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Bentley receives NSF grant for nanoparticle work

July 15, 2008

  • Suspended in water, nanoparticles of lanthanum phosphate with small amounts of cerium and terbium glow green under UV light.

(Portland, Ore.)—Anne Bentley, assistant professor of chemistry, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Development Award in Chemistry worth $100,000 to support her work with nanoparticles. Throughout the next year, Bentley will use the grant to integrate research, teaching, and service components of her work with microscopic fluorescent particles, which are similar to materials used in television screens. Her research has potential applications throughout the electronics industry.

Though tens of thousands of nanoparticles could fit across a strand of hair, Bentley will attempt to corral them into thin films using a technique called electrochemical deposition. By studying the growth of the nanoparticle-containing films, Bentley hopes to generate a new method of organizing nanoparticles so that they can be used in products ranging from sensors to advanced batteries.

“The tiny size of my research subject by no means represents its significance,” Bentley said. “What we learn through this project could greatly affect technology, and I hope that students working in my research lab gain skills that will help them in their scientific careers.”

Last year, Bentley received one of only eight Faculty Start-up Awards given by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The $30,000, five-year award allows Bentley to offer student assistants research stipends.

The NSF funding will facilitate Bentley’s outreach to undergraduate researchers at both Lewis & Clark and Portland Community College, where she hopes to foster new general chemistry laboratory curricula on nanoscale chemistry.

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Emily Miller
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