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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Rep. Tim Ryan Announces $293,943 Grant for Youngstown State University

March 26, 2018
Press Release

Washington – Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) announced a National Science Foundation (NSF) award totaling $293,943 to Youngstown State University. The award will fund a project entitled “RUI: Mechanistic Elucidation of the Formation of Secondary Building Units in Metal Organic Frameworks via Tandem Spectroscopic and Synthetic Approaches.”

“This award for Youngstown State will help the university meet the demands of its research and further advance innovation and discovery in chemistry,” Rep. Ryan said. “Investments in metal-organic frameworks will contribute to overcoming barriers to large scale industrial implementation. I’m proud to have helped Youngstown State get this award and look forward to seeing what their research finds.”

“We are honored and excited to receive this prestigious NSF grant to study the mechanism of metal-organic framework (MOF) formation. MOFs have shown promise in applications such as carbon dioxide capture and water purification. However, large-scale synthesis/production has been a barrier for commercialization. The benefits for unraveling the mechanism of formation for these materials includes enhanced rational design of new MOFs, improved techniques for large-scale syntheses, and increased industrial and commercial relevance. This project has the potential to impact our community by not just advancing science, but also providing opportunities for our students to perform research, explore the frontiers of chemistry, and engage with the community,” said Dr. Douglas Genna, principal investigator of the project and Assistant Professor at Youngstown State University.

The abstract and other information regarding this award can be found here.