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In 2023, Prof. Reineke and research collaborators were awarded two U.S. patents for their discoveries! In January, a patent on “Cationic Block Polymer Micelles for Delivery of DNA, RNA, and Proteins” was issued to Prof. Reineke, Prof. Tim Lodge, and Reineke Group alumni Dr. Zhe Tan, Dr. Yaming Jiang, and Dr. Mitra Ganewatta. In June, a patent on “Cinchona Alkaloid Copolymers as Transfection Agents for Enhanced Gene Delivery and Gene Editing” was granted to Prof. Reinke and Reineke Group alumnus Dr. Craig Van Bruggen.

The Department of Chemistry News post is available here. The UMN Technology Commercialization News post is available here. To view and read the entire patent, click on the linkable title in each of the two announcements.  

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Fifth-year graduate student Emily Prebihalo recently returned from Australia, where she participated in the PELICANS program (Plastic in the Environment: Leaders and Innovators Collaborating from Australia, New Zealand, and United States). Emily is standing in the first row, third person from the right.

The PELICANS program provided an opportunity to go beyond the classroom and gain a holistic view at the plastics recycling value chain and potential for a circular economy, and encouraged participants to evaluate their own research and what impact it could make. PELICANS was supported by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), Australia’s National Science Agency (CSIRO), the National Science Foundation Center for Sustainable Polymers, National Science Foundation, Monash University, University of New South Wales, UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW), and the University of Minnesota. 

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The Department of Chemistry Community of Chemistry Graduate Students (CCGS) hosted its annual Chili Cook-off competition on December 1, 2023.  The three award categories for the contest included Best Meat Chili, Best Vegetarian Chili, and the People’s Choice. Nathan Rackstraw’s “Purple People Feeder” chili won the People’s Choice award!

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Welcome to the newest Reineke Group members! Left to right: Dr. Ruma Ghosh (postdoc Chemistry); Jackson Cleveland, first-year graduate student (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Miles Willis, first-year graduate student (Chemistry); and Dr. Sonashree (postdoc Chemistry).