From staff reports
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $151,940 to Clarion University physics professor Chunfei Li.
This latest grant brings the total of NSF grants awarded to Li since 2011 to $700,545.
The college’s state-of-the-art, research-grade scanning electron microscope, purchased in 2013 through a prior NSF grant, allows students to observe subjects at the nanometer level. The addition of the electron back scattering diffraction will enable researchers to gather information regarding crystallography – how atoms are arranged in a solid structure – down to 100 nanometers, according to the university.
In the past two years, 10 Clarion students have carried out research or independent study with scanning electron microscope.
The university’s scanning electron microscope has also been utilized by high school students through the college’s Science in Motion program.