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A team of of ONAMI member researchers, assisted by both ONAMI matching funds and ONAMI Entrepreneur-in-Residence Augie Sick, has won the “Best in Show” prize for the second cohort of NSF Innovation Corps teams.The NSF I-Corps program provides training and advice to university scientists with promising research. This year, 24 teams participated in the program, with final presentations held at Stanford University on May 23.
The project Commercialization of new anion-sensing materials by the “SupraSensor” team consisting of recent UO Chemistry Ph.D. Calden Carroll, UO Prof. Darren Johnson (Principal Investigator), Michael Haley, Bruce Branchaud and August Sick of ONAMI won “Best in Show” for presentation of their nitrate sensing probe designed to maximize agricultural productivity, optimize fertilizer usage and minimize environmental impacts.
The team is applying for additional grants and developing a prototype of the nitrate sensor, which promises to be a significant contribution to the emerging field of precision agriculture.