Alexandru Biris, director and chief scientist of the Nanotechnology Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been awarded the university’s first Sturgis Charitable Trust Nanotechnology Chair.
A $1 million endowment to UALR from the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust led to the investiture of Biris, associate professor of systems engineering. As director of the UALR Nanotechnology Center, his research is focused on accelerating the development of commercial applications of nanotechnology through collaborations with private corporations, and universities and research institutions in the state, nation and abroad.
Biris was part of the team that designed, developed, and patented an electrodynamic dust shield for space exploration in collaboration with NASA and has published more than 15 scientific papers in the area of electrostatic dust mitigation – dust removal from solar panels. Other papers focused on his examination of Mars Dust Simulant properties by Raman Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction.
Biris led the invention of a new method and technology for producing large quantities of carbon nanotubes with high purity, resulting in several pending U.S. patents. He also has led the design and development of filters based on carbon nanostructures to efficiently remove bio-chemical contaminants from air and water, also a pending U.S. patent application.
The UALR scientist helped develop a unique tissue regeneration system that has been used successfully in 33 clinical studies to grow bone tissue with several patents filed. In all, Biris has filed 22 patent applications in nanotechnology, bio-nanotechnology, and materials science.
The Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust was established in 1981 to support and promote quality educational, cultural, human services and health-care programming.