Lauren Benz, PhD, Receives NSF Grant to Study "Nanoporous Hybrid Frameworks"

UT San Diego -- University of San Diego professor Lauren Benz is exploring a way to mop up excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — and she’s extending a hand to other female scientists seeking a niche in academia.

Benz, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has received a $450,000 Faculty Early Career Development grant from the National Science Foundation to study “nanoporous hybrid frameworks.”

Those are compounds with microscopic holes — “nano sponges” — that can sop up and compress 50 times their volume in carbon.

“Carbon dioxide gas is known to be a major contributor to global warming, so efforts which enable or improve the capture and storage of carbon dioxide are of broad importance,” Benz said. (Full Article

Lauren Benz, PhD, is Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.