Mahesh Mahanthappa is an associate professor in the Department of
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, with
a graduate affiliate faculty appointment in chemistry. The Mahanthappa group
leverages chemical synthesis and physical materials characterization to
identify new methods for manipulating block copolymer and lyotropic liquid
crystal self-assembly into unique morphologies that manifest unusual bulk
properties. Specific targets of interest include the development of degradable
block copolymers and surfactants, electrochemically stable single-ion
conductors for battery applications, and advanced molecular filtrations
As an undergrad, Mahesh received his BS in chemistry and mathematics
at the University of Colorado in 1997. As a Hertz Fellow at Stanford
University, Mahesh studied the mechanisms of half-metallocene olefin
polymerization catalysts under the supervision of Professor Robert M. Waymouth.
Upon completion of his PhD in 2003, Mahesh moved to a postdoctoral position at
the University of Minnesota to work with Professors Frank S. Bates and Marc A.
Hillmyer on aspects of block copolymer phase behavior and mechanical properties
of polyolefin multiblock copolymers. Professor Mahanthappa joined the faculty
of the University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Chemistry in 2006 and was
promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2012.
Mahesh has received an NSF CAREER Award (2008-13), a 3M Non-Tenured
Faculty Award, the Emil H. Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award and the James
Taylor Teaching Award at UW-Madison. In addition, in 2013 he received the American Physical
Society Dillon Medal in Polymer Physics. Mahesh is from Boulder, Colorado.