Published on Thursday June 8, 2006
Drexel University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering has received two Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) awards from the Army Research Office (ARO).
Dr. Jonathan Spanier (PI), Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of a $160,000 DURIP titled, “Acquisition of an Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) System,” that will support his research on developing multi-component semiconducting and functional oxide nanostructured materials and devices. Distinguished by its self-limiting reaction chemistry, ALD is an increasingly important and versatile vapor-phase, deposition process route for producing a variety of inorganic elemental and compound thin-films with monolayer control.
Dr. Michel Barsoum (PI), Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and, Dr. Peter Finkel (Co-PI), Director of Microfabrication Facilities in the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and Research Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, are the recipients of a $90,000 DURIP titled, “Acquisition of Equipment to Study Linear and Nonlinear Acoustic Phenomena,” to acquire a specialized complex ultrasonic system for the study of linear and nonlinear acoustic phenomena in solids. This equipment is capable of simultaneously measuring the attenuation of sound and its velocity in solids, acoustic emission (AE) from the samples under load, and determining the elastic constants by measuring acoustic resonances using a Resonant Ultrasonic Spectroscopy (RUS). “The acquisition of this system is not only important for research and understanding of a huge new class of solids identified as kinking nonlinear elastic (KNE) solids, but it also will be used for the routine measurements of elastic properties and damping in newly developed composites and engineered materials as a function of temperature and other external parameters,” says Dr. Barsoum.
This year, the Department of Defense received over 780 proposals, requesting $220 million in support for research equipment. From that total, 199 proposals totaling $41.2 million were selected in the merit competition. Drs. Spanier, Barsoum, and Finkel were the recipients of two out of the 199 awards. The Department of Defense (DoD) provides DURIP awards to support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new university capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research. DURIP meets a critical need by enabling university researchers to purchase scientific equipment costing $50,000 or more to conduct DoD-relevant research.