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Faculty receive $6,000 grant for spectrophotometer

5/3/2010 —

Three Penn State Beaver faculty members recently received a grant from the College Equipment Grants Program Committee of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP). Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry; Matthew Grunstra, assistant professor of earth and mineral science, and Claudia Tanaskovic, lecturer in chemistry, are the recipients of a $6,000 award which will be used in conjunction with campus funds to purchase an Infrared (IR) Spectrophotometer.

An IR Spectrophotometer shines IR light onto a chemical compound. Based on the wavelength of light that is absorbed by the compound, information about the compound's molecular structure can be inferred. The instrument is used for research and development as well as quality control applications in the pharmaceutical, food, chemical, environmental, and life science fields.

The Beaver grant was one of 10 awarded by the SSP. The award, which was announced by Committee Chair Nathan Viswanathan, will be given to the recipients on May 19, at the SSP Awards Dinner in Pittsburgh.

Hay can be contacted at mth7@psu.edu or 724-773-3876, Grunstra at mgb16@psu.edu or 724-773-3875, and Tanaskovic at cct3@psu.edu or 724-773-3592.

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