News Archive


2011 News and Events

  • October 25-27, 2011:  PolyRMC'S GPC Academy completed its fall 2011 session. Attendees from all over the United States with diverse applications ranging from proteins to polyolefins learned GPC theory, background and practical hands-on techniques from an international team of world expert GPC instructors including PolyRMC team members Prof. Wayne Reed, Prof. Alina Alb, and Michael Drenski, Polymer Standards Service USA (PSS) president, John McConville, WGE-Dr Bures (WGE) owner and vice president, Carlo Dessy, and Brookhaven Instruments Corporation (BIC) director of marketing and sales, Lily Zu.  Other attendees included a select group of Tulane University chemistry and chemical engineering graduate students and a post-doctoral researcher from Xavier University in New Orleans.  The PolyRMC GPC Academy and its instrumentation sponsors are looking forward to the spring 2012 session.  For more information about the next session please contact Alex Reed at or (504) 865-5087.

  • July 31 - August 5, 2011:  PolyRMC Associate Director for Research, Prof. Alina Alb, presented research performed by herself and Tulane Physics graduate, Zheng Li, entitled, "Online Monitoring of the Synthesis of NanoComposite Materials via RAFT Polymerization in Emulsion," at the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • June 6-8, 2011: PolyRMC Director, Prof. Wayne Reed, will present an introductory course on ACOMP at the 24th International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization (ISPAC).

  • May 23-25, 2011: PolyRMC hosted its semi-annual Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) Training Seminar in conjunction with instrumentation partners, Brookhaven Instruments Corporation (BIC), WGE Dr Bures (WGE), and Polymer Standards Service (PSS).  The next GPC Seminar is scheduled for October 25-27, 2011.  

  • March 27-31, 2011: PolyRMC Associate Director for Research, Prof. Alina Alb, presented work at the 241st ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Anaheim, California.  The work was presented in the Division of Polymer Chemistry with the first presentation entitled, "Effect of ionic strength on polyzwitterions conformations and interactions for controlled-structure polymeric betaines via RAFT," Zifu Zhu (1), Joel Flores (2), Charles L. McCormick (2), Wayne F. Reed (1), and  Alina M. Alb (1).  1)Department of Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.  2) Department of Polymers and High Performance Materials, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406.  The second presentation is entitled, "Nanocomposite materials via RAFT polymerization in emulsion: Synthesis and characterization," Zheng Li (1) and Alina M. Alb (1).

  • January 14, 2011: PolyRMC created a YouTube channel where it will share videos and other information about PolyRMC's technologies and research activities.  The channel is at

2010 News and Events

  • November 30-December 4, 2010:  The ACS 66th SWRM and 62nd SERMA will be held in New Orleans. PolyRMC physics graduate student Zheng Li will present work by himself and Prof. Alb entitled, "pH-responsive amphiphilic copolymers via RAFT, Synthesis and characterization."  PolyRMC physics graduate student Colin McFaul will present work entitled, "Light Scattering detection of LCST during copolymer synthesis."

  • November 2-5, 2010: PolyRMC hosted a Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) Training Course.  See course flyer.  Another will be hosted in the Spring.  Contact Alex Reed at (504)865-5087 or for more information.

  • October 10-13, 2010: Prof. Reed was a keynote speaker at the 10th International Workshop on Polymer Reaction Engineering sponsored by Dechema, the German society for chemical and biotechnology, in Hamburg, Germany.

  • July 26, 2010: PolyRMC sent out its second bulletin of 2010. Click here to see the bulletin.

  • May 30, 2010:  PolyRMC Associate Director for Research, Prof. Alina Alb and PolyRMC Director, Prof. Wayne Reed, prepared a short course on ACOMP which was presented at the 23rd International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization (ISPAC) in Pohang, Republic of Korea.

  • May 11, 2010:  PolyRMC spun off Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies LLC, a start-up company that will seek to commercialize PolyRMC innovations, including the ACOMP technology.

  • April 25-May 1, 2010:  PolyRMC Associate Director for Research, Alina Alb, traveled to Brazil to visit with colleagues and collaborators in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Sao Carlos, and Curitiba. 

  • March 21-25, 2010:  PolyRMC Associate Director for Research, Alina Alb presided over Division of Polymer Chemistry session "General Topics in the Characterization of Polymers" on March 24, 2010 at the ACS Spring 2010 National Meeting & Exposition. Prof. Alb presented research on "Online monitoring of nitroxide mediated polymerization in emulsion" and "Deviations from livingness during gradient copolymerization by RAFT."  PolyRMC graduate student Zheng Li presented a poster in the same division titled, "Toward amphiphilic diblock copolymers by RAFT, kinetic study on pH responsive polymers."  PolyRMC graduate student Colin McFaul presented a poster titled, "During synthesis monitoring of polymer lower critical solution temperature." 

  • March 2-3, 2010:  PolyRMC Director, Wayne Reed, was invited to give a talk at the University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

  • February 26, 2010:  PolyRMC Director, Wayne Reed was invited to give a talk on ACOMP at the Queen's University in Ontario, Canada.

  • February 3, 2010:  PolyRMC staff met with representatives from Nalco to discuss an ongoing research collaboration on February 3, 2010.

  • January 27-28, 2010: PolyRMC hosted its first GPC/SEC course at Tulane University. Attendees from various corporations participated, and course instructors included PolyRMC staff, PolyRMC Advisory Board Member and Brookhaven Business Development Director, Dr. John McConville, and WGE President, Dr. Carlo Dessy.  PolyRMC is working with Brookhaven on setting up another GPC/SEC course, and exploring possbilities of other courses and Webinars.

  • January 5, 2010:  PolyRMC had its first annual retreat and strategy meeting in McNeil, MS.

2009 News and Events

  • December 26, 2009:  PolyRMC Director Wayne Reed and Marketing Coordinator Alex Reed visited with Advisory Board member Dr. John McConville in Holyoke, MA. 

  • December 23, 2009:  PolyRMC Director Wayne Reed and PolyRMC Operations Manager and Marketing Coordinator Alex Reed visited with the center's GPC training course sponsor, Brookhaven's President, Dr.Bruce Weiner in Long Island, NY.  

  • November 2, 2009: TIMES and PolyRMC are hosting Prof. Charles L. McCormick of the University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Polymer Science for a seminar on Block Copolymers.  Seminar Flyer

  • October 26, 2009: The Eleventh President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, briefly visited with Prof. Reed at PolyRMC's lab in Israel 310.

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    (l-r) Dr. Abdul Kalam, Prof. Wayne Reed
  • Founding director Wayne Reed was a visiting Prof. at the University of Bordeaux for a short period this summer, working at the Laboratory of the Future


  • June 15, 2009:PolyRMC registered as a third-party consultant with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEPOL).

  • June 11, 2009: PolyRMC had a booth at the LCIA Trade Show in Lake Charles, LA.

  • May 27, 2009: PolyRMC became a member of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (LCIA).

  • May 15-16, 2009: PolyRMC Advisory Board Chairman Dr. Bill Bottoms visited PolyRMC to discuss various initiatives.

  • May 12, 2009: MEPOL project director, Rebecca Scherff, will visit PolyRMC.

  • May 5, 2009:  Visitors from PolyRMC collaborator, Lion Copolymer LLC, visited the center.

  • April 27, 2009: Dr. Shaffiq Jaffer, the new Chief Scientific Representative for Total E&P USA visited PolyRMC. Total has been a long-term collaborator with PolyRMC.

  • April 22, 2009: Dr. Benjamin Figard, from Shimadzu, visited PolyRMC.

  • April 3, 2009: PolyRMC participated at the Tulane Engineering Forum (TEF), founding director Dr. Wayne Reed was a speaker at the forum, as was Board Member, Dr. Chris Roger.

  • March 30, 2009: Dr. Andre Striegel, of Florida State University, visited PolyRMC, and gave a talk titled, "Zen and the Art of Approximation in Characterizing "Real-World" Polymers," sponsored by TIMES.

  • March 18, 2009: Tomasz Kreft defended his thesis titled, "Predictive Control of Free Radical Polymerization Reactions Including Copolymeric Polyelectrolytes."  He will be joining Dr. David Haddleton's group at the University of Warwick, England in May, 2009.  He will continue his work with ACOMP.

  • March 6, 2009:The PolyRMC Advisory Board had its second annual meeting. (Photos)

  • March 6, 2009: Advisory Board members, Dr. John McConville, of Brookhaven Instruments Corporation (BIC), and Dr. Chris Roger, of Arkema Inc., visited PolyRMC the morning of the Board Meeting.

  • March 5, 2009: Advisory Board member Dr. Raymond Farinato, a Kemira Research Fellow, visited PolyRMC.

  • March 4, 2009: Guests from Shimadzu Inc., made a visit to PolyRMC.

  • February 19, 2009: Dr. Timothy McKenna of Queen's University (Ontario, Canada), visited PolyRMC.

  • February 13, 2009: The Louisiana Initiatives Subgroup of the Advisory Board had a meeting to discuss possibilities for ACOMP development as well as other PolyRMC issues.

  • January 30, 2009: Scientists from Nalco visited PolyRMC to discuss collaboration opportunities.

  • January 17, 2009: PolyRMC welcomes Dr. Nodirali Normakhamatov who is visiting from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Uzbek Academy of Sciences. He will utilize PolyRMC characterization methods to analyze a patented Natural Product used in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • January 15, 2009: Due to the Economic downturn, Varian inc. has decided to exit the equipment business in the ACOMP area.  This gives PolyRMC the exciting opportunity to re-orient the commercialization dimension of ACOMP; several possible options on how to proceed with the ACOMP development are under investigation.

2008 News and Events

  • December 10, 2008: PolyRMC Advisory Board Chairman Dr. Bill Bottoms met with PolyRMC staff.

  • November 14, 2008: PolyRMC founding director, was the keynote speaker at a conference on polymer characterization, sponsored by Shimadzu in Geismar, LA.

  • November 6, 2008:  PolyRMC welcomes visitors John Caldwell and Harold Young from Lion Copolymer LLC in Garyville, Louisiana. 

  • November 1, 2008:  PolyRMC welcomes Prof. Fabio Florenzano, Director of the Health Science Center, Sapucai University in Pouso Alegre (MG), Brazil, who is visiting PolyRMC for two months on a grant of Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa de Minas Gerais - FAPEMIG. 

  • October 14, 2008: PolyRMC staff visit Nalco's Garyville, Louisiana site for presentations and plant tour.

  • October 1, 2008:  PolyRMC welcomes Dr. Frank Bentrem, scientist from Naval Research Laboratory, Mississippi, who is visiting PolyRMC for a 7 month sabbatical leave.

  • Sept. 25, 2008:  PolyRMC welcomes visitors Drs. Curt Campbell, A.J. Howes, and Michael Drive from Chevron Oronite Co.

  • August 27, 2008:  PolyRMC welcomes Scott Cooper and David Knoeppel of Total S.A.

  • August 22, 2008:  PolyRMC celebrates it first anniversary. PolyRMC Newsletter

  • July 9, 2008:  PolyRMC welcomes scientists and engineers John Luther, John Prickett and Neal Grob from Rubicon LLC.

  • June 23, 2008:  PolyRMC director Wayne Reed was unanimously voted to be a member of the Governing Board of the International Symposium for Polymer Analysis and Characterization (ISPAC):

  • June 9, 2008: Dr. Wayne Reed presented the following at the ISPAC meeting at the University of Delaware, " Recent advances in automatic continuous online monitoring of polymerization reactions (ACOMP)".  Alina M. Alb, Michael F. Drenski, Wayne F. Reed.

  • April 11, 2008:  PolyRMC welcomes Haifeng Gao and Ke Min  from  Prof. Matyjaszewski's research group at Carnegie Mellon University.  During their 9 day collaborative visit to PolyRMC they will use ACOMP to monitor some of their latest ATRP based controlled radical polymerization reactions.

  • April 10, 2008:  Dr. Daniel Elizarraras presented the following at the American Chemical Society, Spring Meeting, New Orleans,  " Online Monitoring of PB Chain Scission and Crosslinking in Solution by Free Radical Initiators."  Raber Inoubli, Daniel Elizarraras, Scott Cooper,* José Sosa,* Alina M. Alb, Michael F. Drenski, Wayne F. Reed  (* Total Petrochemicals, LaPorte, TX).

  • April 10, 2008: Dr. Alina M. Alb presented the following at the American Chemical Society, Spring Meeting, New Orleans,  "Online monitoring of free radical polymerization in emulsions."  Alina M. Alb, Stephan Moyses,* Jason Ness,* Christopher A. Bertelo,* Wayne F. Reed. (*  Arkema, Inc., King of Prussia, PA) .

  • April 9, 2008: Polymer Labs Inc. and PolyRMC will co-host a Polymerization Process Monitoring and Control symposium 8am-12:30pm.The PMC symposium will be in the Boggs building on campus at Tulane. See link for more details. PMC symposium detail

  • April 7, 2008: Dr. Alina M. Alb presented the following at the American Chemical Society, Spring Meeting, New Orleans,  "Online monitoring of block and gradient copolymerization by RAFT", Alina M. Alb, Wayne F. Reed .

  • April 6, 2008: Mr. Tomasz Kreft presented the following at the American Chemical Society, Spring Meeting, New Orleans,  "Predictive control and online monitoring of average molar mass and composition distributions in free radical polymerization",  by Tomasz Kreft, Gemma González García,* Alina M. Alb, José Carlos de la Cal,* José M. Asúa,* Wayne F. Reed  (* University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain).

  • March 5, 2008: PolyRMC welcomes Prof. Rilton Alves de Freitas who is visiting PolyRMC on a 6 month grant from the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico of Brazil.

  • March 3, 2008:  PolyRMC will hold its first plenary Advisory Board Meeting.  Tulane President Scott Cowen will briefly address the Board during the meeting, and there will be a reception afterwards. Photos

  • February 13, 2008:  PolyRMC welcomes Prof. Hyuk Yu as a Distinguished Visiting Polymer and Colloid Scientist at PolyRMC.  Professor Yu is also a PolyRMC Advisory Board member, and will be in residence until March 31, 2008.

  • January 25, 2008: PolyRMC will hold a sub-group meeting of the Advisory Board on Friday, at Tulane, 4pm-6pm.  The topic of the meeting is  "Louisiana Initiatives".  Board members Dan Borné and Ronnie Evans are scheduled to attend, along with a special guest, Mr. Paul Flower, who is also a member of Tulane's Advisory Board for the School of Science & Engineering.

2007 News and Events

  • Dec. 7, 2007:  PolyRMC is pleased to host a visit by Advisory Board member, Dr. Chris Roger.  In the afternoon, Board members Mr. Ronald Evans and Mr. Dan Borné will join Dr. Roger and PolyRMC personnel for informal presentations and discussions.

  • Dec. 3-5, 2007: PolyRMC Director, Wayne Reed, will be presenting an invited talk, " Recent Advances in Automatic Continuous Online Monitoring of Polymerization reactions (ACOMP)" at the Vingtièmes Entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier sur 'Modeling, Monitoring, and Control of Polymer Properties', ESCPE, Lyon, France.

  • Nov. 2-10: PolyRMC Director, Wayne Reed, will be visiting several Brazilian universities to help organize a collaboration on the development of natural products found in Brazil, and to give several seminars.  The trip is under the auspices of the US National Science Foundation, and involves the following universities:  Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Florianopolis), Universidade Federal de Parana (Curitiba), and Univali (Itajai).

  • October 30, 2007: PolyRMC welcomes Mark Reeder and Eric Dickinson of Solvay Polymers, together with PolyRMC Advisory Board member Dr. John McConville, and his colleague Richard Lentner, both of  Polymer Laboratories, Inc. (a division of Varian Inc.).

  • September 17-21, 2007: PolyRMC will host a one week series of collaborative experiments with Arkema scientists Drs. Stephan Moyses and Jason Ness, who will be at PolyRMC Sept. 17-21, 2007.  Arkema Research Fellow Dr. Chris Bertelo will also visit PolyRMC during this period.

  • September 7, 2007: Wayne Reed, A CityBusiness New Orleans Innovator of the Year Awardee, Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St., noon (by invitation only). Photos from the Luncheon.

  • August 14-16, 2007: U. Akron/Tulane collaboration on RAFT polymerization. For U. Akron, Prof. Judit E. Puskas (LANXESS Professor of Polymer Science ) and Andrew Heidenreich.

  • August 10, 2007: PolyRMC reception. Congratulations for Dr. Pascal Enonhyaket on the successful defense of his PhD dissertation.

  • August 8, 2007: Pascal Enonhyaket Dissertation Defense for Doctorate in room 600 of Lindsy Boggs Building, Tulane Uptown Campus. Determination of Molecular Weight and Other Characteristics of Co- and Ter-Polymers using Automatic Continuous Online Monitoring of Polymerization Reactions (ACOMP).


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