The Michigan State University-Fraunhofer USA, Inc. Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies is a non-profit R&D organization committed to bridging the research gap between academia and industry. Over 70 MSU students (graduate and undergraduate) work at the Center executing a variety of basic and applied research across various fields of engineering, materials science, physics, and chemistry. In the electrochemical applications group, research thrusts in water and health are of primary focus. This includes the development of diamond-based neural probes, diamond-based wearable sensors, and remediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in complex waste streams. This presentation will describe each of these research thrusts in detail while focusing on the impact and work of Michigan State University students. Future research direction, collaborative opportunities, and overall student engagement will also be discussed.
Cory Rusinek is a Scientist at the Michigan State University-Fraunhofer USA, Inc. Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Case Western Reserve University and completed his PhD in electroanalytical chemistry at the University of Cincinnati under the direction of Prof. William R. Heineman. Since joining the MSU-Fraunhofer Center, Cory has worked on or initiated several projects including remediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in wastewater, wearable sensors for measurements of lead in sweat, and neurotransmitter detection with diamond microfibers.