Grunlan elected PMSE secretary

GrunlanCOLLEGE STATION, Texas, Sept. 23, 2013 – Melissa Grunlan, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected secretary of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE), a division of the American Chemical Society.

Grunlan, who completed her undergraduate career and earned her master’s degree at North Dakota State University, earned her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 2004. She joined the biomedical engineering faculty at Texas A&M in 2005 after a postdoctoral appointment in the university’s Department of Chemistry.

Her laboratory focuses on developing new polymeric biomaterials for medical devices and regenerative therapies. She has produced coatings, hydrogels, elastomers and porous foams from “hybrid” systems based on combining inorganic and organic polymers. He projects include the development of self-cleaning membranes for implanted biosensors, clot-resistant coatings for blood-contacting devices and scaffolds for bone repair and for the regeneration of osteochondral interfaces.

Previously, Grunlan served PMSE as “member-at-large.” In addition, she was selected to speak at the PMSE Young Investigator Symposium at the Fall 2012 national meeting in Philadelphia where she co-organized a PMSE symposium on polymeric biomaterials.

Founded in 1924, PMSE provides a forum for the exchange of technical information about materials science and engineering for the global chemistry community. The principal objective of the division is to promote interest in, and the understanding of, applied polymer science. It is a division of the American Chemical Society, a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress that serves as the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.