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Sirrus Hires Director of Polymer Synthesis, Accelerates Technical Hiring

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Loveland, OH – October 12, 2018—Sirrus, Inc., a developer of novel monomers and crosslinkers, welcomes Alexander Polykarpov, PhD, as its new Director of Polymer Synthesis. Dr. Polykarpov will be responsible for the company’s polymer synthesis efforts, leading the development of hybrid, crosslinked and homopolymers based on Sirrus’ patented methylene malonate technology.

“Alex has a unique combination of polymer synthesis and application development experience,” says Jeff Uhrig, Sirrus CEO. “Accordingly, he is uniquely qualified to design polymer architectures that will address commercial opportunities.”

Dr. Polykarpov holds a PhD in Organic Photochemistry from Bowling Green State University and brings more than 25 years of polymer science experience to Sirrus. Most recently, he served as Polymer Lab Manager at AkzoNobel Coatings Inc., where he led a research team developing new polymer platforms for can and coil coatings. Dr. Polykarpov’s research portfolio includes seven issued patents.

Since the acquisition of Sirrus by Nippon Shokubai in 2017, Sirrus has more than doubled the size of its staff from 14 to 30—demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the development of its methylene malonate platform.

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Sirrus Inc. develops and supplies unique chemical building blocks for the next generation of high performance coatings, adhesives, sealants and composites. Our patented technology focuses on methylene malonate monomers and oligomeric crosslinkers that can polymerize anionically at ambient temperatures. Sirrus works with development partners in the automotive, electronics, packaging and consumer goods industries to deliver sustainable products that will enhance energy efficiency, safety and performance. Sirrus Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Shokubai, a global chemical company and leading supplier of acrylates, specialty monomers, functional polymers and catalysts. For more information, visit

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