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r the challenges of working in the global marketplace.

The teams strength, said Tarabara, is that each institution brings something unique to the table.

For example, research to develop stronger hollow fiber membranes will unite the world-renowned expertise in carbon nanotube chemistry at Rice University with the knowledge of hollow fiber membrane manufacture and optimization at Frances National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, he said.

Development of high-flux membranes to remove heavy metal contaminants will include the group in Kiev, which is heavily involved in this work due to local environmental contamination, along with a group from MSU which is developing high-flux membranes that reject large molecules.

This project also internationalizes the experience of the students involved by enhancing the learning competencies that reflect the knowledge, attitudes and skills essential to living and working as global citizens when they graduate.

One premise of our partnership is that students are powerful catalysts for research collaboration, Tarabara said. Our research will be organized in international teams in which at least one doctoral student from a foreign institution will be teamed with a student from a U.S. institution.

Currently, seven graduate students four from MSU and three from Duke University are funded through this project.

This project also emphasizes diversity in graduate student recruitment and works with existing conduits to K-12 programs. The partnership will maximize opportunities for involvement of underrepresented minorities and women and will have an impact on future generations of scientists, according to Tarabara.

When the nonrenewable five-year, grant expires, Tarabara said, the project will live on.

We are working with industrial partners in the United States and abroad to ensure that the project is sustained after the NSF funding is over, he said.<
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