By Rhonda Ward

Anton Ma, Mike Accorsi, Alan Shen, Norbert Ponweiser

(Left to right) Assistant Professor Anson Ma, Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education Michael Accorsi, graduate student Alan Shen, Dr. Norbert Ponweiser, Director of Sales & Marketing, Rheology, Anton Paar.

The Institute of Materials Science celebrated a new partnership with Anton Paar, developer, producer and distributor of highly accurate laboratory instruments and process measuring systems. The company has loaned their most advanced rheometer, the MCR 702 TwinDrive Rheometer, to Dr. Anson Ma’s lab. To mark the handoff of the rheometer, IMS hosted a signing ceremony with faculty, students and staff in attendance.

Anton Paar’s MCR 702 TwinDrive is a top-of-the-line rheometer that combines two torque transducers and drive units in a modular setup, which allows for maximum flexibility. It comes with many accessories that allow the user to configure the instrument easily to study the flow behavior and structure of various fluids while controlling the test environment precisely.

Dr. Norbert Ponweiser, Director of Sales & Marketing, Rheology, spoke during the ceremony, expressing his excitement for the partnership and also the opportunity to gain feedback on the uses and effectiveness of Anton Paar’s newest Rheometer. Through this partnership, UConn and Anton Paar aim to develop next-generation rheometers by pushing the envelope of the state-of-the-art MCR 702 rheometer. The broader goal is to create values for other potential industrial and academic users.

Anton Paar approached Dr. Anson Ma given his rheology expertise and reputation in the field. Additionally they chose UConn strategically because of the potential impact and strong partnerships with industry. UConn is the first university that Anton Paar has signed such a partnership agreement with.

In addition to the 5-year loan of the rheometer, Anton Paar is sponsoring two fellowships. Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education, Dr. Michael Accorsi, Dr. Ma, and Dr. Ponweiser presented the 2016 Anton Paar Research Fellowship to Sahil Vora, a Ph.D. candidate and 2016 GE Graduate Fellow;  and Ph.D. candidate, Alan Shen. Both are advised by Dr. Anson Ma.