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COVID-19 Update:

After much internal discussion involving University of Minnesota administration, IPRIME leaders, academic PIs, and thoughtfully considering input collected from our industrial partners through the PPB Industrial Chair, we have decided to cancel the on-site 2020 IPRIME Annual Meeting originally scheduled for May 26-28.

We will have a remote event on August 4-6 consisting of virtual program reviews. See the agendas here.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Bob Lewis (boblewis@umn.edu).  

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Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial & Materials Engineering

IPRIME focuses on creating opportunities for professionals in industry to collaborate with students and researchers at the University of Minnesota. This exchange provides a productive environment for addressing key areas in interfacial and materials science.

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Research Programs

Biocatalysis & Biotechnology (BB)

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Biomaterials and Pharmaceutical Materials (BPM)

Biomaterials and Pharmaceutical Materials (BPM)

Coating Process Fundamentals (CPF)

Coating Process Fundamentals (CPF)

Electronic Materials & Devices

Electronic Materials & Devices (EMD)

Flexible Electronics and Photovoltaics (FEP)

Flexible Electronics and Photovoltaics (FEP)

Microstructured Polymers (MP)

Microstructured Polymers (MP)

Nanostructural Materials and Processes (NMP)

Nanostructural Materials and Processes (NMP)

2019 Meeting Highlights

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NSF Report Highlights IPRIME for Industrial Collaborationnsf_report_cover.png

"Increase industry sabbaticals in academia.
Industry sabbaticals are encouraged through personal relationships and in some consortia (for example, the IPRIME consortium at the University of Minnesota, where over 200 industrial researchers have participated in its Industrial Fellows Program)."

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Upcoming Events


Virtual Annual Meeting
August 4-6, 2020

We will have virtual events on August 4-6 consisting of research program reviews. 

See Agendas

CharFac Seminar Series
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00 CT
“Making the Best of a Bad Situation: A Characterization Seminar Series”

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CPF Short Course

To mitigate the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the CPF Short Course will be rescheduled. 
New dates are to be determined. 


Rheology Short Course 2020

August 16-21, 2020
Register on Website


Cellular Bioprocess Technology Short Course

July 27-30, 2020
Register on Website


What's in the News?

Brian Voight, graduate student in the Leighton group in our EMD program, makes critical progress in "green" photovoltaics.

June 23, 2020
The development of photovoltaics, i.e., solar cell materials, based on low-cost, earth-abundant, non-toxic constituents is one of the biggest challenges in energy materials. Pyrite iron disulfide, or Fool’s Gold, has been recognized for over 30 years as a leading contender, but suffers from low output voltage in solar cells.

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Wei-Shou Hu's lab conducting SARS-COVID19 research

May 5, 2020
Wei-Shou Hu, of our Biomaterials and Biotechnology group,  is collaborating with Assistant Professor Alon Herschhorn of the Department of Medicine to create a cell line that produce an engineered SPIKE protein of the SARS-COVID19 virus. 

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Chris Ellison, the MP program leader,  & research team develop new recycling method that could make polyurethane materials sustainable

April 30, 2020
Researchers at the University of Minnesota are part of a national team in the Center for Sustainable Polymers...

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Chance Parrish, gradstudent advised by Satish Kumar (CPF) wins award

April 29, 2020
Chance Parrish, a chemical engineering PhD student, won a Finalist Prize in
Physical Sciences and Engineering at the 2020 Research Exhibition of the
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. Chance's research was supported by IPRIME.

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