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05-02-2016

Clarkson University's Silvana Andreescu Receives NSF Award for Bioactive Nanostructures Research

The demand to develop manufacturing processes that can reliably produce nanostructured materials with functional bioactive properties is growing, and Clarkson University's Silvana Andreescu has received a three-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research these technologies.

Silvana AndreescuAndreescu, professor of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science and Egon Matijevic Chair, said bioactive nanostructures are needed in a wide range of applications, especially in medical diagnostics and in environmental and food monitoring -- such as wearable biosensing devices, flexible bioelectronics, functional contact lenses, environmental filters, smart screens and intelligent packaging.

Bioactive nanostructures are particularly important for the development of low cost devices that have the appropriate detection sensitivity and selectivity for home and point-of-care diagnostics.  

Andreescu's research will develop a process for large-scale manufacturing of functional bioactive nanostructures on flexible and inexpensive substrates such as paper and plastic, using printing techniques. The NSF award will enable the development of a new class of biosensing devices that are easy to use, portable and inexpensive.

The goal of the project is to gain fundamental understanding of the formation mechanism of hybrid bioactive nanostructures by printing and to use this knowledge to develop scalable production methods for low cost applications, Andreescu said. These methods will allow for the manufacturing of functional devices using a versatile and controllable process.

The NSF supports research, innovation and discovery that provide the foundation for economic growth in the United States. By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, the NSF believes that the nation can develop the knowledge and cutting-edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Silvana Andreescu, professor of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science and Egon Matijevic Chair at Clarkson University (sixth from the left), stands with her spring 2016 semester students. Andreescu has received an National Science Foundation (NSF) award for her bioactive nanostructures research.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/sandreescu-spring2016.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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