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Iona College Chemistry Department awarded $184,000 Grant

New Rochelle, NY (September 3, 2014) Iona College was recently awarded an $184,000 highly competitive Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Led by Principal Investigator (PI), Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair and co-PI, Terrence Gavin Ph.D. professor Chemistry, Kathleen Kristian Ph.D., assistant professor, Chemistry and Joseph Ryan, Ph.D., assistant professor, Chemistry, the MRI grant represents a joint effort among chemistry faculty for the enhancement of research and education at Iona College.
This award will allow the chemistry department to acquire a confocal Raman microscope, which combines a Raman spectrometer with a confocal optical microscope. This instrument provides qualitative and quantitative vibrational information for structural and molecular determination at both the microscopic and bulk level, with high spatial resolution in three dimensions on a wide range of samples, including biological matrices.
The acquisition of this instrument will dramatically enhance all the discipline-specific research avenues being pursued in the department: toxicology, nanotechnology, inorganic synthesis, and membrane interface phenomena. In addition, this instrument will expand the quality of research training of students and classroom experience at Iona College.
Dr. Lee, Iona College Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair of Chemistry and the PI of this grant, said “This is highly competitive grants and reflect the quality of research being conducted at Iona College by chemistry faculty and student,” said Dr. Lee. “This instrument will catalyze research and educational activities and enhance tremendous cross-disciplinary research opportunities for our faculty and students. This award not only supports the research activities for chemistry faculty and students but also add to the College's infrastructure.”
About Iona College:
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle, NY.

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