Grunlan receives Young Investigator Award

GrunlanDr. Jaime Grunlan (left), an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received the L.E. Scriven Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST).

The award was presented at the 16th International Coating Science and Technology Symposium in September in Atlanta.

Grunlan holds the Gulf Oil/Thomas A. Dietz Career Development Professorship. He has a joint appointment in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and is a faculty member in the interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering Program.

Grunlan's award reads, “The recipient is honored for innovative and high-impact research into coating methods and materials for barrier, flame resistance and electronic applications.”

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 L.E. Scriven Young Investigator Award is given in recognition of outstanding sustained achievements or one-time breakthroughs in the area of continuous liquid film coating science and technology. Those nominated for this award must be 40 years old or younger.