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Lodge receives 2018 Paul J. Flory Polymer Education Award

October 5, 2017: Regents Professor Timothy Lodge has received the 2018 Paul J. Flory Polymer Education Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Polymer Chemistry, honored for his outstanding achievements in promoting undergraduate and graduate polymer education.

For more details, visit the Chemistry Department website



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Thoutman earns runner-up award in IWOE 24 poster competition

October 2, 2017: MRSEC researcher Dr. Laxman R. Thoutman received a runner-up award at the poster competition at the International Workshop on Oxide Electronics (IWOE 24). His work was titled, "The Role of Point Defects and Band Offsets on Quasi-2DEG at Complex Oxide Heterostructures".

For more details, visit the CEMS website



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Physics Force and Energy and U featured on TPT/PBS "Hands on Science"

September 11, 2017: The TPT/PBS pilot season of "Hands on Science" will feature Physics Force and Energy and U. The episodes will appear on the TPT/PBS website and via Roku, Apple TV, and other streaming devices. Each episode will play on TPT 2 shortly after the premiere date.

Broadcast Premiere Dates:
October 15th, 7pm, Minnesota Channel: U of M Physics Force
October 22nd, 7pm, Minnesota Channel: U of M Energy and U

For more details, visit the Hands on Science website



Jalan

Jalan wins prestigious AVS Paul H. Holloway Young Investigator Award

September 11, 2017: Investigator Bharat Jalan is the 2017 winner of the Paul H. Holloway Young Investigator Award from the Thin Film Division of the American Vacuum Society.

Read more about Jalan's Award.





Flannigan

CEMS Fall Seminar Series kicks off with David Flannigan

September 1, 2017: The CEMS Fall 2017 Department Seminars series begins September 5. All seminars will be held in B-75 Amundson Hall from 1:25–2:20 pm. MRSEC investigator, David Flannigan, will be the series kick-off speaker.





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MRSEC contributes for POLY PMSE seminar speaker Prof. Karen Wooley

August 30, 2017: Prof. Karen Wooley from Texas A&M University will be giving a seminar hosted by the POLY PMSE student chapter, "Functional polymer materials designed for advanced applications and sustainability". It will take place on Tuesday, September 12th at 9:45 AM in Smith 331.

Seminar and speaker details.






SAXS

UMN MRSEC contributes to new SAXS instrument for UMN Characterization Facility

August 28, 2017: The UMN Characterization Facility, a College of Science & Engineering core facility, recently acquired a state-of-the-art small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) instrument through generous contributions from the NSF-funded UMN Materials Research Science & Engineering Center and the UMN Center for Sustainable Polymers, the Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME), and the Office of the Dean of the College of Science & Engineering.

Read more about the SAXS equipment.






Haratipour

Haratipour invited to attend Rising Stars 2017 workshop

August 25, 2017: Former MRSEC student Nazila Haratipour has been invited to attend the Rising Stars 2017 workshop at Stanford University. Rising Stars is a career-building workshop for women electrical and computer engineers and computer scientists interested in careers in academia. The workshop brings together the best and brightest graduate and postdoc women in EE and CS for scientific discussions and informal sessions aimed at navigating the early stages of an academic career.





Ensor

IRG-2 research leads to Ensor, Inc. start-up

August 16, 2017: MRSEC investigator Uwe Kortshagen of IRG-2 serves as a Technical Advisor for a new start-up, Ensor, Inc.





Microscopy & Microanalysis

Held wins poster award at Microscopy & Microanalysis 2017 meeting

August 15, 2017: MRSEC researcher Jacob Held (Mkhoyan Group) won a first place MSA Student Poster Award at the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2017 meeting for his poster, "Elemental Distribution Analysis of Core/Shell Nanocrystals with STEM/EDX."

Read more about the award from the CEMS news coverage.





Flannigan

Flannigan wins 2017 DOE Early Career Award

August 10, 2017: MRSEC seed investigator David Flannigan was selected to receive a financial award as part of the 2017 Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Program.

Read more about the award from the CEMS news coverage.





University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Minnesota members

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and UMN MRSEC visit

August 3, 2017: The University of Minnesota MRSEC welcomes University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) colleagues for two days (August 8 & 9) to discuss collaborative efforts in both The Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) program and other MRSEC-based collaborations.

Read more about the UTRGV and UMN MRSEC PREM visit.





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MRSEC Investigators among highly prolific ACS authors

July 25, 2017: MRSEC investigators Theresa Reineke, Marc Hillmyer, and Tim Lodge were named by ACS in a list of highly prolific authors published as part of the celebration of ACS's one-millionth article publication.

As Editor-in-chief of the journal, Macromolecules, Director Tim Lodge is featured on the ACS Macromolecules page.





Blank

David Blank named Department of Chemistry Head

June 16, 2017: MRSEC member David Blank has been appointed the new Head of the Department of Chemistry, effective Sept. 1, 2017. The appointment was made by Samual B. Mukasa, Dean of the College of Science & Engineering. Blank succeeds Professor William Tolman who has served as the department’s chair for the past eight years.

Read more about David Blank's appointment as Department Head.





Jalan

Jalan wins American Association for Crystal Growth Young Scientist Award

June 15, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Bharat Jalan is awarded the American Association for Crystal Growth Young Scientist Award for his scientific excellence, clarity of presentation and impact on the field of crystal growth.

Read more about Bharat Jalan's Award.





I Prime

Two MRSEC researchers named 2017 IPRIME poster award winners

June 15, 2017: 2017 IPRIME poster awards were awarded to MRSEC researchers Sunipa Pramanik (Nanostructural Materials and Processes) and Tianqi Wang (Electronic Materials and Devices).

Read more about the CEMS students who received IPRIME awards.





Haynes

Haynes named finalist for 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

June 5, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Christy Haynes is a National Finalist for the 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.




Jalan

Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

May 10, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Bharat Jalan is featured in a news release from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering titled, "Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells."




Pribiag

Pribiag awarded IUPAP Young Scientist Prize

May 10, 2017: MRSEC Seed Investigator Vlad Pribiag was awarded 1 of 2 International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics for “important contributions to two main areas of low temperature and nanoscale physics: superconductivity in the edge modes of two-dimensional topological insulators; spin-dependent quantum transport in one-dimensional semiconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling. His results have elucidated key aspects of the electronic properties of these novel materials, which are candidates for quantum and classical information processing”.


Bates

Bates elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 2, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Frank Bates was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for his excellence in original scientific research.

Read the full article from the College of Science and Engineering.





Leighton

Leighton appointed inaugural Editor of Physical Review Materials

April 3, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Chris Leighton has recently been appointed as inaugural Editor of the newest addition to the American Physical Society family of journals, Physical Review Materials.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





Hillmyer

Hillmyer receives Entrepreneurial Researcher Award

March 29, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Marc Hillmyer was recognized by the University of Minnesota as one of four researchers awarded the Entrepreneurial Resaerch Award for his work in developing environment-friendly materials from renewable sources.

Read the full article from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.





Athena

Metaxas earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

March 24, 2017: MRSEC Researcher Athena Metaxas was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Read more about the CEMS students who received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.





Fernandes

Fernandes receives George W. Taylor Career Development Award

March 16, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Radael Fernandes was awarded the 2017 George W. Taylor Career Development Award.

Read more about the George W. Taylor awards and awardees.





Stadler

Stadler Receives 2017 Taylor Award for Distinguished Service

March 15, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Beth Stadler is a recipient of the 2017 Taylor Award for Distinguished Service.

Read the full article from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.





Theresa Reineke

Reineke Awarded Distinguished McKnight University Professorship

March 10, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Theresa Reineke was awarded the 2017 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship, an award given to outstanding mid-career faculty.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemistry.





Eray Aydil

Aydil Receives Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education

March 9, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Eray Aydil was awarded the University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. This annual award recognizes faculty nominated by the colleges for excellence in education.

Read more about the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education 2017 awardees.





Pribiag

Pribiag receives Sloan Fellowship

February 23, 2017: MRSEC Seed Investigator Vlad Pribiag was selected as one of the 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics for his work on electronic transport in low-dimensional materials.

Read more about the Sloan Fellowship and 2017 awardees





Uwe Kortshagen

Kortshagen research published in Nature Photonics

February 20, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Uwe Kortshagen's group work was published in Nature Photonics with press coverage by the University of Minnesota.

Read the University of Minnesota article titled, "Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality"





Cari Dutcher

Dutcher Awarded McKnight Land-grant Professorship

February 6, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Cari Dutcher received the University of Minnesota McKnight Land-grant Professorship for her work on "Understanding Atmospheric Aerosol Particles through Models, Mimics, and Microfluidics."

Read more about the McKnight Land-grant Professorship award and 2017 awardees.





Vivian Ferry

Ferry Awarded McKnight Land-grant Professorship

February 6, 2017: MRSEC Investigator Vivian Ferry received the University of Minnesota McKnight Land-grant Professorship for her work on "Creating New Optical Materials for Application in Photovoltaics and Optoelectronic Devices."

Read more about the McKnight Land-grant Professorship award and 2017 awardees.





MRSEC Seed Symposoium

MRSEC Seed Symposium

January 18, 2017: MRSEC hosted its Inaugural Seed Sypmosium.

Read the more about the event.





Michael McAlpine

McAlpine awarded PECASE award by President Obama

January 13, 2017: MRSEC seed investigator, Michael McAlpine, was one of 102 scientists awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Obama. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government for early career scientists and engieers.

Read the full article from the White House Office of the Press Secretary.





Laura Gagliardi

Gagliardi received Isaiah Shavitt Lectureship

January 3, 2017: MRSEC seed investigator, Laura Gagliardi, received the Isaiah Shavitt Lectureship.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemistry.





Dayne Plemmons

Plemmons wins Best Poster Award at 2016 MRS Fall Meeting

December 7, 2016: MRSEC researcher, Dayne Plemmons (Flannigan group) won the "Best Poster Award" at the 2016 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting & Exhibit in Boston, Massachusetts.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





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MRSEC supported team wins 3rd in Ceramic Mug Dropping at MS&T

November 30, 2016: On October 23 – 27, 2016, the University of Minnesota MRSEC provided travel support for a team of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) undergraduate students to attend the the Materials Science & Technology 2016 meeting (MS&T16) in Salt Lake City, Utah. The team of students from the University of Minnesota won 3rd place in the Ceramic Mug Drop competition.

Read more about Minnesota team and the competition.





Community of Chemistry Graduate Students

CEMS features Community of Chemistry Graduate Students, including MRSEC's Maxwell

November 29, 2016: CEMS features a piece on the Community of Chemistry Graduate students, a group dedicated to improving mental, physical, and social health of graduate students. MRSEC reseacher, Amanda Maxwell, is a member of the CCGS team.

Read the full feature from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





Eray Aydil

Aydil featured in Nanovation podcast

November 28, 2016: MRSEC investigator, Eray Aydil, is deatured on Nanovation.

Listen to the podcast.





Steven Koester

Koester named IEEE Fellow

November 28, 2016: MRSEC investigator, Steven Koester, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow.

Read the full article from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.





David Flannigan

Flannigan awarded NSF CAREER grant

November 17, 2016: MRSEC investigator, David Flannigan, was awarded the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation for his work on "Defect-modulated energy transport in semiconducting materials".

Read the full article from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





Nany Trejo

Trejo receives Arvind Varma Graduate Travel Award

November 10, 2016: MRSEC Researcher, Nancy Trejo (Aydil group), won the Arvind Varma Graduate Travel Award to support her travel to the upcoming AIChE annual meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





Frank Bates

Bates selected as H.C. Ørsted Lecturer at Technical University of Denmark

October 25, 2016: Investigator Frank Bates gave the H.C. Ørsted Lecture at Technical University of Denmark on October 13. His lecture was titled, "Sphericity and Symmetry Breaking in the Formation of Quasicrystals and Frank Kasper Phases in Block Polymer Melts."

Read the full article and see the video from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





Faculty in Center for Quantum Materials

MRSEC Researchers receive DOE grant for new center

October 20, 2016: A team of researchers, including MRSEC Investigators Rafael Fernandes, Martin Greven, Bharat Jalan, and Chris Leighton were awarded $2.6 million over the next 3 years from the Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences to start the Center for Quantum Materials.

Read the full article from the College of Science and Engineering.





Christy Haynes

Haynes featured on The Analytical Scientist's Power List

October 19, 2016: Investigator Christy Haynes is featured in The Analytical Scientist's 2016 Power List as one of the top 50 women in analytical science.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemistry.





Nany Trejo

Trejo wins best poster at Minnesota AVS Fall Symposium

October 17, 2016: MRSEC Researcher, Nancy Trejo (Aydil group), won the Minnesota AVS Fall Symposium best poster award for research on the syntehsis, morphology, structure, and optical properties of SnS Nanoplates.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





Karl Schliep

Schliep selected for NIST NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate Program

October 11, 2016: MRSEC Researcher, Karl Schliep (Flannigan group), is one of seven scientists chosen for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associate Program.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





Laura Gagliardi

Gagliardi elected Fellow of American Physical Society

October 11, 2016: Seed Investigator Laura Gagliardi "has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, honored for her seminal contributions to the development of electronic-structure methods and their application to the understanding of complex chemical systems, including the prediction of new materials and associated properties."

Read the rest of the article from the Department of Chemistry.





Michael McAlpine

McAlpine receives media attention for 3D printing innovations

September 26, 2016: New MRSEC seed awardee, Michael McAlpine, received media attention for his earlier 3-D printing innovations. We look forward to working with you, Michael! See the list of features below:

Plastics Today: The future of medical 3D printing: Devices with custom geometries and functionalities
3D MedNet podcast: 3D printing functional materials & devices: an interview with Michael McAlpine
QMED: Is This 3D Printing’s Future?
ASME: A 3D Approach to Nerve Damage





Mo Li

Li receives IEM Faculty Development Award

September 21, 2016: Seed Investigator Mo Li received the Institute for Engineering in Medicine Faculty Development Award for his research on developing a wearable spectroscopic sensin system for physiological monitoring.

Read the full article from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.





Bharat Jalan

Jalan presented with 2016 Young Investigator MBE Award

September 16, 2016: Investigator Bharat Jalan received his 2016 Young Investigator MBE Award at the 19th International Conference on Molecular Bean Epitaxy in Montpellier, France.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





Lorraine Francis

Francis named 3M Chair in Experiential Learning

September 13, 2016: Investigator Lorraine Francis was named the 3M Chair in Experiential Learning by the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





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UMN-MRSEC international outreach event: FET2016 Workshop

September 7-10, 2016: Investigators Chris Leighton and Dan Frisbie were local organizers for the FET2016 workshop — an international outreach event where attendees heard from 20 invited speakers from across the US, Europe, and Asia on the latest advances in field-effect control of materials. Read more about FET2016.





Theresa Reineke

Reineke receives 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award

September 8, 2016: Investigator Theresa Reineke was awarded the ACS Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award

Read the full article from the Department of Chemistry.





Vivian Ferry

Ferry named MIT Technology Review's 2016 Innovators Under 35

August 23, 2016: Investigator Vivian Ferry was named to the MIT Technology Review 2016 Innovators Under 35 list. Look for Ferry in the September/October print magazine!

Read the full article from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





Mkhoyan, Kumar, and Held

Held wins Microscopy & Microanalysis 2016 meeting award

August 22, 2016: Mkhoyan group member, Jacob Held, was awarded a student poster award at the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2016 meeting.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.





Xiang Cheng

Cheng wins DARPA Young Faculty Award

August 22, 2016: Seed investigator Xiang Cheng received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award for his reseach on "Studying the emergent collective flows of active fluids using engineered bacterial strains."

Read more from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science





Tim Lodge

Lodge and Hillmyer quoted in Nature article on polymer science

August 18, 2016: Director Tim Lodge and investigator Marc Hillmyer were quoted in a Nature news feature on polymer science titled, "The plastics revolution: how chemists are pushing polymers to new limits."

Read the Nature article





Bharat Jalan

Bharat Jalan receives 2016 Young Investigator MBE Award

August 16, 2016: Professor Bharat Jalan has been awarded a 2016 Young Investigator MBE Award. This award recognizes Jalan for his "excellence and international leadership in use of metal-organic molecular beam epitaxy to synthesize and understand complex oxide heterostructures in pursuit of new electronic materials." — Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Read more from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science





Theresa Reineke

Theresa Reineke Receives Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

August 1, 2016: Professor Theresa Reineke has been awarded a 2016 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. "This award 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." — Department of Chemistry

Read more from the Department of Chemistry





Laura Gagliardi

Gagliardi named associate editor for Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

July 24, 2016: Seed Investigator Laura Gagliardi has been named associate editor for the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation for her expertise in quantum mechanics, inogranic, nanoscience, and materials science.

Read the full article from the Department of Chemistry.





David Flannigan

Flannigan Group Research Receives Cover Feature

May 26, 2016: Professor David Flannigan's group research published in the article, "Discrete Chromatic Aberrations Arising from Photoinduced Electron-Photon Interactions in Ultrafast Electron Microscopy" was featured on the cover of J. Phys. Chem. A.

See the cover feature in J. Phys. Chem. A





David Blank

Blank Receives President's Award for Outstanding Service

Professor David Blank has been awarded the 2016 President's Award for Outstanding Service. In announcing the award, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler wrote, “Your excellence is a model for your colleagues and co-workers to emulate. True to the mission of this great land-grant institution, you have done more than your share to make the University of Minnesota one of the preeminent institutions in the nation."

Read the full article from the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry.





Theresa Reineke

Reineke Receives Taylor Award for Distinguished Research

Theresa Reineke was awarded the 2016 George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research from the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering.

Read the full article from the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry.





Tim Lodge

Director Tim Lodge Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Tim Lodge, MRSEC Director, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

"Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Current Academy research focuses on higher education, the humanities, and the arts; science and technology policy; global security and energy; and American institutions and the public good. The Academy’s work is advanced by its elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world.” -AAAS.

Read the press release from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.





David Flannigan

Flannigan Group Research Published in Nature Communications

Flannigan group research, titled Femtosecond electron imaging of defect-modulated phonon dynamics, was published in Nature Communications. Read the press release from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.





Tim Lodge

Lodge named 2016 Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA) Fellow

Tim Lodge (director) is named a 2016 Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA) Fellow “for the creative use of SANS to achieve groundbreaking insights into the structure and dynamics of a wide range of complex polymer systems, in particular, multi-block copolymers in the bulk and in selective solvents” —NSAA. Read the full article from the Department of Chemistry.





Russell Holmes

Holmes Receives Morse Alumni Award

Russell J. Holmes (seed faculty) is named a recipient of the 2016 Horace T. Morse–University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Read the full article from CEMS.





Rafael Fernandes

Fernandes named Cottrell Scholar

Rafael Fernandes (IRG-1) is named a 2016 Cottrell Scholar. The Cottrell Scholar program recognizes promising early career teacher-scholars of chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Read the article from the Department of Physics and Astronomy.





Frank Bates

Bates wins Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award

Frank S. Bates is the winner of the Ralph S. Graph Foundation 2016 Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award. The award recognizes researchers for significant contributions to the advancement of chemistry of thermoplastic elastomers. Bates will receive the award at the Rubber Division, ACS 189th Technical Meeting and Education Symposium occurring April 18-21, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Read the full article from CEMS.





David Flannigan

Flannigan named Beckman Young Investigator

David Flannigan is named as 2015 Beckman Young Investigator for his research "Unraveling Charge/Orbital Ordering, Magnesium and Lattice Dynamics with Ultrafast Electron Microscopy" and will receive a $750,000 grant to support his research. Flannigan is the first CEMS faculty member to receive this award. Read the full article from CEMS.





Xiang Cheng

Cheng wins Packard Fellowship

Xiang Cheng is awarded the 2015 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering for his research on the physics of soft materials. The Packard Fellowship is awarded to 18 of the the nation's top innovative early-career scientists and engineers. Read the full article from CEMS.





Theresa Reineke

Theresa Reineke to be inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows

Theresa Reineke will be inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. She was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for her outstanding and creative contributions to the design and discovery of synthetic polymers for drug and gene delivery. Read the full article from the Department of Chemistry.





Xiang Cheng

Xiang Cheng Awarded McKnight Land-Grant Professorship

Xiang Cheng (Seed Faculty) has been named a 2016-2018 McKnight Land-Grant Professor for his research on engineering novel soft materials with controllable flow properties. Read the full article from CEMS.





Yaming Jiang

Yaming Jiang receives 2016-2017 Louise T. Dosdall fellowship

Yaming Jiang, a 3rd year chemical engineering graduate student co-advised by Professor Timothy Lodge and Professor Theresa Reineke, has been named a recipient of the Louise T. Dosdall fellowship for 2016-2017 academic year.

The Louise T. Dosdall fellowship recognizes women graduate students who show exceptional promise for a successful career in research in the natural or physical sciences and engineering where women are underrepresented. The awardees are selected each year for their strength of the academic record as well as the cohesiveness and significance of the research plan. Under this one year fellowship, Jiang will continue her studies on DNA-cationic micelle complexation for potential applications in drug delivery.





Martin Greven

Martin Greven Named AAAS Fellow

Martin Greven (IRG-1) has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election recognizes scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Read the full article from UMN Discover.





Marc Hillmyer

Hillmyer Group Research Featured in MRS Bulletin

IRG-3 research in the Hillmyer group on Nano-scale patterning of metal oxides is featured in MRS Bulletin.





Eray Aydil

Eray Aydil gives NISEnet talk on nanotechnology in solar cells

Eray Aydil (IRG-2) was a featured plenary speaker at the 2015 Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network-Wide Meeting on June 3, 2015 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Aydil served on a panel of nanotechnology experts and presented on the future of nanoscience. Meeting details





Tim Lodge

Tim Lodge receives 2015 Herman F. Mark Polymer Chemistry Award

MRSEC Director Tim Lodge has been chosen to receive the 2015 Herman F. Mark Polymer Chemistry Award from the Polymer Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). He is being honored for his outstanding research and leadership in polymer science. He will receive this award at the Boston ACS National Meeting in August. Read more





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Chris Leighton, Frank Bates, and Sangwoo Lee Receive Cozzarelli Prize

Frank S. Bates, Chris Leighton, and Sangwoo Lee, a former post-doctoral fellow and doctoral student, have been awarded a 2014 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in Engineering and Applied Sciences. Read the full article from UMN Discover.





Marc Hillmyer

Marc Hillmyer awarded McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair

Marc Hillmyer (IRG-3) has been awarded a prestigious McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair by University President Eric Kaler. This is one of the University's highest faculty awards. Professor Hillmyer is only the second professor in the University's College of Science and Engineering to receive the honor. Read the full article from CSE.





Ilja Siepmann

Research team identifies materials to improve biofuel and petroleum processing

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers, including Professor Ilja Siepmann (IRG-3), Professor Michael Tsapatsis, graduate students Peng Bai and Mi Young Jeon, and postdoctoral researcher Limin Ren, has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in these industries. Read the full article from UMN Discover.





Rafael Fernandes

Rafael Fernandes named 2015-2017 McKnight Land-Grant Professor

"Next generation technological applications of solid state physics, incorporating superconductivity and magnetism, will require a deeper understanding of the cooperative interactions between electrons in solids. In these challenging systems, termed quantum materials, the collective behavior of the electrons cannot be derived from the properties of a single electron. Fernandes' research combines theoretical models and close collaboration with experimental groups to unravel the relationship between the microscopic behavior of these materials and their alluring macroscopic properties." – quote from McKnight Land-grant Recipients page.





Allen Goldman

Allen Goldman receives 2015 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize

Allen Goldman receives 2015 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize. The Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize was endowed in 1952 by AT&T Bell Laboratories to recognize outstanding work in condensed matter physics. Awarded annually, the prize consists of $20,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient or recipients. Goldman shares the 2015 prize with Arthur Hebard, University of Florida; Aharon Kapitulnik, Stanford University and Matthew Fisher, University of California, Santa Barbara. Read more





Amundson Hall

Nov. 2014: Gore Annex Grand Opening

The Gore Annex- a 40,000 Sqaure-foot expansion of Amundson Hall had its official Grand opening on Nov. 7, 2014. The new space houses expanded lab space for the department of Chemical Engineering and Materials science including new undergraduate teaching labs and the world's first FEI Tecnai™ Femto ultrafast electron microscope (UEM) lab. The renovation was funded in part by a $10 million gift from Robert and Jane Gore. Robert Gore received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University in 1963 and is the inventor of GORE-TEX®. The Dow Chemical Company donated $5 million toward the project. Valspar donated $1 million to equip a new materials science lab for undergraduate students. In addition, $7 million in funding from the State of Minnesota that were part of the University of Minnesota's allocation for Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) funds were also used to upgrade windows and other infrastructure improvements.









Funded by the National Science Foundation through the University of Minnesota MRSEC under Award Number DMR-1420013


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