CEMS faculty make extraordinary contributions in both the lab and classroom, advancing research discoveries and training the next generation of engineers, scientists, and academics. Philanthropic support helps our enterprising scholars to take risks and explore innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems in energy, the environment, and human health. You can help give the Department a competitive edge in recruiting new faculty and retaining accomplished faculty by establishing research funds, professorships, and chairs.
To learn how you can contribute toward existing professorships or chairs, or to create a lasting legacy in CEMS by establishing a new professorship or chair, please contact Courtney Billing.
To make a gift to a CEMS faculty member, please select their name below and add your gift designation to the "special instructions" section of the giving webpage.
The Neal R. Amundson Professorship in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science was established by gifts from alumni and friends of Neal and the Department and by a matching gift from the Permanent University Fund (PUF). It is given annually to a tenured member of the department faculty for the purpose of professional development.
To assist the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in recruiting, supporting, and retaining outstanding faculty members.
Janet Piercy, the wife of the late George T. Piercy, established this Chair in 2001 to support a deserving faculty member in their research and continue the Piercy legacy in the Department.
Wishing to recognize the benefits he received from the University of Minnesota, George T. Piercy (ChemE ’38) established the Piercy Professorship in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.
In 1986, the late George T. Piercy established this visiting professorship in chemical engineering and materials science. It invites nationally and internationally renowned teachers and researchers to study and teach in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
As a tribute to the lasting legacy of Professor H. Ted Davis and in appreciation for the critical inquiry that he inspired in Dr. Dowling and so many other CEMS alumni, Dr. and Mrs. Dowling have established the H. Ted and Kathy A. Davis Faculty Fund in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. It is the Dow lings' hope that this fund will support and inspire enterprising faculty members in their pursuit of innovative research ideas to address the grand challenges facing the nation and the world now and in the decades to come.
Ted loved teaching, advising and co-advising more than 95 Ph.D. students throughout his career. Often cited for saying that "teaching and research are cut from the same cloth," his leadership, enthusiasm for educating, and his passion for learning were at the core of all he did. His teaching made others realize they could accomplish more than they imagined was possible, inspiring students to think critically and creatively while exploring and mastering ideas beyond the traditional boundaries of chemical engineering. He believed in his students' abilities to rise to intellectual challenges and nurtured them through his leadership in the process of discovery.
Dr. Gary Dowling received his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1971 from the University of Minnesota under the advisement of Professor H. Ted Davis. Dr. Dowling credits the education he received during his time at the U of M, specifically with Professor Davis, for launching and sustaining his subsequent varied and successful career involving research, engineering and production management, environmental protection, law/litigation, and marine shipping management with ExxonMobil.
Franklin M. Orr, Jr. enjoys a stimulating and rewarding career of teaching and research at Stanford University. His belief in the value of education and his appreciation of the role that Professor L.E. "Skip" Scriven played in preparing him and many other students for successful careers inspired him to establish this chair. It is his hope that future generations will also benefit from the continued combination of a strong faculty, talented students, and commitment to excellence in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.
Created in 2001, the Amundson Chair conducts innovative research, provides exemplary service to the chemical engineering profession and scientific societies, and contributes to the flow of ideas and talented people in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
Ray D. Johnson (BChE 1939), President of Mayon Plastics created the Ray D. & Mary T. Johnson/Mayon Plastics Chair in 1989. His personal gift was matched by the Permanent University Fund. The motivation for establishing the Professorship in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science was to attract and develop to a tenured appointment young assistant professors by providing the financial resources in recognition of the potential contributions which they would make in their teaching and research to the field as well as to the Department. The Professorship was an attempt to maintain and expand upon the existing strengths of the Department and to provide an excellent mechanism for retaining and attracting young teachers so that the national recognition of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science can be continually enhanced.
In recognition of the need for major research support in our nation's leading research universities, the Shell Foundation established in 1986 the Shell Distinguished Chair, matched by the Permanent University Fund. The purpose of the program is to give the chair holders the opportunity to proceed with freedom on a promising line of investigation without the delay or interruption due to lack of outside research support. The Chair may also enable the holder to pursue an initiative or speculative direction particularly in basic research or where the prospects for immediate support are minimal. It is intended that the Chair ultimately will have the impact of strengthening and advancing the fields of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
Professor Emeritus William Warren Gerberich created this fund in 2017. The fund is intended to provide support for a faculty position in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, particularly a recognized expert specializing in the area of materials science, appropriate to mechanical properties of metals, semi-conductors, ceramics, or metallic glasses.
Support Professor Samira Azarin's research in Biomaterials, Stem cell and tissue engineering, and Tumor progression and metastasis.×
Support Professor Frank S. Bates in his research of Thermodynamics & dynamics of polymers and polymer mixtures.×
Support Professor Aditya Bhan's research in Heterogeneous catalysis, Biofuels, C1 conversion, Renewable Energy, Computational chemistry, and Reaction Engineering.×
Support Professor Raul Caretta's research in surface science and heterogeneous catalysis.×
Support Professor Xiang Cheng's research in Soft materials physics, Dynamics of colloidal suspensions, Fluid mechanics and granular flows.×
Support Professor Prodromos Daoutidis's research in Energy systems engineering, Process control, Complex and networked systems.×
Support Professor Paul Dauenhauer's research in Reaction Engineering, Catalysis, Transport in Meso/Microporous Materials, and Renewable Fuels and Chemicals.×
Support Professor Jeffrey J. Derby's research in Materials processing, Crystal growth, Theory and Computation.×
Support Professor Kevin Dorfman's research in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Biophysics.×
Support Professor Vivian Ferry's research in Light-matter interactions, Plasmonics and metamaterials, Solar energy conversion.×
Support Professor David Flannigan's research in In Situ Ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscopy, Phase Transitions and Structural Dynamics, Energy Transport×
Support Professor Lorraine Francis in her research of Coatings, Materials processing, and Ceramics.×
Support Professor C. Daniel Frisbie's research in Molecular materials and interfaces, Organic semiconductors, Molecular electronics, Atomic force microscopy.×
Support Professor Hackel's research in Molecular Imaging, Engineering Proteins, and Tumor Targeting.×
Support Professor Russell Holmes in his research of Electrical and optical properties of organic thin films, Optoelectronic devices, Solid state lighting and solar energy conversion.×
Support Professor Wei-Shou Hu in his research of Biochemical engineering.×
Support Professor Bharat Jalan's research in Molecular beam epitaxy growth of oxide thin films, Perovskite oxide heterostructures, Nanoscale engineered oxide structures for electronic applications, and Materials for energy conversion.×
Support Professor Satish Kumar's research in Transport and interfacial phenomena, Complex fluids, Printing and coating, and Nanofluidics and microfluidics.×
To support basic research in electronic and magnetic materials currently being done by Professor Chris Leighton in the Leighton Lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.×
Support Professor Timothy Lodge's research in Polymer structure & dynamics and Polymer characterization.×
Support Professor Alon McCormick's research in Characterization and engineering of self-assembly, dispersion, and emulsification, Molecular engineering of dispersant systems for oil spills, UV Curing and property development of coatings, Sustainable, distributed, and small scale ammonia production enabled by high temperature solid absorbent systems.×
Support Professor Andre Mkhoyan's research in Analytical electron microscopy and spectroscopy, Nanomaterials, and Defects and interfaces.×
Support Professor David Morse's research in Statistical mechanics and dynamics of polymer fluids.×
Support Professor Matthew Neurock's research in Heterogeneous catalysis, Theoretical and computational chemistry, Renewable energy conversion, and Molecular reaction engineering and kinetics.×
Support Professor William Smyrl's research in Electrochemical engineering, Modeling electrochemical systems, and Microvisualization of reactive surfaces.×
Support Professor Friedrich Srienc's research in Biochemical engineering, Cell cycle kinetics, and Biodegradable polymers.×
Support Professor Robert Tranquillo in his research of cardiovascular tissue engineering.×
Support Professor Joe Zasadzinski's research in Lipid Basted Drug Delivery, Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications, Soft Materials Engineering, Lung Surfactant Function, and Lipid Role in Myelin Membranes and Multiple Sclerosis.×