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Polymer Science and Engineering

The Institute of Polymer Science and Engineering (IPSE) at NTU is devoted to graduate teaching and research in polymer chemistry, physics, and engineering. The primary goals are to provide high education for polymer scientists and engineers. In addition, the institute pursues fundamental and applied polymer research to understand the basics of polymer materials and to expand the applications of polymers to human needs.

Over the past fifty years, the growth of polymer science and engineering has been extremely fast. With their processibility and high performance, polymers have become the material of choice for modern life from food packaging, clothing, housing, transportation, communication, to electronics and aerospace equipment, etc. Consequently, many departments at NTU have carried out extensive teaching and research programs on polymers for more than thirty years.

The founding of a graduate institute devoted to polymer science and engineering was advocated from 1994. Finally, following the long-term efforts of the College of Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering, approval was obtained from the Education of Ministry in 2001 to set up an Institute of Polymer Science and Engineering for Ph. D., and M.S., level instruction and training. At present, we have 6 full-time faculty, 10 co-joint faculties. IPSE will continue to seek and hire distinguished experts in the field of polymer science and engineering.

IPSE strives to maintain a state-of-the-art research environment and perform cutting-edge research programs sponsored by government and industry. The research directions and emphases are always in cutting-edge areas of polymer application:

  1. Synthesis and reaction mechanism of high performance polymers.
  2. Preparation, structural analysis, and processing principle of high performance composite materials.
  3. Numerical modeling of polymerization, structural formation, and process control of polymers.
  4. Rheology and thermodynamics of polymers and polymer blends.
  5. Molecular modeling and polymer interface science and technology.
  6. Design, synthesis, and application of polymerinorganic hybrid materials
  7. Design, synthesis, and application of advanced organic optical, electronic, and magnetic materials.
  8. Design, synthesis, and application of biomaterials.
  9. Preparation and characterizaiton of smart polymer materials.
  10. Synthesis, morphology, and application of polymers for microelectronic and communication devices.