The research currently underway in the group centers around questions in polymer physics and microfluidic technologies. On the polymer side, current research focuses on (i) the dynamics of DNA in nanofluidic systems and (ii) self-assembly of block polymers, the latter in collaboration with experimentalists in the polymer group at Minnesota. On the microfluidics side, we have been working closely with Dan Frisbie on the development of new biosensors based on printed electronics and DNA aptamers.
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Penn State University, 1999
Publications & Awards
Honors and Awards
Distinguished McKnight University Professor (UMN), 2020
NSF Special Creativity Extension, 2018
Mid-Career Award of the AES Electrophoresis Society, 2014
AIChE Colburn Award, 2012
Guillermo E. Borja Award (UMN), 2012
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2010
DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2009
Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, 2007
NSF CAREER Award, 2007
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award, 2006
Human Frontier Science Program Career Development Award, 2006
Kevin D. Dorfman and Prodromos Daoutidis, Numerical Methods with Chemical Engineering Applications, Cambridge University Press (2017)
Pengyu Chen and Kevin D. Dorfman, Gaming self-consistent field theory: Generative block polymer phase discovery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 120, e2308698120 (2023).
Sarah C. Seeger, Timothy P. Lodge and Kevin D. Dorfman, Mechanism of escape of a single chain from a diblock copolymer micelle. Macromolecules 55, 10220-10228 (2022).
Benjamin R. Magruder, So Jung Park, Ryan P. Collanton, Frank S. Bates and Kevin D. Dorfman, Laves phase field in a diblock copolymer alloy. Macromolecules 55, 2991-2998 (2022).
Kevin D. Dorfman, Frank-Kasper phases in block polymers. Macromolecules 54, 10251-10270 (2021).
Anshul Chawla, Frank S. Bates, Kevin D. Dorfman and David C. Morse, Identifying a critical micelle temperature in simulations of disordered asymmetric diblock copolymer melts. Physical Review Materials 5, L092601 (2021).
Guo Kang Cheong, Frank S. Bates and Kevin D. Dorfman, Symmetry breaking in particle-forming diblock polymer/homopolymer blends. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 117, 16764-16769 (2020).
Abhiram Reddy, Michael B. Buckley, Akash Arora, Frank S. Bates, Kevin D. Dorfman and Gregory M. Grason, Stable Frank-Kasper phases of self-assembled, soft matter spheres. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 115, 10233-10238 (2018).
Hui-Min Chuang, Jeffrey G. Reifenberger, Han Cao and Kevin D. Dorfman, Sequence-dependent persistence length of long DNA. Physical Review Letters 119, 227802 (2017).
Kyungtae Kim, Morgan W. Schulze, Akash Arora, Ronald M. Lewis III, Marc A. Hillmyer, Kevin D. Dorfman and Frank S. Bates. Thermal processing of diblock copolymer melts mimics metallurgy. Science 356, 520-523 (2017).
Akash Arora, Jian Qin, David C. Morse, Kris T. Delaney, Glenn H. Fredrickson, Frank S. Bates, and Kevin D. Dorfman, Broadly accessible self-consistent field theory for block polymer materials discovery. Macromolecules 49, 4675-4690 (2016).