(Texas A&M University, USA)
Dr. Jaime Grunlan is currently the Linda & Ralph Schmidt '68 Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on thermal and transport properties of polymer nanocomposites, with a focus on thermoelectric energy generation, gas barrier and fire prevention. His seminal work in environmentally-benign, flame retardant nanocoatings for foam and fibers is a new research avenue within the flame retardant treatment community. Dr. Grunlan is actively working with a number of companies to commercialize these technologies. He won the NSF CAREER and 3M Untenured Faculty awards in 2007, Dow 2009 Young Faculty Award, 2010 Carl A. Dahlquist Award, 2013 E. D. Brockett Professorship, 2014 Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Fellowship, 2014 Evonik Industries' ECRP (1st Place), 2015 Dean of Engineering Excellence Award and TEES Senior Faculty Fellow in 2016 for his work in these areas. He has published more than 140 journal papers, with more than 11,500 citations, and been granted several patents. Dr. Grunlan holds joint appointments in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering. He has graduated 20 PhD students at Texas A&M, with six more residing in his current research group. His work has been highlighted in Nature, Smithsonian Magazine and the New York Times. Dr. Grunlan also holds joint appointments in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering. He is an Editor of Journal of Materials Science, Associate Editor for Green Materials and serves on the International Advisory Board for Macromolecular Rapid Communications and Macromolecular Materials and Engineering.