Middle Tennessee State University associate professor of chemistry Keying Ding secured two federal grants this fall for her research: one from the National Science Foundation and the other from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.

For both projects, Ding’s chemical research centers around sustainability through developing new earth-abundant metal catalysts — substances that increase the rate of a chemical reaction without undergoing permanent change — to better facilitate “green” or eco-friendly chemistry applications.

The NSF grant provides $172,182 of funding. The ACS grant provides $70,000 of funding. Both grants last for three years.

Ding joined the MTSU faculty in 2013. She has previously earned two NSF grants and participated in another. In her past research projects, Ding has advised several undergraduate and graduate students, including Ph.D. students. She plans to do the same with her upcoming work.