Anatoly Frenkel, professor of physics at Yeshiva University, is part of a team of physicists who have secured  a three-year grant for nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study how sub-microscopic manmade nanoclusters can be used to create more efficient energy sources.

Frenkel’s team, which includes Ralph Nuzzo (University of Illinois), John Rehr (U. Washington) and Judith Yang (University of Pittsburgh), will receive a total of $1.92 million over the next three years for a grant to study: “Reactivity & Structural Dynamics of Supported Metal Nanoclusters using Electron Microscopy, In-Situ X-Ray Spectroscopy, Electronic Structure Theories, & Molecular Dynamics Simulations.”

The grant will go to the study of the shape, size and movements of metal nanoclusters—infinitesimally small manmade particles that are used to help catalyze the bonding of other chemicals. This grant, specifically, is to help the DOE create more efficient fuel and new forms of energy that could one day help wean Americans off of fossil fuels and dependence on foreign energy sources.

The DOE has helped fund Frenkel’s work at Yeshiva University for 10 years.

 

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