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Partnership Programs

IPrime provides a University-Industry partnership based on two-way knowledge exchange through collaboration in a highly interdisciplinary (47 faculty in 10 departments) environment.


Eight IPrime Partnership Programs provide exchange with our industry Member Companies through University of Minnesota departments and associated IPrime Faculty & Students. Several of these programs also receive support from the National Science Foundation via the University's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

Biocatalysis and Biotechnology (BB)

Enzymatic synthesis for biofuels, biopolymers, biosensors, biofuel cells, and specialty chemicals. Enzymes to produce chemicals for end use and as synthons; biotechnological applications of enzymes for use in biofuels production and chemical synthesis; metabolic and pathway engineering for synthesis of bioactive compounds; microbial synthesis of biodegradable polymers; functional genomics for enzyme discovery; biocatalysis in nanoscale environments; Nanotechnology for micro bioreactors, membrane and interfacial catalysis, bioactive materials, and coatings.
Brief Description of Program

Biomaterials and Pharmaceutical Materials (BPM)

Synthesis and characterization of novel hard and soft materials and composites for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications; dynamics of mechanical, chemical and transport properties of biomaterials; evaluation and elucidation of materials interactions with biological tissues and media, and with pharmaceuticals.
Brief Description of Program

Coating Process Fundamentals (CPF)

Process and prototype visualizations, microscopies, nanotesting, NMR and other spectroscopies, and microstructure probes combined with theory, computational methods, and computers to support the electronics, photonics, magnetics, specialty-films, and many other industries.

Brief Description of Program
CPF website

Annual Meeting Program Booklets w/ Student Bios; direct inquiries to Lorraine Francis or Satish Kumar

Electronic Materials and Devices (EMD)

Formerly Magnetic Heterostructures (MH)

Focuses on synthesis, structural and chemical characterization, and a plethora of electronic, optical and magnetic characterization techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on the understanding of the fundamentals of electronic structure and transport in electronic and magnetic materials in addition to the materials science, physics and chemistry of the interfaces and nanostructures that play such a vital role in devices.
Brief Description of Program

Annual Meeting Program Booklet with Student Bios: 2014

Microstructured Polymers (MP)

Design and synthesis of novel polymers, characterization of their structural and mechanical properties, and investigation of their rheological and processing behavior for both commodity and high value-added polymer products.
Brief Description of Program

Annual Meeting Program Booklet with Student Bios: 2013, 2012, 2011

Nanostructural Materials and Processes (NMP)

Identifying key molecular parameters and principles governing the assembly and properties of molecular thin films, surfactants, and ordered molecular phases of molecular systems for synthesis of specialty materials in agricultural, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, personal care, and other businesses.
Brief Description of Program

Annual Meeting Program Booklet with Student Bios: 2014*, 2013*, 2012*, 2011*, 2010*
*Available to IPrime members only. Login with your IPrime company ID and password. Help


Organic Optoelectronic Interfaces (OEI)

The Organic Optoelectronic Interfaces (OEI) program is active in defining critical structure-property relationships for charge transport and excited state behavior in organic semiconductor thin films and single crystals.  Fundamental advances guide the design of novel materials and device architectures for application in light-emitting devices, solar cells, sensors and flexible electronics.  As a team, expertise in OEI spans all aspects of organic electronics, including molecular synthesis, device design, modeling and characterization.
Brief Description of Program

Renewable Energy Materials (REM)

Mission: Develop materials and systems for renewable energy applications.

Sustainable generation, conversion, storage, and utilization of energy using abundant and nontoxic materials are among the most significant challenges we face in the 21st century.
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