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Chemistry professors Michael Held and Katherine Cimatu were awarded $545,911 to study a polymer known as extensin, important in cell wall formation.
Plastic from Plants?
Professors Michael Held and Katherine Cimatu Awarded NSF Grant to Explore Plant Polymer Scaffolding in Search for Fossil Fuel Replacements

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Chemistry & Biochemistry students explore yesterday, today and tomorrow, searching for solutions to today's problems and imagining what they can build in a future of nano-devices and smart supramolecular architectures. They even probe the mysteries nature embedded long ago in cell walls and RNA.

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Faculty research spans the full breadth of the molecular sciences with many interdisciplinary connections to forensics, materials science, medicine and biotechnology.

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