Research Wire: June 2018

Microscopes are limited in what they can see because of their resolution, or ability to see detail. Ulugbek Kamilov, at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, plans to use a three-year, $265,293 grant from the National Science Foundationto lay the groundwork for a more precise microscope, one that can see objects as miniscule as 100 nanometers, such as viruses. Such a microscope could be used in medical imaging, brain mapping and drug discovery. Learn more on the engineering website.

A team at the School of Engineering & Applied Science is combining forces to work toward creating a safe, nontoxic and efficient material for solar cells. With a three-year, $480,000 National Science Foundation grant, Rohan Mishra and Pratim Biswas are studying whether the nontoxic element bismuth, lead’s neighbor on the periodic table, is a safer substitute for lead in perovskites, the absorbent layer in solar cells. Learn more on the engineering website.

Kevin Moeller, professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences, received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a research project titled “New methods for the synthesis and analysis of addressable molecular libraries.”

Ian Dobbins, professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, was awarded $40,000 from the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience toward research on “Mapping the dynamics of pupillometry onto functional brain networks during recognition.”

Alex Meshik, research professor in physics in Arts & Sciences, received a $1.1 million award from NASA in support of a project titled “Analyses and interpretations of noble gases delivered by Genesis and Stardust missions – Phase 2.”

Yanli Song, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, received $161,000 from the National Science Foundation for his research on applying equivariant index theory.

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