Finding heavy metal

Professor John Collins of Wheaton College and his collaborator, Professor Ivan Karbovnyk of the Ivano-Frankivsk National University of Lviv, Ukraine, have been awarded a grant from CRDF Global for the following proposal: “Study and Application of Functional Engineered Nanomaterials for Environmental Risks Evaluation and Protection (SAFENANOTEC)” The research involves the study of optical and electrical properties of nanomaterials (metallic nanostructured films and carbon/boron nanotubes) for applications to the detection of harmful heavy metals in the environment and to the development of novel radiation detectors.  This grant was awarded through the 2013 U.S.-Ukraine Joint Research Grant Competition, which is designed to support joint U.S. and Ukrainian research teams engaged in research focused on minimizing environmental impacts of energy production in Ukraine. The $46,500 grant sponsors this research for one year.

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