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March 14, 2008, Fargo, N.D. –– A scientific article by researchers in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at North Dakota State University has been named one of the most cited articles published in the Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry in 2006 by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Authors of the article on coatings are Shane Stafslien, senior research specialist; Jim Bahr, senior research engineer; NDSU graduates Jason Feser and Jon Weisz; Bret Chisholm, senior research scientist; Thomas Ready, former senior research associate; and Philip Boudjouk, vice president for research, creative activities and technology transfer.

The article is titled “Combinatorial Materials Research Applied to the Development of New Surface Coatings I: A Multiwell Plate Screening Method for the High-Throughput Assessment of Bacterial Biofilm Retention on Surfaces.”

The article details a new and effective biological screening workflow to rapidly evaluate the performance of new antifouling marine coatings developed using robotic equipment within the Combinatorial Materials Research Laboratory at North Dakota State University. The article is featured on the ACS Publications Web site as one of the Most-Cited Articles published in 2006 and cited through the period ending December 31, 2007. It is found at

Most-Cited Articles listed are based on data from Thomson Web of Science®. When scientists conduct research, they often refer to groundbreaking work published by other researchers as they conduct experiments and publish results of research that add to the body of scientific knowledge.

About the NDSU authors

Shane Stafslien received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from NDSU. He previously served as an analytical chemist in the pharmaceutical industry at PRACS Institute, Ltd., Fargo, N.D. Stafslien joined the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering at NDSU in 2002. He manages day-to-day operations of the CNSE high-throughput biological screening laboratory.

James Bahr received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NDSU. Prior to joining the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at NDSU in 2002, Bahr served as a staff engineer at TDA Research Inc., Wheat Ridge, Colo. He works with researchers in designing and fabricating custom lab equipment in the NDSU Combinatorial Materials Research Lab.

Bret Chisholm, Ph.D., received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from NDSU and his Ph.D. in polymer science from the University of Southern Mississippi. Chisholm was employed by General Electric prior to joining CNSE at NDSU in 2004. Chisholm directs the Combinatorial Materials Research Laboratory within CNSE. He is also an adjunct professor for the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials.

Philip Boudjouk, Ph.D., has served as NDSU’s first vice president for Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer since 2000. Boudjouk has been active as a teacher, researcher, and member of the NDSU Department of Chemistry faculty since 1973. During his tenure as vice president, research expenditures at NDSU have increased from $44 million to more than $106 million. Boudjouk’s research career has focused on organometallic chemistry. He has more than 130 refereed publications in international journals and holds 19 patents.

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