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Graduate students recognized for polymer research excellence

Hyungsoo Kim, a Ph.D. candidate in polymer science and engineering, has received the Emulsion Polymers Institute’s Kenneth A. Earhart Award. Lehigh’s Emulsion Polymers Institute (EPI), established in 1975, provides a focus for graduate education and research in polymer colloids.

Hyungsoo Kim


The award, granted on March 22 at EPI’s annual review meeting dinner, is presented to graduate students who excel in their research. $1,000 is attached to the award to help recipients present their research findings at national or international conferences.

The Earhart Award is made possible by Neal J. Earhart ’89 Ph.D. in memory of his father, Kenneth A. Earhart ’30, who worked for the EPI from 1975 to 1987 following his retirement from the chemical industry.


Matthew Ray

In all, three graduate students won poster presentation awards and cash prizes at EPI’s annual review meeting. The posters were reviewed by EPI’s industrial partners.

Kim took first prize for a poster titled “Metal Encapsulation of Latex Particles.” His advisers are Andrew Klein, professor of chemical engineering, and EPI principal research scientists Eric S. Daniels and Victoria L. Dimonie.

Matthew A. Ray, Ph.D. candidate in chemistry, was awarded second prize for his poster, “Bottom-Up Surface Self-Assembly of Polymer Colloids to Form Patterned Arrays.” His advisers are Profs. Li Jia and Robert Flowers in the department of chemistry.

Li Zhang



Li Zhang, Ph.D. candidate in polymer science and engineering, took third prize for a poster titled “Functionalized Environmentally-Responsive Particles.” She is also advised by Klein, Daniels and Dimonie.

Visit the EPI Web site to learn more about polymer science and engineering at Lehigh, or click here to learn more about Lehigh's opportunities for graduate studies in Engineering.

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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