Tsapatsis awarded McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair

Sept. 8, 2017 - Professor Michael Tsapatsis has been awarded one of the highest honors for faculty at the University of Minnesota, the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair. Tsapatsis was recommended for the award by Samuel B. Mukasa, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and chosen at the discretion of University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler based, in part, on his academic and research accomplishments and his contributions to advancing the University among its peers. "Michael Tsapatsis is the epitome of an extraordinary University citizen and scholar. He's a remarkable mentor to his students, an exceptional scientist, and now he is a most deserving McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair," said President Kaler.

Tsapatsis' research involves developing membranes and catalysts with tailored properties by combining synthetic chemistry, novel processing, and systematic characterization with careful evaluation of performance in challenging applications. He has been professor at the University of Minnesota since 2003, and he currently holds the Amundson Chair in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He has published more than 200 papers and has been invited to present more than 130 lectures around the world. Tsapatsis has received several awards, including the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research, the Breck Award from the International Zeolite Association, the Charles M.A. Stine Award from the Materials Engineering & Sciences Division of AIChE, a Packard Foundation Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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