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Tripathy Fellow Honored

Student Works on Altering Properties of Surfaces

Sukant Tripathy’s widow, Susan, together with Prof. Jayant Kumar, right, director of the Center for Advanced Materials, presents the 2009 Tripathy Memorial Endowed Graduate Fellowship check to Jagdeep Singh.

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Jagdeep Singh, a doctoral candidate in the Chemistry Department’s polymer science program, has been awarded the 2009 Tripathy Memorial Endowed Graduate Fellowship in recognition of his academic accomplishment and multidisciplinary research in the areas of materials science and polymer science. The award consists of a $6,500 research stipend for the summer.

Singh received his master’s degree in polymer science and technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi in 2002. His work focuses on the functionalization and characterization of semiconducting materials using self-assembled monolayers to alter the electronic, optical and wetting properties of surfaces. He is also conducting research related to force-distance measurements using atomic force microscopy on functionalized surfaces for alignment and registration applications in nanomanufacturing.

Singh’s current investigation deals with the adsorption of thiol-terminated dyes onto nanocrystalline and single-crystal zinc oxide surfaces. He is also exploring the feasibility of light-induced transfer of nanoelements from a template to a substrate by controlling the wettability of titanium oxide surfaces.

Every year since 2003, the fellowship is given in memory of the late Sukant K. Tripathy, an internationally recognized leader and renowned researcher in materials science and the founding director of the Center for Advanced Materials. He was a professor of chemistry and also served as the University’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

For more information, visit the Tripathy Memorial Graduate Fellowship website.

- Edwin_Aguirre