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Research assistant receives grant to study cryogenics in Israel

Nathan Burrows, a research assistant in Associate Professor R. Lee Penn's research group, has been awarded an International Thesis Research Grant from the Graduate School. For a month in May 2011, he will doing non-aqueous cryogenic transmission electron microscopy research in the laboratory of Professor Yeshayahu "Ishi" Talmon in Israel.

"I'm really excited to be working with Dr. Talmon and his research team," said Burrows. "They have done some great cryogenic-temperature transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) with non-aqueous systems, which I hope to extend to studying nancrystal growth by oriented aggregation in non-aqueous systems."

Burrows obtained his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Concordia University, St. Paul, in 2007, and a master's in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2009. His research interests include controlled nanoparticle fabrication and application, electron microscopy, and understanding the fundamental mechanisms of formation and properties of nanostructures and room-temperature ionic liquids.

Talmon has connections to Minnesota, earning his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1979. He is a professor in the Wolfson Department of Chemical Engineering at Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Technion City, Haifa, Israel.