Dr. John F. Muth & Dr. Orlin D, Velev Win DURIP Grants from Department of Defense

April 01, 2004
March 31, 2004 Two researchers from the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University last week were awarded research grants from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The awards are the result of an annual merit competition for DURIP funding. Dr. John F. Muth, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, won for his proposed research on the fabrication and characterization of wide band gap semiconductor optoelectronic devices and metallic nanostructures used in sensors. Applications of the sensors include detection of biological and chemical molecules and the amount of oxygen in the blood stream. The instrumentation will enable the characterization of optical waveguides, laser diodes and other optoelectronic devices and will be available to faculty who need to characterize optoelectronic devices. Dr. Orlin D. Velev, assistant professor of chemical engineering, won for his proposed research on chemical and biological sensors, including surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) sensors made by gold nanoparticle assembly, microscopic biosensors with direct electrical detection by nanoparticle binding and bioassays in microscopic droplets. The grant will go toward the purchase of a metal evaporator for deposition of gold coatings on dielectric substrates, a fiber optic probe Raman spectrometer and an impedance analyzer. The new equipment also will be available for faculty and undergraduate research projects. DURIP supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new university capabilities to perform cutting-edge, defense-relevant research. DoD awarded 213 grants to 92 academic institutions nationwide, totaling $43.5 million. The grants are expected to range from about $50,000 to $900,000 and average $205,000. The Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research and Air Force Office of Scientific Research conducted the grant competition. Each office requested proposals from university investigators working in areas of importance to DoD, such as information technology, remote sensing, propulsion, electronics and electro-optics, advanced materials, and ocean science and engineering. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD research offices and the academic institutions.