News about our people and research
2019.05 - Congratulations to Mark Odendahl for receiving the UW ECE Outstanding Undergraduate Award.
2018.02 - Congratulations to Ethan Keeler for receiving the IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowship! Only two eligible IEEE members are selected each year for this prestigious fellowship.
2017.10.24 - Ethan Keeler's poster presentation "Optical-Trapping Enhanced MEMS-Resonant Mass Detection for Biological Applications" received the Best Research Poster Award at the WNF Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & NNCI Community Appreciation Night. Co-authors for the poster are Peifeng Jing, Jingda Wu, and Chen Zou from our group.
2017.09 - Chen Zou is one of the 2018 UW Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellow
2017.07 - Ethan Keeler received a travel grant to attend the 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit, sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
2017.01.17 - Our group alumnus, Dr. Jean Wang (PhD 2007), received the prestigious Early Career Diamond Award from UW College of Engineering.
2016.06.21 - Our continuous patent application "Surface-passivated silicon quantum dot phosphors," was issued a US patent No. 9,373,749.
2015.12.08 - Our patent application "Surface-passivated silicon quantum dot phosphors," was issued a US patent No. 9,209,352.
2015.11 - Jingda Wu's paper "A flexible nanocrystal photovoltaic ultraviolet photodetector on a plant membrane," was selected as the inside front cover article/image by Advanced Optical Materials, see image
2015.10 - Conner Ballew received an UW EE Frey Scholarship
2015.09 - Peifeng Jing is one of the 2016 UW Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellow
2015.06 - Ethan Keeler's poster "MEMS resonator and photonic crystal integration for enhanced cellular mass sensing" received the Best Scientific Poster Award from the 9th NAMIS International Summer School ("Nano and Micro Systems") EE News .
2014.05 - Jingda Wu received the OSA Incubic Milton Chang Student Travel Grant for attending CLEO/QELS 2014.
2014.04 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu and his company LumiSands were featured by UW 360 TV in the video "Seattle City Light/LED."
2013.12.03 - Our patent application "Color-selective quantum dot photodetectors" was issued a US patent (No. 8,598,567). The color-selectivity is achieved by integrating plasmonic nanoparticles with quantum dot photodetectors.
2013.06.12 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu's company LuminSands was featured by UW News: Silicon-based nanoparticles could make LEDs cheaper, greener to produce.
2013.04.23 - Erin Sanehira was selected by NASA to receive the Space Technology Research Fellowship. Link to UW EE News
2013.04.02 - Erin Sanehira was selected for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Link to UW EE News
2013.02.13 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu's company LumiSands won a Jones Milestones/Foster Accelerator Award .
2013.01 - Our research on quantum dot neuron switch was ranked as the 4th most popular story of 2012 by Biophotonics.
2013.01 - Our research on quantum dot neuron switch was highlighted in Photonics Spectra, "Doing the math: Aging world population demands photonics innovation."
2012.12.05 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu's company LumiSands won a NSF SBIR Phase I award.
2012.08.23 - Erin Sanehira was awarded the UW EE Keith & Nancy Rattie Endowed Fellowship.
2012.07 - American Physical Society published an article on Physics Central about our research on quantum dot optical switches for neurons: "Quantum Dots and Cells"
2012.05 - Our work on quantum dot optical switches for neurons was reported in OSA Optics & Photonics News: "Stimulating specific neurons with light"
2012.04.30 - Prof. Lin's invited paper "Quantum dot optical switches for remote control of neurons" was published in SPIE News Room
2012.04.25 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu's LumiSands team passed the UW Business Plan Competition Investment Round and is now advanced to the Sweet 16 Round.
2012.04 - Our work on quantum dot optical switches for neurons was reported in Biophotonics: "Quantum dots switch neurons on, off"
2012.04.11 - Our paper "Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots" was listed as Top Downloads in Biomedical Optics Express from March 2012.
2012.03.30 - Our Biomedical Optics Express paper "Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots" was highlighted in Nature Photonics: "Neurophotonics: Quantum-dot control"
2012.03.30 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu and his team member Ji-Hao Hoo, founders of LumiSands, were awarded the Siemens Honorable Mention at the UW Foster Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Environmental Innovation Challenge Competition.
2012.02.29 - Our work on quantum dot optical switches for neurons was reported in UW Daily: "UW Scientists study quantum dots to find cures for diseases"
2012.02.15 - Erin Sanehira received the NSF EAPSI Fellowship
2012.02.14 - Our Biomedical Optics Express paper "Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots" was reported in New Scientist: "Quantum dots control brain cells for the first time"
2012.02.08 - Optical Society of America issued a press release on our paper "Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots," Biomedical Optics Express:
2012.02.08 - Our work on silicon quantum dots was reported by Laser Focus World, "Bright red phosphor is based on silicon quantum dots"
2012.01.17 - Dr. Chang-Ching Tu's proposal "Low-cost and ultra-bright phosphor materials based on silicon quantum dots for lighting and display applications" won him a UW Center for Commercialization Postdoctoral Fellowship
2011.10 - Erin Sanehira received the UW Electrical Engineering Gray Fellowship
2011.03.07 - Katherine Lugo received a scholarship from the 2011 Richard Tapia Conference
2010 - Welcome to Stephanie Bachar from MIT to join us as an Amgen Scholar in summer 2010
2010.01.01 - Prof. Lin was elected as an IEEE Fellow UWEE News
2009.05 - Our work on quantum dot nanophotonics was reported by Photonics Spectra, "Nanoparticles leading the way to light-driven computers"
2008 - Milad Hashemi received the UW EE Karl Ellerbeck Scholarship
2008.05.30 - Chang-Ching Tu received a UW Center for Nanotechnology UIF Fellowship
2008.05.30 - Matt Horning received a 2008-2009 NSF IGERT Fellowship from UW Center for Nanotechnology
2008 - Welcome to Tim Mentele from UW Bioengineering to join us as an Amgen Scholar
2008.03.13 - Milad Hashemi received the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Training Award
2008.02 - Our paper "Near-field photodetection with high spatial resolution by nanocrystal quantum dots," Optics Express, was highlighted in Nature Photonics
2007 - Welcome to Stanley Gu from UW Bioengineering to join us as an Amgen Scholar
2007.06.21 - Mike Hegg received the Best Paper Award at the Nanoelectronic Devices for Defense & Security (NANO-DDS) Conference for his paper "A nanocrystal quantum dot photodetector"
2007.06.06 - Jean Wang received the UW EE Yang Outstanding Graduate Research Award
2007.05.30 - Matt Horning received a 2007-2008 NSF IGERT Graduate Fellowship from the UW Center for Nanotechnology
2007.03.28 - Prof. Lin and Jean Wang's invited paper "Waveguiding by subwavelength array of active quantum dots" was published in SPIE News Room
2007.03.20 - Our lab member made the front page of the Seattle Times
2006.12.07 - Jean Wang received the Best Presentation Award at the UW Center for Nanotechnology Student Symposium for her presentation "Sub-diffraction quantum dot waveguides"
2006.11.11 - Our paper: "Sub-diffraction photon guidance by quantum dot cascades," Nano Letters, was highlighted in Nature Photonics
2006.06.27 - Mei Liu received a 2006-2007 UW Research Fellowship for Advanced Undergraduates
2006.07.01 - Welcome to our lab visitor Mr. Toshiyasu Kanetaka from the Japan Patent Office. Toshiyasu is sponsored by JPO to spend one year in US learning leading research activities.
2006.05.25 - Mike Hegg received a 2006-2007 UIF Fellowship from the UW Center for Nanotechnology
2006.04.27 - Jean Wang received an Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship
2006.04.18 - Mei Liu received the WA NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Award
2006.04.12 - Mei Liu won the first prize for her poster presentation at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Symposium
2006 - Mei Liu received the Donald C. Whitworth Endowed Scholarship
2006.04.12 - Mei Liu was selected as Honorable Mention for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
2006.02.27 - Jean Wang received the NSF EAPSI Fellowship
2005.11.29 - Mike Hegg received a NSF IGERT Fellowship from UW Center for Nanotechnology
2005.09.23 - Mei Liu received the OMA-Boeing Resarch Scholarship
2005.08.17 - Mei Liu received the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
2005.06.27 - Mei Liu received a 2005-2006 UW Research Fellowship for Advanced Undergraduates
2005.05.26 - Mike Hegg received a UIF Fellowship from the UW Center for Nanotechnology
2005 - Mei Liu received UW COE Howard W. Wahl Endowed Scholarship
2005 -Jean Wang received the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Outstanding Female Graduate Student Award
2005 - Jean Wang received the UW Electrical Engineering Spirit of Community Award
2005.05.26 - Mei Liu received the Southwest Washington Medical Center Health Career Scholarship
2005.03.08 - Ben Wilson and Mei Liu received the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Training Award
2005 - Mei Liu received the NASA Undergraduate Research Award
2005 - Mei Liu was selected as a Howard Hughes Biology Fellow
2004 - Jean Wang received the Boeing Fellowship
2003 - Jean Wang received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship