OCAST awards $1.6 million to seven research projects

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology recommends 16 projects for funding, but had only enough funding for the seven highest-ranked projects.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm •  Published: June 22, 2012
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The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology will provide $1.6 million to fund seven research projects

Each of the successful applicants will conduct research under this round of funding for two years.

OCAST received 28 proposals, and external reviewers recommended 16 for funding. But available funds allowed support only of the highest ranked seven projects.

Funded projects include research into optics and photonics, animal and plant biotechnology, semiconductors, biotechnology and diagnostics and therapeutic environmental biotechnology.

The funds are administered by OCAST through the Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS) program and represent a long-term effort by the state of Oklahoma to encourage technology-based economic development.

The recipients include:

• Terry Golding, of Amethyst Research Inc. in Ardmore, who received $300,000 to assist in his attempts to develop cost-effective manufacturing processes for ultrahigh-efficiency solar cells.

• Khalid Hossain, of Amethyst Research Inc. in Ardmore, who received $300,000 to develop the next-generation materials for solar cells through research into antimonide-based quantum dots.

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