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Micromeritics Announces Instrument Grant to the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Texas

After careful consideration by a special Grant Selection Committee appointed by the president of the company, Micromeritics' grant award winner for the third quarter of 2009 has been selected. An ASAP 2020 Accelerated Surface Area and Porosimetry System has been awarded to the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, TX.

According to Dr. Mohammad Omary, Principal Investigator and Professor of Chemistry, “Fluorous Metal-Organic Frameworks (FMOFs) have the potential to be used as practical adsorbents for hydrogen fuel cell based technology. The idea is well supported by the fact that the stability, flexibility, and selectivity in gas storage, separation, and catalytic properties of porous materials will be largely improved by substitution of hydrogen atoms with fluorine to make fluorous pores. Indeed, FMOFs have been shown to exhibit superior volumetric capacity for the storage of multiple gas molecules, giving rise to a very promising avenue of hydrogen economy and gas separation research based on this new class of adsorbents. The ASAP 2020 Accelerated Surface Area and Porosimetry Analyzer with related components will be an integral and critical piece of characterization equipment within the UNT’s Hydrogen Storage and Catalysis Laboratory, which also includes Dr. Chi Yang and several other researchers. I am very grateful to Micromeritics not only for awarding us this grant, but also for helping us generate important data that contributed to the realization of the potential of our materials, as published in leading journals (J. Am. Chem. Soc. and Angew. Chem.) and independently highlighted by multiple scientific and technology media. With this instrument, we will be readily able to characterize our new materials in hydrogen storage application, as well as in other gas and organic vapor uptake for catalytic and a variety of other applications.”

According to Preston Hendrix, Micromeritics’ President, “This program is designed to promote and advance the acquisition and use of particle characterization instrumentation not generally available through other means to non-profit universities and institutions. We are very proud and excited to present this award in an ongoing grant program to support important research.”

Micromeritics’ Instrument Grant Program is intended to provide particle characterization instruments to non-profit universities and research organizations for the purpose of fostering and supporting meritorious research projects. A maximum of one instrument/integrated system will be awarded per calendar quarter. The next grant decision will be made prior to 12/31/09. The next application deadline is also 12/31/09 for a 03/31/10 grant decision. Applications may be submitted at any time in accordance with the application instructions and will remain active for a period of one year from the date of submission. Visit Grant Program for a detailed grant description, application requirements, and application.

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