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 award 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.
  • Dr. Webster worked with AkzoNobel on a project to develop novel epoxies to replace bisphenol A-based coatings
  • 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.

Year 4 (August 2017 – July 2018)

  • Members of the CSMS team have continued their partnerships with industry, which includes:
    – Drs. Sibi and Webster work with AkzoNobel, begun in 2015, is reaching completion
    – Dr. Ulven continues his work with the Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) related to natural flax fiber grading and development
    – Dr. Webster continues working with Zymergen evaluating novel compounds made from biomass
  • 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.
  • To continue to improve ND EPSCoR’s communication to all our constituents, and to increase awareness of EPSCoR activity across the state, ND EPSCoR hired Joyce Eisenbraun as Communication Manager