Sunday, September 29, 2013

University of Houston Receives $4 Million Grant for Polymer Research

The Philanthropy News Digest is today reporting that the University of Houston has received a $4 million grant from the Welch Foundation to establish a polymer research center.

According to the Digest,

The gift will enable the university to recruit two of the four chemists for its new Center of Excellence in Polymer Chemistry and will support the center's efforts to develop new polymer products and technologies that can be used to make products for the fiber, communication, packaging, and other industries.  According to the university, chemists at the center will emphasize fundamental chemistry research but will also work with Houston-area petrochemical companies seeking to convert natural gas feedstock into advanced materials.

Reacting to the receipt of the grant, David Hoffman, who chairs the university's department of chemistry, said: "The foundation's grant will help the university more rapidly expand and enhance its research on polymers, an area of research important to Texas and, in particular, Houston because of its close proximity and ties to the petrochemical industry."

Congratulations to the University of Houston.

VEJ

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