Penn State Intercom......September 13, 2001

Interdisciplinary team
wins $1.2 million grant

A team of faculty members from the College of Engineering and the Eberly College of Science have won a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NSF Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT) proposal is titled "Control of Nanostructures via Metal-Carbon Interactions over Multiple Length Scale Via Metal and Metal Carbide Nanojunctions and Nanowelds."

The four-year grant will look at new nanostructures of carbon and new processes that lead to the creation of these structures.

Henry Foley, holder of the Robb Chair and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, said the possible applications for carbon nanostructures range from chemicals to electronics to mechanical devices.

For example, these structures might be used to separate amino acids or protein molecules, he said.

In addition to Foley, the team includes Peter Eklund, professor of physics; M. Albert Vannice, M.R. Fenske professor of chemical engineering; Vincent Crespi, Downsbrough professor of physics; and A. Welford Castleman Jr., Evan Pugh professor of chemistry and physics and Eberly Distinguished Chair in science.