Liu receives $400,000 NSF CAREER Award

Zhiwen Liu, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The CAREER program is designed to help young engineers and scientists develop their research and teaching simultaneously as they begin their careers.

Liu's project is titled "Ultrasensitive optical spectroscopy at a single particle level." It will focus on the development of a new single-particle optical spectroscopy technology using white light supercontinuum optical tweezers. The tweezers enable researchers to control and probe a single particle at a level never before possible and can open up a range of new possibilities in nanoparticle characterization, sensing, and simultaneous manipulation and characterization of cells and organelles.

The grant also will provide an opportunity to expose undergraduate and graduate students to the broad spectrum of optics. Liu joined the Penn State faculty in 2003. He received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

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Last Updated July 06, 2009