Research Development Funds

Summer 2015

The Texas Legislature created two funds to enhance research in 2001.  These funds were combined to establish the Research Development Fund (RDF). Since FY 2006, RDF has supported efforts to increase research capacity at eligible public universities.  For 2015, funds were made available to faculty in Galveston to purchase equipment which will allow them to expand their research capabilities. Below is a list of the items being purchased for Summer 2015.

  • A Confocal Micro Raman Spectroscopy System will be housed in the MARE department. Raman spectroscopy and spectral mapping imaging is a non-invasive and a powerful characterization technique that is used to produce signature spectra and chemical mappings of specimen. It will be used to investigate non-destructively the presence, chemical composition, phases and strain of different advanced engineered materials that are developed in the MARE laboratories. This new system also has interdisciplinary applications. Please contact Dr. Like Nyakiti or Dr. Matthew Kane for more information.

  • A basic high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) system will be purchased for research and educational purposes specifically to do routine analysis of organic biomarkers that do not require a mass spectrometry detector. This is a fundamental analytical tool for environmental research laboratories and will benefit those engaged in biochemistry and contaminant research. It will also provide a high-impact learning experience for students. Please contact Dr. Karl Kaiser for more information.

  • A state-of-the-art 3-D Scanning Station will be housed in the Maritime Studies Program research laboratory. The system is comprised of: Artex Spider and Eva 3-D Scanners with software, MakerBot Replicator Z18 3-D Printer (with extruders, filaments and cabinet), Dell Optiplex 9020 CPU and Monitor. As a complete system, this equipment will digitally scan, store, and replicate in three-dimensionality research artifacts such as anthropological items, ancient material culture, nautical archeological discoveries, and creative art pieces. Please contact Dr. Victor Visor for more information. 

  • A flow velocity and pressure measuring system called Vector will be purchased. The system is capable of measuring 3D fluid flow at a point with an internal sampling frequency of up to 250 Hz. The measurement principle is based on coherent Doppler processing which represents a non-intrusive technique requiring virtually no instrument calibration by the user. The system is ideal to measure 3D velocity in a variety of field and lab settings with ample battery and data storage capacity for autonomous field deployments. Please contact Dr. Figlus for more information.

  • A Rossfelder P3 Submersible Vibracoring System will be purchased to obtain long and intact sediment cores for marine geologic research from estuaries, lagoons, bays, lakes, and the continental shelf  in the Gulf of Mexico as well as from other locations. The P3 can be powered from a ship such as the new R/V Trident or by using a gas-powered, 3-phase portable generator is able to operate around the world from any coastal research vessel (skiffs, pontoon boats, and sailboats). Collecting sediment cores often represents one of the greatest financial challenges in marine geologic research. Once the cores are obtained and stored in TAMUG’s existing sediment core repository, they can for the basis for scientific research projects and proposals as well as proving learning opportunities for TAMUG students. Please contact Dr. Pete Van Hengstum or Dr. Tim Dellapenna for more information.

  • A Picarro cavity ring down spectrometer will be purchased to provide carbon isotope capabilities to TAMUG. The following C species can be analyzed for their C-isotopic composition: CO2 in air and dissolved in water, CH4 in air dissolved in water, dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), carbonates (shell, otoliths, etc.), and particulate organic carbon (POC). This spectrometer is expected to be located in the Organic Chemistry Central laboratory where a variety of peripherals are located that can be connected to it. Please contact Dr. Rainer Amon for more information. 

  • A new low-level gamma well detector will be purchased to replace a non-repairable one. Many environmental projects require age dating of sediments. In addition, radiochemisty projects require a gamma system able to count samples with environmental and elevated levels of different radionuclides. Please contact Dr. Santschi for more information.