Adrienne Minerick

Adrienne Minerick


Associate Dean for Research and Innovation

Professor, Chemical Engineering

Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  • PhD, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame du lac (USA)
  • MS, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame du lac (USA)
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University (USA)


Adrienne R. Minerick joined the faculty at Michigan Tech as an associate professor in 2009. She was previously an associate professor and assistant professor at Mississippi State University.

Minerick's primary area of research is electrokinetics with a focus on medical microdevices, blood cell dynamics, and point of care diagnostics. Her group's primary area of specialty is dielectrophoresis which utilizes nonuniform AC fields to manipulate polarizable cells and other dielectric biomaterials.

She has received numerous honors and awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2007, the Raymond W. Fahien Award, Chemical Engineering Division, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2011 New Investigator Research Award from Sigma Xi Chapter in 2009 and one from ASEE-SE in 2008. She has earned 4 best paper awards and was the recipient of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities in 2004. She has published two book chapters,more than 20 publications, and more than 40 technical papers or conference proceedings papers.

Minerick currently serves as the President of the American Electrophoresis Society ( She also serves on the Board of the Women in Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education, is the newsletter editor for the Chemical Engineering division and previously had leadership roles in the New Engineering Educators Division. She is also a member of the Biotechnology Research Center at Michigan Tech.

Research Interests

  • Microdevices
  • Medical diagnostics
  • Nonlinear electrophoresis
  • Minerick, A.R., "The Rapidly Growing Field of Micro and Nanotechnology to Measure Living Cells," Invited Perspective with Cover Figure, AIChE Journal, Volume 54, Issue 9, Pages 2230-2237, 2008
  • Srivastava, S. K.; Minerick, A. R.; “DC Dielectrophoretic Applications in Microdevice Technology”, in press, Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2010.
  • Srivastava, S. K.; Minerick, A. R.; “Insulatorbased Dielectrophoretic characterization of polystyrene particles”, under review, J. Chromatography, 2010.
  • Minerick, A.R., “Particles in Microfluidic Systems”, Chapter in Microfluidic Devices in Nanotechnology: Current Status and a Future Perspective, Edited by Challa Kumar Wiley, 2010
  • Gencoglu, A and A.R. Minerick, "Chemical and Morphological Changes on Platinum Microelectrode Surfaces in AC and DC fields with Biological Buffer Solutions," Lab on a Chip, Volume 9, Issue 13, 2009. DOI: 10.1039/B820126
  • Srivastava S.K., P.R. Daggolu, S.C. Burgess, and A.R. Minerick, "Dielectrophoretic Characterization of Erythrocytes: Positive ABO Blood Types," Electrophoresis, Volume 29, Issue 24, Pages 5033-5046, 2008.
  • Minerick, A. R. “DC Dielectrophoresis in Labon-a-Chip Devices.” In: Li, Dongqing (ed). Encyclopedia of Micro- and Nanofluidics. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York, 2008.