July 28, 2014
A research team led by Dr. Stuart J. Williams (University of Louisville, Science PI) and Dr. Suzanne Smith (University of Kentucky, Managing PI) has recently been awarded a grant through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to investigate the interaction of suspended micro- and nanoparticles under microgravity. This team will collaborate with the Advanced Colloid Experiments team at NASA (Glenn Research Center), which conducts colloid experiments on the International Space Station. The goal of this research is to gain insight into colloidal assembly physics, particularly nanoparticle haloing and electrokinetic colloidal self-assembly, for applications towards the synthesis of colloidal-based materials and dynamically reconfigurable colloidal structures.
This award has a $750,000 contribution from NASA with $300,000 additional matching funds from Kentucky EPSCoR. The research team also includes Gerold Willing (Co-I, University of Louisville), Hemali Rathnayake (Co-I, Western Kentucky University), Ronald Sicker (NASA Partner, Glenn Research Center), and Janet Lumpp (Co-I, University of Kentucky).
NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and EPSCoR Programs
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
112 Robotics Bldg (RMB)
Lexington, KY 40506-0108
Phone: 859-218-6272 (859-218-NASA)
Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith, Director
Dr. Jane Hayes, Associate Director 859-323-4544
Jacob Owen, Assistant Director
Mark Pittman, Program Manager