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Polymer Story

Advancement of renewable resource technology.

The KPRC is in the process of rebranding to the National Institute for Materials Advancement (NIMA). The NIMA website is under construction and will be live soon. In the meantime, if you need information please contact Mary Leritz at or call 620-235-4112.

The Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC) is a leading center in the development of new bio-based polymer materials. With a well-developed expertise in polymers and a history of performing applied research for several industries, we assist our partners in developing, processing, and testing new materials for licensing and commercial applications.

KPRC is also an internationally recognized center for chemistry and materials science with a specialization in vegetable oil-based polymer research and development. KPRC scientists work with industrial partners, state and federal agencies, and producer associations to develop and commercialize Pittsburg State University's (PSU) intellectual property. KPRC engages the academic community at PSU through research projects and other educational activities for faculty and students.

Locally, KPRC creates wealth, jobs and new technology-based enterprises through polymer research, development and testing services for clients. Broadly, KPRC contributes to the advancement of renewable resource technology as an alternative to petroleum-based feedstock's.

This effort has positive influences in areas of agriculture, basic and applied science, and polymer and materials chemistry.

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Manufacturing Re-shoring Initiative

Launch 2

As part of the National Institute for Materials Advancement’s (NIMA) Manufacturing Re-shoring Initiative, federal funds are being sought to build a 15,000-square-foot prove-out facility next to the Tyler Research Center at Pittsburg State University.

Its first focus: to re-shore hay net wrap production for use by farmers and ranchers.

It will:

  • Support the generation of 200+ high-paying jobs in the region 
  • Lead to an estimated $100 million in capital investment, including satellite support businesses 
  • Reduce supply chain issues that hamper current agricultural production 

Already complete and in place:

  • Economic viability study 
  • Business plan 
  • Financial outlook 
  • Expertise and resources at the adjacent Kansas Polymer Research Center 

Anticipated cost: $6.5 million 

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We use the renowned base properties of polyurethanes and tailor them over a wide range for many challenging applications.

Bio-based materials

KPRC develops polymers from a broad range of biological sources to offer commercially viable options for materials produced from renewable resources.


Polymer foams are widely used in a variety of applications due to their lightweight, resistance to impact, thermal insulation, and damping properties and the KPRC continues to expand the boundaries on performance, renewable content, and economic viability throughout this critical industry.

Electroactive materials

Electroactive polymers (EAP) are smart materials. Their incredible response to an electrical field is a perfect complement to our competencies in research and development of materials. For demanding applications in energy generation, storage, and transport the opportunities in the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as many others, are virtually limitless.



We create wealth, jobs and new technology-based enterprises through polymer research, development and testing services. Request Proposal

Who we

Research. Development. Education.
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Our research and technology relates with virtually all industries such as automotive, aerospace, construction, home furnishings, agriculture, and others.


We strive to develop partnerships and collaborations with a number of partners in the region, state, and across the nation to impact and drive the global marketplace.


KPRC is located on the campus of Pittsburg State university, who offers academic programs in theoretic, research and application fields of study in two colleges.


KPRC works with local communities to delelop opportunities for businesses.


We support local and regional STEM activities by inspiring students and teachers in the expertise areas in which we are passionate about.

Testing Services

Goal #1: Students Should Be Able to Communicate Effectively.

Oral Communication (Goal 1 Objective 1)


Writing (Goal 1 Objective 2)


Math (Goal 1 Objective 3)

Goal #2: Students Should Be Able to Think Critically.

Critical Thinking

Goal #3: Students Should be Able to Function Responsibly in the World in Which They Live.


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Kansas Polymer Research Center, 1204 Research Road, Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: (620) 235-6120