Indispensible in everyday materials, polymers and the field of polymer science and engineering contribute significantly to the U.S. economy. Polymers possess unique properties and processing advantages, which are unattainable in any other material. For these reasons, advances in polymer science and engineering will be critical to meeting the 21st century challenges of energy, sustainability, clean water, food preservation, healthcare, informatics, defense and security.
The Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) program, led by Case Western Reserve University, is rising with the future needs of polymer research.
CLiPS began in 2006 when the National Science Foundation (NSF) accepted its Science and Technology Center (STC) proposal. Earlier this year, the NSF affirmed CLiPS's success and vision when it renewed the award.
These awards are funded in two, five-year increments that, with a successful renewal, total 10 years of funding amounting to a $40 million dollar commitment. Achieving this renewal demonstrates that CLiPS upholds the goals of the STC program: to create integrative partnerships supporting innovative, complex research and education projects, which require large-scale, long-term awards. These grants foster excellence, leadership, and support minorities, all while encouraging risk in the pursuit of knowledge.
"The NSF Science and Technology Center program is about making transformative changes. During the past five years, CLiPS has achieved many significant technological accomplishments", said Eric Baer, CLiPS director, Distinguished University Professor, the Herbert Henry Dow Professor, and founder of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve.
CLiPS's research pushes the boundaries of a novel co-extrusion process that takes two polymer melts and combines them as two thin, sheet-like layers. The process recombines these layers to create layer-multiples. The
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