Michelle A. Calabrese

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Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
College of Science & Engineering
Twin Cities

Award Year
2024
University Award
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
Research Title
Engineering complex fluids for healthcare, sustainability and advanced materials

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The Calabrese lab addresses grand societal challenges by engineering new complex fluids and soft materials: structured fluids or soft solids like those found in consumer products, vaccines, and biomedical materials. To create technologies for applications including drug delivery and sustainability, the group synthesizes polymers and nanoparticles, and then precisely characterizes their structure and flow behavior. Understanding the fundamental relationship between material structure, flow properties and performance then enables development of new materials with finely-controlled properties.