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Spelman Physicist Awarded Grant to Train Students in Materials Science

August 2017

N RaviNatarajan Ravi, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Physics Department, has received a Henry C. McBay Faculty Research Fellowship from the United Negro College Fund. The $15,000 grant will fund his project, “Tailoring Nanoscale Materials to Engineer Efficient Electronic Devices.”

The goal is to train students in materials science, an interdisciplinary field involving the study of the synthesis, processing, structure, properties and performance of materials. His project will provide faculty support to train undergraduate students in the use of Mössbauer and electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometers, an X-ray diffractometer, and vacuum techniques in cryostat and high-temperature furnace operations, as well as teach students scientific modeling.

The training will prepare students to launch careers in materials science or pursue graduate studies in solid state/materials physics, Dr. Ravi said. The Henry C. McBay Faculty Fellowship program, open solely to faculty of UNCF institutions, provides fellow­ships up to $15,000 to support research in a field of the recipient’s choosing.