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FACULTY AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

SANTRA WINS UCF EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AWARD Swadeshmukul Santra is a winner of the University of Central Florida’s 2015 Excellence in Research award. Excellence in Research awards are given to individual faculty from each college at UCF, and one overall winner is selected among the combined research staff. Dr. Santra was chosen as the one and honored during UCF’s annual Founders’ Day ceremony in April 2015. Winners are selected based on value and impact of their research within the discipline and to the society, recognition by their peers, publications and presentations, and external grant and contract support for their research. Santra has a joint appointment in UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center and Department of Chemistry with a secondary appointment in Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. His research focuses on quantum dot nanotechnology, nanomedicine, agricultural biocides, environmental nanotoxicology, and nanofiltration.

ZINKICIDE, SANTRA’S BACTERICIDE, FEATURED ON ABC WFTV CHANNEL 9 Swadeshmukul Santra’s invention, Zinkicide, has been recently featured by ABC WFTV Channel 9 on a segment about the Florida citrus industry’s fight for funding for research and testing to battle citrus greening. Swadeshmukul Santra’s research into citrus greening also featured in a new article from The Huffington Post. Santra was at a conference on citrus greening when this Zinkicide idea came to him that could save the state’s ailing citrus industry. That light-bulb moment helped Santra, who works in UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center, to invent a zincbased liquid that is being tested as a potential treatment for deadly citrus greening. At stake is Florida’s $10.8 billion citrus industry. “It’s a 100-year-old disease,” Santra said. “Nobody knows how to culture it in a lab, and there’s no cure available to growers yet.”

UCF CELEBRATING SCIENCE AND RESEARCH AT THE ANNUAL MILLIONAIRE GRANT CELEBRATION Under a sunset stroked sky in front of the University of Central Florida’s main administration building, university leaders celebrated the traits of tenacity, collaborative spirit, and commitment to excellence that UCF’s top grant earning researchers share. Three professors of NanoScience Technology Center—James Hickman, $1.89 million, Swadeshmukal Santra, $1.72 million and Aman Behal, $1.44 million were amongst twenty-nine researchers earned $1 million or more earning a bid into UCF’s Millionaires Club, which hosted the celebration earlier in November 2015.

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NanoMaterials Spring-Fall 2015  

NanoMaterials provides news and insight from nano and materials science research at the University of Central Florida. The magazine is publi...

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