ChEMS Research Forum

Event Date/Time: 
May 11, 2017 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Huntington Club, Spartan Stadium
Rose A. Ryntz and Paul E. Krajewski
14th Annual ChEMS Research Forum


The 14th Annual ChEMS Research Forum will showcase departmental research advances in the areas of:

  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Nanotechnology and Materials
  • Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering

The one-day program will feature two invited plenary speakers, oral presentations from faculty and students, and an extended poster session describing the latest department research results.


Registration, lunch, and refreshments are complimentary.

Keynote Speakers

  • Rose A. Ryntz IAC Vice President Advanced Development & Material Engineering
  • Paul E. Krajewski General Motors Global R&D Director Vehicle Systems Research Lab
  • Yue Qi Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University
  • John R. Dorgan Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines


  • Challenges and Innovations Facing Automotive Interior Manufacturers
    Interior Automotive requirements continue to evolve as the USA CAFÉ standards drive weight reduction and enhanced powertrains in efforts to achieve 54.4 mpg by 2025. With ride sharing increasing and with an eye on the autonomous vehicle, material selection, connectivity, and interior craftsmanship become important criteria for manufacturers. This talk will discuss the changing landscape in automotive interiors and address the advances being made in light weighting, durable and non-petroleum based materials, and processes utilized to make new constructions.

  • Materials Insertion Challenges in the Automobile Industry
    Automobiles are created using almost every material across the periodic table, literally from Aluminum to Zinc. Many of the future automotive breakthroughs are dependent on new materials which provide improved functionality or performance. The insertion of new materials into automobiles, however, is very challenging due to a number of reasons including global availability, stable pricing, consistent material performance, mathematical models to predict performance, etc. The present talk will explore a few case studies of materials insertion and highlights their challenges and successes. Examples will include high-strength steels, aluminum, magnesium, and shape memory alloys. The talk will conclude by exploring some future materials challenges facing the automobile industry.

  • Modeling of the thin passivation layer on aluminum and lithium metals
    Spontaneously formed passivation layers, such as oxides on an aluminum surface, can enable many important applications by blocking the diffusion of either oxygen or metal. Lithium, as the most active metal, will be covered by a passivation layer in battery applications due to electrolyte reduction reactions. This passivation layer must have “selective” transport properties: blocking electrons from attacking the electrolytes while allowing Li+ ions to pass through so the electrochemical reactions can continue. Therefore, it is often called “solid electrolyte interphase (SEI)”. Despite this importance, their structure–property relationship is largely unknown due to the nanometer thickness. Using computational approaches that start from electronic and atomic structures, the transport and mechanical properties can be predicted and the chemical and structural evolution of the passivation layer can be simulated.