Yoshi Okamoto Named Director of Historic Polymer Research Institute

Director of Historic Polymer Research Institute: Yoshi Okamoto

President Jerry Hultin appointed Yoshi Okamoto
the Director of the Polymer Research Institute (PRI). Okamoto received
his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1956 and later
came to Poly to pursue his interest in the synthesis, characterization,
and application of new functionalized polymeric materials.

PRI
was founded in 1942 by Herman F. Mark and quickly became a magnet for
anyone who wanted to study or teach polymer chemistry, attracting
people from all over the United States and the world. The program at
PRI was unique because it stressed all areas of polymer science:
organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry as well as
industrial applications. Over 1500 polymer scientists and engineers
have studied at PRI as students, postdoctoral fellows or visiting
scholars. The American Chemical Society designated the Institute as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in 2003.

Okamoto is planning a variety of activities to revitalize PRI and
strengthen its commitment to interdisciplinary polymer research. These
activities include plans to organize a symposium to celebrate the 65th
anniversary of PRI and the creation of a Herman F. Mark Memorial
Conference Room.