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PA Professor to be Honored at Adhesion Meeting

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) recently announced that one of its own will be given the Award for Excellence at this year’s Adhesion Society Annual Meeting.

Lehigh University

Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) recently announced that one of its own will be given the Award for Excellence at this year’s Adhesion Society Annual Meeting.

The university’s Ray Pearson, a professor in the materials science and engineering department, as well as the director of the Polymer Science and Engineering graduate program, will accept the award on the first day of the meeting, Feb. 25, at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego.

The award is the society's premier recognition for achievement in scientific research about adhesion. Criteria for winning the award includes: a scientific contribution that has significantly improved the understanding of the phenomenon of adhesion or a contribution to the technology of adhesion or adhesives that has had significant impact on the industry; and worldwide recognition of that achievement, according to Lehigh.

Pearson is being honored for his work in toughened epoxies. His research at the university focuses on the fracture of polymeric materials, specifically blends and composites.

"I began my career looking at rubber-toughened epoxies that contain rubber particles with diameters ranging from 2 to 100 microns," said Pearson. "Today, the particles are closer to 50 nm in diameter—and in some cases are rigid, rather than rubbery."

Pearson will close out the event with a presentation on his work: "An Overview of Nanoparticle Toughened Epoxies."

Lehigh notes that Pearson has written over 65 refereed publications and eight textbook chapters, has presented over 130 conference papers and presentations and has edited volumes for the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, Polymer Engineering and Science and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Editor's Note Pearson's name was corrected from Jay to Ray.


Tagged categories: Adhesion; Adhesive; Awards and honors; Epoxy; Research

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