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Sept. 21, 2011
Dr. Himadri Chakraborty, assistant professor of chemistry and physics at Northwest Missouri State University, recently was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation that will provide $57,000 in each of the next three years toward his research of the response of single- and multi-walled fullerenes and endohedral fullerenes to photons and charged particles.
In his research, Chakraborty is examining the behavior of atoms or atomic nanoclusters when they are enclosed in the soccer-ball-like molecules known as fullerenes. The research also is probing subtleties of quantum effects in the nanometric region.
"These endo-fullerenes hold the promise of exciting applications in quantum computations, superconductivity, biomedical fields, drug delivery research, magnetic resonance imaging, and organic photovoltaic devices," Chakraborty said. "Understanding the influence of the confining cage on the spectroscopy of the confined species and vice versa, are matters of great interest."
Undergraduate physics students at Northwest continue to be the primary workers on the research. The grant award also includes partial funding for a post-doctoral fellowship.
A native of India, Chakraborty joined the Northwest faculty in the fall of 2006 and is helping the University establish its nanoscience program based at the campus's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a recently completed 46,679-square-foot facility that houses start-up businesses and academic research facilities and provides entrepreneurial support.
Recently, he was profiled as one of "50 Missourians You Should Know" in Ingram's, a magazine covering Kansas City's business community, as part of a feature focusing on people who have made significant accomplishments in business, academia, the arts or non-profit sectors.
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