Dr. Maria Appeaning is a Research Scientist in the 3M Corporate Research Materials Laboratory. Since joining 3M in 2006, Appeaning has worked on a range of 3M technologies with several 3M divisions and has multiple pending patents for her work. Examples include the synthesis of novel dental monomers with 3M's Dental Health Care Division (3M ESPE) to developing antimicrobial coatings with 3M's Medical Division. She is presently leading efforts to develop adhesive release materials technologies which has her working closely with both the Industrial Adhesives and Tape Division and Commercial Graphics Division.
In addition to participating in several special interest chapters of 3M's Tech Forum, 3M's global network of technical employees, Appeaning also serves as a volunteer and mentor in the 3M Science Training Encouragement Program (STEP), which recruits, supports, and trains promising high school students in the field of science. She is also an active participant in the 3M Visiting Wizards program.