SUNY Potsdam chemistry prof to receive research support for medical imaging work
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 3:11 pm

POTSDAM – Medical imaging research by a SUNY Potsdam faculty member will benefit from substantial support from the SUNY Research Collaboration Fund, it was announced today.

A collaboration by Distinguished Professor Dr. Maria Hepel, Chemistry Department chair at SUNY Potsdam and Chuan-Jian Zhong at Binghamton University, aims to develop a fundamental understanding of functional nanoprobes for detection of DNAs to aid in diagnostics and health care.

Their research is one of seven projects involving 10 SUNY campuses that will each receive up to $100,000 from the SUNY Research Collaboration Fund, which supports research collaborations among campuses.

Dr. Hepel’s research studies focus on novel nanoscience phenomena in electron transport in atomically-thin nanowires, catalysis on nanaparticles and nanoporous materials, chemical quantum interference, interactions of submonolayer films with biomolecules, and applications of new discoveries in emerging nanotechnologies, according to a summary on the SUNY Potsdam Chemistry Department web page.

Among other funded initiatives around the SUNY system are projects that seek to improve cancer detection and treatment and analyze the effects of climate change.

“The broad range of SUNY’s scientific research is reflected in these awards and we will continue to incentivize cross-campus collaboration to promote the strength of working together as a system,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

“The scope, scale, and diversity of SUNY’s research portfolio are on full display with the announcement of these awards,” said Dr. Tim Killeen, president of the Research Foundation for SUNY and SUNY’s vice chancellor for research. “Collaborative research invites industry interest and entrepreneurial opportunity that lead to innovation, new business, jobs, and public benefit.”

This second annual round of Research Collaboration Fund awards attracted 77 proposals. Funded projects were selected through peer review. Factors considered included originality and significance of the research; student involvement; industry and other outreach efforts; and the ability to attract future federal, state, philanthropic, or private funding.