Visiting Professor Stephen Joseph’s team wins $2M Grant

17 May 2010

Nagarajan Valanoor (Nagy) has been awarded the Young Investigator Award at the 2010 International Symposium on Integrated Functionalities (ISIF) held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nagy received his award for his work in studies of ferroelectric domains at the nanoscale. The ISIF is the leading international conference in the very vibrant and highly competitive materials science field focussing on fundamental and applied science of ferroelectric materials. Nagy is an Associate Professor in the School and currenThe US National Science Foundation has just announced that a team including School Visiting Professor Stephen Joseph has been awarded a $US1.7m BREAD Grant to explore some of the key questions about the efficient use and production of biochar to improve soil fertility and crop yield. The grant is together with scientists at Cornell University; the University of California, Irvine and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) (Kenya). The purpose of the BREAD scheme is to support basic research that will build a foundation for generating sustainable, science-based solutions to agricultural problems in developing countries. Further details can be found here.

Professor Joseph is an active collaborator with Professors Paul Munroe and Al Crosky and co-supervisor of a number of PhD students in the School. He is recognised as a world expert on the development of the exciting field of the use of biochar for enhancing agricultural yields. He has also edited a book on the topic. More details of the work can be found here.