Partnerships, Collaborations and Communications

This page highlights some of the CSMS activities that have supported the Partnerships, Collaboration and
Communication project element of the ND EPSCoR grant that currently funds CSMS.

Year 1 (August 2014 – July 2015)

  • Dr. Dean Webster worked with Dr. Sylvain Caillol at the CNRS Charles Gerhardt Institute to get his sucrose
    soyate and epoxidized sucrose soyate samples functionalized by the Institute.
  • CSMS started to gather information for use in establishing this website to communicate about CSMS research and
    activities.

Year 2 (August 2015 – July 2016)

  • Dr. Chad Ulven established a project with the Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) in Winnipeg, Canada that is
    focused on natural flax fiber grading and development.
  • Dr. Webster is working with Zymergen to evaluate novel compounds made from biomass.  Zymergen is making
    the compounds and Dr. Webster is evaluating compounds of interest in coatings applications.
  • Dr. Ulven is working with the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory to obtain cellulose nanocrystals
    (CNCs) for testing to enhance research activities in CSMS and to investigate new opportunities for wood byproducts.
  • Dr. Mohiuddin Quadir is working with Boston University checking intracellular and extracellular distribution of
    novel polymeric nanoparticles in mammalian cell lines.
  • Dr. Webster and Dr. Mukund Sibi worked with the University of Georgia to arrange the 1st International Symposium
    of Materials from Renewables that was held July 19-20, 2016 at NDSU.  Sponsors of the symposium include
    ND EPSCoR, the United Soybean Board, the NDSU College of Science and Mathematics, the NDSU College of
    Engineering, and the NDSU College of Coatings and Polymeric Materials.
  • CSMS is identifying potential industry partners in North Dakota and Minnesota for student internships.
  • This new CSMS website went live January 2016. CSMS started to post news items, webinets about faculty CSMS
    research, information about expected activities and student Outreach, and publications by CSMS researchers.

Year 3 (August 2016 – July 2017)

  • Dr. Ulven continued to work with the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory to obtain cellulose
    nanocrystals (CNCs) for testing to enhance research activities in CSMS and to investigate new opportunities for
    wood byproducts.
  • Dr. Mohiuddin Quadir continues to work with Boston University checking intracellular and extracellular
    distribution of novel polymeric nanoparticles in mammalian cell lines.
  • At a meeting for all faculty researchers in the CSMS and CRCS research groups, faculty researchers from each
    research center met individually with researchers in the other research center to discuss their research and to look
    for collaboration opportunities between their research centers.