Welcome to IPRIME

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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Upcoming Events

2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference
April 16-18, 2019


2019 CPF Short Course
May 21-23, 2019

Annual Meeting
May 28-30, 2019

Featuring Plenary speaker
Chris Macosko on "How Challenges from Industry Motivate Fundamental Polymer Research"

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2018 Meeting Highlights

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"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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What's in the News

Collaborative research on energy transport in solar cells published in Nature Communications

March 19, 2019 - A team consisting of IPRIME Ph.D. students Tao Zhang and Dana Dement, and their advisors Professors Russell Holmes and Vivian Ferry, has recently reported a new method that permits measurement of nanoscale energy transport in a working solar cell. 

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Frank Bates named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Dec. 11, 2018 - 

Status is the highest distinction accorded to academic inventors. The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) announced today that University of Minnesota Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Regents Professor Frank Bates has been named an NAI Fellow.

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

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CEMS Researchers Set New Record in Electrically-Controlled Magnetic Device

Dec. 5, 2018 - CEMS researchers in Prof. Chris Leighton’s group, working in collaboration with the U of M School of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, and Oak Ridge National Lab, have recently achieved a new record for performance of an important type of spintronic device. 

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Ellison Co-PI on $1.98M NSF EFRI Grant

Nov. 21, 2018 - Associate Pofessor Chris Ellison (MRSEC Seed CEMS) was awarded co-PI on a new National Science Foundation (NSF) EFRI grant entitled ... 

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Holmes named Institute on the Environment Fellow

Nov. 14, 2018 - Professor Russell Holmes was recently named a Fellow of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment (IonE). IonE Fellows ... 

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Macosko delivers plenary talk at 31st Congress of the Polymer Society of Mexico

Nov. 8, 2018 - Professor Emeritus Christopher W. Macosko recently gave a plenary talk, "The Role of Processing and Interfacial Reaction on Polymer/Polymer ... 

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