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Mikaeel Young and Swadeshmukul Santra won the Best Oral Presentation award at NanoFlorida 2013. Their presentation was titled “Mixed Valence Copper (Cu)/ Silica Nanocomposite: Synthesis, Characterization and Systematic Antimicrobial Studies.”

Mikaeel (M.S. in Biotechnology) is a graduate student in Dr. Santra’s research group. Santra is an Associate Professor in the University of Central Florida’s Nanoscience Technology Center, Department of Chemistry, and Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.

Nanoflorida is a student-organized conference of scientists and engineers from throughout the Sunshine State who are working in the area of nanotechnology and nanotoxicology. The conference aims to bring together the best and brightest of the field in order to harbor an atmosphere of academic networking and the promote collaboration between the various groups to further our knowledge of nano-scale phenomena. This year’s meeting was held at the University of Florida in Gainesville.