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DURHAM N.C. – will establish a research program for through a $5 million grant awarded by the space agency.

The NASA Center for Aerospace Research and Education (NASA CADRE) will focus on research and development in a variety of areas ranging from nanotechnology to development of sensors and detectors.

Branislav Vlahovic, a professor of physics at NCCU, is the center’s director.

“The cornerstone of NASA-CADRE is a cluster of interdisciplinary research groups that build upon existing strengths, and exploit unique combination of expertise and facilities at NCCU,” Vlahovic said in a statement.

According to NCCU, research will focus on:

• Development of nanoscale materials for advanced optoelectronics devices
• Development of a new type of polarimeter for high-energy gamma-ray astrophysics
• Development of novel neutrino detector and nuclear astrophysics
• Development of an original highly sensitive and selective type of biochemical sensor
• Cooperative autonomous intelligent mobile robotic systems
• Seed projects: Modification of solar cell materials by laser irradiation; and use of metallic nanostructures to control light.

NCCU researchers will work with researchers at NASA, IBM, Duke University and Cornell University.

In 2008, Vlahovic received a $5 million grant to establish a National Science Foundation Computational Center for Fundamental and Applied Science and Education.