Published on Monday March 7, 2011
Dr. Christopher Li, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been recognized with the rare and coveted Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Materials Research.
The award is given in the form of a creativity extension to a current NSF sponsored project and is awarded "for special creativity based on outstanding scientific/technical progress achieved under the parent grant." Li has been specifically recognized for excellence in research on polymer/nanotube hybrid materials and the broad impacts emanating from his current NSF grant, "Carbon Nanotube Induced Polymer Crystallization, Structure and Morphology." The award extends his current grant by two years at $115K per year.
This work deals with interface engineering between crystalline polymers and inorganic nanoparticles. Properly designed interface will lead to stronger and lighter composites, which have the potential to lead to more fuel efficient airplanes, applications in sporting goods, more efficient sensors, and smaller electronic devices.
Approximately 967 awards have been awarded to Drexel PIs since 1971 from NSF. According to Drexel University's Office of Research Administration, this is the first award of this type at Drexel ever.