Two N.C. universities were awarded $850,000 in federal grants as part of a $39 million grant program for developing and advancing nuclear energy.
The grants, awarded today for 51 projects at 31 universities, are part of the Obama administration's goal of promoting clean energy sectors.
UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State University received a pair of grants under the heading of "Transformative Research."
UNC received $400,000 to develop technologies to enhance economic extraction of uranium from deep sea reserves.
N.C. State netted $455,629 to develop, model and test neutron detectors based on nanotubes, increasing the accuracy and efficiency of detecting neutrons during nuclear fuel manufacturing and waste processing.