Welcome to the

    Torkelson Research Group


John Torkelson

Group Members





From left to right: (Back row) Tong Wang, Boran Chen, Marcus Laporte, Mohammed Bin Rusayyis, Jeremy Wang;
(Front Row) Sumeng Hu, Yixuan Chen, Nick Mielke, Logan Fenimore, Nathan Purwanto, John Torkelson  

Congratulations to our 2017 Ph.D. and master graduates and their new employers:

 Shadid Askar (Dow Chemical, Freeport, TX)

 Goliath Beniah (University of Texas, Austin, TX)

 Elizabeth Dhulst (Dow Chemical, Midland, MI)

 Lanhe Zhang (Dow Chemical, Freeport, TX)

 Kailong Jin (University of Minnesota, Mineapolis, MN)

 Mingxiao Li (Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA)

Congratulations to Kailong Jin for being named runner-up for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering 2016 Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award!

Congratulations to our current Ph.D. students who recently completed summer-long Ph.D. internships at industrial or corporate R&D settings:

 Shadid Askar (Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, IN)

 Goliath Beniah (3M, St. Paul, MN)

 Liz Dhulst (Dow Chemical, Midland, MN)

 Kailong Jin (Engineered Polymer Solutions, Marango, IL)

 Lanhe Zhang (P&G, Cincinnati, OH)

Congratulations to Kailong Jin and Lingqiao Li for winning 2nd Place and $2500 in the 2016 Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Competition Award (SISCA) Challenge for their entry entitled "Novel, Reprocessable Cross-Linked Network Polymers: A Potential Sustainable Solution to Rubber Tire Recycling, A Method to Produce Porous Materials for Separation and Catalysis Application, and a Strategy to Achieve Surface Patterning and Self-Healing Capability"!

Congratulations to our 2013 Ph.D. graduate, Christopher Evans, on beginning his faculty career in July 2016 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Univeristy of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)!

Congratulations to our 2015 Ph.D. graduate Krishnan Iyer for being named a "Top 1% Performer" by his employer, Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, TN!

Congratulations to our 2005 Ph.D. graduate, Christopher Ellison, upon moving in summer 2016 as an Associate Professor from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas (Austin) to the department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota!

Congratulations to our 2015 and 2016 Ph.D. graduates and their new employers:

 Krishnan Iyer (Eastman Chemical, Kingsport, TN)

 Emily Leitsch (Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, MD)

 Lawrence Chen (Dow Chemical, Marlborough, MA)

 Anthony Tan (Dow Corning (now Dow Chemical), Midland, MI)

 Tian Lan (Dow Chemical, Collegeville, PA)

Congratulations to our 2015 M.S. graduates as they continue for their Ph.D. degrees by doing dissertation research in our research group:

 Lingqiao Li and Tong Wei

Congratulations to Kailong Jin for being selected for and participating in the Fourth Annual Graduate Research Symposium at Milliken Corporate Research (Spartenburg, SC)!

Congratulations to Shadid Askar upon recently completing his 2014-16 3M Fellowship at Northwestern University!

Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science

Materials Research Center

Professor John M. Torkelson
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208-3120
Phone: 847-491-7449
j-torkelson @ northwestern.edu