The public is cordially invited to a lecture with Dr. Mahfuza Ali, distinguished 2022 Lord Lecturer, on September 26th in Ford Memorial Chapel at 7:30 PM. The topic will be “Preserving an Edge – Zwitterionic Amphiphilic Polymer Science: Practical Science of Innovation from Invention to Growing Industrial Product Platforms.”


This lecture is made possible through the generous support of the Thomas Lord Charitable Trust.



About the speaker: Dr. Mahfuza Ali joined the 3M Film and Materials Science Division in 1984 after earning her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Kentucky and her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado.


She is widely recognized in the global 3M technical community for technology and product development contributions across many business units. She invented and developed a novel quaternary ammonium materials technology platform and subsequently developed antistatic materials technology, antimicrobial materials technology, and acrylic zwitterionic amphiphilic polymer technology platforms, which have generated several highly successful commercialized products for 3M.


Dr. Ali has co-authored over 60 issued and pending patents that cover a large variety of product applications in multiple markets. Dr. Ali has received many prestigious 3M corporate, national, and honor awards, including being inducted into the 3M Carlton Society in 2020. The Carlton Society is reserved for the top scientists at 3M, based on scientific prowess, real-life applications, and a commitment to mentoring.


She was also recently selected as North America’s Top Industrial Chemist for 2020 by the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific community. She is one of only three female corporate scientists in the company, which is the highest level for technical employees. Dr. Ali has been actively involved with the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Competition as a mentor and judge, and she has been serving as a judge for the national Distinguished Young Women of America program for the last several years. She enjoys teaching science classes for high school students and is a highly sought-after mentor for many 3M scientists worldwide.

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