Nicole Swanson

University of Akron
Polymer Science
170 University Ave.
Akron, OH
USA 44325

Biographical Sketch:
Nicole Swanson is a PhD candidate at The University of Akron in the Department of Polymer Science advised by Dr. Coleen Pugh. In 2011 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI. She completed an International Research Experience for Undergraduates (iREU) sponsored by the NSF through Syracuse University at the University of Graz in Graz, Austria in Summer 2010. In October 2013 she won the Ohio Rubber Group Graduate Student Award. She also has industrial research experience working as a part-time graduate industrial intern at The Lubrizol Corporation in the Advanced Materials segment in Brecksville, Ohio.

25 Surface Engineering Approach for Enhanced Filler Dispersion and Hysteresis Reduction in Silica/Carbon Black Rubber Compounds 43 Synthesis and Application of Polybutadiene-g-Polypentafluorostyrene in Rubber P-5 Novel Dual Phase Coupling Agent for Silica/Carbon Black Hybrid Filler Containing Rubber Compounds