A special issue of the journal Advanced Functional Materials highlighted the topic of porous materials and featured Professor Michael Tsapatsis' research on the 2-dimensional analogue of the microporous silicate ZSM-5. The work described in Adv. Funct. Mater. 2014, 24, 201–208, is based on Tsapatsis' group efforts to produce extremely thin layers of zeolite ZSM-5 and elucidate its formation mechanism using electron microscopy and x-ray scattering. The CEMS team was joined by Dr. David Olson, and other colleagues from Rutgers University, who performed adsorption measurements that revealed important differences between the conventional and the 2-dimensional ZSM-5. Dr. Olson is a member of the 1978 Mobil team that reported the structure of the zeolite ZSM-5 (Nature, 272, 437-438). The work was supported by the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (http://www.efrc.udel.edu), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Rebecca M. Bergman, a senior executive at Medtronic, Inc., was chosen as the 17th president of Gustavus Adolphus College. Bergman is the private college's first female president in the institution's 152-year-old history. She will start her new position at the liberal arts school of 2,500 undergraduates in St. Peter, Minn. on July 1. Bergman earned a chemical engineering degree from Princeton University and conducted graduate work in chemical engineering and materials science at the University of Minnesota. She currently serves as Medtronic's vice president of research, technology, and therapy delivery systems for cardiac rhythm disease management. In 2010, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, considered one of the highest distinctions in the profession.
The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering will receive a gift of $1 million over five years from Minneapolis-based Valspar Corporation, provided through the Valspar Foundation. This gift will be used to provide high-tech equipment for the University’s new undergraduate laboratory, an essential component of modern education and research in materials science. The new Valspar Materials Science and Engineering Lab will be located in the Gore Annex of Amundson Hall at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Construction will be completed in summer and students will begin benefiting from the new lab when classes begin in fall, with full completion in early 2015. The lab will include testing equipment that characterizes the mechanical performance of materials, electron microscopes that image at the nanoscale, and other equipment that can measure magnetic, electrical and optical properties.
Thanks to contributions from Dow Chemical and Robert Gore, the CEMS department has raised more than half the money for the 40,000 square-foot building addition to Amundson Hall. Last year, Dow Chemical donated $5 million to get the project off the ground. Department chair Frank Bates noted that at the time, that money "represented the difference between doing it and not doing it." Then later this year, Robert and Jane Gore donated $10 million, and the dream became a reality. Robert is a CEMS alumnus, receiving his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1963, and later invented the fabric that came to be known as GORE-TEX.