School of Polymers to Honor Coatings Industry Leader with New Center

Sidney Lauren
The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials will honor and memorialize the late Sidney Lauren, a leader in the coatings industry, on Friday Sept. 23 with the dedication of the Sidney lauren Memorial Learning Center. The center is made possible by an generous donation formt he Coatings Industry Education Foundation (CIEF).       

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Southern Miss Professors Helping Push Polymer Science to Highest Levels

WigginsSince the summer of 2009 Southern Miss has partnered with General Electric Aviation on technology and advanced material development for the company’s Batesville Composites Operation in Batesville, Miss. On Wednesday, July 27 the partnership grew even stronger with the announcement that GE Aviation would be opening a $56 million plant with similar objectives at the Howard Technology Park in Ellisville, Miss.

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Welcome to the Thames-Rawlins Research Group


Here at TRRG we are involved in a variety of polymer related research interests including:

  1. environmentally responsible monomer and polymer synthesis from biobased derivatives and its incorporation into coatings and adhesives for wood composites,
  2. develop zero-VOC flame-retardant coatings,
  3. utilizing enzymes to develop functional films,
  4. developing novel copolymers with morphological control for photovoltaic cells,
  5. formulation and development of high-solids and waterborne coatings and cast elastomers,
  6. investigating mechanisms of corrosion prevention and role of interfacial adhesion in corrosion; develop methods to facilitate early detection of corrosion,
  7. understanding mechanisms of material distortion and failure with respect to molecular architecture and morphology in composites,
  8. synthesizing and evaluating healing agents for epoxy matrix composites,
  9. developing ultra-high performance carbon fiber composites. 

The TRRG also maintains a large array of analytical and mechanical testing equipment for the characterization of polymers and forensic and failure analysis of polymer related systems.  Equipment capabilities include DSC, TGA, TMA, DMA, GPC, GC/MS, LC/MS, FTIR, NIR, confocal Raman microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, digital microscopy, and material testing systems.

Graduate and undergraduate students are provided opportunities for industrial and international internships. The Thames-Rawlins Research Group supports the coatings industry via problem solving, testing, evaluation, formulations, short courses, long- or short-term contract research and development, and technology reduction-to practice.

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Dr. Shelby F. Thames

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