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A milestone moment for JSNN

This is a milestone moment for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, as Campus Weekly readers are aware. The first doctoral degrees for JSNN students will be awarded Friday to UNCG’s Rabeah Rawashdeh and Joseph Estevez.

A new UNCG Now article fills us in, explaining that Rawashdeh and Estevez undertook extensive research for their dissertation studies as they made use of the school’s equipment, among the most technologically sophisticated in the state.

Estevez’s topic was “Fundamental Properties of Thermoset Resin with Boron Nitride Nanotube Reinforcement for Radiation Shielding Applications.” His research was funded by NASA, and he worked with adding boron nitride nanotubes to a resin compound to determine if the resulting composite would provide better radiation protection for astronauts.

Rawashdeh’s research was on “Mechanistic Studies of Water-Soluble Fullerenes as Free Radical Scavengers, Biological Antioxidants and NF-Kappaβ Inhibitors.” She tested fullerenes, the spherical molecules composed of carbon atoms nicknamed “buckyballs,” for their properties as antioxidants.

See Steve Gilliam’s full story about these students, with context by Dean Jim Ryan, at UNCG Now.