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ASU receives prestigious $6.25 million multi-disciplinary research award from Department of Defense
Date:7/2/2012

Arizona State University professor Hao Yan, an innovator in the field of nanotechnology, has been selected to receive a five-year, $6.25 million basic research award under the Department of Defense's (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program.

The highly competitive MURI program will award a total of $155 million over the next five years for 23 research projects, subject to the availability of federal appropriations.

"The ability of ASU to successfully compete amongst the nation's best researchers speaks volumes about the quality and recognition of Hao Yan's innovative work and the talents of the research team he has assembled," said ASU President Michael Crow. "His breakneck speed in developing new technologies may spark entirely new solutions in biomedicine and energy research."

For the MURI program, DoD divisions including the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research solicited proposals in 21 topics and received 251 white papers, which were followed by 78 proposals. Yan was just one of 23 scientists from across the country selected to lead a MURI project, which were selected based on merit review by a panel of experts.

"Now, with this award, there is a golden opportunity to expand our research in a new direction," said Yan, a researcher the Biodesign Institute who has risen rapidly through the academic ranks at ASU. In 2011, Yan was named as the inaugural Milton D. Glick Distinguished Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and has garnered international attention for his research achievements and recognition in top-tier research publications.

"Watching Professor Yan's research program grow and develop over the past few years has been tremendously exciting, ever since he was first a new assistant professor," said William Petuskey, associate vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and former chair of th
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Contact: Joe Caspermeyer
joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu
480-727-0369
Arizona State University
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