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Frank W. Harris
President and Chief Executive Officer

Frank W. Harris received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Iowa. He joined The University of Akron in 1983 as a Professor and was promoted to Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science and Biomedical Engineering in 1994. Until recently he served as Director of the Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Science at the University and was an American Editor of the international journal POLYMER.  In 2008, Dr. Harris retired from the University, to devote his full attention to running APS as President and CEO.

Dr. Harris is internationally known for his work in condensation polymerization and has been active in this field for over 35 years. He has carried out extensive research on polyimides and other high performance aromatic polymers including polyphenylquinoxalines, polypyridinium salts, polybenzimidazoles, etc.  He is also known for the development of polymer structure/property relationships and their utilization in the development of commercial products. One of the commercial products he developed with Dr. Stephen Cheng (an optical compensation film) has generated more than $1 billion in sales.  Dr. Harris has served as a consultant for over 25 industrial firms.  He has also served as an expert witness in numerous patent litigations.
 
Prior to starting APS, Dr. Harris founded Daychem Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio, Ballard Advanced Materials in Vancouver, Canada, and Boca Advanced Materials in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brady Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dr. Harris has authored more than 40 patents and 225 refereed publications.

 

 
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