The GREAT Program

Although Nanotechnology is the new buzzword in science and technology, synthetic organic chemists, with the aid of physical and analytical chemists, have been practicing angstrom-level technology, "angstrotechnology," for years. Now that the rest of the world are actively investigating materials and processes at nanoscale dimensions and the potential applications of materials at such physical dimensions have been revealed, and some proven, the importance of pure and applied chemistry to nanotechnology, and to green-technology in general, cannot be overemphasized.

Using the new tools that have stemmed out of nanotechnology, it is also wonderful time for chemists to expand their learning with the new tools provided by the other sciences, as it is really "angstrotechnology" that feeds nanotechnology. In what used to be an abstract science, chemists can now physically see (TEM, AFM, EDAX), feel and move (Nanomanipulator) synthesized molecules and nanostructures, place them side by side or monolayer-by-monolayer with nanoscale resolution, interrogate their optical electronic and spectral characteristics from the UV to the microwave, unabated, and use applied statistical and computing methods to reveal pertinent information within data sets. In other to successfully compete in the 21st century workplace harnessed with abilities necessary for active involvement in building nanoscale materials from the bottom up, the next generation chemist needs to be educated in the use of these tools, and in the fundamental concepts of other disciplines that altogether enable nanotechnology. For this to be achieved, the scope of curriculum of chemistry needs to be broadened to assimilate pertinent areas of those other disciplines that enhance the knowledge of chemistry.

Our Graduate Research, Education and Training (GREAT) program provides college faculty and administrative members with assistance with the acquisition of grants and contracts for research, education and training activities; the design and implementation of such activities; in the formation of collaborations that enhance such activities; and the support of efforts to enact such activities.

We can provide cutting edge support in the following areas:

  1. Student Curriculum Development: Development of new classroom and laboratory based instruction modules that reflect the multidisciplinary nature of scientific enquiry arising from a convergence of the sciences and engineering into new (integrated) disciplines, and its application to the modernization of the curriculum in the field of chemistry.

  2. Faculty Research Activity Development: (i) Identifying faculty members with overlapping/convergent/synergistic research interests, (ii) combining them into research clusters, (iii) identifying cluster-emergent areas of research, education and mentoring strengths, and then (iv) conceptualizing and developing research/education-based proposals and programs around these areas.

  3. Grantsmanship: Conceptualizing and developing departmental and institutional grants for activities such as a) new curriculum development, b) instrumentation acquisition and c) new educational concepts d) summer enrichment courses and activities.

  4. Outreach Planning: Identify and forge faculty/industry/government relationships and collaborations that will result in the genesis of new opportunities for the division; one that will benefit both faculty and graduate students.


See the "GREAT In Chemistry" Program