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Principal Investigator

Merlin L. Bruening, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Merlin L. Bruening

Dr. Merlin Bruening


Postdoctoral: NIH Fellow, Texas A&M University, 1995-1997

PhD: The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel 1990-95

Major: Chemistry

Dissertation Subject: Modification of Surface Electronic Properties by Organic Ligand Adsorption

MS: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 1989-90

Major: Chemistry

Thesis Subject:  Applications of Immobilized Ligands in Cation and Anion Separations

BS: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 1983-84, 1986-89

Major: Chemical Engineering

Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Am. Inst. of Chem. Eng. Outstanding Graduate, Spencer W. Kimball Scholar

Research Experience

Assistant Professor 1997-2002, Associate Professor 2002-2007, Full Professor 2007-2016

Michigan State University

Full Professor, University of Notre Dame 2016-present

Synthesized high-capacity, modified porous membranes for protein purification (now a commercial product

Developed enzyme-containing membranes for controlled proteolysis prior to mass spectrometry

Created high-flux, high selectivity polyelectrolyte membranes for ion and gas separations

Prepared modified MALDI plates for on-probe purification of protein digests

Developed a method for growing thick polymer brushes from gold

Created highly selective nanoparticle catalysts and membrane catalysts

Introduced interface science experiments into undergraduate and graduate level courses

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow

Texas A&M University 1995-1997

Created hyperbranched polymer films for sensing applications

Developed  fluorinated  polymer films for corrosion protection

Graduate Researcher

Weizmann Institute of Science 1990-1995

Created a method to control semiconductor work functions with organic ligands

Characterized new surfaces by FTIR and Kelvin probe measurements

Calculated the likely structure of a new self-assembled monolayer


Benedetti-Pichler Award of the American Microchemical Society 2016

MSU Innovation of the Year 2015

MSU College of Natural Science Distinguished Faculty Award, 2014

Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry Young Investigator Award, 2000

MSU Sigma Xi Junior Meritorious Faculty, 2002

MSU College of Natural Science Teacher-Scholar Award, 2003