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Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry gets Phase 2 NSF grant
Date:9/12/2011

EUGENE, Ore. -- A collaborative Oregon State University-University of Oregon Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, born under a National Science Foundation grant in 2008, is moving into a second phase under a new five-year, $20 million grant.

The new NSF funding, awarded through its Centers of Chemical Innovation Program, will allow the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry to expand research and development and boost efforts to translate basic-level discoveries into the commercialization of new technologies. A large component of Phase 2 is the education of students, postdoctoral associates and faculty on how to accelerate this translation.

"The NSF's chemistry division is pleased to support the Centers of Chemical Innovation program, which aims to address difficult but critically important scientific problems that cannot be met by individual investigators working alone," said Matt Platz, director of NSF's chemistry division. "The research performed by center scientists could provide the intellectual foundation for a new, green chemical industry in the U.S."

Since the center's initial formation under a $1.5 million grant to Douglas Keszler, a chemist at Oregon State University and adjunct professor at the UO, collaborating scientists at eight institutions have applied environmentally friendly green-chemistry approaches to the synthesis and fabrication of compounds, thin films and composite materials.

"The establishment of this center could not come at a better time," said Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. "Not only will the innovation and outreach activities contribute to job creation, the green materials emphasis helps ensure that Oregon is looking forward in meeting the challenges of the 21st century economy with fresh ideas and a well-trained workforce."

Such green, or toxically benign, products could pave the way for next-generation applications of a wide variety of high-performance electronic devices applic
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Contact: Jim Barlow
jebarlow@uoregon.edu
541-346-3481
University of Oregon
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