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.

March 2, 2020

UW researchers featured in latest episode of Microsoft’s Quantum Impact series

Quantum Impact

NanoES faculty member Kai-Mei Fu, an experimental physics researcher and professor focusing on advanced quantum technologies, sat down with Dr. Krysta Svore, general manager of quantum systems and software at Microsoft, for the latest episode of Microsoft’s Quantum Impact series.

January 28, 2020

Mechanical engineering on the nanoscale

Flying micro robot

Mechanical engineering faculty in NanoES are developing new materials, systems and devices for environmental monitoring and health care.

November 15, 2019

Team uses golden ‘lollipop’ to observe elusive interference effect at the nanoscale

A team led by NanoES faculty member David Masiello and scientists from the University of Notre Dame used recent advances in electron microscopy to observe Fano interferences — a form of quantum-mechanical interference by electrons — directly in a pair of metallic nanoparticles.

November 4, 2019

Light-based ‘tractor beam’ assembles materials at the nanoscale

A team led by NanoES faculty member Peter Pauzauskie, a professor of materials science and engineering, has developed a method that could make reproducible manufacturing at the nanoscale possible. The team adapted a light-based technology employed widely in biology — known as optical traps or optical tweezers — to operate in a water-free liquid environment of carbon-rich organic solvents, thereby enabling new potential applications.

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