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NSF Grant Awarded to Chemistry Department

New Rochelle, N.Y. (May 31, 2016) Iona College was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $324,999 for continued support of research activities in soft materials chemistry.

The funded project, "RUI: Structural Determinants of Permeation and Nucleation at a Self-Assembled Interface," will support the investigations of Dr. Sunghee Lee, Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair of Chemistry, and her active undergraduate research program for the period of September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2020.

Through this research program, Dr. Lee will work to secure greater fundamental understanding of how living cells maintain their water balance essential to sustenance of life, and will use the nature-inspired techniques discovered through this work to create tailor-made particles for a wide variety of uses in technology and industry.

"This NSF award will enable significant advances in the fundamental understanding of the cellular mechanisms of water transport, while training the next generation of scientists in state-of-the-art scientific techniques,” said Dr. Lee. “I am very grateful for the recognition and continuous support from the NSF.”

The NSF support has led to a productive output in undergraduate research training and education, including international research collaboration with the University of Tokyo. “The depth and breadth of quality research training for our students will continue to expand, thanks to the nationally recognized support for our exertions here at Iona,” Dr. Lee said.
About National Science Foundation: The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950. It funds a significant proportion of federally supported basic research. For official source information about NSF, visit

About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering 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.

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