Jimmy Mays News

U.S. News and World Report: Bill Gates’ Condom Campaign, An Effort to Save Lives in Africa

indexChemistry professor Jimmy Mays has responded to a challenge by Bill and Melinda Gates with a design that will encourage condom use in developing countries. He has received $100,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research and development of a prototype. Mays’s innovative condom design incorporates his work with superelastomers—polymers that can be repeatedly stretched further than existing rubbers without permanently deforming the shape of the material.

Professor Receives Gates Foundation Award to Reinvent Condom, Improve Global Health

Jimmy Mays in his lab with students.

Condoms have the power to make the world healthier by preventing disease and unplanned pregnancies, yet they are vastly underutilized. Chemistry Professor Jimmy Mays responded to a challenge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a design that will encourage condom use in developing countries. He has received $100,000 from the foundation for research and development of a prototype.

Seven Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

From cave art to clean water to nuclear security, UT faculty are being recognized for their teaching and research in a variety of disciplines. Seven professors have been named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to their 2012 class of fellows.

UT Receives NSF Award to Commercialize Discovery

Jimmy Mays, right, shows Joy Fisher the mechanical strength of a piece of Superelastomers™ material.

Jimmy Mays, a chemistry professor at UT Knoxville, has developed a substance that promises to replace conventional rubber in many products with something that is stronger, greener, and easier to recycle. Now he’s joining forces with the College of Business Administration’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to turn his new discovery into a game-changing business.

Workshop on Engaging the Army Research Office for Funding

The Office of Research is sponsoring a two-part workshop on how to seek funding from the Army Research Office. ARO serves as the Army’s premier extramural basic research agency and sponsors research primarily at academic institutions in following areas: electrical, environmental, materials, and mechanical engineering; computer and network sciences and mathematics; chemistry, physics, life sciences, and social/behavioral sciences. Part I of the workshop will be held Friday, September 2.