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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. Their paper, "Stress Development and Film Formation in Multiphase Composite Latexes" concluded that it is possible to produce soft core/hard shell latex materials, in terms of their film formation and their applications in binders in paint formulations. The first author on the paper is CEMS graduate student Kyle Price (shown in photo) and co-authors are Wenjun Wu and Kurt Wood from Arkema Inc., undergraduate researcher Stephanie Kong, Prof. Alon McCormick and Prof. Lorraine Francis. The research was primarily supported by the NSF GOALI program with Kong's undergraduate research support from the NSF MRSEC REU program. The team was presented with a trophy and a check for $2,500 in prize money.

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Nanotechnology Building Grand Opening

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The College of Science and Engineering invites you to the Grand Opening Celebration of the new University of Minnesota Physics and Nanotechnology Building. Join us for a public Open House on Thursday, April 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or 4-7 p.m. Tours will be ongoing during these times. See the new 144,000-square-foot building that includes about 40 new research laboratories and more than 15,000 square feet specifically dedicated to nanotechnology research, including a 5,000-square-foot clean room.

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IPrime Welcomes Sappi, our 1st South African Company

IPrime is pleased to announce our newest member company, Sappi. They are our 1st South African Company.

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IPrime & CharFac Welcomes Klaus Wormuth

IPrime & CharFac are proud to announce a new addition to our faculty, Klaus Wormuth.

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IPrime Welcomes 6 Industrial Fellows

Since the inception of the Industrial Fellows IPrime program, over 125 IPrime Industrial Fellows from 33 companies have participated in this program. See all fellows and their projects here.

  • Boston Scientific (Maggie Zeng)
  • Cabot (Arthur Scholz)
  • INOAC (Ayumu Sakai)
  • Nitto (Koki Tomioka)
  • Stratasys (Jenny Zhu)
  • Upsher-Smith (Justin Song)

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Welcome New Members Covidien, INOAC & MeadWestvaco

We are pleased to announce the addition of three new companies to IPrime bringing our partnerships with industry to over 50 members.

  • Covidien a $10 billion global healthcare products leader dedicated to innovation and long-term growth. Covidien creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence.
  • INOAC a leading innovator and manufacturer of foam, elastomers, plastic, and compound materials for an array of industries including automobile, aerospace, electronic, healthcare, and cosmetics.
  • MeadWestvaco a global packaging company. We help shape consumers' experiences with products in healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, tobacco, and home and garden markets around the world.
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World's 1st Ultrafast Electron Microscope

fei ultrafast electron microscope.jpgAssistant Professor David Flannigan's research in ultrafast electron microscopy will soon be utilizing revolutionary technology with the world's first Tecnai (TM) Femto ultrafast electron microscope (UEM), enabling scientists to explore ultrafast events and processes that occur at the atomic and molecular spatial scale over time spans measured in femtoseconds (10-15 seconds).

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Advancing High-Performance Plastics: Composite Technique Licensed

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The first MN-IP project to result in a license deal is now on track to have a major impact on the growing composite materials industry.


Adama Materials, a startup company launched to commercialize the technology, worked with an interdisciplinary team of U of M researchers, including IPrime Director Chris Macosko and faculty Andreas Stein, to develop new techniques for making stronger and less costly composites, the materials used in the high performance plastics industry. OTC announcement 10.16.13

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New & Improved Solar-Cells on Horizon

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See CEMS News for details on Chemical Engineering graduate student Boris Chernomordik's work on a new solar cell material, copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS), under the direction of Eray Aydil, Professor and co-leader of IPrime's Renewable Energy Materials program. More in C&EN.

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Universities Inc: Connecting with Industry

Letter.pngThe August 9, 2013 issue of Chemical Engineering News featured an article exploring the steady increase in University-Industry research collaborations. IPrime Director and CEMS professor Chris Macosko followed up with a September 9 letter to the editor highlighting IPrime a top example of this innovation model. IPrime's success includes over 50 company partnerships and growing.

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