Congressman Tim Ryan is announcing today $200,640.00 to Youngstown State University and $347,096.00 to Kent State University

Aug 18, 2014 Issues: Education

Warren, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan is announcing today a $200,640.00 grant to Youngstown State University and a $347,096.00 grant to Kent State University, both from the National Science Foundation. Youngstown State University Professor Ruigang Wang is providing research to help improve the performance of systems primarily used in the automobile industry to convert dangerous carbon monoxide emissions to less harmful substances. The research is further impacted by the inclusion of community college faculty from the surrounding region as part of the research team.

Kent State University Professor Oleg Lavrentovich is researching further Liquid-Crystal advancement, for which the University is already well-known. This project addresses important challenges regarding the presence of defects in the liquid crystal. Improved understanding of liquid crystal anchoring and defect dynamics will allow for higher resolution, faster display devices. 

“Federal research support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is important in providing the funding that can both advance our technology and have an impact on the industries that provide employment,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “I am happy to commend not only the NSF, but Professors Wang and Laventovich for their ability to secure this funding and for their research and work with students.”

The NSF funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The National Science Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.