Texas Tech Professor Receives Nanotechnology Grant

Edward Quitevis, professor of chemistry and joint professor of physics, will recieve a an award of $454,050 for nanotechnology research from the National Science Foundation.

Written by Cory Chandler

A Texas Tech University professor will receive an award of $454,050 for nanotechnology research from the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) announced.

The project, "Probing Nanostructural Organization in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids Using Optical Kerr Effect Spectroscopy" is under the direction of chemistry and physics professor Edward Quitevis.

The study will give insight into ionic liquids, or salts that are liquids at room temperature. They show potential in a number of areas, including use as solvents in green chemistry, high performance lubricants and battery and sensor technology. Quitevis’s research will study how the ionic structures that form on the nanoscale determine the properties of the materials.

The award is effective Sept. 1.

CONTACT: Edward Quitevis, professor of chemistry and joint professor of physics, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 747-3066 or edward.quitevis@ttu.edu.