The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be getting a $374,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a chemical engineering project.

The goal of the project is to study the processing-structure-property relationship in the fabrication of specialized materials.

The project will be headed up by Dr. Devesh Misra.

A UL spokesperson says the project will try to develop a generic manufacturing process that could be used to fabricate a variety of high-performance and ultra-light products.

The technology involved uses carbon-based nano-sized materials that are 10,000 times smaller than the human hair.