NSF grant allows important materials research

Dr. Pnina Ari Gur

Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is a co-principal investigator on the recent National Science Foundation (NSF) award. The grant of $621,618, from the Major Research Instrumentation program, will fund the acquisition of Quantum Design Physics Properties Measurement System (PPMS). The award is the outcome of collaboration between the departments of Physics (team led by Dr. Clem Burns), Chemistry and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The system is a multipurpose instrument that enables studying materials at a broad range of temperatures (almost absolute zero to 400 K) and under magnetic fields up to strength of 14T. The PPMS system that has no equivalent at WMU or anywhere in the area will enable measurements of many of the most important properties of materials. It will support important research into alternative energy magnetic materials, batteries, semiconductors and superconductors. Ari-Gur is excited about the added research capability. In 2016, she was the principal investigator on an award from the same NSF program that funded the acquisition of a top-of-the-line X-ray diffraction system.