The University of Minnesota is one of the top research institutions in the country. Research in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is of the highest caliber, and addresses the most important topics in the field. Each professor has a group of students working on projects related to specific research areas, in addition to collaborating with other professors in CEMS, in other University of Minnesota departments, or at other institutions around the world. Travel to conferences, meetings and collaborating institutions is an important part of the research.
For its size, the CEMS department attracts more research money than nearly any other department at the University of Minnesota. In part this is due to the fact that chemical engineering and materials science engineering are extremely important to the advances made in both applied and theoretical sciences. And in part this reflects the credentials and work ethic of the faculty in the department.
One of the main themes behind most research in CEMS is collaboration. In fact, the department is built upon the collaboration between materials engineering and chemical engineering. CEMS was the first department in the country where these two disciplines were integrated, and both have benefited. Today this theme extends to many other disciplines, both within the University of Minnesota and at other institutions. Two vibrant examples of this collaboration are the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME).
Research areas within CEMS are included in eight broadly defined categories. Follow the links below for a more complete description of the faculty, students, and ideas connected with each category.