Grunlan wins 2010 Dahlquist Award

The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) named Texas A&M Engineering's Dr. Jaime C. Grunlan recipient of its coveted 2010 Carl Dahlquist Award.Dr. Jaime GrunlanGrunlan is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, with a joint appointment to the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and the university's Materials Science and Engineering Program. Grunlan joined the Texas A&M Engineering faculty in 2004. He received a bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. In 2007, he received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research into controlling the microstructure of high aspect ratio nanoparticles (e.g., carbon nanotubes) using stimuli-responsive polymers.The award is named for innovator Dahlquist who developed the Dahlquist criterion of tack, determining the modulus value of a material necessary for it to be low enough and tacky enough to be considered a pressure sensitive adhesive. PSTC presents the Dahlquist Award to one speaker during its annual technical conference who, following the evaluation of a panel of judges, demonstrates the very best in research relating to adhesive tape technology. The selection covers a range of criteria, concentrating on originality and scientific contribution, but also includes presentation and quality of visuals.Grunaln presented "Nanocomposite Gas Barrier Thin Films on PET" at the PSTC TECH 33 technical seminar May 12-14, at the Venetian/Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas.Grunlan's paper was one of 27 during the three-day technical seminar, which was part of PSTC's highly attended Week of Learning where the entire pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape industry channel was represented from adhesive manufacturers and suppliers to tape manufacturers, tape converters, associations and industry experts."This year's TECH 33 speakers challenged the judging process with so many quality presentations and well-documented technical papers," said Dr. Gerard Prilutski, PSTC TECH 33 Committee Chair and Manager, Research & Development, American Biltrite, Inc. "Several of the judges commented that PSTC had an all-time high in outstanding presentations challenging the Carl Dahlquist award process."Grunlan's winning paper is published online at PSTC's website at and in the PSTC TECH 33 proceedings book. You can order the proceedings at PSTC The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council is the North American trade association for tape manufacturers and affiliate suppliers, dedicated to helping the industry produce quality pressure sensitive adhesive tape products in the global marketplace. PSTC provides education and training, works with ASTM and global trade organizations to harmonize test methods and monitors legislative and regulatory activities. Headquarters: 1833 Centre Point Circle, Suite 123, Naperville, IL 60563 Phone: 630-544-5048 E-Mail: Website: Chris Barry Communications Manager Phone: 630-544-5048 E-mail: