SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. – The National Science Foundation announced in late June that UC Santa Barbara's Materials Research Laboratory will receive an $18 million grant over the next six years.
The federal grant will not only support the research facility itself but also contribute to current projects such as creating more sustainable polymers.
In a press release, Congressman Salud Carbajal expressed his enthusiasm for the recent announcement saying, "it brings me great pride to witness all of the technological innovations taking place right here in our community."
"This new funding ensures that UCSB researchers will continue to open doors in scientific advancement while benefiting our entire community through the results of their work."Rep. Salud Carbajal
According to the NSF website, the grant will allow the center to focus on developing:
- New chemistries and processing methods to enable solvent-free manufacturing of sustainable polymers with improved recyclability;
- Adaptive biomaterials that mimic living systems with applications in soft implants and haptics (systems which utilize touch and movement for control).
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