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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 7, 2009

Collaboration with Rutgers University offers students research experience

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Dr. Ozgur Dogru, an assistant professor of Engineering Physics, at Ramapo College of New Jersey has received a $59,373 National Science Foundation grant in collaboration with Rutgers University  to develop technology that will assist industry by standardizing and improving measurement of carbon-14, or the carbon 14 isotope.

Announcement of the grant to Dr. Dogru, and another principal investigator at Rutgers University, Professor Daniel E. Murnick, builds upon earlier research conducted by the pair in which they used carbon dioxide lasers to detect minute amounts of the element. They expect the research will yield data that will enable the development of a table-top, user-friendly instrument that can quickly and efficiently measure carbon-14 with high sensitivity. Pharmaceutical companies use carbon-14 to trace the movement of drugs in the bloodstream and environmental applications that include monitoring of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The proposed instrument will also perform carbon dating.

At Ramapo, where faculty/student opportunities are encouraged and facilitated by small class sizes, it means that Dr. Dogru will hire students to assist with the project.

“The grant presents rich opportunities for Dr. Dogru to further the advances he has already made in his research and for our students to be engaged in an innovative project on the field’s cutting edge as an incorporate part of their undergraduate science education,” said Dean Bernard Langer, of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science. “That experience is invaluable.”

Students will learn high-level physics and develop skills in working with lasers, electrical circuits, mathematical modeling and development of scientific software.

“I’m pleased and excited that this project is underway and it will be beneficial to our students who will receive hands-on scientific research experience that will help them in their careers,” said Dogru, who estimates the grant will allow him to hire two to three students each semester for the life of the three-year grant.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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