Fuzhong Zhang has received a $348,600 award from the U.S. Department of Defense to purchase an atomic force microscope for his lab.
Zhang, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, was one of 176 university researchers at 96 academic institutions to receive the highly competitive research equipment award. More than 620 applications were received.
Three research offices under the Department of Defense – the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research – teamed to make the awards, which totaled more than $50 million.
The program supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that supplements the university's capabilities or develops new capabilities to perform cutting-edge research in defense or for graduate student training.
An atomic force microscope is a technique used to obtain images and other information at nanoscale. It can image in three-dimensional topography, provide various types of surface measurements and generate images at atomic resolution.