PolyOne CTO Avakian to discuss commercialization of nanomaterials

Published: Dec 5, 2006 1:50:32 PM
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Roger W. Avakian, chief technology officer for PolyOne Corporation, will be delivering a lecture on November 30 at 1 p.m. in Broun 238. The discussion, "Commercialization of Nanotechnology: PolyOne's Experience," will highlight some of the achievements, applications and challenges the company has experienced through its work with a broad spectrum of nanocomposite materials. PolyOne's experience with the commercialization of organoclay-based nanocomposites will be used as an example. This lecture is part of the Ginn Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

Avakian is the chief technology officer for PolyOne Corporation, "The World's Premier Supplier of Specialized Polymer Materials, Services, and Solutions", headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio. He has held this position since PolyOne's formation in September 2000. Among the key nanotechnology products recently launched under his leadership are Nanoblend nanoclay concentrates and nanocomposites, and CarbOne anti-corrosion additive. His applied research services group is involved in nanotechnology, polymer blends, conductive polymers and reactive extrusion as a route to specialized polymers.

Prior to joining PolyOne, Avakian held several technical leadership positions at GE Plastics. During his 20 years at GE Plastics, he was located in Pittsfield, Mass., Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands, and Parkersburg, W.Va. He helped develop several commercial polymers and polymer blends including Ultem®, Noryl® GTX, and Xenoy®, as well as polymer additives, including Ultranox® 641 and Genox® EP. Avakian is a Master Black Belt in the Six Sigma quality methodology and has over 51 issued U.S. patents, and over 10 patent applications. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego.