi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Rampi Ramprasad, Ph.D.

Professor, Materials Science & Engineering


Sangamesh Kumbar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Orthopaedics and Engineering


Steven Suib, Ph.D.

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


William Mustain, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; United Technologies Professor Engineering Innovation; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; The Institute of Materials Science


Xiuling Lu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy