For release: November 9, 2012
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Dr. Firouzeh Sabri, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Memphis,
and her collaborator, Dr. Jeffrey Marchetta, U of M associate professor of mechanical
engineering, have received a TN-SCORE Research Stimulation Award. They won the award
for the study of “Aerogel-based Nanomaterial Insulation for Energy Conservation of
Industrial Burners.” Only two such awards were made in Tennessee this year.
Research Stimulation Awards are intended to support the development and success of
junior investigators so they can obtain other major funding and to encourage universities
and industry to work cooperatively on renewable energy research. Sabri and Marchetta
will be working closely with a leading manufacturer of industrial driers to lower
harmful emissions by utilizing the unique properties of aerogel nanomaterials.
TN-SCORE (Tennessee Solar Conversion and Storage Using Outreach, Research and Education)
is Tennessee’s first National Science Foundation RII Track 1 Research Infrastructure
award. TN-SCORE is a statewide project focused on facilitating high-quality energy
research and development within and between Tennessee’s private and public institutions
of higher education, federal laboratories, and the business sector.
In addition to the Aerogel project, TN-SCORE supports five U of M researchers – Yongmei
Wang, Tomoko Fujiwara, Xuan Zhao, Mohamed Laradji and Sanjay Mishra – for their work
on renewable energy. Last year TN-SCORE assisted 16 graduate students and 15 undergraduate
students and sponsored two students from underrepresented minorities in Memphis CRESH,
a summer program directed by Sabri that offers high school juniors and seniors hands-on
experience as a scientist. In addition, U of M students participated in a TN-SCORE-sponsored
Council on Undergraduate Research workshop.