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Dr. Vadym Mochalin, associate professor of chemistry, is leading a project supported by a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future program. Teaming up with Auburn University, University of Arizona and Tuskegee University, Mochalin will use computational modeling guided experiments to discover and synthesize new 2D materials, such as MXenes and MBenes,.
Mochalin’s research group at Missouri S&T has gained international recognition for their work in the field of MXenes and laid the groundwork for research in MXene reactivity, a critical component of the NSF-funded research.
The program is designed to promote the development of materials that address important societal challenges and develop the next generation of scientific and engineering talent. Out of a competitive pool of proposals, only 37 were selected for funding by the National Science Foundation in 2023. Mochalin and his collaborators’ grant is the sole recipient in the state of Missouri this year.