Faculty researchers receive two National Science Foundation awards

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Case Western Reserve University researchers recently received two National Science Foundation awards. 

Burcu Gurkan, assistant professor of chemical engineering, is the principal investigator on a grant related to work on energy storage titled  “Understanding Ion Solvation Structure and Transport in Multicomponent Ionic Liquids.” The grant is for $517,000 over four years.

Burcu Gurkan also is the principal investigator on a second grant along with collaborators Umut Gurkan, the Warren E. Rupp Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (co-principal investigator); Giuseppe Strangi, professor of physics and the Ohio Research Scholar in Surfaces of Advanced Materials (co-principal investigator); and Michael Hinczewski, assistant professor of physics (co-principal investigator).

The second grant is for work titled “Instrument Development: Multiplex Sensory Interfaces Between Photonic Nanostructures and Thin Film Ionic Liquids.” The researchers received a grant for $450,000 for three years.