Dr. Ali has developed a number of technologies including specialty thermoplastic and PSA polymers, quaternary monomers/polymers, ink-receptive polymers and surface modification.
Young Scientist Challenge Role:
3M Division Scientist
3M Business Unit:
Materials Resource Division
Meet Dr. Ali. Dr. Mahfuza Ali is a scientist in 3M’s Materials Resource Division. During her nearly 30-year career at 3M, Ali has developed a number of technologies including specialty thermoplastic and PSA polymers, quaternary monomers/polymers, acrylic zwitterionic amphiphilic polymer (A-ZAP), antistatic materials, non-leachable antimicrobial materials, ink-receptive polymers and surface modification. Since joining 3M in 1984 after graduating with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Kentucky and a one year post-doctoral work at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Ali has worked on product development efforts with several business units and co-authored numerous patents and commercialized products with various 3M divisions.
In addition to her day-to-day work in the lab, Ali enjoys teaching science classes to students in 3M’s Science Training Encouragement Program (STEP) and enrichment science classes at a local elementary school. Ali serves on the board of directors of the prestigious Schubert Club organization as an executive member of the Schubert Club Education Committee and as a volunteer council member of the Salon Se Leve Musical Organization. She also mentors many young 3M scientists.