Four Oklahoma research projects that will apply nanotechnology to business models have been approved for funding by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
The award winners include Professor Yu (Jessie) Mao of Oklahoma State University, who is studying nanocoating surface treatments for modification of regenerated fabrics and leather to produce sustainable products in healthcare, hospitality and transportation facilities. He was awarded $90,000 for two years. Khalid Hossain of Amethyst Research Inc. proposes to develop compliant substrates using nanoengineering technology that could allow the growth of defect-free films used in the fabrication of high-performance transistors. Hossain was awarded $500,000 for three years. Professor Ranji Vaidyanathan of OSU will create composite material storage containers that are capable of storing or transporting alternative fuels with pressures up to 3,600 psi. Vaidyanathan was awarded $499,924 for three years. Professor Parameswar Hari of the University of Tulsa has discovered that zinc oxide nanorods can be selectively grown to produce open or closed nanostructures by controlling deposition conditions in a wet chemical process.