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Eric Vandre (ChemE '08, Ph.D. '13) recently won the Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics. This award is given each year by the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics in recognition of an exceptional young scientist who has performed original doctoral thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of fluid dynamics. Vandre was co-advised in the Department by Professor Satish Kumar and Marcio Carvalho and is now employed at 3M. The news of this award is especially gratifying since Andy Acrivos earned his Ph.D. in 1954 with Neal Amundson in CEMS at the University of Minnesota.



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.

Related: http://www.iscstsymposium.org/2014/symposium/awards.aspx



CEMS is proud to welcome the following tenure-track and tenured faculty members to the Department: Samira Azarin (Assistant Professor), Paul Dauenhauer (Associate Professor), Vivian Ferry (Assistant Professor), and Matthew Neurock (Professor). Read on to learn more about their professional backgrounds and current research interests.

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Chris Leighton, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering, was recently featured on a local television program, "WHY?", which highlights science topics and scientists in the Twin Cities. The program focused on Leighton's research with Eray Aydil on pyrite, a naturally-occurring material that could possibly offer a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective solution to the fabrication of solar cells. As described in the program, the research involves both single crystal and thin film forms of synthetic pyrite (iron sulfide, otherwise known as "Fool's Gold"), seeking to understand the electronic and optical "stumbling blocks" to its application in working solar cells. Beyond the research, Leighton discusses the broader work in the Department, his motivation to become an educator and scientist, and the satisfaction of knowing that fundamental science has positive, real-world applications. "WHY?" is a production of the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN). Copyright 2014 SPNN.

Related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teV5wOewtvw



Professor C. Daniel Frisbie has been appointed as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) effective July 1, 2014. Regents Professor Frank S. Bates previously served in that role for 15 years. Frisbie, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, has been a faculty member in CEMS since 1994 and served as a Director of Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering from 2004 to 2013. Congratulations Dan!

Related: http://www.cems.umn.edu/about/people/faculty.id20228.html