Faculty Highlights

Fonseca receives grant for transatlantic collaborative research

Assistant Professor of Physics Samantha Fonseca and a research collaborator from Laboratoire Génie des Procédés (Centrale-Supélec et Matériaux) in France have been selected to receive a 2018 Thomas Jefferson Fund award under the “Make Our Planet Great Again” initiative. The campaign was launched by the French government to develop top-level research projects in France, and with French partners, to address climate change.

Fonseca and her research partner were awarded the grant for their project, “Electron-driven reactivity of NOx molecules by electron impact: the NO2 prototype for control and reduction of atmospheric pollution,” which focuses on understanding the underlying mechanism behind the destruction of these molecules by electron collision. Funds will allow Fonseca and a student to travel to France in summer 2019 to conduct computational work aimed at describing these reactions at the quantum level.

The Embassy of France in the United States and the FACE (French-American Cultural Exchange) Foundation launched the Thomas Jefferson Fund in 2017 to support new collaborations and the most innovative projects between promising researchers in France and the U.S. Specifically, the fund brings young, talented researchers together to initiate or strengthen their collaborative research activities, co-organize conferences, and author joint articles for high-level publications to achieve game-changing discoveries in all fields of the humanities, social sciences, and STEM to address the most pressing global challenges.

Learn more on the FACE Foundation website.