Micromeritics’ Instrument Grant Committee has selected the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University as its latest recipient.

According to principal investigator professor Jing Li: "Our main research areas are the development of novel and efficient nano-structured and nanoporous materials potentially capable of several important applications, including adsorption-based separation of small gases and hydrocarbons, water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction.

The 3Flex will be essential for the characterizations of various materials and reactions, for understanding the adsorption mechanism, activity of catalysts, as well as their relationship with structures and particle morphology."

Dr Li has published more than 250 papers (including 14 invited reviews and book chapters) and eight patents. Her recent awards include the first-ever DOE Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Award for women in 2012, elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012, and a 2013 Humboldt Research Award. She is currently Associate Editor for Journal of Solid State Chemistry and member of Editorial Advisory Board for Crystal Growth & Design.

Micromeritics president Preston Hendrix said: "This programme is designed to promote and advance the acquisition and use of particle characterization instrumentation in non-profit universities and institutions where other means of funding are not generally available.

"We are very proud and excited to present this award in an ongoing grant programme to support important research."

Mr Hendrix has appointed a special Grant Selection Committee to ensure the success and effectiveness of this programme.

Micromeritics’ Instrument grant programme is intended to provide particle characterization instruments to non-profit universities and research organisations for the purpose of fostering and supporting meritorious research projects. A maximum of one instrument/integrated system will be awarded per calendar quarter.

Applications may be submitted at any time in accordance with the application instructions and will remain active for a period of one year from the date of submission.