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Several Nebraska universities will share a $20 million grant to develop new research focused on algae and nanotechnology, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced Monday.
Part of the five-year National Science Foundation grant will help one group of researchers build a better understanding of algae and how it creates oils that could be converted into a fuels such as ethanol.
Another group of researchers will try to develop tiny molecules with new sensing capabilities that might help find disease or detect the presence of chemicals used in explosives. The new molecules, called nanohybrids, could have a variety of possible applications.
"This award will lead to significant strides in work force development for Nebraska science and technology firms. It will also provide an opportunity for businesses in Nebraska and across the country to partner with Nebraska researchers on this important research," said Lyle Middendorf, chairman of the Nebraska committee overseeing the research.
The study will be conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Creighton University, Doane College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Little Priest Tribal College, and Nebraska Indian Community College.
Some of the grant money will also pay half the salary two new science professors at Little Priest Tribal College, and Nebraska Indian Community College.
Tue October 05 2010 06:53:56 AM by Arden nebraska  |  university of nebraska  |  creighton university 1571 views

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  • Jacintha wrote:
    Tue October 05 2010 08:35:17 AM

    The project will expand on UNL's research in developing algal compounds of high value to society, such as specialty chemicals and drugs for humans or animals.

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