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Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research - (EPSCoR) - #47.081

In fiscal year 2006, 14 proposals were received and 11 awards made. In fiscal year 2007, 18 proposals received and 18 awards made.

(1) With support from NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the SUNRISE research group of the University of North Dakota has developed an oilseed-based biojet fuel for aviation turbines and diesel engines that withstands cold temperatures and is more stable than traditional biodiesel fuels. The SUNRISE team is developing the technology to reduce the oil extraction cost specifically for biojet fuel application so that it is more cost effective than other fuels. SUNRISE also incorporates the research into chemistry and chemical engineering courses at the university, and educates the state's agricultural and financial communities and political leaders about biofuels and their potential economic impact. (2) The University of Puerto Rico and the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst made a scientific and technological breakthrough that enables the direct integration of diamond nanoparticles into electronic components for widespread applications. These applications include protective coating for medical implants, environmental sensors, optical components exposed to harsh environments, and improved electrodes for electrical uses. The Diamond Nanotechnology Project was sponsored by NSF through EPSCoR. The University of Puerto Rico recently submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office a disclosure document for this development entitled, 'Method to Synthesize Diamond on Polymers, Semiconductors, and Other Temperature-Sensitive Materials.' (OIA/EPSCoR).

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