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Clark Atlanta University Chemistry Professor Receives Nearly $300,000 Research Initiation Award

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Contact: Mario Boone

ATLANTA (Aug. 17, 2016) – Dinadayalane Tandabany, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University (CAU) associate professor of chemistry, just received the National Science Foundation HBCU Undergraduate Program Research Initiation Award totaling $299,986. This prestigious grant is to be funded through 2019 and will be used to build upon his bionanoscience research. 

Two CAU undergraduate students and one graduate student also will be selected to conduct research for this project.  Additionally, one of these undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in a summer bionanoscience research program at Jackson State University.  The students will learn computational chemistry applications in bionanoscience and conduct relevant experiments with an internal collaborator.   

The goal of this groundbreaking research is to gain a better understanding of the binding properties of specific chemicals which could be useful for the development of biosensors and drug delivery applications, enhance the engineering of graphene for biological applications and prepare the next generation of underrepresented black students for research in the field of bionanoscience.  This NSF-supported project further contributes to CAU's efforts to increase student research in the field of computational sciences and boost student engagement with faculty beyond the classroom.

“My goal to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students in computational chemistry and nanoscience research by applying for more research grants,” said Tandabany.  It is also in keeping with CAU President Ronald A. Johnson’s directive to equip all students with “stackable credentials” to boost their global competitiveness upon graduation.

The mission of CAU’s Department of Chemistry is to provide students with a rigorous course of study in the physical and chemical sciences by utilizing multi-faceted learning experiences, guided inquiry laboratory and scientific research to prepare students for careers as chemists, professionals in research and development, scientific discovery or medical service in the global community.  There are five major programs of study within the department.  Students may select a concentration in analytical chemistry, biological chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry or polymer chemistry.

For more information please contact Dr. Tandabany at dtandabany@cau.edu.

Category: Faculty
Keywords: Dinadayalane Tandabany, NSF