Dr. Daniel Krogstad is a Research Scientist at the Illinois Applied Research Institute. His specialty is in understanding and controlling the self-assembly of polymers, gels, composites, and organic biomaterials. He is an expert in many advanced microscopy and scattering techniques. In his professional work, Dr. Krogstad has developed polyelectrolyte-based injectable hydrogels for slow release delivery of charged molecules, studied how polyelectrolytes control the formation of calcium phosphate particles for the development of biomimetic bone and created peptide amphiphile systems for biomineralization.
Dr. Krogstad is familiar with the Champaign-Urbana area. He earned his B.S. in 2006 from the Materials Science and Engineering department here at the University of Illinois before advancing his studies in the University of California at Santa Barbara Materials Engineering doctoral program, where he focused on macromolecular and biomolecular materials and worked in the Materials Research Laboratory. He earned his doctorate in 2012. Before joining the ARI, Dr. Krogstad worked in the Biomaterials group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland as a postdoctoral fellow.
Dr. Krogstad has used his engineering knowledge and skills to help solve humanitarian issues. He traveled to Luanda, Kenya twice to lead waste and water construction projects while involved in UCSB’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders. He was also a participant in the University of Illinois EWB program as a student and designed and built a wind turbine test system for future projects.