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Upcoming Events 2015

  • November 9, 2015: Tulane-PolyRMC is helping organize the annual APTEC student meeting at Tulane University.

  • November 16-18, 2015: PolyRMC GPC Academy fall 2015session. Contact Alex Reed for more information at or (504) 609-8495.  Visit the GPC Academy page.

News and Recent Events

  • October 5, 2015: A. Reed presented an invited talk on next generation hardware and software sensors at Materials Science & Technology 15 in Columbus, OH.

  • September 2015: Prof. Reed presented an invited lecture on recent advances in ACOMP at Sci-X in Providence, RI.

  • August 2015: A. Reed presented a PolyRMC testbed related to Smart Manufacturing at a planning workshop at Texas A&M in College Station, TX.

  • August 16-20, 2015: Prof. Reed presented an invited lecture on Smart Materials monitoring and characterization at the Fall 2015 national ACS meeting in Boston, MA.

  • June 8-10, 2015: Prof. Reed presented Second Generation ACOMP monitoring of stimuli responsive (smart) polymeric materials at the 28th ISPAC in Houston, TX. M. Drenski presented industrial ACOMP results at the same conference.

  • May 2015: PolyRMC welcomes Dr. Aide Wu as a postdoc on the team. Dr. Wu comes from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is highly trained in synthetic and analytical chemistry. He will be working on industrial projects and on the SMATDAP consortium project.

  • May 18-20, 2015: PolyRMC hosted its semi-annual GPC/SEC training course at Tulane. Scientists and engineers from industry and academia participated on the project. 

  • May 10-15, 2015: Prof. Reed presented material on industrial ACOMP applications and outlook for predictive control of polymerization reactions at the 9th annual Polymer Reactor Engineering Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

  • March 2015: PolyRMC welcomes Dr. Reza Farasat as a postdoc on the team. Dr. Farasat comes from University of Alabama Birmingham and is highly trained in polymer characterization. He will be working on various industrially funded projects. 

  • November 2014: PolyRMC welcomes Dr. Nazila Soleimani as a postdoctoral researcher. She comes from Shasta Crystals, a research company in San Francisco. Dr. Soleimani has a PhD in physics and has focused on optics in her various research roles.

  • November 10-12, 2014: PolyRMC hosted its 10th GPC Academy with participation from a diverse set of industries and several institutions participating on the SMATDAP consortium.

  • October 15, 2014: Prof. Alb has been invited to give a seminar at the University of New Orleans on her research on stimuli responsive polymers.

  • October 2014: PolyRMC welcomes Ms. Vivian Cristina Spier, PhD student in the Chemistry Department of University Federal of Parana (UFPR), Brazil to work for one year on a biopolymer research project funded by the Brazilian federal science agency, CNPq. Ms. Spier's project will be co-supervised by Prof. Alina Alb at PolyRMC and Prof. Rilton Alves de Freitas (former Prof. Reed postdoc) at UFPR. Prof. Reed and PolyRMC have a long history of collaboration with Brazil. PolyRMC is excited to continue the tradition of educating Brazilian students and collaborating with Brazilian researchers.

  • September 2014: Prof. Ashbaugh (Chem E), Prof. Scott Grayson (Chemistry) and Prof. Reed were part of a Louisiana-Mississippi consortium awarded $6M by the National Science Foundation over 3 years to research smart polymers.

  • August 18-19, 2014: Prof. Reed presented an invited lecture at the Boston Bioprocessing Summit titled, "Recent Advances in Monitoring Protein Aggregation Kinetcis and Mechanisms with Simultaneous Multiple Sample Light Scattering (SMSLS)," in Boston, MA.

  • August 10-14, 2014: Prof. Alb chaired a session of the Polymer Chemistry Division at the 248th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA and presented research on "Macromolecular Characterization of Novel Amphiphilic Copolymer Grafted Nanoparticles, as Concentration-Independent Dispersants for Improved Oil Spill Remediation," funded by GoMRI.

  • July 1, 2014: PolyRMC congratulates PolyRMC faculty affiliate Prof. Scott Grayson (Tulane Chemistry Dept.), PolyRMC Assoc. Director Prof. Alina Alb and PolyRMC collaborator Prof. Hank Ashbaugh (Tulane Chemical Engineering Dept.) for an award of a recent research proposal from the National Science Foundation Division of Chemistry, Macromolecular/Supramolecular/ Nanochemistry. This interdisciplinary project begins in fall 2014 and will promote fundamental research activity and will serve to build stronger ties between the three research teams.

  • June 1, 2014: PolyRMC was awarded a one year OPT-IN grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents as a match to funding from long-time PolyRMC collaborator Biogen Idec. This joint research project will study new features of PolyRMC's SMSLS technology.

  • June 16-18, 2014: Prof. Reed presented, "Hydrophobic dopant-enhanced and polymer-suppressed supramicellar assemblies," at the 27th International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization (ISPAC) in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. Prof. Reed was also elected as co-chair of ISPAC for the Americas.

  • May 15-16, 2014: Prof. Reed attended an international conference in Uzbekistan as an invited guest of the president of Uzbekistan and one of 5 American scholar representatives.

  • May 12-14, 2014:  PolyRMC GPC Academy spring 2014 session. Contact Alex Reed for more information at or (504) 865-5087.  Visit the GPC Academy page.

  • March 16-20, 2014: Prof. Reed will gave an invited lecture at the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX. 

  • March 16-20, 2014:  Prof. Alb chaired one of the Division of Polymer Chemistry sessions, "General Topics in the Characterization of Polymers" and present research on stimuli sensitive copolymers by RAFT at the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX.

  • January 2014: New book edited by PolyRMC's Profs. Wayne F. Reed and Alina M. Alb, Monitoring Polymerization Reactions: From Fundamentals to Applications, released by Wiley. ISBN: 978-0-470-91738-1

  • January 26-29, 2014: Prof. Alb presented results form research on the efficiency of complimentary macromolecular materials in encapsulating oils at the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, "Macromolecular Characterization of Novel Concentration-Independent Dispersants for Improved Oil Spill Remediation", A. M. Alb; M Ejaz.

  • November 30-December 6, 2013:  Prof. Reed gave invited seminars in S. Korea at Sk Chemicals, LG Chem, Kumho petrochemicals, and Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology.

  • November 22, 2013:  Investiture of Prof. Wayne F. Reed as the recipient of the Murchison-Mallory Chair in Physics. 

  • November 11-13, 2013:  PolyRMC GPC Academy fall 2013 session. Contact Alex Reed for more information at or (504) 865-5087.  Visit the GPC Academy page.

  • September 20, 2013:  PolyRMC Advisory Board meeting

  • September 8-11, 2013: Alex Reed presented about smart manufacturing test beds at the Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) conference in Silicon Valley.

  • August, 2013: PolyRMC celebrates its 6th anniversary and welcomes new Senior Instrumentation Specialist, Dr. Curt Jarand and Advisory Board Member, Carl Pasquarelli plant manager of the Nalco Garyville, LA facility. PolyRMC also welcomes Prof. Scott Grayson of Tulane as a faculty affiliate and new graduate students Brooke Peaden and John Robertson. Annual Newsletter.

  • August 19-23, 2013: Wayne Reed presented an invited talk on protein aggregation and the PolyRMC SMSLS technology at the Bioprocessing summit in Boston, MA.

  • August 16, 2013: Alex Reed presented about university technology transfer on a workshop panel for the Louisiana State Bar Association program titled, "Technology, Media & Intellectual Property: The Law, The Practice, The Market"

  • June 9-12, 2013: PolyRMC is honored to organize the 2013 International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization (ISPAC).

  • May 20-22, 2013:  PolyRMC GPC Academy spring 2013 session. Contact Alex Reed for more information at or (504) 865-5087.  Visit the GPC Academy page.  COURSE FLYER

  • April 7-11, 2013:  Prof. Alb will present two talks at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, LA in the Division of Polymer Chemistry.  The first presentation is: Evelyn F. de Melo and Alina M. Alb, "pH dependent self-assembly behavior of amphiphilic diblock copolymers by RAFT studied by light scattering-based methods."  The second presentation is: Zifu Zhu and Alina M. Alb, "Synthesis and characterization of guar gum-g-poly(acrylic acid) copolymers."  Prof. Alb will be chairing the session.

  • February 14, 2013:  Alex Reed represented PolyRMC at the SMLC board meeting in Orlando, FL.

  • January 21-25, 2013: Prof. Reed will present an invited talk to the 12th Annual Cambridge Health Technology Institute Conference in Palm Springs, CA.

  • November 2012:  PolyRMC joined the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) as a full member and is excited to be a part of shaping the future of manufacturing through a shared, scaled smart manufacturing platform.

  • November 28-30, 2012:  PolyRMC GPC Academy fall session.  Contact Alex Reed for more information at or (504) 865-5087.  Visit the GPC Academy.  See the COURSE FLYER.

  • October 30– November 1, 2012: Prof. Reed will present an invited talk to the 16th Annual Well Characterized Biologicals conference in Washington, D.C.

  • September 27, 2012:  PolyRMC's Alex Reed presented PolyRMC technology transfer and commercialization activities at a workshop sponsored by the Tulane Office of Technology Transfer.

  • September 6-9, 2012: Prof. Reed will present an invited talk to the Turkish Polymer Science and Technology Society in Canakkale, Turkey (Ancient Troy) and at Istanbul Technical University.

  • September 4, 2012: Zheng Li has successfully defended his thesis, "Study on stimuli-sensitive copolymers: synthesis and characterization," for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.  Dissertation director: Prof. Alina Alb.  PolyRMC wishes Dr. Li good luck in his future work at Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Inc.

  • August 2012: PolyRMC celebrates its 5th anniversary!  Thank you to everyone who has collaborated and worked with PolyRMC to make this possible.  See the 5th anniversary newsletter.

  • August 19-23, 2012: Zhu, Z.; Reed, W.F.; Alb, A.M., "Light scattering study of the contrasting interaction between ionic surfactant and neutral polymers," Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 244th ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia.

  • August 2012: Anton Dudko will present collaborative work between PolyRMC and Prof. John Anderson (UL-Monroe) at the International Conference of Physics Students 2012 in Enschede, Neth-erlands.

  • June 20, 2012: PolyRMC Associate Director for Instrumentation, Michael Drenski, and PolyRMC Assistant Director for Operations and Marketing attended the Department of Energy Innovative Manufacturing Initiative recognition event in Washington, D.C. on behalf of PolyRMC. PolyRMC’s Louisiana Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing Consortium proposal along with partners LSU Process Systems Engineering, Nalco Co., Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies, Inc., and the Louisiana Chemical Association, was selected as an ‘alternate’ for funding, pending the availability of funding in FY ’13.  The solicitation was one of the most competitive in the history of the DoE, with only 13 awards and 26 alternates selected from over 1,400 original letters of intent.

  • June 18, 2012: PolyRMC Director, Prof. Wayne Reed, will present an invited lecture entitled,"Recent advances in monitoring and polymerization reactions and other non-equilibrium processes in macromolecular solutions," at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki, Greece.  See the abstract for more information

  • June 11-13, 2012:PolyRMC Director, Prof. Wayne Reed, will present an invited talk entitled, "Recent advances in polymer reaction monitoring and solution characterization," at the 25th International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization (ISPAC).

  • May 23-25, 2012:  PolyRMC hosted its semi-annual GPC Academy's spring 2012 session.  The 3-day session was well attended with 13 industrial scientists, 4 students from Tulane and the USM-School of Polymers, and 3 Brazilian visiting research scholars currently working at PolyRMC.  The next session will be in fall 2012, dates TBA.  Contact Alex Reed for more information at or (504) 865-5087.

  • May 9, 2012:  Drs. Mark Brader and Roy Alston of Biogen Idec, a PolyRMC industrial sponsor, visited PolyRMC regarding ongoing research.  Dr. Brader also presented a talk titled, "Monitoring and predicting protein aggregation in the design of robust pharmaceutical drug products," click to view the abstract.

  • March 25-29, 2012:   Physics graduate student, Zheng Li, presented research in the Division of Polymer Chemistry, at the 243rd ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA.  The research was: Li, Z.; Alb, A.M., "Monitoring copolyelectrolyte synthesis during semibatch polymerization reactions.

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