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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Mathematics Professor Receives
Department of Defense Research Grant

WASHINGTON (July 19, 2013) – Howard University Department of Mathematics Professor Mohammad F. Mahmood, Ph.D., has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study energetic materials under extreme conditions of high pressure and high temperature.

The research project, “Fast Chemical Dynamics of Energetic Materials at High Pressures and Temperatures Studied by Ultrafast Laser Techniques,” is funded by a $400,062 grant from the Defense Department’s Army Research Office. The grant period runs from 2013 to 2016. Professor Mahmood received a grant in the same field in 2009.

“Knowledge of behavior of materials under extreme pressures and temperatures is fundamental for many fields of science,” Mahmood said. “This information is also important for technology and for national security as it allows predictions of material behavior under relevant conditions.”

Professor Mahmood is also a visiting scientist at Carnegie Institution of Washington where he collaborates with other researchers at the institute’s well-established high-pressure physics laboratory as well as with scientists at the Army Research Laboratory. His work includes projects that are of interest to the Defense Department and the U.S. Department of Energy.


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