Developments in the field of polymer science

Dr. Ali Dhinojwala
Morton Professor in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron

Dr. Dhinojwala is the Morton Professor in the Department of Polymer Science within the College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron. Dr. Dhinojwala received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. Dr. Dhinojwala research is in the areas of adhesion, friction, and wetting. His research group has developed light-based spectroscopic techniques to understand the physical properties of molecules at surfaces and interfaces. His recent interest in the area of bio-adhesion has led him to develop synthetic adhesives inspired by geckos and spiders. His work on bio-adhesion has garnered national and international attention. He currently has 90 peer-reviewed publications and seven patents issued or pending. Dr. Dhinojwala has volunteered for more than 15 years to serve as the Director of Western Reserve District 5 Science Day, which is responsible for hosting Science Day for middle and high school students at the University of Akron.