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USD to Establish Center for Fluorinated Functional Materials

Photo of Haoran Sun. Haoran Sun, Ph.D., will lead the new Center for Fluorinated Functional Materials.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will receive a $2.7 million grant to establish the Center for Fluorinated Functional Materials, awarded by the South Dakota Research and Commercialization Council, to work on the commercialization of fluorinated functional materials.

Haoran Sun, Ph.D., associate professor in the chemistry department, will lead the Center for Fluorinated Functional Materials.

“The creation of this research center is expected to overcome two significant challenges in transforming the South Dakota economy to a knowledge-based economy,” said Sun. “One–discovery of innovative technology. And two–building a technology and business-capable team.”

The five year $2,710,969 grant from South Dakota Governor’s Research Center Program will be used to build a self-sustaining discovery-based research center to commercialize fluorinated functional materials in the sectors of materials and advanced manufacturing, energy and environment, and human health and nutrition.

“This is an excellent opportunity to explore that potential of new fluorinated functional materials in many applications ranging from flexible electronics and battery technology to medical imaging and security,” said Sun. “We have an outstanding team with background in both material sciences and business. Working together, we will tackle two important challenges, innovation and workforce training, in transforming academic research to commercial products.”


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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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