A pair of Smithtown residents who are Stony Brook University professors were awarded the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development program award.
Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Stony Brook University Alexander Orlov, who is also a faculty member of the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research at the university and named a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, was selected for his work on Developing Novel Biomimetic Heterostructured Ceramics for Water Splitting.
“We will attempt to combine several types of ceramics to replicate the processes found in biological systems. There are still many challenges to overcome and this project will be addressing those challenges in both a fundamental and applied way," he said. "This is an enormously exciting direction in our research and this award will allow us to explore new directions in sustainable energy generation."
Also awarded was Jonathan Rudick, assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the university. Rudick, a former scientist for Proctor & Gamble, received the award for his work in Hierarchical Assembly and Organization of Dendronized Helix Bundles.
“These studies will set the stage for designing new biomaterials that address challenges in sustainable energy, high performance electronics, and environmental remediation,” he said.
Orlov and Rudick were two of four Stony Brook University professors selected for the award. The other two professors are Radu Laza and Emre Salman.