Research in the Coating Process Fundamentals Program (CPFP) is designed to educate students, involve industrial partners and lead to fundamental discoveries important to the coating industry.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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IPRIME Annual Meeting
May 26 - 28, 2015

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May 19 - 21, 2015
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