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2018

2018 Coating Process Fundamentals Short Course

May 22nd-24th, 2018 - Coating Process Fundamentals Short Course educates 70 industry scientists and engineers in the three-day intensive course.

 

Kumar named Distinguished McKnight University Professor

March 13, 2018 - Satish Kumar is among six recipients of the 2018 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. The University-wide program seeks to honor and reward the most distinguished and highest-achieving mid-career faculty...

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Wu successfully defends thesis

Yan Wu successfully defended her PhD thesis, 'Drying and Cracking Behavior of Aqueous Particulate Coatings' on February 27th, 2018. Yan was advised by Professor Lorraine Francis, and is now working at 3M - Shanghai.

2017

CPFP receives donation from the Eastman Foundation

The Eastman Foundation gave a $7,500 gift in support of CPFP in June 2017. The generous donation will be used to support the Coating Process and Visualization Lab.

Liu successfully defends thesis

Chen-Yu Liu successfully defended his PhD thesis, 'Onset of Dynamic Wetting Failure in the Presence of Surfactants' on June 5, 2017. Chen-Yu was advised by Professors Satish Kumar and Marcio Carvalho, and is now working as a Postdoc at the University of Minnesota.

IPRIME Annual Meeting

The IPRIME Annual Meeting was held on the University of Minnesota campus from May 30, 2017 to June 1, 2017. The meeting was attended by over 500 people. CPFP held a workshop on Characterization of Coatings and researchers from the program gave posters and presentations on their latest research results.

Lade successfully defends thesis

Robert Lade successfully defended his PhD thesis, 'Flow and Drying Dynamics in Gravity- and Capillary-Driven Coating Processes' on May 26, 2017. Bob was advised by Professors Lorraine Francis and Chris Macosko and is now working for Intel.

Coating Process Fundamentals Short Course

Over 60 scientists and engineers from industry attended the three-day intensive course on the campus of the University of Minnesota, May 22-24, 2017.

2016

CPFP researchers give talks at fall meetings
Several CPFP researchers attended the Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics held in Portland, OR from November 19-22, 2016. Graduate students Chung-Hsuan Huang, Weihua Li, Chen-Yu Liu, and Truong Pham all gave talks, as did Professor Satish Kumar. Postdoc Alireza Mohammad Karim, who is working with Professors Lorraine Francis and Marcio Carvalho, gave a talk and poster as well. CPFP researchers were also present at the Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, held in San Francisco, CA from November 13-18, 2016. Professor Satish Kumar gave a talk, and graduate student Bob Lade (advised by Professors Lorraine Francis and Chris Macosko) gave a talk and poster.

CPFP researchers give talks at ISCST
A number of CPFP researchers attended the 18th International Coating Science and Technology Symposium held in Pittsburgh from September 18-21, 2016. Graduate students Yuyang Du, Chung-Hsuan Huang, Bob Lade, Weihua Li, Chen-Yu Liu, Truong Pham, and Yan Wu all gave talks, as did postdoc Alireza Karim, Industrial Fellows Yu Abe and Ryo Katayama, and Profs. Lorraine Francis and Satish Kumar. There were also several talks from Prof. Marcio Carvalho's group.

Williams successfully defends thesis
Bryce Williams successfully defended his PhD thesis, 'Processing of Copper Zinc Tin Sulfide Nanocrystal Dispersions for Thin Film Solar Cells' on June 6, 2016. Bryce was advised by Professors Lorraine Francis and Eray Aydil, and is now working for Honeywell.

Corbett successfully defends thesis
Andrew Corbett successfully defended his PhD thesis, 'Electrohydrodynamic and Thermocapillary Effects on Thin-film Flows' on January 28, 2016. Andrew was advised by Professor Satish Kumar, and is now working for Advanced Coil Technology.

2015

CPFP researchers give talks at fall meetings
Several CPFP researchers attended the Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics held in Boston from November 22-24, 2015. Graduate students Andrew Corbett, Chung-Hsuan Huang, Weihua Li, and Chen-Yu Liu all gave talks, as did postdoc Leo Espin and Professor Satish Kumar. Leo and Satish also gave talks at the Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers held in Salt Lake City, UT, from November 8-13, 2015.

Satish Kumar elected APS Fellow
Professor Satish Kumar was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in the Division of Fluid Dynamics. Kumar is being recognized for fundamental contributions to interfacial and non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and for exemplary leadership in the engineering science of liquid-applied coating and printing processes. Election to the APS Fellowship is elite and limited to no more than one-half of one percent of the membership. Kumar will be presented with his fellowship certificate at the upcoming annual meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics.

Mahajan successfully defends thesis
Ankit Mahajan successfully defended his PhD thesis, 'New Approaches for Printed Electronics Manufacturing' on September 8, 2015. Mahajan was advised by Professors Lorraine Francis and Dan Frisbie, and is now working for 3M.

Ramkrishnan successfully defends thesis
Aruna Ramkrishnan successfully defended her PhD thesis, 'Electrostatic Effects in Coating and Printing Processes' on January 16, 2015. Ramkrishnan was advised by Professor Satish Kumar, and is now working for Praxair.

Satish Kumar publishes review on printing processes
Professor Satish Kumar recently published an invited review article on printing processes in the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, the leading review series in the field. The article can be accessed at http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/eprint/7WXSS7UpepNhHk3DSrTR/full/10.....

Satish Kumar becomes President of the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST)
Professor Satish Kumar recently assumed the position of President of the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST). Satish will hold this position for two years. He ascends to this position having served as ISCST Vice President for the Americas, a position he was elected to in 2012. ISCST is a technical society formed by an international group of academic and industrial scientists and engineers to foster fundamental understanding of liquid-applied coating processes. ISCST serves as an interface between scholarly research and industrial practice: both are welcome, but it is the interplay between the two that makes ISCST unique. Approximately two-thirds of current ISCST members are from industry, with the remainder coming from other places such as academia and national laboratories.

2014

Lorraine Francis receives Tallmadge Award
Professor Lorraine Francis was named the recipient of the 2014 John A. Tallmadge Award for Contributions to Coating Technology. This award, given by the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST), recognizes an individual's significant contributions to the understanding or improvement of the technology of the coating of continuous webs. Lorraine received the award at the 17th International Coating Science and Technology Symposium held in September in San Diego.

CPFP Researchers give talks at ISCST 
A number of CPFP researchers attended the 17th International Coating Science and Technology Symposium held in San Diego from September 7-10, 2014. Graduate students Andrew Corbett, Bob Lade, Tuoqi Li, Ankit Mahajan, Kyle Price, Aruna Ramkrishnan, Bryce Williams, and Yan Wu all gave talks, as did Industrial Fellows Ryo Horiuchi and Jenny Zhu and postdoc Leo Espin. There were also several talks from Prof. Marcio Carvalho's group. Marcio served as the Symposium Chair.

Eric Vandre receives Acrivos Award
Eric Vandre (PhD 2013 with Satish Kumar and Marcio Carvalho, now at 3M) was named the winner of the 2014 Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics. This award is given each year by the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics in recognition of an exceptional young scientist who has performed original doctoral thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of fluid dynamics. Eric's thesis was titled "Onset of Dynamic Wetting Failure: The Mechanics of High-speed Fluid Displacement" and involved experiments, analysis, and finite-element simulations.

CEMS/Arkema research team win 2014 American Coatings Award
A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and Arkema Inc. won the coveted 2014 American Coatings Award for their groundbreaking research on finding more sustainable ways for latex particles to form films, which promises to reduce the need for volatile organic compounds as traditional coalescing aids. Their paper, "Stress Development and Film Formation in Multiphase Composite Latexes" concluded that it is possible to produce soft core/hard shell latex materials, in terms of their film formation and their applications in binders in paint formulations. The first author on the paper is CEMS/CPFP graduate student Kyle Price, and co-authors are Wenjun Wu and Kurt Wood from Arkena Inc., undergraduate researcher Stephanie Kong, Prof. Alon McCormick, and Prof. Lorraine Francis. The research was primarily supported by the NSF GOALI program with Kong's undergraduate research support from the NSF MRSEC REU program. The team was presented with a trophy and a check for $2,500 in prize money.

CPFP organizes mid-year workshop on 3D printing and additive manufacturing
On 14 January 2014, over 100 people attended the IPRIME Mid-Year Workshop on 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. This workshop was organized by CPFP in conjunction with the Minnesota Nano Center. The goal of the workshop was to identify fundamental research needs in the emerging areas of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. These needs may be related to the materials that are used, the processing of those materials, and the resulting products. See list of speakers.

Ramkrishnan wins poster session award at Journey Through Science Day
Chemical Engineering student Aruna Ramkrishnan received a "Best Presentation" award in a recent poster session competition sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences and PepsiCo at the Academy's headquarters in New York City. Fifty graduate students and early career scientists from the United States and abroad were selected for the Journey Through Science Day event, which offered participants the opportunity to interact with PepsiCo's research and development leadership team, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition, and present research posters. Ramkrishnan won a Samsung Galaxy tablet for her poster presentation based on her thesis research titled, "Electrostatic Effects in Coating and Printing Processes." She works under the direction of Prof. Satish Kumar.

2013

CPFP work presented at AIChE Annual Meeting
Aruna Ramkrishnan and Leo Espin gave talks on their work at the AIChE Annual Meeting, held in San Francisco from 3-8 November 2013. Prof. Satish Kumar also gave a talk on the work of recent CPFP graduate Eric Vandre.

CPFP researchers present talks at European Coating Symposium
Kyle Price (advised by Professors Lorraine Francis and Alon McCormick) gave a talk on his research at the European Coating Symposium held in Mons, Belgium from 11-13 September 2013. Prof. Satish Kumar also gave talks on the work of former CPFP researchers Sreeram Kalpathy, Kara Maki, and Eric Vandre.

Vandre successfully defends thesis
Eric Vandre successfully defended his PhD thesis, "Onset of Dynamic Wetting Failure: The Mechanics of High-speed Fluid Displacement," on July 17, 2013. Eric was advised by Professors Satish Kumar and Marcio Carvalho, and is now working for 3M. IPRIME members can watch the webcast online.

CPFP researchers give talks at meetings
During the past year, CPFP researchers have been quite active in giving talks about their research at national and international meetings. In November, Eric Vandre and Leo Espin gave talks at the Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, which was held in San Diego. Espin also gave a talk at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Rheology, held in February in Pasadena. Prof. Satish Kumar gave talks at both of those meetings, and at the Complex Fluids and Flows in Industry and Nature II Workshop, sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences in July at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Kumar also gave invited talks in December at the Thin Liquid Films and Fluid Interfaces: Models, Experiments, and Applications Workshop held at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery, and at the 2013 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science, which took place in Philadelphia in June.

2012

CPFP researchers give talks at ISCST
A number of CPFP researchers attended the 16th International Coating Science and Technology Symposium held in Atlanta from September 9-12, 2012. Graduate students Kumar Agrawal, Kyle Price, Aruna Ramkrishnan, and Eric Vandre all gave talks, as did Profs. Lorraine Francis and Satish Kumar. Two industrial fellows (Hideki Hagiwara and Toshihide Horii) and two former students of Prof. Marcio Carvalho also contributed talks.

At the symposium, Satish was named Vice President for the Americas of the International Society of Coating Science and Technology, and will become President of the Society in 2014.

Kumar gives invited talks
Satish Kumar was one of three speakers from overseas invited to give a talk at the 12th International Symposium on Applied Rheology, which was held in May 2012 at Seoul National University in Korea. Satish also gave a couple of invited talks at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, which was held in July in Minneapolis.

Kalpathy successfully defends thesis 
Sreeram Kalpathy successfully defended his PhD thesis,"Coating and Printing on Chemically Patterned Surfaces," on March 19, 2012. Sreeram was advised by Professors Satish Kumar and Lorraine Francis, and is now pursuing an academic career in India.

2011

Kumar delivers plenary lecture at 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting 
Professor Satish Kumar delivered a lecture in the Interfacial Phenomena Plenary Session at the 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. The title of Satish's lecture was, "Transferring Liquid From One Surface to Another: The Interfacial Engineering of Printing Processes". Satish also gave talks on the work of former CPFP researchers Damien Brewer, Shawn Dodds, and Kara Maki. In addition, Eric Vandre, a PhD student advised by Satish and Marcio Carvalho, gave a talk on his work.

CPFP paper chosen as Research Highlight in Physics of Fluids 
A paper by recent PhD graduate Shawn Dodds and Professors Marcio Carvalho and Satish Kumar was chosen as a Research Highlight by Physics of Fluids, one of the leading journals in fluid mechanics. The paper, whose citation is, "Stretching liquid bridges with moving contact lines: The role of inertia," Phys. Fluids 23 (2011) 092101, is featured on the journal web page at http://pof.aip.org.

Brewer successfully defends thesis
Damien Brewer successfully defended his PhD thesis, "Particulate Film Production by Adsorption and Drag-out Processes," on August 9. Damien was advised by Professors Michael Tsapatsis and Satish Kumar, and is now working for E Ink.

Dodds successfully defends thesis
Shawn Dodds successfully defended his PhD thesis, "Stretching and Slipping Liquid Bridges: Liquid Transfer in Industrial Printing," on July 12, 2011. Shawn was advised by Profesors Satish Kumar and Marcio Carvalho, and is now working for 3M. 

2010

Dodds takes Second Place in Poster Contest
Shawn Dodds, a PhD student working with Satish Kumar and Marcio Carvalho, received second place in the poster contest held as part of the Fluid Mechanics Poster Session at the 2010 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. The title of Shawn's poster was, "Liquid Transfer in Printing Processes: 2D and 3D Finite Element Simulations."

CPFP students receive Graduate Awards
CPFP graduate students Jin-Oh Song and Erica Redline have received Graduate Student Awards this fall from Eastman Chemical Company.

2010 ISCST Symposium
The 15th annual Internal Society of Coating Science and Technology Symposium took place in St. Paul September 12-15. Lorraine Francis chaired the symposium, which included 72 oral presentations, 33 posters, and other special technical sessions.

Precision Coating and Solidification Short Course
The Precision Coating and Solidification Short Course was held on September 11, 2010 at the University of Minnesota. Twenty-two people attended this special one-day short course in conjunction with ISCST 2010.

Satish Kumar wins award
Professor Satish Kumar was named the recipient of the 2010 L. E. Scriven Young Investigator Award of the International Society of Coating Science and Technology. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of liquid film coating science.

Cardinal successfully defends thesis
Christine Cardinal defended her PhD thesis, "Understanding Particulate Coating Microstructure Development," on September 2. Christine was advised by Lorraine Francis and formerly by Skip Scriven. Christine has taken a job with Sandia in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lee successfully defends thesis
Alex Lee defended his PhD thesis, "Convective Assembly of Nanoparticles into Thin Structured Films," on April 23. Alex was advised by Michael Tsapatsis and formerly by Skip Scriven. Alex will take a post-doctoral research position at Rice University.

Francis, Cardinal attend Coatings Conference
Lorraine Francis and Christine Cardinal attended the American Coatings Conference in Charlotte, NC in mid April. Lorraine gave a talk based on Jin-Oh Song's PhD research: "Magnetic Microrheology of Coatings during Drying", and Christine gave a poster, "Crack Prevention in Soft Latex Coatings".