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Chris Ellison

Chris Ellison (’00 chemical engineering) is the Zsolt Rumy Innovation Chair in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He specializes in the field of polymer science and engineering, and he and his team are developing more sustainable plastics, ranging from improved recycling strategies to new degradable materials.

Ellison’s research has led to over 150 scientific publications that have been cited nearly 10,000 times, and he holds more than 20 patents. His outstanding contributions to the field have been recognized with prestigious national awards, including the Owens Corning Early Career Award, DuPont Young Professor Award, 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, and more.

Dedicated to putting his discoveries into practice, Ellison has recently won a TechConnect Innovation Award for developing a new recycling approach for mixed plastic waste, and he is co-founder of Standup Energy, in Austin, Texas.

A talented and dedicated instructor and mentor, Ellison has graduated or is currently mentoring 130 students and postdocs, is the faculty advisor to the University of Minnesota’s Tau Beta Pi chapter, and serves on Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s external advisory board.

After graduation from Iowa State, Ellison received a PhD in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, and held research and faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, Rohm and Haas Company, and University of Texas at Austin, before rejoining the University of Minnesota, where he is also a senior investigator and serves on the executive committee of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Sustainable Polymers.

Chris is married to Suzanne, and they have a daughter Finley.

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December 12th, 2023

Mya O’Connell: Outstanding senior in chemical engineering

Hometown  Manly, Iowa  Clubs and activities  I work as a Resident Assistant and as a Peer Mentor. In the past, […]

November 16th, 2023

AIChE student chapter again records successes at annual meeting – including another Outstanding Student Chapter honor

The Outstanding Student Chapter award is presented at the meeting. Shown is AIChE student chapter representative Hailey Bates (center), ISU […]

October 27th, 2023

Brittany Hartwell named 2023 Cyclone Engineering Young Alumni Award winner

Brittany Hartwell (’11 chemical engineering) is a biomedical engineer advancing therapies and vaccines for illnesses affecting millions worldwide. As an […]

October 6th, 2023

Shao and Bardhan: Two faculty members in Chemical and Biological Engineering will see research advances with new appointments to professorships

Zengyi Shao, Hershel B. Whitney Professor, Global Initiatives Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor Zengyi Shao (left, […]

October 3rd, 2023

Luke Roling named Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow

Luke Roling’s computational research work in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has received the support of the […]

September 7th, 2023

Honoring excellence: Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff award winners, named faculty positions and new patents

College of Engineering faculty and staff awards Early Achievement in Academic Advising: Holly Dunlay-Lott, student services specialist in materials science and […]

August 9th, 2023

Yue Wu named to collaboration role with Office of Vice President for Research

Tuteja and Wu to Serve in New Collaboration and Mentorship Roles Posted Aug 7, 2023 The Office of the Vice […]

August 9th, 2023

Iowa State researchers receive 2023 Barry Award to investigate cellular structure of pancreatic cancer tumors, improve treatment outcomes

Iowa State Researchers Receive 2023 Barry Award to Investigate Cellular Structure of Pancreatic Cancer Tumors, Improve Treatment Outcomes Caitlin Ware, […]

August 7th, 2023

Building green fertilizer system to reuse waste and cut greenhouse gas emissions

Vignesh Kumar Thoomatti Haridass, a postdoctoral research associate working with Iowa State’s Liang Dong, installs soil and stalk nitrate sensors […]

June 15th, 2023

Nigel Reuel named Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor Nigel Reuel has been named the Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering. […]