Concord University Chemistry Program Awarded Equipment Grant

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 15 2019


Sarah M. Pritchett

Concord University 

Office of Advancement 

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

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ATHENS, W.Va. – The program in chemistry at Concord University has been awarded a $20,000 grant from West Virginia Science and Research.


The grant will fund acquisition of laboratory equipment to conduct electrochemistry research and experiments in the classroom. Electrochemistry is a branch of chemistry that uses electricity to study chemical reactions. Common applications in engineering include development of new technology for batteries and the study of corrosion in metals. In biology and medicine, electrochemistry can be used to study the nervous system and muscle movement. 


According to the grant principal investigator, Dr. Marwa Abdel Latif, “The students will learn about new emerging industrial applications and testing involving thin film coatings, solar cells applications, and batteries.”


Dr. Latif, an assistant professor of analytical chemistry at Concord, indicated that the instrument will be critical for a new line of research she is beginning at Concord in collaboration with scientists at Virginia Tech. “The instrument will also be used for faculty and undergraduate student research focused on identifying potential nickel-based catalysts for the electrochemical liquefaction of coal,” she said.


Dr. Alice Hawthorne Allen, Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Health, stated, “Research opportunities like these provide our students with experiences which prepare them for their future careers.   Our students will understand how to operate state-of-the-art equipment, how to utilize it to conduct cutting edge research, and how to make substantial contributions as a research team member.”


“Opportunities like these are a core component of our programs in the Department of Physical Sciences and serve to set our students up for success,” she said.




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