Clarkson professor receives $496,000 NSF award for research
Monday, July 5, 2010 - 8:57 am

POTSDAM -- Silvana Andreescu, assistant professor of chemistry and biomolecular science at Clarkson University, has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for $496,290 over five years for her research on biomimetic materials and biosensing.

Andreescu's research focuses on the development, characterization and applications of advanced materials for biomedical, biotechnological and biosensing applications. Her research could enable design of a new generation of materials and devices with greater stability, robustness and suitability for long-term operation in extreme environments.

Through her NSF CAREER project, Andreescu plans to investigate novel biomimetic materials with interesting catalytic and sensory functions.

These materials have the ability to mimic and eventually replace traditional biological catalysts, which often suffer from limited stability, high cost, and inability to function outside their natural environment.

The second goal is to implement them in novel sensing platforms for a variety of biomedical applications.