NASA's Physical Science Research Program will fund eight proposals to help investigate how complex fluids and macromolecules behave in microgravity. The investigations will be conducted aboard the International Space Station.
These studies will result in new basic knowledge that provides a foundation upon which other NASA researchers and engineers can build approaches to problems confronting human exploration of space or that translate into new tools or applications on Earth. The proposals were in response to the research announcement "Research Opportunities in Complex Fluids and Macromolecular Biophysics."
The selected proposals are from eight institutions in six states and will receive a total of about $5.9 million during a five-year period. Selected experiments will begin immediately.
- Larry DeLucas, University of Alabama at Birmingham, The Effect of Macromolecular Transport on Microgravity Protein Crystallization
- Ali Mohraz, University of California, Irvine, Understanding the Morphology and Stability of Bijels Using Microgravity
- David Marr, Colorado School of Mines, Fabrication, Crystallization, and Folding of Complex Colloidal Molecules under the Influence of Applied External Fields
- Boris Khusid, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Kinetics of electric field-driven phase transitions in polarized colloids
- Amir Hirsa, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Amyloid fibril formation in microgravity: Distinguishing interfacial and flow effects
- Edward Snell, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Growth Rate Dispersion as a Predictive Indicator for Biological Crystal Samples Where Quality Can be Improved with Microgravity Growth
- Zhengdong Cheng, Texas A&M University, Liquid Crystals of Nanoplates
- Peter Vekilov, University of Houston, Solution convection and the nucleation precursors in protein crystallization