Welcome to the Emulsion Polymers Institute (EPI) at Lehigh University


Emulsion Polymers Institute (EPI)

Lehigh University

111 Research Drive

Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 758-3602  (Voice)
(610) 758-5880  (Fax)

Overview of the Emulsion Polymers Institute

Originally established in 1975, the Emulsion Polymers Institute (EPI),
 provides a focus for graduate education and research in polymer
 colloids. Formation of the  Institute constituted formal recognition of an 
activity that has grown steadily since the late 1960s. Recently the 
research thrust of the Institute has been broadened to include 
engineered particles. The new focus of the Institute is rooted 
in fundamental scientific-based particle design, but guided by identified 
application areas, while still maintaining a core competence in emulsion 
polymerization. The rapidly broadening applications for particle 
technologies in fields such as biotechnology (e.g., drug delivery, imaging, assembly of biocompatible scaffolds), nanotechnology (e.g., 
directed assembly of hierarchically ordered, functional structures),
 and others demand a concomitant diversification of the Institute to 
include a much broader class of particles: polymeric, inorganic, hybrid,
 macroionic, metallic, as well as novel particulate composites designed
at the nanoscale that will span all industrially-relevant scales.

        The Institute's personnel comprises faculty members from the departments of Chemical EngineeringChemistry, Materials Science and Engineering and Physics, research scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting research scientists and graduate students from many parts of the world. In addition, the Institute has close ties with polymer and surface scientists in the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE) and the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (CAMN). 

       The financial support of the Institute comes from our Industrial Liaison Program with member companies from all over the world, contract and grant research from government agencies and industry, and proceeds of the Annual Short Course.

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