UNC Chemist Lands Prestigious National Science Foundation Grant

A University of Northern Colorado chemist has received one of the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards.

Robin Macaluso, assistant professor of Chemistry, was awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant, given to junior faculty who exemplify the teacher-scholar role through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.

Her anticipated $460,000, five-year award ($50,000 has been awarded to date) will be used to enhance research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who will work with Macaluso and researchers at national laboratories to develop a better understanding of magnetism and superconductivity in intermetallic compounds.

That understanding in turn will be used to synthesize new magnetic and superconducting materials for future use in diverse applications ranging from medical imaging to computer hard drives.

The project also calls for UNC's Math and Science Teaching Institute to train high school chemistry teachers in developing K-12 solid-state chemistry instructional materials.

Macaluso, who earned her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Louisiana State University, has taught at UNC since 2006. Her research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of magnetically interesting materials with emphasis on solid-state materials.