US Army Research Office Awards Grant to UK Physicist for New 2D Material

By Whitney Harder
University of Kentucky Professor Madhu Menon, of the Center for Computational Sciences and Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded a $50,000 Short Term Innovative Research (STIR) grant from the U.S. Army Research Office.
The grant will fund Menon's work to synthesize the new 2D material he predicted using theoretical simulations. In February, he predicted that a new one atom-thick flat material — made up of silicon, boron and nitrogen — could upstage the wonder material graphene and advance digital technology.
Menon will collaborate with an experimental group at the University of Louisville, led by Professor Mahendra Sunkara.
The Materials Science Division of the U.S. Army Research Office seeks to realize unprecedented materials properties by embracing innovative, long-term, high-risk, high-payoff basic research opportunities for the U.S. Army with special emphasis on four programs: Materials by Design, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Physical Properties of Materials, and Synthesis and Processing.
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