Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UMN

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Photos from Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UMN's post 05/10/2024

Congratulations to the incredible CEMS Class of 2024! We are so proud and excited for all of you!

05/06/2024

Congratulations to Juma Waganda and Grace Kresge for winning Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership awards!

Grace Kresge was recognized with a CSE Graduate Student Award and Juma Waganda was recognized with a CSE Undergraduate Student Award.

For more information about their DEI work, and the DEI Leadership Showcase, visit CSE's page: https://cse.umn.edu/college/collegiate-life/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-leadership-showcase?j=12667588&sfmc_sub=38657688&l=591_HTML&u=260645711&mid=6325307&jb=2

04/29/2024

How sweet it is… CEMS DEI Working Group hosted a mental health break for undergraduate students on the last day of instruction. Students could try one of the (the churro cookie was definitely the most popular) and then vote whether they loved it or if it was a dud.

Students are pictured with their cookies- with Profs. Azarin and Zhang sneaking in too.

Happy last day of class!

04/29/2024

We are pleased to announce that the biannual CEMS Rheology Short Course at the University of Minnesota will be held from August 19th to 23rd, 2024. Visit https://rheology.cems.umn.edu/ to register and learn the concepts of rheology from world-leading experts. Don't wait, as this course filled up the last time it was offered.

Image credit: Ewoldt Research Group, https://ewoldt.mechanical.illinois.edu/the-zoo/

04/25/2024

We're thrilled to share a picture of our FIRST cohort for the MS in Data Science for CEMS! Congratulations and best wishes to these students who will be graduating soon!

Those pictured include: Emmanuel Adeniyi, Cole Brzakala, Pragnya Chatterjee, Kevin Li, Homayra Mumu, Ashutosh Nehete, Marie Romell, and Prodromos Daoutidis.

Want to learn more about the program? Check out this page: https://cse.umn.edu/cems/ms-data-science

04/24/2024

This year, we started the CEMS Ambassadors Program. Join us in thanking these students for the work they did this year to help with recruitment. They represented the Department at various events- from leading tours during Ask & Treat in Amundson, to hosting tables during Future Gopher Admitted Days… and everything in between. We are sincerely grateful for their work.

Ambassadors included:
•Elayra Dizon
•Luke Heberer
•Cuong Ho
•Anthony Iovinella
•Josie Kelpsas
•Sage Martin
•Andrea Milosavljevic
•Madeline Murphy
•Olivia Peche
•Chloe Plummer
•Farris Qassem
•Samuel Swartzendruber
•Juma Waganda

Photos from College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota's post 04/23/2024

Congratulations to CEMS students Mariam Alghazali, Natalie Mac, Hanna Nelson, Kristine Loh, and Maya Ramamurthy for receiving the President’s Student Leadership and Service Awards!

Photos from Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UMN's post 04/08/2024

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Minnesota Crucible Prize, sponsored by Navjot Singh (PhD ChE ’94) and Nithya Iyer Singh (MS Pharmaceutics ’94). The Minnesota Crucible Prize competition invited participants to present a 10-minute pitch followed by five minutes of Q&A to a panel of two commercialization experts. The top three teams were awarded prizes of $2,000, $500, and $250.

This year's winner is CEMS graduate student Emmanuel Onuoha with his pitch for "Renewable Ammonia Production," which enables the production of ammonia onsite at a small scale with zero carbon emissions.

Congratulations to all the finalists. Below are listed the top 3 teams along with an honorable mention.

1st Place: Emmanuel Onuoha with "Renewable Ammonia Production"

"Our product technology enables the production of ammonia onsite at small scale with zero carbon emissions. Due to a growing global demand for food and clean energy, this alternative path to ammonia production is unique and better suited for sustainable synthesis of this important chemical for farmers for onsite fertilizer and fuel, as well as onsite renewable energy storage and production for industrial or housing complexes. Our technology utilizes renewables like wind or solar resources for energy supply while water and air will serve as sources for raw materials for our process. This method is preferred because it does not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and has a higher energy and cost efficiency compared with traditional processes for making this commodity chemical. It can also be deployed at the site of demand, which is an additional advantage as it eliminates transportation costs for the end user. For example, this process can be installed on a farm or owned by an apartment complex."

2nd Place: Colin Wadsworth, Yukai Shi, and Jayamathangi Srinivasan with "SSW Advanced Films & Coatings"

The technology that we aim to commercialize is “Environmentally-friendly, enzymatic anti-corrosion and anti-fouling coating”. Resistance to corrosion, stains and bacteria is a topic of common interest in both industry and medical fields. Among them, bacteria are our worst enemies: For steel structures that are submerged underwater, bacteria can form biofilms that greatly accelerate the corrosion. In healthcare, pathogenic bacteria can attach to contaminated surfaces or medical devices, leading to infections. Currently, commonly used anti-fouling and antimicrobial coatings include heavy metals (e.g., Cu, Ag), or bactericidal compounds. However, they are all toxic and have an impact on the environment. Therefore, our company aims to commercialize an enzyme-based, eco-friendly, anti-fouling coating. This coating consists of the engineered version of an enzyme called lactonase, which degrades an essential molecule secreted by bacteria for biofilm formation. This technology can be used not only as coatings in major components of infrastructure prone to bio-corrosion, but also as an antimicrobial agent or cleaner in daily life.

3rd Place: Aratrika Ghose with "On Track"

Our easy-to-use, fast-setting material takes less than 30 minutes to dry up on a day that’s 55 degrees or higher, resulting in shorter traffic diversions and closure for repair work. It has also been tested to last twice as long as ordinary patches. Our formula uses tactonite tailings, which is a mining pollutant currently disposed of in large waterbodies. As a result, it can be obtained at low prices and is completely free of cement, which contributes to ~ 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Over 40% of America’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition and the current backlog for road repair is estimated to be $485B. The average motorist pays $1000/yr in wasted time and fuel. Rising temperatures are estimated to add $19B/year to pavement costs by 2040. We want to address this growing concern by offering a cost-effective and sustainable solution to bring us back “On Track” to drive towards a greener future.

Honorable mention: Ayaka Moriyama, Krista Hauseman, and Ananya Sahu with "AKA Innovation"

Cooking traditional meat comes with concerns regarding food safety, perishability, and intensive meal preparation. Our company aims to commercialize ReadyGo Crumbles—an instant, plant-based protein packet that can be rehydrated to resemble ground meat and flavored to create a quick, easy meal. ReadyGo Crumbles comes in a package containing textured pea protein, along with flavoring packets containing sauces and/or spice blends. Textured pea protein (TPP) can be manufactured via extrusion, and subsequent rehydration imparts texture and chew to the protein, allowing for “crumbles” with the shape and appearance of ground beef and pork. ReadyGo Crumbles will be sold in its dry form, and consumers can add hot water and the accompanying flavor packet to prepare a protein dish in approximately five minutes, without the need for any cooking facilities or tools. The final protein dish can be eaten alone, or combined with any carbohydrate or vegetable, for a more complete, balanced meal. Compared with traditional meats, ReadyGo Crumbles is shelf-stable and easy to prepare, minimizing the time and effort needed to cook meals. Further, this product is sustainable, reducing the carbon footprint associated with meat consumption, and eliminating issues associated with meat storage and safety. Given that our primary value proposition is convenience, we aim to market towards busy college students, commuters, and adults on-the-go.

Photos from Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UMN's post 03/21/2024

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Material Advantage Chapter crafted a stunning modern rendition of a one-handed Irish Ring Pommel Sword for the 2024 TMS Bladesmithing competition. This biannual event, held at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition took place in Orlando, Florida and where student teams competed to produce a blade in a showcase of heat transfer, forging, welding, quenching, property measurement and microstructural characterization skills. The team handcrafted a sword, produced a video, created a poster, and wrote a technical report detailing their process. Their effort earned them 2nd place among 24 other teams from around the world. Their blade, crafted from 5160 carbon steel with A36 Steel for the cross guard and pommel, showcased both craftsmanship and historical accuracy.

Congratulations to the team!

Read the full story on our website: https://cse.umn.edu/cems/news/umn-bladesmithing-team-wins-second-place-2024-tms-bladesmithing-competition

Photos from Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UMN's post 03/15/2024

We welcomed another group of prospective CSE/CEMS undergraduate students to Amundson Hall today!

02/27/2024

Reminder! Join Professor & Director of Graduate Studies for the MS program Prodromos Daoutidis for a virtual information session to learn more about the Master of Science in Data Science for Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.
Date: Wednesday, February 28
Time: 3PM Central Time
Register here: https://umn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlduCvqjotG9C93r71eT7nxLq7rlabeByM #/registration

Photos from Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UMN's post 02/20/2024

We hosted our first Department Experience Recruiting Event today. Prospective undergraduate CSE students heard more about our majors, asked questions to current students, and then toured the teaching labs (unit operations and the Valspar lab).

Thanks to all who joined us!

Assistant Professor Michelle Calabrese named McKnight Land-Grant Professor 02/14/2024

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Michelle Calabrese for being among twelve recipients of the 2024-2026 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship! Michelle was awarded for her research on engineering complex fluids for healthcare, sustainability and advanced materials.

Assistant Professor Michelle Calabrese named McKnight Land-Grant Professor Assistant Professor Michelle Calabrese is among twelve recipients of the 2024-2026 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. This University-wide program seeks to advance the careers of the most promising junior faculty members who have potential to make significant contributions to their departments and s...

Two University of Minnesota professors elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2024 02/07/2024

Congratulations to Regents Professor Tim Lodge for being elected to the National Academy of Engineering! This is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer!

Two University of Minnesota professors elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2024 Six alumni also elected to receive the highest professional honor awarded to an engineerMINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/07/2024)—University of Minnesota-Twin Cities College of Science and Engineering Professors Catherine French and Timothy Lodge have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering ...

02/02/2024

Join Professor & Director of Graduate Studies for the MS program Prodromos Daoutidis for a virtual information session to learn more about the Master of Science in Data Science for Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.

Date: Wednesday, February 28
Time: 3PM Central Time
Register here: https://umn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlduCvqjotG9C93r71eT7nxLq7rlabeByM #/registration

01/02/2024

CEMS invites applications to join the department as the Assistant Director. Please share this job opening with qualified candidates! This position provides high-level administrative support to Faculty Affairs, Human Resource Support, External Relations, Communications and Outreach, and project management for special and ongoing projects. Apply online via the UMN employment site:
https://hr.myu.umn.edu/psc/hrprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&SiteId=1&FOCUS=Applicant&JobOpeningId=359121&PostingSeq=1

12/18/2023

We're proud to share that CEMS alumni and friends have generously donated $98,130 toward the challenge match for the Chris and Kathleen Macosko Fellowship, which provides financial support to CEMS graduate students with exceptional potential. The campaign will remain open through December 31, 2023, so there's still time to contribute to reach an astounding total of $100,000! https://crowdfund.umn.edu/campaign/Chris-and-Kathleen-Macosko-Fellowship

12/15/2023

Best of luck to everyone on all of their final assignments and exams!

12/12/2023

Phil Engen, Education and Outreach Director for the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, is among six recipients of a 2023 College of Science and Engineering Outstanding Service Award. These awards are presented annually by the College to recognize and reward exceptional performance and contributions by academic professional and administrative staff, civil service employees, labor-represented staff, as well as work groups.

Congratulations Phil!

Full Story: https://cse.umn.edu/cems/news/phil-engen-among-recipients-2023-cse-outstanding-service-awards

11/22/2023

On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of CEMS, we extend our thanks to you! Your partnership empowers our work in teaching, research, and outreach.

CSE Public Lecture: Sustainability, Innovation, and the Future of Food 11/21/2023

ICYMI, you can watch the video of the public conversation between climate entrepreneur and CEMS alumnus Nick Halla (former senior vice president at Impossible Foods) and Chemistry Professor Christy Haynes.

CSE Public Lecture: Sustainability, Innovation, and the Future of Food This event featured a conversation between climate entrepreneur and University of Minnesota chemical engineering alumnus Nick Halla (former senior vice presi...

11/16/2023

Today is Give to the Max Day! Please consider making a gift to the Chris and Kathleen Macosko Fellowship. All gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. Double the impact of your gift and support the next generation of CEMS students on their educational journey! z.umn.edu/macoskomatch2023

Photos from Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UMN's post 10/31/2023

Happy Halloween! We hosted Ask & Treat in Amundson today for first year students to tour the building and learn about our majors.

They heard about:
The Valspar Lab
Unit Operations Lab
’s research group
Azarin research group
Walker research group

10/25/2023

Register now for the College of Science and Engineering "Inventing Tomorrow: Sustainability, Innovation and the Future of Food" event, featuring climate entrepreneur Nick Halla (ChemE '05; former senior vice president at Impossible Foods) and Distinguished McKnight University Professor Christy Haynes (chemistry department head, University of Minnesota) on Wednesday, November 8. Doors open at 6 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m. in the Best Buy Theater in Northrop Auditorium.

cse.umn.edu/publiclecture

10/18/2023

CEMS undergraduate student Samuel Swartzendruber (MSE '25) was selected to attend the 2023 NC State Frontiers of MSE Undergraduate Symposium and won an award for outstanding undergraduate research for "Polymorphism in Diblock Copolymer Blends." The inaugural symposium aimed to recognize significant achievements in undergraduate research at the frontiers of materials science and engineering and provided an opportunity for undergraduate students to network with faculty and peers about state-of-the-art research.

Congratulations Samuel!

Full Story: https://cse.umn.edu/cems/news/samuel-swartzendruber-wins-outstanding-research-award-nc-state-frontiers-mse

10/17/2023

A team of CEMS researchers including Andre Mkhoyan, Bharat Jalan, Silu Guo, and Sreejith Nair have published a surprising new study that finds that the electron beam radiation that they previously thought degraded crystals can actually repair cracks in these nanostructures. The groundbreaking discovery could improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of materials used in electronic devices.

Full Story: https://cse.umn.edu/cems/news/surprising-discovery-shows-electron-beam-radiation-can-repair-nanostructures

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