Murphy, Leger get $420K grant for research

Professors Amanda Murphy (Chemistry) and Janelle Leger (Physics/Chemistry) have been awarded a three-year grant totaling $420,000 to synthesize biologically compatible materials that can be fabricated into devices capable of controlled movements, known as actuators. These devices are highly sought after for use in a variety of biomedical applications such as dynamic artificial tissues, drug delivery depots and steerable surgical instruments.

“The goal of this project is to integrate concepts from chemistry, physics, medicine and engineering to create the next generation of biomedical materials,” Murphy said. “Working on projects like these also provides undergraduate students with experience in performing high-level research in a collaborative environment alongside our faculty, which is invaluable for them as they move forward into graduate school or their careers in the sciences.”

This collaborative project involves extensive participation of undergraduate and master’s-level students in hands-on research in cutting-edge fields. AMSEC was established in 2007 with the mission to educate students in materials science, support interdisciplinary research, and enhance regional industry competitiveness and innovation. AMSEC brings together faculty and students from Western’s Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics and Physics departments to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations and synergistic solutions to complex, multifaceted problems.