Our polymer research is committed to the development and application of cutting-edge materials and assisting the region’s organizations in re-energizing the economy.  IALR has invested in two distinct laboratories focused on the characterization and processing of polymer materials.  These laboratories are the basis for our collaboration with private manufacturers as well as universities engaged in research. 

Characterization Processing
Thermal Analysis Single Screw Extruding
Physical Analysis Twin Screw Extruding
Chemical Analysis Injection Molding


Current Projects Include:

  • Developing novel polymer packaging materials in collaboration with Virginia Tech
  • Collaborating with AxNano and N.C. A&T for polymer composites for water remediation
  • Characterizing raw materials for the local 
  • manufacturing industry