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09-04-2006

Clarkson University Professor Receives National Science Foundation Award to be Part of an International Research Team

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Clarkson Chemistry Professor Sergiy Minko will become part of an international research project funded in part by a grant he has been awarded from the National Science Foundation.

The collaborative research will be undertaken by Minko's research team, partners from Clemson University in South Carolina, and groups from the German institutions Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden, University of Gottingen and Institute for Analytical Sciences in Berlin. The German Research Foundation is also funding part of the project. minko2006

"Successful completion of this proposed research will have a broad impact on materials science, since the composition and behavior of surfaces and interfaces plays a pivotal role in dictating the overall efficiency of most materials and devices," Minko said.

Another component of the project involves the brightest high school, undergraduate and graduate students in modern surface science and nanotechnology research.

"This project will train students in the area of surface modification and characterization of nanostructured materials," Minko said. "Students will also greatly benefit from collaboration between the U.S. and German research institutions, as they will be actively involved in international research collaborations planned within the framework of the project."

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering with an annual budget of $5.58 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 1,700 universities and institutions. Each year, the NSF receives about 40,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes nearly 10,000 new funding awards. The NSF also awards over $400 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Sergiy Minko, a professor of Chemistry at Clarkson University, has received $150,000 to take part in a National Science Foundation program. Minko and other researchers will attempt to create smart responsive materials with the ability to switch interactions and to adapt their chemical composition based on external signals such as pH, ionic strength, temperature and electrical potential in an aqueous environment.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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