Grant funds major research project at Elizabeth City State University
Published 11:21 am Saturday, July 13, 2019
Elizabeth City State University has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will contribute to furthering STEM education for undergraduate students. The $176,828 grant is for research and the education of students enrolled in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The grant will be used to purchase equipment for a Differential Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry System or DEMS.
According to the grant’s principal investigator, Dr. Bijandra Kumar, the DEMS is a technique that analyzes electrochemical reactions. The research will focus on applied nanomaterials science and clean energy storage systems.
The grant will also provide learning opportunities in technology to K-12 public school students in the 21-county service area of ECSU throughout rural Northeastern North Carolina. In addition, the NSF grant will support the development of a research facility at ECSU provide for collaborative research activities with other universities, research education and support the training of underrepresented undergraduate students at ECSU.
When Kumar, assistant professor of technology, joined ECSU in September 2017, he brought with him research on the cutting edge of sustainable technology. Kumar’s goal as an academic researcher is to find the most efficient means to use renewable energy such as solar power.
Storing the collected energy has been a challenge, he says. “My work is to find a way to store energy.”
Kumar’s research has been published in a number of journals including “The Journal of Material Chemistry-A,” outlining a method of solar energy storage using carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the most abundant greenhouse gases.