Students awarded research grant

The Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) awards Saint Peter’s physics senior Prajwal Niraula (’15) and physics Sophomore Nnamdi Ike (’17) $2,500 for conducting research on “Self-Organization in Cathode Boundary Layer Discharge in Noble Gas Mixture”. Niraula is a 3-year veteran in research on microplasmas and had received a research grant from ICFNJ in 2013. An additional $2,500 is awarded to Saint Peter’s physics junior Joseph Ghobrial (a recent transfer student from Hudson County Community College) for conducting research on “Optimizing Melamine Detection by the Application of Novel Substrate in Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)”. Both Ike and Ghobrial showed strong interests in conducting student research with our faculty and were recently recruited by the Center for Microplasma Science and Technology (CMST) as student research assistants. Niraula and Ike will be advised by Dr. WeiDong Zhu and Ghobrial will be advised by Dr. Debing Zeng in the Department of Applied Science and Technology.