News

July 7th, 2014
Achintya Bezbaruah has been named the College of Engineering Researcher of the Year (2014) by Dean Gary Smith. This is the highest award in the college that recognizes exemplary research by a faculty member. The awardee is selected based on his/her scholarly work, research funding, outreach activities related to research, and research advising record. The award carries a citation and cash incentives.    
July 7th, 2014
NRG research featured on the cover of the July issue of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. TheAmerican Chemical Society journal published the pioneering work by Talal Almeelbi (now in King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia) and Achintya Bezbaruah in the July issue and featured their green phosphate removal and reuse technology on the cover. In their work Almeelbi and Bezbaruah used nanoscale zero-valent iron (nzvi) to successfully remove phosphate from aqueous solution through sorption onto the metal surface. The sorbed phosphate was later used as a phosphate fertilizer for Spinacia oleracea (spinach) and Selenastrum capricornutum (algae). Phosphate fertilizer is typically produced from phosphate rocks mined in select countries, and it is feared that traditional phosphate production will not be able to meet the world phosphate demand in ~2033. The present research has proposed alternative “mines” (eutrophic lakes, wastewater, feedlot effluent) for phosphate mining! the researchers could also fortify the plants with iron. that nzvi can be used for the fortification iron in spinach has major ramifications for world nutrient (food) security as iron deficiency in human is very common across the world.  
May 15th, 2014
NRG recruits Cody Ritt as a summer research intern under Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Cody will work on phosphate removal from aqueous solution using a novel biopolymer bead technology.      
April 10th, 2014
Achintya Bezbaruah (NRG), Kim Owen, Daniel Erichsen, and Bruce Curtis (all three from Information Technology Services at NDSU) presented a join session on the WateRediscover International program. Bezbaruah and Owen attended the Internet2 Global summit in Denver, CO, and Erichsen joined from Fargo. Participants from West Fargo Liberty Middle School and Tezpur University Central School in India participated remotely to demonstrate how Internet2 can be used to promote STEM education. NRG’s WateRediscover Initiative provides a platform for K-12 students and teachers from across the globe to interact with resources persons from NDSU using online resources, such as Internet2, and learn about research methodologies. Bezbaruah coordinates the program designed to promote STEM education across the globe and guides student groups and their mentors on research projects. The program culminates each year in a live international virtual conference where students present their findings. Click here for more news...
February 20th, 2014
The undergraduate researchers in NRG were featured by NDSU in a recent news coverage. With more than 1,600 products using nanotechnology on the market, the NRG team of undergraduate researchers at NDSU is examining how people perceive such products and how these products might ultimately affect the environment. Projects undertaken by undergraduate researchers Amanda Grosz, James Tibbles, Cody Ritt, Hannah Hoods, and Neal Dittrich were highlighted. Click here for more news...  
January 30th, 2014
NRG presents a Nanotechnology Workshop in Cotton College University in India in its continued efforts for global capacity building. Achintya Bezbaruah visited the university and presented an invited lecture and coordinated the workshop. NRG members Mohammad Hossain (Enayet), Achintyamugdha Sharma (Tiku), Priyanka Deka, and Cody Ritt demonstrated nanoparticle production and some experiments remotely from NDSU via video conferencing tool (and Internet2 resources).      
January 6th, 2014
NRG recruits five K-12 teachers under Research Experience for Teachers (RET) and Veteran Research Supplement (VRS) grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Retired Army National Guard Adam Gelhlar (Assistant Principal at Cheney Middle school, West Fargo, ND) and Active Duty Air National Guard Brent Nasset (Technology Teacher at West Fargo High School, ND) will work on aspects of nanotechnology and how the nanotechnology hands-on experiments can be used to recruit and retain students in the STEM field. Holly Erickson (STEM Teacher from Westside Elementary, West Fargo, ND) and Eric Dobervich (Science Teacher from Liberty Middle School, West Fargo, ND) will work on nanotechnology experiments and design lesson plans for their respective classes. Susan Duffy (Biology Teacher from West Fargo High School, ND) will conduct allium studies to find out toxicity of various nanomaterials to design a lesson plan for her AP Biology class for 2014-15.  
May 24th, 2013
Middle and high school students presented water research at NDSU. Young, bright minds from across the globe presented innovative ideas on how to reuse water during the second International WateRediscover Conference on May 15. Organized by Nanoenvirology Research Group, the teleconference involved seven teams of middle and high school students from Bangladesh, India, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The team from Uganda couldn’t join on May 15 due to their ongoing holidays and presented their WateRediscover project on July 18, 2013. WateRediscover is an annual event coordinated through a global network of volunteers to involve our youth in research. The program was supported though Dr. Bezbaruah’s NSF BRIGE grant. Organizational work for WateRediscover 2014-2015 has already started and interested teams are welcome to contact Dr. Bezbaruah.  
April 29th, 2013
Nanoenvirology Research Group organized GlobaKonnect Teleconference that connected NDSU undergraduate researchers with their Indian counterparts at Assam Engineering College. The conference was organized as a part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s efforts to introduce the students and faculty to international collaborations and global exchange of ideas. The program was supported though Dr. Bezbaruah’s NSF BRIGE grant.  
March 29th, 2013
Congratulations to NRGian Mary Pate for being awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Pate is the first engineering student and the first female researcher at NDSU to receive the graduate fellowship.Over the course of the five-year GRFP award term, she could take advantage of additional opportunities offered through the GRF program which includes, for example, "the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide", that offers Fellows the opportunity to enhance their professional development through 3-12 month international research collaborations.