Daoyuan Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, has been awarded a $19,194 competitive instrumentation grant from the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

The grant will go towards purchasing a multimode microplate reader as an analytical equipment for student teaching and research, according to a university news release.

Wang is the principal investigator, and Richard Walker and Abul Kazi are the co-principal investigators for the grant, the news release said. The primary goal of the grant is to strengthen research capabilities and secondarily science education at the Arkansas INBRE network institutions, the news release said.

“The infusion of this modern and versatile multimode microplate reader will significantly enhance the educational experience and training of our students in analytic courses and benefit Dr. Wang’s research,” the news release said.

“In his capacity assistant professor at UAPB, Dr. Wang teaches and will teach general chemistry, instrumental analysis, quantitative analysis, and inorganic chemistry. In addition, his research interests lie in the synthesis and application of carbon-based nanometerials.”

“I am so glad to receive this grant as a PI,” Wang said. “This microplate reader is fast, accurate, and precise. Students will learn how to operate it and interpret the data generated, understand the theory behind it, and gain the important hands-on experience. Thank you, Arkansas INBRE. You are a vital asset to UAPB.”

The Arkansas INBRE is a statewide network of collaborative partnerships to expand biomedical research capacity in Arkansas. It builds upon infrastructure developed during the BRIN Phase, and features the three research-intensive institutions in the state — the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock — which provide scientific leadership.