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Microscope leverages industrial research potential
December 16, 2005

Industry aims as diverse as getting more pop cans from a sheet of aluminum and making ever-smaller computer chips are being advanced with the help of a new arrival at WSU. A state-of-the-art field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) is helping WSU’s David Field answer questions about the properties of metals and other materials that are valuable for a variety of industries, ranging from aluminum to semi-conductors. Field, an associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, is an expert in the crystalline structures that make up metal, ceramic and semiconductor materials. He recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to … » More …

Role of microorganisms studied in moving, cleaning sediment
October 15, 2004

Brent Peyton and Rajesh Sani, researchers in the Center for Multiphase Environmental Research, received a 4-year, $1.2 million grant for a project to characterize indigenous microorganisms in the metal-contaminated sediments of Lake Coeur d’Alene and to analyze their role in the transport of metals through the environment. The work, sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Biocomplexity Program, could someday be used to better predict metal transport processes in contaminated sediments and improve bioremediation strategies. A long history of mining in the Northwest has led to high levels of heavy metals in the sediments of some area lakes and rivers. However, microorganisms that live in these … » More …