Polymer Chemistry

 Polymer chemistry refers to synthesis and characterization of organic macromolecules. Examples of the breadth and impact of polymer chemistry are all around us from the bottles that hold our water to the paint on the International Space Station. There are multiple compelling reasons for the creation of this new major, which include 1) interest from students to obtain discipline specific training at the undergraduate level, 2) the growing recognition from the field that polymer is a vital component to chemical education, and 3) an increasing number of job opportunities in polymer chemistry. We firmly believe that creation of the Polymer Chemistry major will meet employer and student demand as well as solidify Virginia Tech as the destination for polymer science.