The collaboration of LANXESS Urethane Systems with the University of Massachusetts Amherst will target the development of new urethane materials.
The collaboration of LANXESS Urethane Systems with the University of Massachusetts Amherst will target the development of new urethane materials.

Lanxess’ Urethane Systems business unit has joined forces with the University of Massachusetts to help develop new urethane materials.

Lanxess will join Flammability Cluster (Cluster F) and Mechanical Properties & Additive Manufacturing Cluster (Cluster M) at the Center for UMass/Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP). The collaboration will begin in October 2017. 

‘This team-oriented approach fosters cross-industry collaboration as well as gives us access to top experts in polymer science as consultants,’ said Dr Polina Ware, head of global research and development at Lanxess Urethane Systems. ‘As members of Cluster M and F, we expect to gain potential cost savings and business growth though new product innovation.’

A key figure in the academic collaboration will be scientist Alan Lesser who is a world expert in deformation and fracture of polymers and composites. According to Lanxess. His research focuses on strength, durability, and micromechanics of polymer blends and composites, nano and molecular composites, constructive modeling of polymers in complex stress states as well as unique processing methods and multi-functional additives. 

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