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Francis and Frisbie part of UMN team researching wearable electronics to treat brain disorders

These experts, ranging from computer engineers to apparel designers, are working together to develop a groundbreaking new technology--thin, wearable electronics that attach to the skin and deliver low electric currents to specific regions of the brain and decrease symptoms of brain disorders. The project is part of MnDRIVE (Minnesota's Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy), a $36 million biennial investment by the state of Minnesota that aims to solve grand challenges.
Chris Kim, the project's lead principle investigator, needed the help of Francis and Frisbie to create complex circuits that carefully synchronize multiple nodes that all fire at different times. For the device to work as a wearable patch, researchers not only need to design thin, flexible electronics, but also an efficient method of making them. The team aims to refine a method called "roll-to-roll" printing that can produce flexible electronics more quickly and efficiently than the standard, time-consuming method of laying electrical components down in multiple layers.
This article first appeared in Inquiry, a publication of the University of Minnesota's Office of the Vice President for Research.



Kumar named President of International Society of Coating Science and Technology

Professor Satish Kumar recently assumed the position of President of the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST). Kumar will hold this position for two years.

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Francis receives 2014 John A. Tallmadge Award

Professor Lorraine Francis was named the recipient of the 2014 John A. Tallmadge Award for Contributions to Coating Technology. This preeminent award for engineers and scientists in the international coating community is given by the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST). Francis was recognized for significant contributions to the understanding or improvement of the technology of the coating of continuous webs. Francis received the award at the 17th International Coating Science and Technology Symposium held on Sept. 7-10, 2014 in San Diego, California.

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2014 Annual Meeting Poster Winners

Congratulations to our Annual Meeting Poster Competition winners! Over 100 participants displayed their research during our Poster Session at the McNamara Alumni Center on May 28, 2014. Each winner was selected for their outstanding presentation by a panel of IPrime industrial and faculty judges. The poster award includes a $200 stipend.


Collaborative UMN research team develops sugar-derived copolymers for sustainable applications

Researchers in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) and Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota have created a new material that is the first bio-based block copolymer with the potential to match petroleum-based polyester elastomers and hard plastics in both cost and performance.


Surface Engineering of Colloidal Group IV Nanocrystals for Optoelectronics

wheeler_lance_photo.jpgLance Wheeler Ph.D. Thesis Defense
Mechanical Engineering
IPrime Programs: Renewable Energy Materials (REM)
June 2, 2014, University of Minnesota
Advisor: Uwe Kortshagen (ME)

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Chris Leighton named Distinguished McKnight University Professor, April 2014

Professor Chris Leighton, an IPrime EMD program faculty, is among six recipients of the 2014 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. The University-wide program seeks to honor and reward the most distinguished and highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have recently attained full professor status, especially those who have made significant advances in their careers at the University of Minnesota, whose work and reputation are identified with the University, and whose accomplishments have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota. Recipients are honored with the title Distinguished McKnight University Professor, which they hold for as long as they remain at the University of Minnesota. The grant associated with the Professorship consists of $100,000 over five years to be used, in accordance with University policy, for research and scholarly activities.


CEMS/Arkema research team win 2014 American Coatings Award

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and Arkema Inc. won the coveted 2014 American Coatings Award for their groundbreaking research on finding more sustainable ways for latex particles to form films, which promises to reduce the need for volatile organic compounds as traditional coalescing aids.


Workshop Abstracts - I' Annual Meeting 2014


Cocontinuous Polymer Blends: Controlling Morphology via Interfacial Modification and Rheology

Aaron Hedegaard Ph.D. Thesis Defense
aaronHedegaard.jpgChemical Engineering and Materials Science Department
IPrime Programs: Microstructured Polymers
March 7, 2014, University of Minnesota
Advisors: Chris Macosko (CEMS)

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