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musfeldt-chemistryA chemistry professor has received a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to further the field of advanced materials.

Janice Musfeldt, the Ziegler Professor of Chemistry, in partnership with researchers at Rutgers University, won the Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) Award from the NSF for the work.

The project will involve exploration of materials in which certain transition metals coexist in a chalcogenide with multiple components. A chalcogenide is a chemical compound that consists of at least one negatively charged ion in elements from the oxygen family such as sulfur and at least one more electropositive element. The project is titled “Collaborative Research: Emergent functionalities in 3d/5d multinary chalcogenides and oxides.

The program will aim to identify improved materials that can be used in various applications. Additionally, Musfeldt and her group will help advance science education by organizing summer or winter schools for students interested in advanced materials research. They also will mentor students.

This is the second time Musfeldt and her team has received this NSF award. In 2012, they won $1.6 million for another advanced materials-related research project.

Read more about Musfeldt’s project on the Department of Chemistry website.