Micromeritics’ Grant Selection Committee has selected the recipient of its grant award for the first quarter of 2013. An HPVA-100 High-Pressure Volumetric Analyzer has been awarded to the Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
According to Professors Omar Farha and Joseph Hupp, Principal Investigators, “The HPVA will support our research on the design and synthesis on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and porous organic polymers for gas storage, separations, sensing, and catalysis.
The HPVA will be particularly useful in the design and synthesis of high-surface area materials with some of the highest high-pressure hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane uptake capacities demonstrated to date.” Dr. Farha is a research associate professor in the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University. He is also a co-founder of NuMat Technologies, a Northwestern University startup company involved in the design of porous materials for storage applications.
Dr. Farha is the pioneer and inventor of a solution that takes advantage of the supercritical behavior of CO2 to eliminate framework collapse. This innovative method, now used by MOF researchers worldwide, opened up access to ultrahigh surface area materials. Dr. Hupp holds the Morrison Professor of Chemistry position, has received numerous awards, and mentored 48 students to Ph.D. completion. His research findings (and those of his students) are described in about 350 peer-reviewed articles and in a dozen patents, provisional patents, and active invention disclosures. His work has been cited roughly 17,000 times to date.
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.
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 Grant Program (link) for a detailed grant description, application requirements, and application.
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