Micromeritics' Grant Selection Committee has selected the recipient of its grant award for the first quarter of 2010. An ASAP 2020 Accelerated Surface Area and Porosimetry System with micropore and rate of adsorption options has been awarded to the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.
According to Dr. Gleb Yushin, Principal Investigator, "The School of Materials Science and Engineering is conducting ground-breaking nanomaterials research in a number of areas that include ionic transport in microporous solids, porous electrodes for fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors, nanomaterials for sensors, porous polymer membranes, gas separation membranes, novel catalysts, nanomaterials for the semiconductor industry, and more. A large portion of samples to be investigated exhibits a high surface area of pores less than two nanometers.
The precise knowledge of pore size distribution in the micropore range is crucial for the fundamental studies of ionic and molecular adsorption and transport in the nanoporous solids. Fundamental studies of the transport of ions and gas molecules as well as investigation of materials for catalyst support applications require knowledge about the accessibility of the microporous surface. Studies of the rate of adsorption for gases/vapors of different size help to evaluate the interaction of gaseous species with the surface and estimate how tortuous the nanopores are and to what degree the pores have narrow necks. The ASAP 2020 with its micropore and rate of adsorption capabilities will be a critical analytical tool for supporting our research."
According to Preston Hendrix, Micromeritics' president, "This program is designed to promote and advance the acquisition and use of particle characterization instrumentation in non-profit universities and institutions where other means of funding are not generally available. We are very proud and excited to present this award in an ongoing grant program to support important research." Mr. Hendrix has appointed a special Grant Selection Committee to ensure the success and effectiveness of this program.
Micromeritics' Instrument Grant Program is intended to provide particle characterization instruments to non-profit universities and research organizations for the purpose of fostering and supporting meritorious research projects. A maximum of one instrument/integrated system will be awarded per calendar quarter. The next grant decision will be made prior to 06/30/10. The next application deadline is also 06/30/10 for a 09/30/10 grant decision.
Applications may be submitted at any time in accordance with the application instructions and will remain active for a period of one year from the date of submission. Visit
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