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Posted: Sep 09, 2014
Macro funds for nanomaterials
(Nanowerk News) Hendrik Heinz, a University of Akron associate professor of polymer engineering who specializes in computer simulations of next-generation materials from the nanoscale to the microscale, has raised more than $10 million in federally funded, collaborative research grants this year.
Hendrik HeinzHeinz and a team of investigators from several universities received a United States Department of Defense’s ONR-MURI grant (Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative) on Understanding Corrosion in 4D. Their five-year, $7.5 million research study is aimed at designing corrosion-resistant alloys to lower the multibillion-dollar annual cost of corrosion damage.
Heinz, in collaboration with researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, received an additional $1.3 million, four-year grant from The Air Force Office of Scientific Research to support the rational design of carbon nanofibers, which are used in lightweight materials for air and space vehicles such as overhead bins.
Heinz and his partners from the University of California, Los Angeles, also received a $1.2 million, three-year grant from the Materials Genome Initiative of the National Science Foundation to fund integrated efforts toward the discovery of ultra-small, platinum alloy catalysts to improve the efficiency of fuel cells, mobile power generation and automotive catalytic converters.
Using cutting-edge computational tools in his UA laboratory, Heinz and his research team also received a combined $250,000 from Procter & Gamble, the ACS Petroleum Research Fund, and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base earlier this year.