October 1, 2020

NanoES faculty receive National Science Foundation award to increase capacity of quantum computing systems

Headshots of ECE professors Mo Li, Arka Majumdar and Karl Böhringer

A team led by UW Electrical & Computer Engineering professors Mo Li, Arka Majumdar and Karl Böhringer was selected to participate in the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator, a new initiative to accelerate use-inspired research addressing societal challenges. The team will be working to increase the capacity of quantum computing systems to retain and process information.

September 1, 2020

UW receives NSF funds for investment in an interdisciplinary quantum future

The National Science Foundation has awarded $3 million to establish a NSF Research Traineeship at the University of Washington for graduate students in quantum information science and technology. The new traineeship — known as Accelerating Quantum-Enabled Technologies, or AQET — will make the UW one of just a handful of universities with a formal, interdisciplinary QIST curriculum. NanoES member and professor of electrical & computer engineering and physics, Kai-Mei Fu, will direct this new traineeship.

August 24, 2020

UW nanotechnology infrastructure gets a boost from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Washington and Oregon State University a five-year, $5 million grant to advance nanoscale science, engineering, and technology research in the Pacific Northwest. Known as the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI), the UW and OSU partnership is one of 16 sites in the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program. NNCI sites provide researchers from academia and industry access to leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools at university facilities.

June 23, 2020

Laser allows solid-state refrigeration of a semiconductor material

A diagram showing the set up of an experiment for solid-state refrigeration using a laser.

A team led by NanoES faculty member Peter Pauzauskie used an infrared laser to cool a solid semiconductor by at least 20 degrees C, or 36 F, below room temperature, as they report in a paper published June 23 in Nature Communications.

June 19, 2020

Meeting the need for COVID-19 test kits: Pivoting from Seattle Flu Study and developing new rapid tests

UW SCAN swab kit assembly

Bioengineering professor Barry Lutz, in partnership with Dr. Matthew Thompson, a UW professor of family medicine and global health, is pioneering at home test kits for the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about how the Lutz lab is developing new ways to rapidly test.

June 16, 2020

Inaugural CoMotion Director’s Award goes to UW researchers assessing the persistence of potentially infectious aerosols in medical facilities

NanoES faculty member Igor Novosselov and an interdisciplinary team of researchers were awarded $25,000 to develop low-cost sensor networks for hospital operating rooms capable of mapping out the spatial and temporal distribution of long-lived aerosols that may contain SARS-CoV-2 or other infectious agents.

May 22, 2020

Quantum Edge

Quantum computing is the key to solving problems regular computers can’t handle, like designing silver-bullet drugs for cancer or improving materials for data storage. With a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, and strengths in photonics, materials science, physics and electrical and computer engineering, the UW is positioned to lead the field with the launch of QuantumX, an initiative that brings together quantum expertise across campus.

April 14, 2020

Optics startup Tunoptix wins federal grant to develop metalenses for imaging satellites at Washington Nanofabrication Facility

A portion of the team’s experimental setup for capturing an image using a metalens. The researchers capture an image of flowers through a metalens (mounted on a microscope slide) and visualize it through a microscope.

Tunoptix, an optics startup co-founded by University of Washington (UW) electrical and computer engineering professors Karl Böhringer and Arka Majumdar, was awarded $223,000 in Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop metasurface lenses (or metalenses) for imaging in satellites at the UW Washington Nanofabrication Facility.

March 5, 2020

NanoES engineers receive UW College of Engineering awards for excellence in research

Congratulations to materials science & engineering professor Miqin Zhang for receiving the faculty research award and Shane Colburn, a PhD student in Arka Majumdar’s lab, for receiving the student research award.

March 3, 2020

Accelerating Innovation

Student holds small device and point to analysis on the computer

Students in the lab of NanoES faculty member and ME professor Igor Novosselov’s formed the startup AeroSpec to provide real-time air quality analysis. They recently participated in the Jones + Foster Accelerator Program, which supports students looking to grow their ideas into a new company.

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