Marc Hillmyer (Microstructured Polymers) Elected Chair of the Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) this Year.
Bharat Jalan (Electronic Devices and Materials) wins American Association for Crystal Growth Young Scientist Award
June 13, 2017
Assistant Professor Bharat Jalan has been selected as a recipient of the American Association for Crystal Growth Young Scientist Award, which will be presented to him at the upcoming 21st American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy (ACCGE-21) to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 30-August 4, 2017. The AACG Young Scientist Award is given to an early career scientist working in the fields of crystal growth research, development, practice, theory, modeling, characterization, application or production to recognize his or her outstanding scientific and technical contributions in the field of crystal growth.
Frank Bates, Program Leader for the MP program, elected to National Academy of Sciences
May 2, 2017
egents Professor Frank S. Bates was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States...Bates is a world-renown polymer scientist who focuses his research on block co-polymers. His group’s research program affects a variety of technologically important fields, including polymer processing, composites, fracture mechanics, separations, catalysis, and drug delivery.
Dorfman, PI in the MP Program and lead author of Research published in Biomicrofluidics could advance genome mapping technology
April 14, 2017
New research into the physics of nanochannel mapping published this week in the journal Biomicrofluidics, from AIP Publishing, may help overcome a (literal) knot in the process and advance genome mapping technology. A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota partnered with BioNano Genomics, a company commercializing genome mapping in nanochannels, to understand the basic physics that underlies the mapping, and use that understanding to improve the technology. BioNano Genomics maps genomes by encoding DNA with sequence-specific, fluorescent labels before injecting it into nanochannels that cause the molecule to stretch out. The structural mapping information is read from the stretched DNA.
Leighton, faculty in the EMD program, appointed inaugural Editor of Physical Review Materials
April 3, 2017
Chris Leighton has recently been appointed as inaugural Editor of the newest addition to the American Physical Society family of journals, Physical Review Materials. This will be a broad scope multidisciplinary journal that fills a gap in the APS portfolio, providing a high quality publication and reference source to the expanding community of physicists, materials scientists, chemists and engineers working in the area of materials research.
Mahanthappa of the MP program, using nanoconfined water dynamics to shape future fuel cells
March 30, 2017
A team from the University of Minnesota is using neutrons to study nanoporous lyotropic liquid crystals, formed by the self-assembly of “soap-like” molecules. This team—composed of Dr. Mahesh Mahanthappa and several of his students—are using the BASIS instrument at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source, SNS beam line 2, to study how water behaves in membranes.
Tsapatsis, PI in CPF, and team of UMN researchers developed groundbreaking process for creating ultra-selective separation membranes
March 15, 2017
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has developed a groundbreaking one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin layers of material with molecular-sized pores. Researchers demonstrated the use of the material, called zeolite nanosheets, by making ultra-selective membranes for chemical separations. These new membranes can separate individual molecules based on shape and size, which could improve the energy-efficiency of chemical separation methods used to make everything from fuels to chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The research is published today in Nature, the world’s most highly cited interdisciplinary science journal.
Reineke receives Distinguished McKnight University Professorship
Professor Theresa Reineke of the IPRIME MP program, has received the University of Minnesota’s 2017 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. Professor Reineke was chosen based on the level of distinction and prestige that her scholarly work brings to the university; the merit of her achievements and the potential for greater attainment in the field; the dimension of her national and international reputation, including leadership efforts in interdisciplinary and collaborative initiatives; the extent to which her work and reputation are identified with the University of Minnesota; the quality of her teaching and advising; and her contributions to the wider community. She excels in all of those areas.
MN ACS Meeting -- Featuring Greg Haugstag from CharFac
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Greg Haugstad, Principal Research Physicist and Director, Characterization Facility, University of Minnesota
Time: 5:00 pm - business meeting; 6:00 pm - Dinner; 7:00 pm - Presentation
Cost: $20 member / $5 student
Menu: Bratwurst/Strudel (vegetables & cream cheese in dough)/Maultaschen (potato and cheese perogi); Field greens salad, Spaetzel, Potato salad, Red Cabbage, Dessert bars (Bavarian apple). Served family style.
Meal Ticket: Go to the "Web Store" link on the MNACS page to purchase meal reservations through PayPal.
Deadline: April 11, 2017
Abstract: This talk will firstly provide an overview of the Characterization Facility (CharFac) at the University of Minnesota, and secondly an introduction to atomic force microscopy (AFM) methods geared towards soft matter (synthetic, biological). The CharFac is UMinn's largest and most centralized facility for materials analysis. It is also used in the health, food and other bio-related sciences, as well as environmental, earth, and archeological sciences. Its external interactions are numerous and far-reaching: during a typical year roughly 50 companies and 20 external academic institutions (spanning the US but concentrated in Minnesota) use the CharFac for analytical services, training and hands-on applications. This talk will list the routes whereby externals may engage the CharFac's staff and technical capabilities, including cost issues. The AFM presentation will describe core modes of operation and exemplify their utility. Most examples from the speaker's research will be in biomedical applications such as lubricious or drug-eluting coatings and other soft matter such as biofilms and gels. Emphasis is on the micro- to nano-scale mapping of composition and properties, in addition to the usual 3D digital topography that one extracts with AFM.
Bio: Greg Haugstad has been active for 32 years in analytical research spanning nearly all classes of materials, from (i) pre-graduate work on temperature-dependent electrical properties of metals and microwave absorptive (stealth) nanoncomposites, to (ii) graduate research in ultrahigh vacuum, synchrotron-based graduate research on electronic structure at semiconductor interfaces, to (iii) postdoctoral-fellow research on ionic crystals and soft / bio materials with a focus on nanoscale structure and tribo-mechanical properties. His research of the past 22 years has expanded from his postdoctoral work by emphasizing scanning probe methods, aqueous applications and industrial technologies. During this time Greg has interacted broadly with hundreds of collaborators and clients; published in dozens of scientific journals and books (~100 articles, chapters) and authored a Wiley monograph on AFM; given ~250 talks in conferences, seminars, workshops and short courses; co-organized ~30 conference symposia and workshops on materials characterization; and trained more than 700 CharFac users. As facilities director and life-long Minnesotan, he is keen on developing interactions with Minnesota companies and academic institutions.
Of Particular Interest: Cellular Bioprocess Technology Course
August 7-10, 2017
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Expert experiences on biomanufacturing and perspectives on emerging technology are highlighted
Wei-Shou Hu, Organizer and Professor, University of Minnesota
Susan Abu-Absi, Director, Manufacturing Science and Technology, Bristol-Meyers Squibb
Samira Azarin, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Pat Hossler, Principal Research Scientist, Global Pharmaceutical Operations-Process Sciences, AbbVie Inc.
Dave McKenna M.D., Scientific and Medical Director, Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics, University of Minnesota
Gargi Seth, Head- Technology Management, Cipla Biotec
Weichang Zhou, Senior Vice President of Biologics Process Development,
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Steve Koester, our EMD program co-leader, is named 2017 IEEE Fellow
January 27, 2017
Dr. Steven J. Koester, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and IEM Member, has been named as a 2017 IEEE Fellow "for contributions to group-IV electronic and photonic devices." Dr. Koester's current research is focused on novel electronic, photonic and sensing device concepts with an emphasis on graphene and other two-dimensional materials. His group has developed numerous biosensor concepts including wireless radiation dosimeters for in vivo cancer therapy and a graphene-based chemical sensor for use in the diabetes treatment. Dr. Koester has authored or co-authored over 200 technical publications, book chapters and conference presentations, and holds 66 United States patents. He is an associate editor for IEEE Electron Device Letters and is also an associate director for the SRC/DARPA-funded center for spintronic materials interfaces and novel architectures (C-SPIN). The grade of Fellow, the highest membership grade, is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors on individuals with an outstanding record of accomplishments in an IEEE field of interest. Fewer than one-tenth of one percent of the total number of voting members are elevated as Fellows.
Bates-program leader for the MP Group-research is featured on cover of Macromolecules
January 18, 2017
Block polymer research conducted by Regents Professor Frank S. Bates and Assistant Professor Christopher Bates from the University of California, Santa Barbara is featured on the cover of Macromolecules as a 50th Anniversary Perspective.
Eray Aydil, with the EMD program, featured on Nanovation podcast
November 28, 2016
Professor Eray Aydil was featured on a recent Nanovation podcast hosted by Georgia Tech University associate professor Michael Filler at the 63rd AVS Symposium and Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee. Aydil and Filler discuss surfaces — the boundaries between two phases and also examine the changing relationship between academia and industry, the importance of serendipity in scientific discovery, and how maintaining enthusiasm during early college courses is surprisingly indicative of future success in science and engineering. Click on this link to listen to the podcast.
New discovery could help oral medications work faster and more efficiently
November 1, 2016
A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and The Dow Chemical Company, including IPRIME's Theresa Reineke and Frank Bates, have discovered a new method for customizing ingredients that help oral medications dissolve in the body and be absorbed into the bloodstream. The materials discovered in this study could allow life-saving drugs to work more efficiently.
Bates, MP Leader, selected as H.C. Ørsted Lecturer at Technical University of Denmark
October 25, 2016
Frank S. Bates, Program leader of the MP Research group, recently gave the prestigious H.C. Ørsted Lecture at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) on October 13, 2016. Bates' lecture was titled "Sphericity and Symmetry Breaking in the Formation of Quasicrystals and Frank-Kasper Phases in Block Polymer Melts"
Chris Leighton, of the EMD program, and students elucidate 50-year-old phase transition
Oct. 23, 2016
CEMS post-doc Eric McCalla and graduate student Jeffery Walter, working with Professor Chris Leighton, have recently published a breakthrough in the understanding of a 50 year old problem in the crystal structure of oxide materials.
Tranquillo leads in Artificial Blood Vessel Growth Research
September 27, 2016
Professor Robert Tranquillo, IPRIME faculty in the BPM research group and his colleagues generated vessel-like tubes in the lab from a post-natal donor’s skin cells and then removed the cells to minimize the chance of rejection...
Reineke receives 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award
September 8, 2016
Professor Theresa Reineke, of the Microstructured Polymers group has received the prestigious 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Polymer Chemistry. This award recognizes accomplishments and innovations of unusual merit in the field of basic or applied polymer science by individuals younger than 45.
CPF’s Xiang Cheng wins DARPA Young Faculty Award
August 2, 2016
Assistant Professor and IPRIME’s CPF faculty member Xiang Cheng received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) which will provide a $400,000 grant for two years to support his research on “Studying the emergent collective flows of active fluids using engineered bacterial strains.”
Theresa Reineke, of the MP group, receives 2016 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award
August 1, 2016
The award is sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Women’s Center. It recognizes women faculty at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities who have achieved significant national and international accomplishments and honors and who contribute as leaders on campus. In addition to supporting outstanding women scholars, this award also reflects the university’s strong commitment to future leaders.