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Guo and Wei net National Science Foundation grant

John Guo and Suying Wei have received a $84,130 National Science Foundation grant entitled “EAGER: The First Steps toward Giant Magnetoresistive Carbon Nano Composites.”

This Early Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) award will provide funding for exploration preparation of novel giant magneto resistance (GMR) magnetic carbon nano composites. Researchers will examine the surface functionalization of commercial magnetic nano particles and will evaluate the feasibility of the large scale production of carbon nano composites.  

The success of this project will provide initial evaluations on these GMR magnetic carbon nano composites for magnetic field sensing in harsh environments and make their deployment more attractive to both industrial researchers and academic scientists. This will advance the knowledge required to manufacture next-generation GMR materials and will also have potential for device miniaturization and weight reduction. This NSF-funded project will also provide training and research experience for chemical engineering graduate students.

Guo, an assistant professor at Lamar University, obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University in 2005, before receiving three years of postdoctoral training in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Wei, who received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, is an assistant professor of analytical chemistry at Lamar. Her expertise includes surface chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, and development of hybrid polymeric materials. Wei has gathered extensive experience in various analytical techniques during her Ph.D. and postdoctoral training.

“Dr. Guo is one of the most productive researchers in the College of Engineering and has assembled a very talented group of graduate students,” said Jack Hopper, dean of College of Engineering.