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Louisiana Scientists Awarded $6 Million To Study Smart Polymers

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Researchers from universities in Louisiana and Mississippi were awarded $6 million from the National Science Foundation to study smart polymers.

Fourteen researchers from a coalition of universities in Louisiana and Mississippi have been awarded $6 million from the National Science Foundation.

The scientists are part of a consortium of universities working on developing smart polymers.

Smart polymers are materials that can react to the environment — like a self-healing artificial joint, or a heart valve that can resist bacterial growth.

The grant is part of a shared $18 million award for the Gulf Coast region, and two other regional science and engineering groups: a Nebraska-Kansas Consortium studying ultrafast laser technologies; and a Arkansas-Missouri Consortium researching innovations in plant science.

Four of the research scientists in the Gulf Coast consortium are from Tulane. The Tulane team was previously awarded a separate grant of $1 million from the NSF for related work.

Louisiana State University, the University of New Orleans, and Xavier University are also participating in the effort to develop smart polymers.

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