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Dr. Mahesh Mahanthappa

University of Minnesota
Professor, Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Minneapolis, Minnesota
A native of Boulder, Colorado, Mahesh K. Mahanthappa received his B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of Colorado in 1997, while performing undergraduate research with Professor Gordon T. Yee. As a Hertz Fellow at Stanford University, Mahesh studied the mechanisms of halfmetallocene olefin polymerization catalysts under the supervision of Professor Robert M. Waymouth. After completing his Ph.D. in 2003, Mahesh moved to a postdoctoral position at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities to work with Professors Frank S. Bates and Marc A. Hillmyer on aspects of block copolymer phase behavior and mechanical properties of polyolefin multiblock copolymers. Professor Mahanthappa joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Chemistry in 2006 and was promoted to the rank ofAssociate Professor in 2012. The Mahanthappa group leverages chemical synthesis and physical materials characterization to identify new methods for manipulating block copolymer and lyotropic liquid crystal self-assembly into unique morphologies that manifest unusual bulk properties. Specific targets of interest include the development of degradable block copolymers and surfactants, electrochemically stable single-ion conductors for fuel cell and battery applications, and next-generation gas and liquid separations membranes. He has received an NSF CAREER Award (2008-2013), a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the Emil H. Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award and the James Taylor Teaching Award, the 2013 American Physical Society Dillon Medal in Polymer Physics and a Kavi Foundation Fellowship in 2015. The Mahanthappa Group moved to the University of Minnesota in 2015.