Engineers among WARF Innovation Awards finalists
Materials Science and Engineering Associate Professor Padma Gopalan and Steenbock Professor and Michel Boudart Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering James A. Dumesic both led research teams which placed among the finalists in the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation 2013 Innovation Award competition. A panel of judges chose the finalists and the two winners from among about 350 inventions submitted to WARF over the past year.
Gopalan and grad students Daniel Sweat, Jonathan Choi and Myungwoong Kim were recognized for researching block co-polymer chemistry that enables smaller and more efficient integrated circuits. Dumesic and postdoctoral fellow Jeremy Luterbacher were recognized for their work on a method of producing soluble carbohydrates such as glucose, xylose and other sugars from biomass.