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Awardee:UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
Doing Business As Name:University of Delaware
PD/PI:
  • Donald L Sparks
  • (302) 831-2532
  • dlsparks@udel.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • John F Rabolt
  • Kent Messer
  • Venugopal Kalavacharla
  • Justina Sapna
Award Date:05/23/2013
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 20,000,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 20,000,000
  • FY 2013=$4,000,000
  • FY 2016=$8,000,000
  • FY 2014=$8,000,000
Start Date:06/01/2013
End Date:11/30/2018
Transaction Type: Cooperative Agreements
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.083
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Delaware EPSCoR: Meeting Delaware's 21st Century Water and Energy Challenges through Research, Education, and Innovation
Federal Award ID Number:1301765
DUNS ID:059007500
Parent DUNS ID:059007500
Program:EPSCoR Research Infrastructure
Program Officer:
  • Jeanne Small
  • (703) 292-8623
  • jsmall@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:210 Hullihen Hall
City:Newark
State:DE
ZIP:19716-0099
County:Newark
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:00

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Delaware
Street:210 Hullihen Hall
City:Newark
State:DE
ZIP:19716-2553
County:Newark
Country:US
Cong. District:00

Abstract at Time of Award

As a coastal state, Delaware is facing the prospect of sea-level rise and its consequences for natural and built landscapes ranging from tidal wetlands to agricultural land to densely populated and polluted urban areas. Accordingly, this project addresses water and energy sustainability issues through four interdisciplinary research themes that integrate engineering and the social and natural sciences: the effect of sea-level rise on contaminant mobility and cycling; coupled land use and climate change impacts on water and natural systems; development and deployment of environmental sensors that provide data for the other themes and assist in environmental monitoring and forecasting systems; and innovations in environmentally sound renewable energy sources. The University of Delaware (UD), Delaware State University, Wesley College, and Delaware Technical Community College will collaboratively address these themes using innovative research approaches and educational programs. The project includes public outreach activities and partnerships with private industry and government. Intellectual Merit The proposed research is interdisciplinary with a focus on factors affecting water quality in a coastal zone subject to land use, demographic, and climate changes. Novel approaches will be used to investigate the fate of soil-bound contaminants inundated by sea-level rise, new environmental sensor technologies will be developed, and economic, sociological, ethical, and policy research will be integrated within each of the research themes. The project will address renewable energy including wind and biofuels. Novel means of securing the economic and societal benefits of the research through intellectual property development, education, and outreach, in the context of workforce development, are proposed. A seed grant program will capitalize on new opportunities and expand the network of investigators. Broader Impacts Improved understanding of the changes likely to occur in coastal areas and the range of possible human responses to those changes will have direct and near-term application in the state of Delaware, as well as widespread applicability around the nation and the globe. The research is planned so that results will inform public policy and decision making through collaboration and outreach. Student participants will be trained in interdisciplinary research approaches that integrate the natural and social sciences, as well as bridge the academic, public, and private sectors. New degree programs, internships with public and private partners, outreach visits, training in communication and intellectual property, and initiatives to integrate education and research combine to provide innovative opportunities for training the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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C. Spence and H. Bais "Role of plant growth regulators as chemical signals in plant-microbe interactions: a double edged sword." Plant Biol., v.27, 2015, p.. doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2015.05.028 

Ayyappan, V., Venu (Kal) Kalavacharla, Jyothi Thimmapuram, Ketaki P. Bhide, Venkateswara R. Sripathi, Tomasz G. Smolinski, Muthusamy Manoharan, Yaqoob Thurston, Antonette Todd, and Bruce Kingham "Genome Wide Profiling of Histone Modifications (H3K9me2 and H4K12ac) and Gene Expression in Rust (Uromyces appendiculatus) inoculated Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)" PLoS One, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132176. 

Dowell F, Cardman Z, Dasarathy S, Kellerman M, Lipp J, Ruff E, Biddle JF, McKay L, MacGregor B, Lloyd K, Albert D, Mendlovitz H, Hinrichs K, Teske A. "Microbial communities in methane-and short chain alkane-rich hydrothermal sediments of Guaymas Basin." Frontiers in Microbiology, v.7, 2016, p.. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2016.00017 

Feng X, P. Wang, Z. Shi, K.D. Kwon, H. Zhao, H. Yin, Z. Lin, M. Zhu, X. Liang, F. Liu, D.L. Sparks. "A Quantitative Model for the Coupled Kinetics of Arsenic Adsorption/Desorption and Oxidation on Manganese Oxides." Environmental Science & Technology Letters., v.5, 2018, p.175. doi:10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00058 

Sawyer, AH, O Lazareva, KD Kroeger, K Crespo, CS Chan, T Stieglitz, HA Michael "Stratigraphic controls on fluid and solute fluxes across the sediment-water interface of an estuary" Limnology & Oceanography, v., 2014, p..

Noda, Isao, Anjan Roy, James Carriere, Brian J. Sobieski, D. Bruce Chase and John F. Rabolt "Two-Dimensional Raman Correlation Spectroscopy Study of Poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate] Copolymers" Applied Spectroscopy, v.17, 2017, p.1427. doi:10.1177/0003702817707219 

MacGregor BJ, Biddle JF, Harbort C, Matthysse AG, Teske A. "ulfide oxidation, nitrate respiration, carbon acquisition, and electron transport pathways suggested by the draft genome of a single orange Guaymas Basin Beggiatoa (Cand. Maribeggiatoa) sp. filament" Marine Genomics, v.11, 2013, p.53.

Y. Duan, S. Rani, Y. Zhang, C. Ni, J.T. Newberg, A. Teplyakov "Silver deposition onto modified silicon substrates" J. Phys. Chem. C, v.121, 2017, p.. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b12896 

Sweeney C, Lakshmanan V, Bais HP "Interplant aboveground signaling prompts upregulation of auxin promoter and malate transporter as part of defensive response in the neighboring plants." Front Plant Science, v.19, 2017, p.595. doi:10.3389/fpls.2017.00595 

Wenqiong Tang, D. Bruce Chase and J. F. Rabolt "Immobilization of Gold Nanorods onto Electrospun Polycaprolactone Fibers Via Polyelectrolyte Decoration ? A 3D SERS Substrate" ACS Analytical Chemistry, v.85, 2013, p.10702.

Perez, Victor W. and Jennifer Egan "Knowledge and Concern for Sea level Rise in an Urban Environmental Justice Community" Sociological Forum, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1111/socf.12278 

Siebecker M.G., Chaney R.L., Sparks D.L. "Natural speciation of nickel at the micrometer scale in serpentine (ultramafic) topsoils using microfocused X-ray fluorescence, diffraction, and absorption." Geochem Trans., v.19, 2018, p.14. doi:10.1186/s12932-018-0059-2 

Firestone, J., Archer, C.L., Gardner, M.P., Madsen, J.A., Prasad, A.K., Veron, D.E. "Opinion: The Time has Come for Offshore Wind Power in the United States" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,, v.112, 2015, p.11985. doi:10.1073/pnas.1515376112 

P. Martin-DeLeon, R. Aravindan, M. Smith, R. Michael, S. Dash, S. Shah, and D. Galileo "Anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles in mice: evidence for induced structural and functional sperm defects after short-, but not long-, term exposure" Asian J. Androl., v., 2015, p.. doi:10.4103/1008-682X.143247 

D?Souza, M. J.; Bautista, R. C.; Wentzien, D. E. "Data Talks: Obesity-Related Influences on US Mortality Rates." Research Health Science, v.3, 2018, p.65. doi:10.22158/rhs.v3n3p65 

Sobieski, Brian J. , Isao Noda, D. Bruce Chase and John F. Rabolt "Artifact Correction in Temperature-Dependent Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) Infrared Spectra" Applied Spectroscopy, v.71, 2017, p.1868. doi:10.1177/0003702817690408 

Liangdong Feng, Yufu Zhu, Hongyan Ding, Chaoying Ni "Recent progress in nickel based materials for high performance pseudocapacitor electrodes" Journal of Power Sources, v.267, 2014, p.430.

Holmberg, A. L.; Nguyen, N. A.; Karavolias, M. G.; Reno, K. H.; Wool, R.P.; Epps, T. H., III "Syringyl Methacrylate, a Hardwood Lignin-Based Monomer for High-Tg Polymeric Materials" ACS Macro Letters, v.5, 2016, p.574. doi:10.1021/acsmacrolett.6b00270 

Paudel, P. , Negusse, N. and Jaisi, D.P. "Birnessite catalyzed degradation of glyphosate: A mechanistic study aided by kinetics batch studies and NMR spectroscopy." Soil Science Society of America Journal, v.79, 2015, p.826.

Fischel, M.H.H., J.S. Fischel, B.J. Lafferty and D.L. Sparks "The influence of environmental conditions on kinetics of arsenite oxidation by manganese-oxide" Geochem Trans, v.16, 2015, p.. doi:10.1186/s12932-015-0030-4 

Brodeur, J. "Delaware and Ocean Acidification: Preparing for a Changing Ocean" Delaware Coastal Programs- Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control,, v., 2015, p.. doi:http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/coastal/Pages/CoastalMgt.aspx 

Helen F Schmidt, Eric G Sakowski, Shannon J Williamson, Shawn W Polson and KEric Wommack "Shotgun metagenomics indicates novel family A DNA polymerases predominate within marine virioplankton" The ISME Journal, v.8, 2014, p.103. doi:10.1038/ismej.2013.124 

Jun Wu, Lvhuan Zou, Tao Wang, Yupeng Chen, Jianwang Cai, Jun Hu, and John Q, Xiao "Spin Hall angle and spin diffusion length in Au-Cu Alloys" IEEE Trans. Mag, v.52, 2016, p..

Li, H., Wallace, A., Reardon, P., Jaisi, D.P. "Degradation of glyphosate by Mn?oxide may bypass sarcosine and form glycine directly after C?N bond cleavage." Environmental Science & Technology., v.52, 2018, p.1109. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b03692 

Sowers, T. D., Harrington, J. M., Polizzotto, M. L., & Duckworth, O. W. "Sorption of arsenic to biogenic iron (oxyhydr)oxides produced in circumneutral environments." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v.198, 2017, p.194. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2016.10.049 

Chen, Jianqing; Xin Cai; Donghui Yang; Dan Song; Jiajia Wang; Jinghua Jiang; Aibin Ma; Shiquan Lv; Michael Z. Hu; Chaoying Ni "Recent progress in stabilizing hybrid perovskites for solar cell applications" Journal of Power Sources, v.355, 2017, p.98. doi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2017.04.025 

Shelton, C. K.; Epps, T. H., III "Block copolymer thin films: Characterizing nanostructure evolution with in situ X-ray and neutron scattering" Polymer, v.105, 2016, p.545. doi:10.1016/j.polymer.2016.06.069 

Jianqing Chen, Donghui Yang, Dan Song, Jinghua Jiang, Aibin Ma, Michael Z. Hu, and Chaoying Ni "Strategies for Enhancing Solar-to-Hydrogen Efficiency" Journal of Power Sources, v.280, 2015, p.649.

Ayyappan, V., Saha, M.C., Thimmapuram, J., Sripathy, V.R., Bhide, K.P., Fiedler, E., Hayford, R., Kalavacharla, V. "Comparative transcriptome profiling of upland (VS16) and lowland (AP13) ecotypes of switchgrass" Plant Cell Report., v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1007/s00299-016-2065-0 

Fooks, J., K.D. Messer, and M. Kecinski "A Cautionary Note on the Use of Benefit Metrics for Cost-Effective Conservation." Environmental and Resource Economics., v., 2017, p.. doi:10.1007/s10640-017-0192-x 

Malcolm J. D?Souza, Brandon Sandosky, Gabriel A. Fernandez-Bueno, Matthew J. McAneny, and Dennis N. Kevill, "LFER Studies Evaluating Solvent Effects on an ?-Chloro- and two ?,?,?-Trichloro-Ethyl Chloroformate Esters" Canadian Chemical Transactions, v.2, 2014, p.160.

Kevill, D. N.; Ryu, Z. H.; D'Souza, M. J. , "Correlation Analysis of the Rates of Solvolysis of 4-Bromopiperidine: A Reaction following a Grob Fragmentation Pathway." European Journal of Chemistry, v.8, 2017, p.162. doi:10.5155/eurjchem.8.2.162-167.1566 

R. E. Andrews, D. S. Galileo, and P. A. Martin-DeLeon "Plasma membrane Ca2+-ATPase 4: interaction with constitutive nitric oxide synthases in human sperm and prostasomes which carry Ca2+/CaM-dependent serine kinase." Mol. Hum. Reprod.,, v.21, 2015, p.. doi:10.1093/molehr/gav049 

Marenghi, F., Ashton-Alcox, K. Wong, R., Reynolds, B. and Ozbay, G. "Dredge efficiency on natural oyster grounds in Delaware Bay and its application in monitoring the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) stock in Delaware." Fisheries Research Journal, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2016.10.007 

Wu, S., A. Zia, M. Ren, and K.D. Messer "Simulating Heterogeneous Farmer Behaviors under Different Policy Schemes: Integrating Economic Experiments and Agent-Based Modeling" Journal on Policy and Complex Systems, v.3, 2017, p.164. doi:10.18278/jpcs.3.1.10 

H. S. Khare, A. C. Moore, D. R. Haidar, L. Gong, J. Ye, J. F. Rabolt, D. L. Burris "Interrelated Effects of Temperature and Environment on Wear and Tribochemistry of an Ultralow Wear PTFE Composite" Journal of Physical Chemistry, v.119, 2015, p.16518. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b00947 

Orsi, W., Jorgensen, B.B., Biddle, JF. "Transcriptional analysis of sulfate reducing and chemolithoautotrophic sulfur oxidizing bacteria in the deep subseafloor" Env Microbiology Reports, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1111/1758-2229.12387 

Russoniello, CJ and HA Michael "Investigation of seepage meter measurements in steady flow and wave conditions" Groundwater, v., 2014, p.. doi:10.1111/gwat.12302 

Beam J., Scott J. J., McAllister S. M., Chan C. S., McManus J., Meysman F. and Emerson D. "Potential for biological rejuvenation of iron oxides in bioturbated marine sediments." ISME J., v.12, 2017, p.1389. doi:10.1038/s41396-017-0032-6. 

D'Souza, M. J.; Kroen, W. K.; Stephens, C. B.; Kashmar, R. J. "Strategies and Initiatives that Revitalize Wesley College STEM Programs,Ó The Journal of College Teaching and Learning" The Journal of College Teaching and Learning, v.12, 2015, p.195. doi:PMCID: PMC4501633 

Luo, M.; Brown, J. R.; Remy, R. A.; Scott, D. M.; Mackay, M. E.; Hall, L. M.; Epps, T. H., III "Determination of Interfacial Mixing in Tapered Block Polymer Thin Films: Experimental and Theoretical Investigations" Macromolecules, v.49, 2016, p.5213. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00946 

Xiazhang Li, Chao Yao, Xiaowang Lu, Zonglin Hu, Yu Yin, Chaoying Ni "Halloysite?CeO 2?AgBr nanocomposite for solar light photodegradation of methyl orange" Applied Clay Science, v.104, 2015, p.74.

Hanson, TE, Bonsu, E, Tuerk, A, Marnocha, CL, Powell, DH, and C. S. Chan "Chlorobaculum tepidum growth on biogenic S(0) as the sole photosynthetic electron donor" Environ. Microbiol, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.12995 

Holmberg, A. L.; Reno, K. H.; Wool, R. P.; Epps, T. H., III "Biobased building blocks for the rational design of renewable block copolymers" Soft Matter, v., 2014, p.. doi:10.1039/c4sm01220h 

Yu, X., C. J. Duffy, A. N. Rousseau, G. Bhatt, A. P. Alvarez, D. Charron "Open science in practice: learning integrated modeling of coupled surface-subsurface flow processes from scratch" Earth and Space Science, v.3, 2016, p.190. doi:10.1002/2015EA000155 

Wu, S., J. Toussaint, and K.D. Messer "Maximizing Benefits in Project Selection: A Hybrid Approach" Applied Economics, v.40, 2017, p.4071. doi:10.1080/00036846.2016.1276267 

Hughes, S. & Sarzynski, A. "Building Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas: Editors' Introduction" Urban Climate, v.14, 2015, p.. doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2015.07.002 

Yu, X., J. Yang, T. Graf, M. Koneshloo, M.A. O'Neal, H.A. Michael "Impact of Topography on Groundwater Salinization Due to Ocean Surge Inundation" Water Resource Research, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1002/2016WR018814 

Yang, J, H Zhang, X Yu, T Graf, HA Michael "Assessing the impact of subsurface properties on groundwater salinization due to storm surge inundation" Advances in Water Resources, v.111, 2017, p.. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2017.11.017 

Ye M., Lingham T., Huang Y., Ozbay G., Ji L., Karwe M. and Chen H. "Effects of high-hydrostatic pressure on inactivation of human norovirus and physical and sensory characteristics of oysters" Journal of Food Science, v.80, 2015, p.. doi:10.1111/1750-3841.12899. 

Dworkin, M., Xie, S., Saha, M., Thimmapuram, J., Kalavacharla, V. "Analyses of methylomes of upland and lowland switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) ecotypes using MeDIP-seq and BS-seq" BMC Genomics, v.18, 2017, p.851. doi:10.1186/s12864-017-4218-0 

Haq, E.; Toolan, D. T. W.; Emerson, J. A.; Epps, T. H., III; Howse, J. R.; Dunbar, A. D. F.; Ebbens, S. J. "Real Time Laser Interference Microscopy for Bar-Spread Polystyrene/Poly (methyl methacrylate) Blends" Journal of Polymer Science: Part B - Polymer Physics, v.52, 2014, p.985.

Ozbay G, Reckenbeil B, Marenghi F, Erbland P. "Can?t Go Wrong With Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica): Restoring the Delaware Inland Bays? Biodiversity" Journal of Biodiversity and Endangered Species, v.1, 2013, p.109. doi:10.4172/jbes.1000109 

D'Souza, MJ, Kevill, DN. "Mechanistic Studies of the Solvolyses of Carbamoyl Chlorides and Related Reactions" Journal of Molecular Science, v.17, 2016, p.. doi:10.3390/ijms17010111 

Green, M. D.; Foster, A. A.; Roy, R.; Lehr, R. M.; Epps, T. H., III; Sullivan, M. O. "Catch and Release: Photocleavable Cationic Diblock Copolymers as a Potential Platform for Nucleic Acid Delivery" Polymer Chemistry, v., 2014, p.. doi:DOI: 10.1039/C4PY00638K 

Xu, Y., Seshadri, B., Sarkar, B., Wang, H., Rumpel, C., Sparks, D., Farrell, M., Hall, T., Yang, X., and Bolan, N. "Biochar modulates heavy metal toxicity and improves microbial carbon use efficiency in soil." Science of The Total Environment, v.621, 2018, p.148. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.214 

Inamdar, S., G. Dhillon, S. Singh, T. Parr, and Z. Qin "articulate nitrogen exports in stream runoff exceed dissolved nitrogen forms during large tropical storms in a temperate, headwater, forested watershed." Journal of Geophysical Research ? Biogeosciences., v.120, 2015, p.1548. doi:10.1002/2015JG002909 

Veron, D., Ad-Marbach, G., Wolfson, J. and Ozbay, G. "Assessing climate literacy content in higher education science courses: Distribution, Challenges and Needs" Journal of College Science Teaching, v.45, 2016, p.27. doi:0047-231X 

Yang, J., J. Liu, Y. Hu, C. Rumpel, N. Bolan and D. Sparks "Molecular-level understanding of malic acid retention mechanisms in ternary kaolinite-Fe(III)- malic acid systems: The importance of Fe speciation" Chem Geol, v.464, 2017, p.69. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.02.018 

Lingham T., Ye M., Chen H., Chintapenta L.K., Handy E., Zhao J., Wu C. and Ozbay G. "Effects of High Hydrostatic Pressure on the Physical, Microbial, and Chemical Attributes of Oysters (Crassostrea virginica)." Journal of Food Science, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1111/1750-3841.13290 

A. Broderick, Y. Khalifa, M. Shiflett, J.T. Newberg "Water at the ionic liquid-gas interface examined by ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy" J. Phys. Chem. C., v., 2017, p.121. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b00775 

MacGregor BJ, Biddle JF, Siebert JR, StauntonE, Hegg EL, Matthysse AG, Teske A. "Why orange Guaymas Basin Beggiatoa spp. are orange: Single-filament-genome-enabled identification of an abundant octaheme cytochrome with hydroxylamine oxidase, hydrazine oxidase and nitrite reductase activities" Applied and Environmental Microbiology, v.79, 2013, p.1183.

Quadir, M. A.; Morton, S. W.; Deng, Z. J.; Shopsowitz, K. E.; Murphy, R. P.; Epps, T. H., III, Hammond, P. T. "PEG-polypeptide Block Copolymers as pH-responsive Endosome-Solubilizing Drug Nanocarriers" Molecular Pharmaceutics, v.11, 2014, p.2420.

Yang, Yuxiang, Huan Yang, Lu Liu, Tong Li, Hongmin Yuan, Chaoying Ni "Effects of Fluoride Ion on the Formation of Earthworm-like Mesoporous Silica" Journal of the American Ceramic Society,, v.100, 2017, p.2502. doi:10.1111/jace.14696 

Tibbits,A.C., YS Yan, CJ Kloxin "Covalent incorporation of ionic liquid into ion-conductive networks via thiol?ene photopolymerization" Macromolecular Rapid Communications, v.38, 2017, p.13. doi:10.1002/marc.201700113. 

Charpentier, C. L. and Cohen, J. H "Chemical cues from fish heighten visual sensitivity in larval crabs through changes in photoreceptor structure and function" Journal of Experimental Biology, v.218, 2015, p.3381. doi:10.1242/jeb.125229 

Jaisi, D.P., Hou, Y., Stout, L.M., Massoudieh, "A. Modeling of biotic and abiotic processes affecting phosphate oxygen isotope ratios at the mineral-water-biota interface" Water Research, v.126, 2017, p.262. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2017.09.025 

Stout, L.M, Nguyen, T.T. and Jaisi, D.P. "Relationship of phytate, phytate mineralizing bacteria, and beta-propeller genes along a coastal tributary to the Chesapeake Bay" Soil Science Society of America Journal, v.80, 2016, p.84. doi:10.2136/sssaj2015.04.0146 

J.T. Newberg, J. Åhlund, C. Arble, C. Goodwin, Y. Khalifa, A. Broderick, "A lab-based ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectrometer with exchangeable analysis chambers" Rev. Sci. Instrum, v.86, 2015, p.. doi:dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4928498 

Kelley, E. G.; Murphy, R. P.; Seppala, J. E.; Smart, T. P.; Hann, S. D.; Sullivan, M. O.; Epps, T. H., III, "Size evolution of highly amphiphilic macromolecular solution assemblies via a distinct bimodal pathway" Nature Communications, v., 2014, p.. doi:DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4599 

Stone M, Roeske K, Chintapenta LK, Phalen L, Kalavacharla V and Ozbay G. "Water Quality Analysis of Agriculturally Impacted Tidal Blackbird Creek, Delaware" Frontiers in Environmental Science Journal, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2016.00070 

Limmer, M.A., Wise, P.?, Dykes, G.E.*, Seyfferth, A.L. "Silicon decreases accumulation of dimethylarsinic acid and mitigates straighthead disorder in rice." Environ Sci Technol., v.52, 2018, p.4809. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b00300 

Basile, S.J., S. A. Rauscher, and A. L. Steiner "Projected precipitation changes within the Great Lakes and Western Lake Erie Basin: A multi-model analysis of intensity and seasonality." International Journal of Climatology, v.37, 2017, p.4864. doi:10.1002/joc.5128 

Yeasmin, S., B. Singh, C. T. Johnston and D. L. Sparks "Evaluation of pre- treatment procedures for improved interpretation of mid-Infrared spectra of soil organic matter" Geoderma, v.304, 2017, p.83. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.04.008 

Jianqing Chen, Donghui Yang, Dan Song, Jinghua Jiang, Aibin Ma, Michael Z Hu, Chaoying Ni "Recent progress in enhancing solar-to-hydrogen efficiency" Journal of Power Sources, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2015.01.073 

Seyfferth, Angelia & Limmer, Matt & Dykes, Gretchen. "On the Use of Silicon as an Agronomic Mitigation Strategy to Decrease Arsenic Uptake by Rice." Advances in Agronomy., v., 2018, p.. doi:10.1016/bs.agron.2018.01.002 

Sowers, T. D., Harrington, J. M., Polizzotto, M. L., & Duckworth, O. W. "Sorption of arsenic to biogenic iron (oxyhydr) oxides produced in circumneutral environments" Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v.198, 2017, p.194. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2016.10.049 

Yeasmin, S., B. Singh, C.T. Johnston and D.L. Sparks "Organic carbon characteristics in density fractions of soils with contrasting mineralogies" Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, v.218, 2017, p.215. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2017.09.007 

Caplan, Kumar, Park, Padmanabhan, Hoban, Modla, Czymmek, "Chloroplast Stromules Function during Innate Immunity" Developmental Cell, v.34, 2015, p.. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.devcel.2015.05.011 

Holmberg, A. L.; Stanzione, J. F., III; Wool, R. P.; Epps, T. H., III "A Facile Method for Generating Designer Block Copolymers from Functionalized Lignin Model Compounds" ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, v.2, 2014, p.569.

Ryou, Romberg, Pashley, Tay and Arola, D. "Importance of age on the dynamic mechanical behavior of intertubular and peritubular" J. Mech. Behav. Biomed. Mate, v.42, 2015, p.1. doi:10.1016/j.jmbbm.2014.11.021 

Al-Dossary, Bathala, Caplan, Martin-DeLeon "Oviductosome-Sperm Membrane Interaction in Cargo Delivery Detection Of Fusion And Underlying Molecular Players Using Threedimensional Super-Resolution Structured Illumination Microscopy (SR-SIM)" Cell Biol, v.290, 2015, p.17710.

Russell JA, Brady AL, Cardman Z, Slater GF, Lim DSS, Biddle JF. "Prokaryote populations of extant microbialites along a depth gradient in Pavilion Lake, British Columbia" Geobiology, v., 2014, p..

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Xu, Shuyu , Wenqiong Tang, D. Bruce Chase, Donald L. Sparks, and John F. Rabolt. "A Highly Sensitive, Selective, and Reproducible SERS Sensor for Detection of Trace Metalloids in the Environment" ACS Applied Nano Materials, v., 2018, p.. doi:10.1021/acsanm.7b00301 

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Interdisciplinary teams of researchers investigated the effects of sea-level rise on heavy metal contaminant mobility and cycling, coupled land use and climate change impacts on the environment, sensors, genetics of switchgrass, offshore wind turbine siting and conflict resolution. Investments in faculty and equipment resulted in over 308 peer-reviewed publications and $31 million in new awards. This project allowed for hiring of five new tenure-track faculty members (80% retention rate). Research in these areas informed state policy and contributed to the economic prosperity of the state and region. The project supported 383 faculty, 205 Technical and Non-technical staff. 51 post-docs, 166 graduate students and 597 undergraduates, and reached more than 6,000 citizens throughout the state. Faculty members obtained grants from NSF, NIH, USDA, and DOE. Students received four NSF GRFP awards. Since 2014, the project supported 18 Delaware Environmental Fellows and new collaborations and student exchanges with HBCUs resulted in training of 6 students and one undegraduate attending UD as graduate student. A new core facility, the Advanced Materials Characterization Lab, was launched and outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including a NANO-IR (the only one in the country in an academic setting), XRD, XRF and ICPMS-LA. The facility saw a fourfold increase in registered users (125 in 2014 to 957 in 2018) and greatly enhanced the training of graduate and postgraduate students. The Spin In? workforce program launched under this award provided students experience in teamwork, entrepreneurship, and project management, leading to jobs for nine students, commercialization of six products, and creation of three startup companies.


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