Gurpreet Singh has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation Career award for his research on nanosheets. He is an Indian-American assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University.
The prestigious award will also help Singh organize educational activities for high school students and teachers.
This award will be used by him to develop ultrathin metal sheets that can help produce better rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors and catalysts for photoelectrochemical hydrogen production.
Singh also plans to organize hands-on educational activities, including nanotechnology-oriented summer workshops for high school science teachers and female high school students.
With his Career award, Singh will study large-scale production of ultrathin sheets – a few atoms thick and several micrometers wide – of transition metal dichalcogenides, or TMDs. Nearly 40 types of TMDs have been identified, including naturally occurring molybdenite.