Damien Chapman currently teaches Math and Physics at Manchester High School in Akron, Ohio. Prior to teaching, he was a mechanical engineer for 5 years in an academic research lab and for 10 years in industry. He
received a B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University and an M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Akron. He completed the Ohio CORE program at Cleveland State University and, as a result, is now a licensed teacher in the state of Ohio in the areas of Integrated Math and Integrated Science. He joined Dr. Puskas’ group in the summer of 2008 through the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
He is currently participating in the group’s effort to synthesize natural rubber through biomimetic processes using green chemistry. His goal is to use his experiences in the lab, in addition to the resources that Dr. Puskas has made available, as a means of getting American high school students at Manchester and throughout the area not just interested, but excited about the idea of studying science at the both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
In-Vitro Synthesis of Natural Rubber Through Biomimetic Processes Using Green Chemistry