Lakehead University researcher received grant to design nanomaterials


THUNDER BAY — A Lakehead University researcher has received a $140,000 early stage research grant from the Ontario government.

Maryam Ebrahimi is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics (assistant) and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Small-Dimensional Nanomaterials.

Along with an additional $50,000 from the university, the five-year grant will support Ebrahimi’s innovative research, as well as the growth of his team of graduate and undergraduate students.

She said the funding will help train highly qualified personnel at LU’s Nanoscale Science Laboratory.

Ebrahimi said the discovery of graphene’s unique properties “as a wonderful material and the only two-dimensional material in nature” has revolutionized research in physics, chemistry and materials science.

She and her team will seek to design and build new nanomaterials with suitable electronic, chemical, physical, mechanical and other properties.

Nanomaterials are used in electronic devices including smart phones, LED displays, sensors, materials for drug delivery, energy and environmental applications.

Nanoparticles are so small that they are undetectable by the human eye.

According to a statement from the university, the work being done in its lab offers a unique approach towards the design of robust nanomaterials of atom thickness, artificial graphene or the next generation of one-dimensional and two-dimensional synthetic materials for various applications. . .

Ebrahimi has conducted research around the world, including at the University of Toronto with Nobel Prize-winning professor John Polanyi.

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