Congratulations to CSP researcher Mukunda Mandal on being awarded a highly competitive Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year from the University of Minnesota.
Mukunda is a fourth-year graduate student who is advised by Professor Christopher Cramer. His research is focused on developing innovative approaches toward more sustainable polymer materials from biomass. He uses computational modeling techniques to design new polymerization catalysts in silico, that has the potential to make bio-degradable polyester materials economically viable, more versatile and ever more popular compared to their petroleum-based counterparts.
The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship gives the University’s most accomplished doctorate candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year.