News, Events & CEMS Seminars

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Tuesday, Sept. 5 (first day of classes): Dr. David Poerschke, CEMS Assistant Professor

Thursday, Sept. 7: Dr. Qi Zhang, CEMS Assistant Professor

Tuesday, Sept. 12: Dr. Joseph Berry, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Thursday, Sept. 14: Dr. Cari Dutcher, CEMS/ME Associate Professor

Tuesday, Sept. 19: Dr. Raphaële Clément, University of California, Santa Barbara

Tuesday, Sept. 26: Piercy Lecture: Dr. James McKone, University of Pittsburgh


Tuesday, Oct. 3: No seminar

Tuesday, Oct. 10: Dr. Charles Sing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, Oct. 17: Dr. Prabhakar Tamirisa, Medtronic 

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Dr. Victor Zavala Tejeda, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Dr. Robert Crane, ExxonMobil


Tuesday, Nov. 7: No seminar (AIChE in Orlando from November 5-10)

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Dr. Nathalie Pinkerton, New York University

Tuesday, Nov. 21: No seminar

Tuesday, Nov. 28: No seminar (MRS meeting in Boston from November 26 - December 1)

Tuesday, Dec. 5: Dr. Elizabeth Dickey, Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Dr. Natalie Stingelin, Georgia Institute of Technology




CEMS graduate student Sreejith Nair wins NAMBE Outstanding Student Talk Award


Sept. 22, 2023 - Sreejith Nair, a fourth-year chemical engineering graduate student in Professor Bharat Jalan's research group, recently won an Outstanding Student Talk Award at the 37th North American Conference on Molecular Beam Epitaxy (NAMBE) 2023.
The conference is a prominent international forum for reporting scientific and technological developments in Molecular Beam Epitaxy research.


Register for the Graduate Program Virtual Information Sessions


Sept 14, 2023 - Join us online to learn more about becoming part of the graduate student community at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS).


Carba, co-founded by Paul Dauenhauer & Andrew Jones, wins 2023 MN Cup Grand Prize


Sept. 19, 2023 - A Minnesota-based startup company, Carba, co-founded by Dr. Andrew Jones (ChE, Chem '09) and CEMS Professor Paul Dauenhauer, was recently awarded the $50,000 Grand Prize at the 2023 MN Cup. The MN Cup is a statewide startup competition that allows entrepreneurs to creatively address a wide range of societal challenges - including mobility, environment, public safety, education, health care and robotics.


Regents Professor Frank Bates is a 2024 ACS National Award winner


Sept 12, 2023 - Professor Frank Bates has received the 2024 ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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CEMS graduate students win awards at the Minnesota American Vacuum Society Symposium


Sept 12, 2023 - Graduate students Anusha Kamath Manjeshwar (5th year) and Shivasheesh Varshney (3rd year), both advised by CEMS Professor Bharat Jalan, won awards for their research presentations at the Minnesota American Vacuum Society (AVS) Symposium.


CEMS welcomes new faculty members


Sept 5, 2023 - The Department is pleased to welcome Associate Professor Kelsey Stoerzinger and Professor Lynn Walker as new faculty members!


Professor Prodromos Daoutidis awarded the 2023 AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum Research Award


Sept 1, 2023 - Professor Prodromos Daoutidis has been awarded the 2023 AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF) Research Award.


Chinomso Onuoha wins First Place Award at MCF Spring Symposium


Aug 9, 2023 - Chinomso Onuoha, a sixth-year chemical engineering graduate student co-advised by Professors Paul Dauenhauer and Alon McCormick, recently won a First Place Student Research Award at the Minnesota Chromatography Forum (MCF) Spring Symposium, which consisted of a $1,000 monetary prize.


Silu Guo wins First Place Poster Award at the 2023 Microscopy & Microanalysis meeting


Aug 8, 2023 - Silu Guo, a fourth-year materials science and engineering Ph.D. candidate in Professor Andre Mkhoyan's research group, recently won a First Place Physical Sciences Poster Award at the 2023 Microscopy & Microanalysis meeting, which consisted of a monetary award and certificate. The 2023 event featured platform and poster presentations, a robust trade show, and the world’s largest annual microscopy exhibition, which showcased the latest instrumentation and accessories.


Zachary McAllister receives NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award


July 26, 2023 - Zachary McAllister, a chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate in Professor Joseph Zasadzinski's research group, was recently awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award for his research, "Three-dimensional Confocal Microscopy Visualization and AFM-IR Chemical Mapping of Lung Surfactant Monolayer Collapse Morphologies." The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students to develop into productive, independent research scientists, and to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The award is designated for three years and includes a stipend.