Clarkson University chemistry Ph.D. student Monu Joy has won a travel grant to attend the annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association Meeting in Portland, OR, being held July 29-August 2.
The $775 award will help defray Joy’s travel costs to attend the meeting.
The science of crystallography has played a key role in the development of X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction, and neutron diffraction for research of the atomic structure of matter. Crystallography is an interdisciplinary branch of science taught in departments of physics, chemistry, geology, molecular biology, metallurgy, and material science.
Joy's thesis involves the design of magnetic composite materials for high-density data storage applications. These new functional materials have their origins in the synergistic functioning of metal-organic frameworks and molecular magnets.
A native of Kottayam, Kerala, India, Joy formerly served as a staff crystallographer at Mahatma Gandhi University, after completing both his master of science and bachelor of science degrees in chemistry there.
The American Crystallographic Association (ACA) advances, promotes and preserves crystallography, structural science, and allied disciplines for the benefit of humankind. The ACA provides students, young scientists and experienced crystallographers with opportunities to exhibit their achievements in research, creative and scholarly activities, and leadership. The ACA contributes to the intellectual, economic and scientific advancement of the communities and individuals it serves though conferences, publications and public outreach.