Archives for June 2015


National Science Foundation (NSF)
This program supports fundamental research including combined experiment and theory projects in ceramics (e.g., oxides, carbides, nitrides and borides), glass-ceramics, inorganic glasses, ceramic-based composites andinorganic carbon-based materials. The objective of the program is to increase fundamental understanding and to develop predictive capabilities for relating synthesis, processing, and microstructure of these materials to their properties and ultimate performance in various environments and applications.

Working on Extremophiles?

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Exobiology

The goal of NASA’s Exobiology is to understand the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the Universe. Research is centered on the origin and early evolution of life, the potential of life to adapt todifferent environments, and the implications for life elsewhere. This research is conducted in the context of NASA’s ongoing exploration of our stellar neighborhood and the identification of biosignatures for in situ and remote sensing applications. For further information on the science scope of Astrobiology — within which exobiology is located– please refer to the Astrobiology roadmap.

Grants to Individuals Support Work Related to Architecture and Its Role

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas aboutarchitecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Overall the foundation is most interested in opportunities which enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career. The foundation offers two types of grants to individuals: Production and Presentation Grants, to assist individuals with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation (e.g., publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, and other public programs); and Research and Development Grants, to support projects at early stages of formation, providing seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. In an effort to bridge communities and different fields of knowledge, the foundation supports a wide range of practitioners (such as architects, scholars, critics, writers, artists, curators, and educators). The foundation’s grantmaking focuses on individuals in the United States; however, the foundation does make a small percentage of international grants. Collaborative projects by individuals are eligible for funding. Individuals may only apply for one grant per year. Production and Presentation Grants do not exceed $20,000 and must be completed within two years. Research and Development Grants do not exceed $10,000 and must be completed within one year. Inquiry Forms will be accepted July 15-September 15, 2015.


Spotlight – Enabling Materials for Extreme Environements

AM – Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grants Programs – Engineering Laboratory (EL) Grant Program

United States Department of Commerce (DOC) Technology Administration National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

EL’s Grant Program promotes the development and dissemination of advanced manufacturing and construction technologies, guidelines, and services to the U.S. manufacturing and construction industries through activities including measurement science research, performance metrics, tools and methodologies for engineering applications, and critical technical contributions to standards and codes development.

Structural color printing based on plasmonic metasurfaces of perfect light absorption

Dear Krishna,

We just want to share with you that our Nature: Sci.Rep. paper is published today. Please see the link:

Please check Fig.3 where our MST logo is replicated nicely with our nanoscale color printing technique! Thanks.

Best, Xiaodong and Jie

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Xiaodong Yang Assistant Professor 227 Toomey Hall 573-341-6273

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Jie Gao Assistant Professor 229 Toomey Hall 573-341-6516

Yang and Gao

June 2015

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Road To Tomorrow

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has announced a new initiative – “Road to Tomorrow,” to make Interstate 70 across the midsection of our state available to the nation and the world as the laboratory to construct the next generation of highways. See website.

Road to Tomorrow

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

This is limited to one proposal per institution so you must work the the Vice Provost of Research before submitting …

PIRE is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could notoccur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.

International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different nations and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.

This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF.

Depending on research topic and partner location, additional funding for U.S. PIs or foreign collaborators may be available from the following agencies:
– China-Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST);
– Finland-Academy of Finland;
– Finland-Tekes-The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation;
– France-Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR);
– France-Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS);
– Germany-Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG);
– India-Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB);
– Japan-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS);
– Japan-Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST);
– Republic of Korea-National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF);
– Mexico-The National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT);
– Russia-The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (MES);
– Russia-Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR);
– Spain-Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO);
– Taiwan-Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (MOST);
– US Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Program (PEER Science).

Bio-Molecular Science and Engineering

United States Department of Defense (DOD) Department of the Navy Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Sponsor ID: BAA-N00173-03
The Center for Bio-Molecular Science and Engineering of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) conducts multidisciplinary research in biotechnology using the techniques of modern molecular biology, biophysics, chemistry,microelectronics, and engineering to fabricate biosensors, biomaterials, and advanced systems. Current research areas include:
(1) Biophysical chemistry of membranes, proteins, DNA, and RNA.
(2) Research into biosensors including construction of novel devices, accessories for automated reagent delivery, production of biomolecular recognition elements or configuration of bioassays for integration into the sensor. Targets of detection include ex plosives, pollutants, pathogens, toxic agents, and hazardous chemicals.
(3) Systems biology, synthetic biology, genomic and proteomic analyses of microorganisms.
(4) Synthesis, fabrication, and physical characterization of self-assembled thin films and surfaces for material development.
(5) Microwave devices, ultramicroelectrodes and electron emitters based on metallized composites. Microwave materials based on nanodimension powders and metallized composites.
(6) Self-assembly of microstructures for advanced materials and the assessment of potential applications including: controlled release, advanced composites for electronic, structural, and thermal applications, and environmental applications.
(7) Fabrication and integration of microfluidic components for sample processing and analysis.
(8) Design, development, and characterization of multifunctional, multilayered assemblies for advanced applications in the areas of environmental protection and general purpose detection, and in the development of non-conventional bioreactors for performing multi-step chemistries in single operation.
(9) Development of novel lithographic, patterning for fabrication or advanced biosensors processes for high resolution imaging, fabrication of advanced microelectronic or nanoelectronic devices, displays, biosensors, multi-layers, or three dimensionally structured materials.
(10) Advanced materials using liquid crystals and ordered polymers, relation between molecular structure and material properties, assessment of their properties for potential applications in the areas of real time holography, ferroelectric phenomena, high resolution display, pryoelectric sensors, and piezoelectric materials, electro-optic materials, non-linear optics, and optical wave guiding.
(11) Bio-based energy harvesting and production for marine, underwater, and naval applications.
(12) Development of bioprotocols and subsequent bioinformatic analysis of DNA chip arrays.