The Warren K. Lewis Lectureship in Chemical Engineering
"Polymer Science and Engineering - Slow and Delicate"
Frank S. Bates
Friday, April 30, 2004
Frank S. Bates is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from SUNY Albany in 1976, and M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1979 and 1982. Between 1982 and 1989 Bates was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, then joined the University of Minnesota as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor in 1991 and named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 1996. Professor Bates conducts research on a range of topics related to polymers, with a particular focus on the thermodynamics and dynamics of block copolymers and blends. In 1988 Bates was named a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs, in 1989 he received the Dillon Medal and in 1997 the Polymer Physics Prize, both from the American Physical Society where he is a Fellow. In 2002 Bates was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering.