College of Engineering

Polymer Institute

The Polymer Institute at The University of Toledo is a research center designed to support industry needs in plastics applications and development. The Polymer Institute works hand-in-hand with industry leaders to drive innovation and development through contract research. The Institute also serves as an education and training center for polymer science and engineering. 


Polymer Institute was established in the year 1987 by Dr. Saleh A. Jabarin. Seven years later, the PET/Polyester Industrial Consortium was founded with the aim of discovering new applications, processing and property improvements for polyester materials. Since 1994, membership in the consortium has included 25 national and international corporations and research has been done on interrelationships among material properties, fabrication processes and end use performance. In addition to the work done within the Consortium, topics including properties, structure, processing and product application have been explored by the over 75 M.S. and PhD students who have since graduated and found great success in the plastics and chemical fields. Since 2014, the Polymer Institute has been directed by Dr. Joseph G. Lawrence

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The Polymer Institute supports a wide range of research and development needs, from the packaging industry to medical devices to aerospace. With benchtop and larger scale capabilities, the knowledgeable staff in the Polymer Institute are well-equipped to help you with your next project.
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Last Updated: 7/13/23