CSMS student researcher Rebecca Haller receives Honorable Mention at NDSU EXPLORE undergraduate research showcase

Rebecca Haller, NDSU undergraduate student and CSMS researcher, receives poster session honorable mention at the 2019 NDSU EXPLORE undergraduate research showcase.

Haller presented on the topic Chemoselective Oxidations of 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural and its Derivatives at the NDSU EXPLORE showcase held April 11th at NDSU. The announcement from NDSU News can be read here.

The NDSU EXPLORE showcase is an annual event held to celebrate the scholarly accomplishments of NDSU undergraduate students. Whether their major is in the sciences, engineering, business, arts or humanities, NDSU EXPLORE is an opportunity for undergraduates students to showcase their research and scholarly activities. Their work can be in progress and can be displayed in whatever format is appropriate, whether in a poster, oral presentation, video, table display, etc.

Haller is a member of Dr. Mukund Sibi’s CSMS research group, funded by ND EPSCoR, and recently presented on this same CSMS topic at ND EPSCoR’s annual conference March 27th.

Congratulations to Rebecca and all of the other NDSU EXPLORE poster session honorees!

Dr. Ghasideh Pourhashem presents at Science Café event March 5, 2019

On March 5th, Dr. Ghasideh Pourhashem, Assistant Professor in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University, presented a Science Café in Stoker’s Basement at Hotel Donaldson on The Secret Life of Things: A voyage into an environmentally conscious consumption.

In her abstract, she summarized her talk as follows:

Everyday new products that are designed to serve us better and make our lives easier enter the market. All products, during their life time, directly or indirectly, interact with their surrounding environment and people. These interactions can potentially result in short- and long-term harmful (or beneficial) effects, which may also lead to socio-economic consequences. Many of the unwanted health and environmental impacts of products can be avoided or mitigated if elements of sustainability are considered in their design and life cycle. But when designing new products, what tools scientists/engineers and producers have to ensure that on a bigger scale making and consuming those products is not harming people and the environment? How this information can help us make better choices when selecting products? Are there any tools for consumers to make informed and responsible decisions?

Information on faculty Science Cafés at Stoker’s Basement, Hotel Donaldson, 101 N Broadway, Fargo, ND, can be found at http://earth.physics.ndsu.nodak.edu/

Information about faculty Science Cafés at Half Brothers Brewing Company, 17 N 3rd St, Grand Forks, ND, can be found at http://faculty.atmos.und.edu/kennedy/STEM/index.html

Dr. Alena Kubátová presents at Science Café event Nov. 13, 2018

Dr. Alena Kubátová, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Dakota, gave a Science Café talk in Stoker’s Basement on November 13, 2018.

Alena’s talk, Chemical analysis as CSI investigation: From biofuels to atmospheric particles, relates to her work with CSMS and covered the following (from her abstract):

“Everything around us consists of chemical compounds, yet often we do not know what they are. A single chemical or even a single atom position can change a chemical from being benign and useful to a nasty toxin. In addition, chemicals often occur as mixtures of hundreds if not thousands of individual components, for example, atmospheric particles or particulate matter. Among them, some chemicals are key to cloud condensation, climate change and human health. When designing new biofuels as complex mixtures, we also need to understand the individual components to be able to assess their potential or predict impact on our life. But, how do we go about it and how can we trust the data obtained?”

Information on faculty Science Cafés at Stoker’s Basement, Hotel Donaldson, 101 N Broadway, Fargo, ND, can be found at http://earth.physics.ndsu.nodak.edu/

Information about faculty Science Cafés at Half Brothers Brewing Company, 17 N 3rd St, Grand Forks, ND, can be found at http://faculty.atmos.und.edu/kennedy/STEM/index.html

New newsletter highlights CSMS research

Interested in learning more about what’s going on with CSMS research?

ND EPSCoR has started a monthly newsletter called News and Notes to spotlight ND EPSCoR-funded activities. In addition to providing information on ND EPSCoR’s two research centers (publications, presentations, patents, etc.), the newsletter may feature activities of other ND EPSCoR programs (summary of other programs), individual participant news, and notices about upcoming events and funding opportunities.

The newsletters can be found on the ND EPSCoR website within the News and Events section. The direct link is https://www.ndepscor.ndus.edu/news/newsletters/.

So, read what’s new with CSMS researchers and, go ahead, bookmark the newsletter webpage — you know you want to.

Ulven presents at Science Café event

CSMS student Anna Renner wins best poster

Congratulations to Anna Renner for winning best poster at the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference!

Anna Renner, second from left, poses with the 2nd place winner and others at the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. * This photo is from the conference’s photo gallery found at http://www.gcande.org/about/past-conferences/2018-highlights/

Anna Renner attended the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference held June 18-20 in Portland, Oregon to give a poster presentation on research she was conducting in the Center for Sustainable Materials Science.

Renner’s presentation, Synthesis of bio-derivable reactive diluents for styrene replacement in sustainable polymers, was based on her CSMS research under the direction of Dr. Mukund Sibi. Eric Serum, a graduate student at North Dakota State University, was also involved in the research Anna presented on.

As mentioned in a previous CSMS post, Anna has been involved in CSMS research under Dr. Mukund Sibi at North Dakota State University (NDSU) since January 2017 and graduated May 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She is currently a lab technician in Chemistry and Biochemistry at NDSU, and she plans to begin graduate studies in chemistry at Harvard University Fall 2018.

Congratulations again to Anna on her first place poster award!

CSMS participants competed in the Agriculture track at NDSU’s Innovation Challenge 2017 and placed…..

Pictured (L to R): Burkart, Amiri, Helten, and Ulven

Two participants with the Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS), PhD Graduate student Ali Amiri, and Master’s student Victoria Burkart – along with Britt Helten, a Master’s student also doing research on sustainability – presented their innovative idea ‘Sustainable Sporting Goods’ at this year’s Innovation Challenge at NDSU and placed 2nd in the Agricultural track! All three work on research under Dr. Chad Ulven, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at North Dakota State University.

Congratulations to Ali, Victoria and Britt on your winning innovative idea!

The sustainability research Dr. Ulven is working on in CSMS is what led the students to their innovative idea. Their idea had been selected, along with 43 other innovative ideas, to move on to the semi-final round of the Innovation Challenge scholarly competition that was held on January 30th, 2017 at NDSU’s Memorial Union.

Since the 2017 NDSU Innovation Challenge, Britt and Ali have graduated; and Ali, now Dr. Amiri, has joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at NDSU as an Assistant Professor of Practice.  Congratulations Britt and Ali!

A little bit more about Dr. Amiri:

  • Ali has been working with CSMS since 2014 and has been developing bio-based composites using flax fiber and soybean oil resins developed by Dr. Dean Webster’s CSMS group.
  • What got him interested in the STEM/science field: The most interesting part about it is to find out about the science behind everything, design and create new ideas, and apply those ideas and science to everyday life with the goal of improving everyone’s life including future generations (sustainable design).

Below are some other photos for you to enjoy:

Burkart and Helten in the lab

Burkart and Helten at the event

Amiri at the event


Links to news items about the 2017 NDSU Innovation Challenge:

11/30/2016   44 Ideas Advance to Semi-Final Round of Innovation Challenge

02/02/2017   Innovation Challenge Showcase

03/06/2017   Innovation Challenge 2017 Winners

CSMS researcher Chad Ulven receives 2017 Scientist Medal from IAAM for his CSMS research

Dr. Chad Ulven, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at NDSU and CSMS researcher, recently received the 2017 Scientist Medal from the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) at their annual European Advanced Materials Congress (EAMC) held August 22-24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ulven received the award through his CSMS collaborative work with Dr. Sivaguru, a former CSMS researcher now at Bowling Green State University, aimed at creating recyclable biocomposites from photo-triggered resins.

Congratulations to Dr. Ulven on this scientific recognition!

UPDATE 10/03/2017: Dr. Ulven’s achievement was noted on 9/29/2017 in the NDSU News post Associate chair of mechanical engineering receives international award as well as on Publicnow.com

High School Chemistry teacher sparked scientific curiosity

Arvin Yu, a Graduate Student in Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University, assists in the Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS) research in Dr. Dean Webster’s CSMS research group. Arvin’s contribution to CSMS research is in developing bio-based resins from soybean oil and sugar for structural composite applications. Arvin wants to work in the industry and put into practice the knowledge and skills he learned through his work with the CSMS research group.

Arvin has been scientifically inclined since he was young. His high school chemistry teacher sparked scientific curiosity in him at an early age, and she influenced him to take an active interest in chemistry. Fun fact about Arvin: he finds it fun and enjoyable to try out different cuisines when he goes out to eat.

You can watch Arvin, alongside graduate student Adlina Paramarta and Postdoc Ivan Hevus, in the following video as they talk about some of their work with the CSMS research group: https://vimeo.com/181097192

You can also see Arvin featured in the following local KVLY news segment, with fellow graduate student Kyle Kingsley, about their experiments at the NDSU graduate-run event Avenues of Scientific Discovery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LveE1Sr0O5c&feature=youtu.be

You can view more videos about CSMS research at the CSMS website’s Multimedia page at http://csms-ndsu.org/multimedia/.