John Dorgan


John Dorgan

David L. and Denise Lamp Endowed Chair Professor


John R. Dorgan, the David L. and Denise M. Lamp Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering, is an expert in polymeric materials emphasizing the development of sustainable technologies to meet the world’s challenges. He is the first recipient of the endowed faculty position created in 2014.

Dorgan came to MSU from the Colorado School of Mines, where he guided a successful effort to organize C2B2—an industry-sponsored research center involving four institutions. He also served as a technical lead for the federal Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), developing composite materials for wind turbines. MSU is a key partner in IACMI with an emphasis on vehicle lightweighting to improve performance and reduce costs.

A past president of the Bioenvironmental Polymer Society, Dorgan hopes to drive down the cost and time it takes to mold a wind turbine blade. At the same time, he is developing new resin systems that make the wind turbines easier to recycle. He has received more than $10 million in research funding from federal sources.

He received a BS in chemical engineering summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1986) and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (1991). While studying at Berkeley, he was awarded a Hertz Fellowship. He completed postdoctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany.

Research Area
Kinetics and Temperature evolution during the bulk polymerization of methyl methacrylate for vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding. Y Suzuki, D Cousins, J Wassgren, BB Kappes, JR Dorgan, AP Stebner. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 104, 60-67 (2018).
Effect of Degradable Fiber Composition and Shape on Proppant Suspension. Nick Collins, R. Gary Grimm, and John R. Dorgan SPEE / APG (2018)
Biomass-derived monomers for performance-differentiated fiber reinforced polymer composites. Nicholas A. Rorrer, Derek R. Vardon, John R. Dorgan, Erica J. Gjersing, and Gregg T. Beckham. Green Chemistry (2017).
Integrated Biorefining: Coproduction of Renewable Resol Biopolymer for Aqueous Stream Valorization. A. Nolan Wilson, Mariel J. Price, Calvin Mukarakate, Rui Katahira, Michael B. Griffin, John R. Dorgan, Jessica Olstad, Kimberly A. Magrini, and Mark R. Nimlos. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 5 (8), 6615-6625 (2017).