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The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology will provide $1.35 million to seven applied research projects.
Each of the successful applicants will conduct research under this round of funding for one to three years.
OCAST received 39 proposals, and external reviewers recommended 12 for funding. But available funds allowed support only of the highest ranked seven projects.
Funded projects include research into wheat genetics, thermophotovoltaics, thermoelectric energy harvesting, hydrogen production through hydrolysis, treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia, Crohn’s disease and silicon substrates.
The funds are administered by OCAST through the Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS) program and represent a long-term effort by the state to encourage technology-based economic development.
The recipients are:
- Khosrow Namjou, of Lightwave Photonics in Ardmore, who received $300,000 to help develop a process to lower the cost and speed the adoption of light-emitting diodes as a replacement for incandescent bulbs.
- Patrick McCann, of iRpowr Inc. in Norman, who received $183,900 to improve thermophotovoltaic technology, which converts heat into electricity.
- Gerald Koelsch, of CoMentis Inc. in Oklahoma City, who received $300,000 to develop a drug to treat memory and cognitive loss in Alzheimer’s and schizophrenic patients.
- Scott Rollins, of Selexys in Oklahoma City, who received $300,000 to develop a therapy for patients with Crohn’s disease.
- Liuling Yan, of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, who received $90,000 to develop wheat that is resistant to certain diseases.
- Ranji Vaidyanathan, of Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, who received $89,896 to develop thermoelectric devices.
- Daryoosh Vashaee, of Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, who received $89,873 to develop a process for solar hydrogen production.