KNOXVILLE — Jimmy Mays, a chemistry professor at the University of Tennessee, 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.

UT will receive $600,000 over two years from the National Science Foundation through its “Partnerships for Innovation” program to commercialize and optimize Mays’ newfound “superelastomers.” This is UT’s first NSF award focused on commercialization of research, and it is the Anderson Center’s first NSF award.

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