Formal interactions with the corporate sector are organized primarily through the UMN Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME), managed by the Executive Director, Bob Lewis, with oversight from the Faculty Director, Professor Satish Kumar (Chemical Engineering & Materials Science). IPRIME is an innovative, broad-based industrial partners program that provides member companies first-hand access to students and shared knowledge generated by a suite of research programs, including those with MRSEC funding. A principal goal of IPRIME is the engagement of industrial scientists and engineers in a pre-competitive, nonproprietary, and collaborative environment, so as to foster knowledge transfer with industry as a mutually beneficial two-way exchange of information. For more information on the UMN MRSEC industrial partnership with IPRIME, visit the IPRIME website.
Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (NSF PREM)
The Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) aims to enhance diversity in materials research and education. The MRSEC PREM builds and supports education and research collaborations between the University of Minnesota MRSEC and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), with the goal of broadening participation in materials science. The UTRGV-UMN PREM is funded by the National Science Foundation Award PREM DMR-1523577.
For more information about PREM, visit the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley PREM website.
Snapshot of 2020 PREM students viewing a presentation on Brownian motion via Zoom
The MRSEC has developed multiple collaborations with prominent research centers and institutions worldwide; each IRG works closely with international partners on various aspects of IRG research. These collaborations are fueled by visits, exchanges, MRSEC-sponsored international workshops, etc.
The intended outcomes of these collaborations are: (i) memorable educational and career-building experiences for MRSEC-funded students; (ii) greater awareness of other social and scientific cultures in our future technical leaders, as is vital for future US competitiveness; (iii) technical collaborations that enhance IRG productivity and inform future research thrusts; and (iv) focused joint symposia/workshops.
Recent and planned international activities in IRG-1 include:
The 2019 UMN 2D Materials Summer School and FET2016 Workshop
Use of international facilities (for X-ray and neutron scattering, and various forms of spectroscopy)
Hosted student and faculty visits and exchanges
Numerous IRG-1 invited talks at international conferences and workshops
Various IRG-1 faculty visits to international institutions
These efforts have led to collaborations with over a dozen international groups, in seven countries, resulting in 13 publications, from six IRG-1 senior investigators.
Planned international activities in IRG-2 include:
Collaboration with Professor John Seddon (Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, United Kingdom) in the structure and dynamics of self-assembled
thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystal materials
Collaboration with Professor Stephan Förster (Julich Research Center, Germany) on the melt and lyotropic phase behaviors of block polymer materials, especially using in situ rheo-scattering methods using X-ray and neutron radiation
Hosted student and faculty visits and exchanges
IRG-2 invited talks at international conferences and workshops
IRG-2 faculty visits to international institutions
National Lab Collaborations
IRG senior investigators, Ph.D. students and Postdoctoral Researchers collaborate extensively with national laboratories.
Recent and planned national lab collaborations in IRG-1 include:
Operando probe development for electrolyte-gated materials (Including synchrotron X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray magnetic circular
dichroism, polarized neutron reflectometry, and magneto-topical Kerr spectroscopy)
(Including synchrotron X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, and hard X-ray photoemission spectroscopy)
(Particularly of layered superconducting chalcogenides)
These efforts involve the Advanced Photon Source (Argonne National Lab), the NIST Center for Neutron Research (National Institute of Standards and Technology), the Spallation Neutron Source (Oak Ridge National Lab), Los Alamos National Lab, and Brookhaven National Lab.
Planned national lab collaborations in IRG-2 include:
These efforts involve the Advanced Photon Source (Argonne National Lab), the NIST Center for Neutron Research (National Institute of Standards and Technology), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) Grenoble.
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