Tuskegee University receives $9M grant from National Science Foundation



  Alfred Tcherbi- Narteh

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (October 31, 2011) — Tuskegee University has received a $9 million grant by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. The university has been designated as the lead in a research partnership to enhance Alabama’s research capabilities in nanobioscience and sensors. The three-year grant became effective Oct. 1.

Tuskegee will unite with Auburn University, Alabama A&M University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama at Huntsville and the University of South Alabama. Through coordinated research and education activities, the institutions will expand on four areas: nano and biomaterials, nanofabrication, biotechnology and optics, and sensors.

The nano and biomaterials research will focus on making lighter and stronger building materials that are environmentally friendly. The nanofabrication part of the project will concentrate on the application of nanomaterials in chemical, biological and thermo-electric devices. The biotechnology research will work to define cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate responses to nanobioscience and the adaptability to natural and manmade environmental challenges. The development of new optical and molecular sensing technology for use in environmental monitoring, counter-terrorism, and industry will be the focus for the optics and sensors research.

Also, one of the Tuskegee students benefitting from the foundation’s funding, Alfred Tcherbi-Narteh, attended the 22nd National NSF EPSCoR Conference in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, on Oct. 24-27. Tcherbi-Narteh is a doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. At the conference, he presented a poster project on the effect of UV radiation on mechanical and thermal properties of carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites. He won first place out of about 50 entrants.





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