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PINEVILLE, La., (KNOE 8 News) –  The Louisiana Board of Regents is awarding the Louisiana College Chemistry Department with a research grant to supplement the department's abilities to further a project to improve the chemistry labs.

The project, under the direction of Dr. Yuhui Lu is entitled, "Mixed valence zwitterions: a solution for unwanted counterion effects on molecular electronic devices." With this project, Lu maintains a goal to further explore nanoelectronic devices with his students.

The $9,996 grant will go towards funding a fully functional computational chemistry lab at LC. This lab will not only allow for students to discover more efficient ways to do chemistry research, but will also give them an immense understanding of using computational chemistry techniques.

The Board of Regents will make steady donations to LC as a cost commitment to the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement award. The total sum will be received by December 2013.

A computational chemistry lab is a very high priced amount of equipment and will take more than the grant to be up and fully functioning. But the department remains very grateful for the immense help this grant provides.

The LC Chemistry Department is currently undertaking the steps necessary to become certified by the American Chemical Society. Establishing a fully functional computational chemistry lab will vastly increase LC's chances of maintaining certification.

"It's a small grant," said Lu. "But it helps us get started. I'm optimistic we will get more funding and purchase more facilities later."

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