University of Northern Iowa physics faculty members will receive four federal grants to expand research efforts and support student training to enter the workforce. UNI will play a critical role in a five-year, $20 million National Science Foundation grant aimed at bolstering research capacity and infrastructure for Iowa’s bioscience and advanced manufacturing sectors. It’s part of Chemurgy 2.0, a collaborative effort involving UNI, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Central College and Dordt University aimed at meeting human needs through things that grow. Two other National Science Foundation grants, totaling $1.35 million, will fund projects exploring carbon’s ability to change electrical properties and to study materials vital for quantum information storage. UNI also received a $500,000 grant from the Department of Energy to engineer two-dimensional materials for quantum computing.