In today’s world, people tend to place high value on devices that run faster and batteries that last longer. Meeting these demands is the focus of a new video released by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s (HEPC) Division of Science and Research.

In a two-minute video, Dr. Blake Mertz, an assistant professor of chemistry at West Virginia University, describes his research which focuses on getting a molecular-level picture of how electricity is conducted through proteins so that the electronics of tomorrow can run more efficiently. The documentary-style video which explains this in more detail can be found on the Division’s homepage, It’s part of an ongoing series about scientists from around the state.

Dr. Jan Taylor, Director of the Division of Science and Research said, “Scientific research can lead West Virginia into a new economy, and this begins with our colleges and universities. Our hope is that our video series will help people understand the impact of science and technology on modern life in our state.”

Videos from this series are available for free for local schools and education programs. For more information, contact the Division of Science and Research at 304-558-4128.

The Division of Science and Research directs the federal EPSCoR program in West Virginia, while also managing other state and federally funded academic research programs across the state. The program provides strategic leadership for infrastructure advancement and development of competitive research opportunities in STEM disciplines.