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UNO Faculty Member Receives Prestigious NSF Award
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/31/2012 @ 16:40:21, in Vice President Ramblings, read 1286 times)
Gabriel Caruntu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Advanced Materials Research Institute (AMRI) at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award is considered one of the NSF’s most prestigious awards and is given to “junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.” The 5-year, $600,000 grant will go to support Prof. Caruntu’s research program which is aimed at developing a robust predictive methodology of polar ordering in nanoscale perovskites by correlating the intimate relationship between their structural, vibrational, electronic and other macroscopic properties. This can potentially result in the improvement of the actual design technologies in smart perovskite materials with programmable ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric properties. Furthermore, this research program involves outreach efforts that will serve to expose and to stimulate interest in minority undergraduate and high school students to basic research, giving them a greater understanding as to what careers in science entail, and promoting the attendance to college in the fields of science.