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Francis and Frisbie to have breakthrough technology licensed

Lorraine Francis, program leader of the CPF research group and C. Daniel Frisbie, IPRIME faculty member in two research programs (CPF and FEP) will have their breakthrough printed electronics technology licensed by Carpe Diem Technologies, Inc. The technology is called SCALE (Self-aligned Capillarity-Assisted Lithography for Electronics), and is particularly suitable for printing on flexible substrates, such as paper and plastic.

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IPRIME's Faculty Director, Satish Kumar, is elected to Executive Committee of American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

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Chris Leighton, faculty member of our Electronic Materials and Devices program, has been elected Fellow of the IEEE

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Russell Holmes, program leader for the Flexible Electronics and Photovoltaics program, was appointed as Christenson Chair in Renewable Energy

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Assistant Professor Vivian Ferry of the FEP program, is one of two recipients of the 2020 recipients of the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award

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Associate Professor Xiang Cheng, faculty in the Coating Process Fundamentals program, was recently awarded the 2019 Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award

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NIH grant allows Mikael Elias, Program Leader for Biocatalysis and Biotechnology,  to continue exploring microbial languages.

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Marc Hillmyer from our Microstructured Polymers (MP) program and the Center for Sustainable Polymers, have received a $20 million award...
August 13, 2019


Mikael Elias, program leader of the Biocatalysis and Biotechnology (BB) research program, believes there may be a better way to fight back against the growing bacterial threat. In recent research, Elias found that cutting off bacteria’s ability to communicate hampers the way their population grow... 

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Bharat Jalan, of the EMD research group, receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
July 3, 2019

Associate Professor Bharat Jalan has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

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Patterning organic semiconductor films by self-assembly published in Nature Materials
June 8, 2019

A team of researchers in the group of Professor Russell Holmes (FEP Program) has recently reported a novel phenomenon in which micron-scale, aligned, periodic patterns can be realized in organic semiconductor thin films during crystallization.

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PPG Sponsors the 2019 IPRIME Poster Awards

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of PPG and express our appreciation for their sponsorship of the 2019 IPRIME Poster Awards!

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McCormick & Siepmann Named AIChE Fellows

May 30, 2019 - Nanostructural Materials & Processes program leader and faculty member have been named Fellows of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), which is the highest grade of membership and achieved only through election by the Board of Directors.

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Francis named CSE Distinguished Professor

April 26, 2019 - Coating Process Fundamentals Professor Lorraine Francis has been named a College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Distinguished Professor for her exceptional contributions to teaching, international reputation in scholarly research, and genuine commitment to the College and its activities.

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Xiang Cheng, a CPF researcher, wins 2019 Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award

April 22, 2019 - Associate Professor Xiang Cheng has been named the 2019 Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award recipient. The competitive award is given to a young person who has distinguished him/herself in rheological research, rheological practice, or service to rheology. 

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Macosko visits the University of Guadalajara

APRIL 8, 2019:
Professor Emeritus and founding CSP member Chris Macosko visited the University of Guadalajara last week. As part of the Amundson lecture series he was interviewed about sustainable polymers. Sustainable plastic has become an important topic of discussion in Mexico recently as the government is considering a bill banning single use plastics. Chris emphasized the importance of developing new sustainable polymers and recycling.

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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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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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Vivian Ferry, new IPRIME faculty member, wins Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship

October 24, 2018 - Assistant Professor Vivian Ferry has been awarded the 2018 Stanford R. Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship by the American Physical Society (APS) for her research on developing improved photovoltaic systems using spectrally-selective photonic structures.

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Holmes named visiting fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

July 30, 2018 - Professor Russell J. Holmes has been named a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. Clare Hall is one of the 31 constituent colleges of the university, and is focused on advanced study, admitting only graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and fellows. Visiting Fellows are made life-members of the college, and Holmes will be in residence at Clare Hall while on sabbatical at The Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge.

Lodge Awared the 2018 Paul J. Flory Education Award

Timothy P. Lodge, The University of Minnesota, has been awarded the Division of Polymer Chemistry 2018 Paul J Flory Polymer Education Award.  The award will be presented at the 2018 Spring Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans.

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Bates inducted into National Academy of Sciences

May 4, 2018 - Regents Professor Frank S. Bates was inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) during the National Academy of Sciences 155th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Bates was among only 84 researchers nationwide to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2017.

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Kumar named Distinguished McKnight University Professor

March 13, 2018 - Satish Kumar, IPRIME's Faculty Director, is among six recipients of the 2018 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. The University-wide program seeks to honor and reward the most distinguished and highest-achieving mid-career faculty...

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Efie Kokkoli, of the BPM program, Talks about DNA Nanotechnology

March 13, 2018 - Efie Kokkoli is featured in this CSE video for her breakthrough research on DNA nanotechnology.

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Kumar selected as APS Outstanding Referee for 2018

Feb. 26, 2018- Professor Satish Kumar is among 147 Outstanding Referees selected by the American Physical Society (APS) for 2018 that have demonstrated exceptional work in the assessment of manuscripts published in the Physical Review journals.

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Collaborative work of Macosko, Bates, and Xu wins 2017 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize

Feb. 14, 2018 - Frank Bates, Chris Macosko, and Jun Xu of the Microstructured Polymers group have researched the development of a new additive that helps meld incompatible types of plastic together, which holds important implications for recycling

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McCormick (NMP Program) featured as LGBTQ professional in AIChE ChEnected

Feb. 12, 2018 - In continuation of its drive towards diversity and inclusion, AIChE presented a series on LGBTQ engineers and featured Professor Alon McCormick, Program Leader of the Nanostructural Materials and Processes... 

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Bates (MP Program) featured in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

Jan. 19, 2018 - Regents Professor Frank Bates was featured in the "QnAs" section of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

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Leighton delivers Distinguished Lecturer presentation at Rochester Institute of Technology

Nov. 14, 2017 

Professor Chris Leighton recently delivered an RIT Distinguished Lecturer presentation at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. Leighton lectured on "Complex Oxide Materials: From Minerals to Next Generation Electronics"

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Tranquillo leads breakthrough research on tissue-engineered blood vessel replacements

Nov. 1, 2017 

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new lab-grown blood vessel replacement that is composed completely of biological materials...

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Lodge receives 2018 Paul J. Flory Polymer Education Award

October 5, 2017

Tim Lodge from the MP program has 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. Lodge, who holds appointments in both the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials science, is one of the University's most distinguished professors. 

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Bharat Jalan wins  the Paul H. Holloway Young Investigator Award from the Thin Film Division of the American Vacuum Society (AVS)

September 11, 2017

The award honors young scientists who have contributed outstanding theoretical and experimental work in an area related to thin films. Jalan received the award for his significant contributions in the area of thin film synthesis and study of multifunctional materials - including semiconducting oxides, ferroelectrics, and novel oxide heterostructures - that have enabled both the development and understanding of fundamentally new materials phenomena and the novel device development. 

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Tsapatsis awarded McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair

Sept. 8, 2017

Professor Michael Tsapatsis, one of the faculty in the CPF Program, has been awarded one of the highest honors for faculty at the University of Minnesota.

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IPRIME Welcomes Satish Kumar as the new Faculty Director

September, 2017

kumardeptphoto.jpg  Prof. Satish Kumar has assumed the role of Faculty Director. Many of      you may know Satish from his roles as a Principal Investigator in the  Coating Process Fundamentals Program for 17 years, and as a co-leader  of CPFP since 2011.  Although Satish will remain active in CPFP, with his  new responsibilities he will be stepping down as co-leader of CPFP, and  Prof. Lorraine Francis (the other co-leader of CPFP) will become the official program leader.

Marc Hillmyer (Microstructured Polymers) Elected Chair of the Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) this Year.

June, 2017

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Reineke receives Distinguished McKnight University Professorship

March, 2017
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.

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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

Location: Black Forest Inn, 1 East 26th Street, Minneapolis MN 55404 | 612-872-0812 Info - Map at

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

About the course
Join leading researchers from around the world for this interactive four-day course covering
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We have offered this course featuring the latest in the field for 30 years.
We have served more than 4,000 attendees from five continents
The course covers fundamental knowledge in cell and biochemical sciences and process engineering.
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, 
WuXi AppTec Co. LTD.

“This course was an excellent way to experience a broad spectrum of subjects within biotechnology. The experience has given me the skills I needed to excel at my current position and inspired me to explore new opportunities within the biotech industry.” – Ricardo Ibarra Jr., Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals

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For more information, visit the website at

If you have questions, contact Molly Jokimaki, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota or +1 (612) 626-7630.


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.

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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. 

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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.

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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" 

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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