Dr. Bedewy wins NSF research grant to study direct growth of nanocarbons on polymers
Dr. Bedewy has been awarded a new research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $244,748 as a single principal investigator (PI). The award, titled “EAGER: Transforming Flexible Device Manufacturing by Bottom-up Growth of Nanocarbons Directly on Polymers“, will fund research in the NanoProduct Lab (Bedewy Research Group) for two years focusing on studying and controlling the the bottom-up growth of tailored nanocarbons directly on commercial polymers by a unique laser-based process.
According to the award description on NSF website: “Instead of top-down deposition or printing of nanocarbons such as graphene and nanotubes/nanofibers from ink, this research focuses on bottom-up thermochemical synthesis of different nanocarbons from polymers, which act as the carbon source under highly localized laser heating. This project impacts a multibillion-dollar market for flexible electronics where a major challenge is the integration of multiple functionalities, such as sensing, energy storage and circuits onto the same flexible substrate.”44