Welcome to Emulsion Polymers Institute at Lehigh University.
Originally established in 1975, the Emulsion Polymers Institute (EPI), provides a focus for education and research in polymer colloids. Formation of the institute constituted formal recognition of emulsion polymer research activities that had grown steadily since the late 1960s.
Recently, the institute aims to grow in the role of industry and academia liaison. The research thrust of the Institute has a broad area from fundamental scientific-based particle design, to identified applications, and is intrinsically diverse from the broad scope of interest of participating faculty members. While maintaining a core competency in emulsion polymerization synthesis capability and state of art characterization capability, we are also more focused on partnering with industry collaborators. We have a vision that with expertise from both academia and industry, we can solve technology challenges at a fundamental level and at practical scale that will benefit the society in an unmatched scale from either party alone.
We connect, we collaborate, we enable.
The institute has close ties with polymer and surface scientists in the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE), Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (CAMN), and the departments of chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, and materials science and engineering. These ties reflect the interdisciplinary nature of research that is carried out in the Institute.