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Chemistry Department Receives ACS-Petroleum Research Fund Grant

Iona students working in chemistry lab
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Iona College was recently awarded an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund grant of $55,000 under the Undergraduate New Investigator research programs to support new research activities in polymer chemistry.
The funded project, “A Deeper Look Into Dendrimer Oil Demulsification and Recovery: The Importance of Dendrimer Generation and Surface Properties,” will support the investigations of Casey Dougherty, Ph.D., assistant professor of Chemistry, and her active undergraduate research program for the period of September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2020.
Through this research program, Dr. Dougherty will work to develop a novel set of polymers and nanoparticles that can be applied to enhanced oil and water demulsification and oil recovery.
“This ACS PRF-UNI grant will allow for significant progress in a fundamental understanding of how a polymer’s properties can affect its ability to demulsify oil and water. We will be able to train the next generation of scientists in a research field that is very relevant to our time,” said Dr. Dougherty. “I am very grateful for this recognition and support from the American Chemical Society.”
The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels. The Undergraduate New Investigator research program is specifically intended to be seed money for faculty from non-doctoral departments within the first three years of their first academic appointment.
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