Profs. Liu, Barbara and Van Keuren receive a Major Research Instrumentation Award from NSF

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a Major Research Instrumentation grant to an interdisciplinary team of Georgetown faculty, including Profs. Kai Liu (PI), Paola Barbara and Edward Van Keuren from Physics and Profs. Sarah Stoll, Karah Knope, and Timothy Warren from Chemistry. Prof. Pawan Tyagi from the University of the District of Columbia is also a partner. This award will provide support for the acquisition of a state-of-the-art magnetometer known as the Magnetic Property Measurement System (MPMS3). The extreme sensitivity, wide magnetic field range and temperature span, versatile operation modes, and cryogen-free capability of this instrument are essential for studying a wide variety of technologically important magnetic and superconducting materials, thus enabling a broad range of ground-breaking interdisciplinary research projects. The MPMS3 system will be housed in Prof. Liu’s newly renovated laboratory in the Regents Hall. It will also help to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields and provide research experience for undergraduate students through several partner REU programs.